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Defer installation of the Fall Creators Update to avoid crashes in Visual Studio

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (FCU) 1709 contains a bug that causes CreateWindow() and CreateWindowEx() to fail unpredictably. The bug prevents Visual Assist from rendering all components of its UI, and eventually causes Visual Studio to crash. Microsoft has acknowledged the CreateWindow() bug and is investigating its cause, but the bug will not be fixed—at the earliest—until the…
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Visit Us at GDC 2017 in San Francisco

The Tomato will exhibit at the Game Developer Conference next week, March 1-3, in San Francisco. If you will attend the show, be sure to stop by booth 2438 and say hello. Get a peek at new and forthcoming features in Visual Assist, share with us your wish list, and…
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Visual Assist does not yet support Visual Studio “15” Preview 5

Microsoft announced today the Preview 5 release of Visual Studio “15”. The Visual C++ Project Engine changed between Preview 4 and 5, and the change prevents Visual Assist from loading solutions. The developers at Whole Tomato Software are working on a resolution. If you use Visual Assist in Visual Studio “15”, stay with the Preview you have or update and wait for our next…
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Visit Us at the Build 2016 conference in San Francisco

If you will attend Build 2016 in San Francisco this week, be sure to stop by our booth and say hello. Whole Tomato will demonstrate Visual Assist at the conference in an area dedicated to Visual Studio partners. We will have technical people on hand to answer questions about…
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Compatibility of Visual Assist with Releases of an IDE

A few days ago, Microsoft announced the release candidate (RC) of Visual Studio 2015 Update 2. If you are a user of Visual Assist in this newest Microsoft IDE, any build of Visual Assist beginning with 2073 should work for you. I write “should” because builds of…
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A Developer of Visual Assist Saves Energy

I am a long-time member of the development team for Visual Assist. I also read a lot, often about the workings of the brain. I read recently Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. The author divides thinking methods into fast and slow. Fast is automatic; slow requires effort. Fast occurs when you drive a car on an empty road; you have capacity to think about something else. Slow occurs when…
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Visual Assist and Visual Studio 2015 RTM

Microsoft released Visual Studio 2015 RTM this week. Visual Assist build 2068–the most recent build–supports the new IDE but not yet at release quality. There are a few known issues that will be resolved in our forthcoming builds: Enhanced listboxes–the ones with…
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Visual Assist supports Visual Studio Community 2013

Yesterday, Microsoft announced Visual Studio Community 2013—a terrific addition to its lineup of IDEs. In addition to being fully featured, Visual Studio Community 2013 provides access to the Visual Studio extensibility ecosystem, including to Visual Assist. This…
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License and maintenance options get an update

We’ve updated our license and maintenance options for Visual Assist, and we want to take this opportunity to explain what remains the same, what’s changed, and what it means for you. Our standard license of Visual Assist now better serves the needs of our corporate customers. The terms of the license agreement now grant ownership to the purchasing entity, not the individual…
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