Treemap Visual View of Hard Drive Contents

Not exactly developer related, but I was having a lot of fun just seeing what’s taking up so much of the space on my laptop this Holiday season. This tool is great for doing just that and a little bit of early spring cleaning.    


PageMethods: Well-defined URLs for your ASP.NET sites and applications

Via Fabrice PageMethods for Visual Studio 2005 has just been released. This version offers the same support as the version for VS 2003, plus some additional features.PageMethods proposes a new code model that enables well-defined URLs and simplifies working with hyperlinks for your ASP.NET sites and applications. PageMethods enables reliable URLs.Linking to a web page…


CoolCommands Refference Manager for Visual Studio 2005 RTM

I ported CoolCommands to visual studio RTM CoolCommands includes: – Reference Manager – Collapse All Project, Command Prompt Here, Open Project Folder, Demo Font and Wheel Font Zooming The Navigation Window power tool it is not included probably in the next version it will be.   Installation   –  Unzip (ie: c:\coolcommands ) -…


RE: Paint.NET, the open source MS Paint killer

Not exactly developer related, but this is the best free lightweight imaging tool I’ve found. I’ve been using it for the last year, but this post on download squad reminded me that I should post it here. Josh [Via Download Squad] Okay, it doesn’t take much to be an "MS Paint killer," and probably any…


Right Click -> New Microsoft Visual Studio Solution

Via Robin Curry File this one under “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Peter Provost created a ShellNew extension for Visual Studio Solutions to allow you to right click and add a new solution to any folder without the heavy-handed way Visual Studio does it. Nice!   Install Instructions:


CR_Documentor – Another Code Documentation Utility

Via Paraesthesia Lutz Roeder, a fantastic developer of ultra-helpful tools, took his “Documentor” application – which allowed a developer to preview what XML document comments would look like rendered into end-user documentation – down from his site. He was nice enough to send me the source for it, though, so I’ve converted it into a…


QuickdocViewer Add-In for XML Comment Viewing

Via the mailbag I discovered a tool that’s pretty complimentary to the VBCommenter.  The Quickdoc Viewer is an add-in module for the Microsoft Visual IDE which offers a simple WYSIWYG XML to HTML previewer for XML based documentation comments. According to the author the main motivation for this Visual add-in is, to be able…


Snippy – Edit and Create VS 2005 Code Snippets

Via VS Editor Team: We have released a new powertoy Snippy.  It is a Code Snippet editor that will allow you to create new code snippets or modify existing ones.  Please let us know if you have any problems installing or using it.  There are two versions posted, one for the Beta2 version of the .NET…


Windows Clippings 1.0 for Cleaner Screen Grabs

Kenny Ker recently posted a tool that generates window screen grabs with JUST the window and none of the background for the window.  Getting ‘clean’ images of these windows can be hard if the background does not match whatever color you will be rendering the image onto. Inevitably you need to position the window over…


VS 2005 Wish – Use MSBuild for VC++ Projects without VCBuild???

This blog has been pretty quite of late and I would attribute that to many tool vendors ramping up plans around the upcoming release of VS 2005.  We at Microsoft are no exception. In the last few days I’ve heard of numerous “aftermarket solutions”/powertoys that I know you guys are going to love that go…