Archive for March 9th, 2012

Microsoft Visual Studio add-in’s List

The following is a list of Microsoft Visual Studio Add-ins. Add-ins are software products designed to be used in conjunction with and extend Microsoft Visual Studio. There are many versions of Microsoft Visual Studio, so some of these products may not be compatible with all versions of the product. Managed add-ins are typically found in the following location on Windows Vista and higher: C:\Users\{username}\Documents\Visual Studio {version}\Addins. COM-based add-ins can be installed anywhere as their directories are specified via the registry.


IDE add-ins

  • Agent SVN – A plug-in to integrate Subversion with any version of Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio or PowerBuilder.
  • Aggiorno ASP.Net refactoring tool and best practices
  • AnkhSVN – Provides a Subversion client for Visual Studio
  • AXtools CodeSmart Provides a large amount of IDE enhancements and features for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005/2008/2010 ( 30 day free trial)
  • Beweevee for Visual Studio – Based on beWeeVee SDK, this add-in enables Live Collaboration inside Visual Studio through a light client. In November 2011, changed its name to Codealike and added new features to the service.
  • Bugnet Explorer Suite – Integrates Bugnet Issue and Project Management into Visual Studio and SVN
  • Code Rocket – Pseudocode and flowchart design and visualization.
  • Code Compare – File and folder comparison add-in, available in a standalone version as well
  • CodeIt.Right combines static code analysis and automatic refactoring for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, 2005 and 2003.[1]
  • CodeRush – Refactoring and productivity plugin
  • CompareEnter – Free add-in to compare files and the containing folders by using customizable external comparison application.
  • CopyAsHTML – Takes source code and creates an HTML markup that preserves indentation and coloring.
  • Designbox – Adds a toolbox that lets you associate initial property values with controls
  • Dotfuscator – Provides tools to help prevent reverse engineering
  • Entity Developer – modeling and code generation tool for ADO.NET Entity Framework, LinqConnect, and LINQ to SQL
  • Gemini – Gemini issue tracking plugin for Visual Studio 2008/2010
  • GhostDoc – free Visual Studio extension that automatically generates XML documentation comments for methods and properties based on their type, parameters, name, and other contextual information.
  • GoogleTestAddin – Free Visual Studio 2010 Add-In for GoogleTest
  • GTalk Add In – A Google Talk Client inside visual studio
  • Help Generator – Generates HTML Help topic files and screenshots of your application.
  • HgSccPackage – Mercurial Source Control Plugin for Visual Studio 2008/2010
  • JustCode – Refactoring and code analysis productivity plugin
  • Koders – Adds a search plug-in to search the Koders database
  • metalscroll – an alternative for RockScroll, a Visual Studio add-in which replaces the editor scrollbar with a graphic representation of the code. Compared to the original, this version has a number of improvements.
  • Muse VSExtensions – Productivity extension tool for adding a GAC reference to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 project
  • PhatStudio – File navigation within a Visual Studio solution by typing partial filenames, and header switch
  • Qt Visual Studio Add-in – Qt support in Visual Studio 2005/2008/2010.
  • QuickUnit C# & VB.NET Unit Test Designer – Allows developers to easily design, generate and validate high-quality Unit Tests. Supports Visual Studio 2005/2008/2010 (free 30-day trial).
  • Reflector – a code browsing utility
  • ReSharper – Refactoring support for .NET languages
  • RockScroll – extends the scrollbar in Visual Studio to show a syntax highlighted thumbnail view of your source. For Visual Studio 2005/2008.
  • SharpSort – C# source code members sorting and grouping
  • Software Diagnostics Developer Edition – an integrated recorder, debugger and profiler for system dynamics
  • T4 Editor – add-in for editing T4 templates with syntax highlighting, intellisense and code outlining
  • Tabs Studio – Provides multiple tab rows and customizable tab grouping. ( 30 day free trial)
  • TracExplorer – Trac integration for Visual Studio 2005 and 2008
  • TranSolution – Simplifies localization, the process of translating .NET solutions into foreign languages for international markets.
  • TUsvnaAddIn – An Open source Tortoise SVN addon for Visual Studio 2005/2008/2010 WinXP/Windows 7.
  • UModel – Integrates support for all 14 UML diagram types and code engineering functionality directly in Visual Studio. (VS2005/VS2008/VS2010)
  • UTMA Add-in – UTMA is all about consistency of text strings in the source code. For Visual Studio 2005/2008/2010.
  • Visual Assist – Refactoring and code navigation support for native C++ and .NET (VC6/VS2003/VS2005/VS2008/VS2010)
  • VisualHG – Mercurial Source Control Plugin for Visual Studio 2005/2008/2010
  • VisualSVN – Subversion integration for Visual Studio 2003/2005/2008/2010.
  • VS Anywhere – Enable Remote Pair Programming and Real Time Collaboration in Visual Studio 2010/2011, able to share Projects and replicate Structural changes real-time ,skype integration.
  • VSCommands – Provides several IDE enhancements and features such as group/ungroup items or ‘locate in solution explorer’
  • VSFileNav A free extension for rapidly finding a file in a solution, including camel case and wildcard searching.
  • VsTortoise – A free TortoiseSVN add-in for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005/2008/2010
  • VsVim – Free Vim emulator plugin for Visual Studio 2010
  • WinGDB – Debug with GDB directly from Visual Studio. Remote Linux (via SSH), MinGW. Cygwin, embedded systems.
  • Windows 7 Jump List Support for Visual Studio 2008 – Free and open source add-in that adds the Windows 7 Jump List to Visual Studio 2008
  • XmlInfo Framework A free suite comprising an add-in for VS2005/VS2008/VS2010 and two applications that use xml and a Wizard like interfaces to streamline the information from the developer to testing team, publishing, customer. Can be automated into the development/release process.
  • XMLSpy – Integrates the XMLSpy IDE into Visual Studio

Language add-ins



  1. ^“Static Analysis Tools For .NET”. Retrieved December 2008.

This page was last modified on 09 March 2012.

This may be an incomplete list, which may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced entries. just you have to comment with the names of the latest addin’s supported by Visual studio and we will give them here.

Developing PHP On Your Visual Studio 2008/2005

This is something for all you .NET developers who have a WordPress blog which is in PHP and some time you need to do some PHP work (Like me). Or if you just want to work with PHP on your Visual Studio 2008/2005. jcxsoftware have developed such a Visual Studio Plugin.

It supports PHP4 and PHP5, you will also get Syntax highlighting and Intelisense for the following:

  • PHP
  • Smarty
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • CSS
  • XML
  • XSLT

PHP Intelisense in Visual Studio

You will be able to Debug PHP, JavaScript and .NET all together!!!

After you install it all you have to do is select the appropriate project from the list, as if you were starting to work on a regular .NET application.


When you want to run your application and test it VS 2008/2005 will run a light weight apache server ( similar to the ASP.NET debugging) so you can test you application.

Download the PHP for Visual Studio 2008/2005 from here You get a free 30 day trial, so check it out.


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