Tabs Studio Blog (organizing Visual Studio document tabs)

November 24, 2009

Tabs Studio 2010 style by Jameel Al-Aziz

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Sergey Vlasov @ 5:45 pm

Jameel did a great work designing Tabs Studio style perfectly matching Visual Studio 2010 theme:

Visual Studio 2010 style by Jameel Al-Aziz

Visual Studio 2010 style by Jameel Al-Aziz


His style requires Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Tabs Studio v1.7.6. You can get this style here.

October 22, 2009

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 support

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 9:56 am

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 was released this week. The only change I see (comparing to VS window tabs management in 2010 Beta 1) is the new Insert documents to the right of existing tabs option that allows opening tabs on the right:

Insert documents to the right option

Insert documents to the right option


I’ve updated Tabs Studio to accommodate some Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 internal changes and I will make it available in the next release:
Tabs Studio in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2

Tabs Studio in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2


As VS 2010 release date is set to March 22, 2010, I’ve extended evaluation period for Tabs Studio 2010 to April 22, 2010.

July 19, 2009

Tabs Studio v1.4.5 for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is released

Filed under: Releases — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 3:42 pm

Tabs Studio installer for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is a separate installer and consists of two modules: Tabs Studio 2010 v1.4.5 and Tabs Studio 2010 Helper v1.0.0. Trial period for this build lasts up to January 1, 2010.

July 17, 2009

Updated default style for Visual Studio 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 6:57 pm

In Visual Studio 2010 Tabs Studio uses separate default style. As in .NET 4.0 OuterGlowBitmapEffect is no longer supported, I changed its usage to DropShadowEffect. DropShadowEffect is less visible, but at the moment I don’t know what else to use. Notice less red over close tab button and less white over selected tab content in Visual Studio 2010:

Mouse over close tab button in Visual Studio 2008

Mouse over close tab button in Visual Studio 2008


Mouse over close tab button in Visual Studio 2010

Mouse over close tab button in Visual Studio 2010


Default style for Visual Studio 2010 also sets transparent tabs background.

July 16, 2009

Tabs Studio for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 3:40 pm

My efforts for Visual Studio 2010 support allow me to show the first screenshots:

Multiple rows of tabs in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1

Multiple rows of tabs in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1


Vertical tab groups support for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1

Vertical tab groups support for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1


Default style is currently the same. In custom style I set transparent background:

<Style TargetType="TabsStudio:Tabs" BasedOn="{StaticResource DefaultTabsStyle}">
            <Setter Property="Background" Value="Transparent"/>
</Style>

May 21, 2009

Window tabs in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 4:19 pm

Let’s see what’s new in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 for tabs management comparing to Visual Studio 2008:

Visual Studio 2008 tabs

Visual Studio 2008 tabs


Visual Studio 2010 tabs

Visual Studio 2010 tabs

Close tab button is now on the selected tab. Close button is also become visible when mouse is over a non selected tab:

Tab background on mouse over

Tab background on mouse over

Notice that not showing close tab button on non selected tabs doesn’t save horizontal space as place for close tab button is always reserved.

Context menu for document tab now has a Float command that allows document window to leave bounds of Visual Studio 2010 workspace:

VS08 context menu for document tab

VS08 context menu for document tab


VS10 context menu for document tab

VS10 context menu for document tab


The same floating as it was allowed for non document windows in Visual Studio 2008 (open link in new tab to enlarge):

Floating Window1.xaml out of Visual Studio 2010 main window

Floating Window1.xaml out of Visual Studio 2010 main window


Visual Studio 2010 doesn’t have Multiple documents Window layout option (aka MDI) any more:
VS08 general options

VS08 general options

VS10 general options

VS10 general options

Everything else is the same in VS10: there is only one row of tabs, new tabs are opened on the left, when tabs don’t fit the available space they are hidden, when hidden tab is selected it goes to the left corner, tab names for ASP.NET projects contain full path.

UpdateNoah Coad has blogged about a registry setting to open tabs to the right in VS 2010:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\General] 
"DocumentDockPreference"=dword:00000001

Finally, some words about Tabs Studio support for VS10. Underlying tabs and windows implementation in Visual Studio 2010 is now WPF based, no more Win32 windows. Tabs Studio’s injection subsystem need to be rewritten to accommodate for this changes.

 

 

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