Visual Assist build 2023 is available

After a month with an RC, we’re happy to announce availability of a general release. You need maintenance through 2013.12.20 to run build 2023. If you’re a new customer and don’t how to tell if you’re qualified to run a build, learn here or wait for your current copy of Visual Assist to explain your options, assuming Check for Updates is enabled.

Build 2023 is primarily a bug-fix build, whereas build 2007 was heavy on new features. For those who refactor with Change Signature, you’ll be happy to know build 2023 keeps your multi-line parameters intact.

Change Signature keeps multi-line parameters intact

If you’re wondering about the jump in build numbers, we skipped the teens because they looked too much like version numbers of Visual Studio.

Learn more about what’s new in build 2023, or skip directly to download the installer.

Happy holidays.

The Tomato introduces a new website

We are happy to introduce a revamped website for Visual Assist. We think the site is simple, well organized, responsive, and replete with content new and existing developers need to be productive with Visual Assist. You’ll find:

  • A “What’s New” page that introduces you to new features in successive builds of Visual Assist
  • A wiki for documentation that’s easy to read, searchable and indexed
  • A knowledge base for support articles previously scattered in web pages and forum categories

What you won’t find:

  • A stock image of smiling people

We’ve also shamelessly entered the 00’s with a suite of official channels to keep you informed of news, tips, and build announcements. (We’re not convinced we need to tweet.)

We invite you—as the cliche goes—to connect with us. And by all means, share your suggestions for making our site better—in a blog comment or privately in our feedback form.

Happy coding.

Whole Tomato Software, Inc.

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Visual Assist loses her X

After ten years of dealing with her ex, Visual Assist X has regained her simpler name, Visual Assist.

Now for a bit of history.

The X in Visual Assist X became part of the product name in 2004, when developers at the Tomato decided it was important that customers get new features and support for IDEs as soon as the improvements were ready, not when customer wallets would tolerate the next paid upgrade. Our developers felt strongly that as a productivity tool, Visual Assist shouldn’t hold back productivity.

With the change in policy, the X took the place of all prior version numbers of Visual Assist, including 4.1, 6.0, and .NET. Customers could convert old copies of Visual Assist to the X version, get the latest version plus a year of upgrades, and thereafter optionally renew maintenance to continue the steady stream of upgrades.

Today’s change is in name only. New features, support for IDEs, and bug fixes continue to be released as soon as they are ready.

Customers will see a gradual disappearance of the X from the product, website, and corporate communications. When the change is complete, the only visible remnant of the X will likely be in the menubar of Microsoft Visual Studio, where X is the established mnemonic or access key for VAssistX.

Visual Assist Mnemonic