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Version 1.4.3

Rating:        Based on 2 ratings
Reviewed:  2 reviews
Downloads: 700
Change Set: 25f965dc5e42
Released: Apr 7, 2012
Updated: Apr 7, 2012 by blueonion
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Release Notes


There have been a number of issues with dark background colors. This release should fix those issues but it may not work as you expect. Here are the issues as I understand them.

Visual Studio 2010

  • The "Default" color that VSColorOutput uses is that of the Text Editor, not the Output Window. I know this is counter intuitive but that's the way Visual Studio works.
  • Changing the background colors of the VSColorOutput colors usually does not take affect until you restart Visual Studio. Again, it's a Visaul Studio quirk
  • If your Output Window background is different than your Text Editor window background, you'll have to set the VSColorOutput background colors explicity (and restart Visual Studio).

Visual Studio 11 Beta

The same rules apply except you will always have to restart Visual Studio for your color changes to take affect. I've added code to always sync the colors when the extension is loaded. I'm not in love with this solution but it does work around the issue of the Beta not firing color change notifications.

Reviews for this release

Functionality is as advertized (and I like it :-). However, I noticed that the import of VS settings hangs (to the point that the devenv process has to be killed) if VSColorOutput is enabled. This unfortunately renders VSColorOutput pretty much unusable for me since I consider the ability to properly export and import VS settings more important than the coloring of the output and debug window.
by honekamp on Aug 15, 2013 at 8:33 AM
Works on my machine! :-) I have debugging info writing to output. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack .... Now I've got a custom color for my Log entries. Sweet! Really makes the info so much easier and useful. Thanks!
by jhalbrecht on Jun 20, 2013 at 9:08 PM