If I had to rename this blog, what would you call it?

Hi all, I’m Sara Ford, a Program Manager on the Developer Solutions team.  I’m going to be helping Josh with this Power Toys blog.  On my personal blog, I asked the question What sort of tools would you expect to see under “Power Toys for Visual Studio”?   Another way of asking the same question is…


Happy Birthday to our Friends @ SharpToolbox

Fabrice has been aggregating all sorts of Developer productivity enhancing tools for just over two years now and I wanted to say thanks for all the hard work and Happy Birthday!   Via Fabrice: SharpToolbox is two years old Two years ago, I started collecting development tools for .NET on this weblog. This list quickly…


IAccessible Implementation Sample for a Custom Push Button Published!

Fiona, one of the devs on my team VSCore, has put together a really nice sample on how to implement IAccessible for a Custom Push Button.  If you’re using standard Windows controls, you get MSAA implemented for free.  However, if you’re using custom drawn controls, it is imperative that you implement MSAA (aka IAccessible); otherwise,…


Updated Features and new links for the Smart Paster

I’ve updated the Smart Paster entry based on new information from Alex.  This is why I’m working towards getting a site where community authors can update their own information in the collection 🙂 Anyway, check it out… http://weblogs.asp.net/powertoys/archive/2004/05/21/136882.aspx


Accessibility Macros for Visual Studio .NET 2003

As I demo’ed at CSUN, here are the Accessibility Macros for Visual Studio .NET 2003. These macros allow users to tweak the Visual Studio .NET 2003 IDE by easily increasing and decreasing font size, toggling colors in the editor to pure black on white (or vice versa), and maximizing tool windows. I’ve created a GotDotNet workspace for…


Introducing MsaaVerify – an Accessibility testing tool

Have you ever used AccExplorer or Inspect and wondered whether the information presented was correct? Have you ever wanted to know which controls really need Names, Keyboard Shortcuts, Descriptions, and so forth? It’s time to MsaaVerify! MsaaVerify will verify 9 Microsoft Active Accessibility properties for 10 Microsoft Active Accessibility Role types. It doesn’t matter whether…


Pinvoke.Net Add-in Link Update

If you have the post about the Pinvoke.Net Add-in for VS in your RSS reader cache you should note that the link has changed. It should be more permanent this time.  I’ve updated the post to have the new link and it’s also here: http://www.gotdotnet.com/Community/UserSamples/Details.aspx?SampleGuid=75122f62-5459-4364-b9ba-7b5e6a4754fe Josh


Write an Add-In or a Macro and Win!

Roy has organized a coding contest challenging you to build and submit the coolest Add-In or Macro you can for Visual Studio.  I suggest watching Craig’s webcast and getting started!  Here is a look at the current prizes for a bit of motivation. [UPDATE – 4/26] – Updated prize list. 1st prize: Essential Suite by…


Welcome to the Powertoys Blog

In June 2003 Visual Studio team members worked to release the first set of Powertoys for Visual Studio 2003.  There have since been several requests for us to start featuring add-ins, packages, macros, and other tools developed by the community on that web site.  This blog has been created for that purpose.  If you have,…


Hello World Test Post

This blog will have something to do with http://www.gotdotnet.com/team/ide and the extensibility developer center.