Visual Studio 2005/2008 Free Utilities

Here are some free add-ins/tools/utilities that you can use in Visual Studio 2005 (or 2008):

AnkhSVN

http://ankhsvn.open.collab.net/
Do you use subversion version control system? TortoiseSVN? This add-in is great and integrates very well with all VS versions since 2002.

CLIArgs Made Easy

http://www.ricardosabino.com/?pag=vs_addin1
CLI Args Made Easy (Command Line Arguments Made Easy) is an add-in that allow you to change the command line arguments of the startup project very easily by adding a combobox in the toolbar. It also saves all the arguments you insert for future use.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 IDE Enhancements

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=CD7C6E48-E41B-48E3-881E-A0E6E97F9534&displaylang=en
Set of Visual Studio extensions that improve productivity: Source code outliner, Visual C++ code snippets, indexed find, super diff utility, event toaster utility.

MPCL

http://www.todobits.es/mpcl.html
This plug-in allow us to compile the source code files of a Visual Studio 2005 project in parallel. This is extremely useful for processors with more than one core to reduce the compile time.

Power Toys for Visual Studio 2005

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa718340.aspx
Pack with various tools for VS 2005.

Project Line Counter

http://www.wndtabs.com/download/Download/LineCounter/
Reports statistics about the files in projects. It’s automatic, has a filter and you can check its source code.

Refactor! For Visual Studio 2005/2008

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/visualc/bb737896.aspx
Free add-in that refactors (simplifies and re-structures) source code to make it easier to read and less costly to maintain.It has more than 15 different features.

RockScroll

http://www.hanselman.com/blog/IntroducingRockScroll.aspx
This add-in extends the Visual Studio’s scroll bar showing the code with syntax highlight. It is extremely useful to go to where you want within long source code files.

SlickEdit Gadgets

http://www.slickedit.com/content/view/441
Free useful gadgets for VS 2005: Editor gadgets – line ruler, indentation guide, auto-copy selection, editor graphic; command spy, file explorer, data object analyzer and SLOC report.

VSFileFinder 2005/2008

http://www.zero-one-zero.com/vs/
VSFileFinder helps you find files quickly in your projects by typing a few letters from any part of the file name which is much faster than using the solution explorer in large projects.

There is also a version with some improvements (wildcards, regular expressions, personalized tooltips, project filter) and compatible with Visual Studio 2008 available here: VSFileFinder2008.

Visual Studio Add-Ins Every Developer Should Download Now

http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/12/VisualStudioAddins/
MSDN page with a collection of free add-ins mostly for .net languages but not only.

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