Today, we’re releasing an update to Productivity Power Tools 2013 on the Visual Studio Gallery. In this release, we fixed a number of customer-reported bugs and issues, and introduced a new feature called syntactic line compression.
Syntactic line compression enables you to make better use of your screen’s vertical real-estate. It shrinks lines that contain neither letters nor numbers by 25% vertically, allowing more lines to be displayed in the editor. Other lines are not affected.
Here’s an illustration of the same code before and after the feature is applied. You can see the extra lines you can get in the same space with no loss of content:
As with all Productivity Power Tools features, if you don’t like it you can turn it on and off in Tools…Options…Editor…Productivity Power Tools – but do let us know if there are things that you’d like to see that would make it more useful to you:
As you can see, these settings give you some control over the kind of lines which will be compressed.
You can pick up the new release right now on the Visual Studio Gallery. We hope you enjoy this new release, and look forward to hearing your feedback, both here on the blog and on the Visual Studio Gallery.