SourceAnywhere Brings Fully Version Control Support for Visual Studio 2012

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I am happy to announce that the latest SourceAnywhere release (from ver. 4.2) brings fully support for Visual Studio 2012.

Visual Studio is one of the first and most important IDEs that SourceAnywhere series support and integrate with ever since 2003.

VS 2012 comes with more colors in the main UI and the flexibility to adjust it according to your taste. For instance, color theme, fonts and colors for different display items, fully customizable toolbars and commands. It has 5 editions: Ultimate, Premium, Professional, Test Professional and Express. Moreover, Team Foundation Server 2012 is shipped with VS 2012.

Comparing with TFS, SourceAnywhere (we call it SAW for short)is a truly agile source control software designed for local and remote development teams. If you’re experiencing inefficiency – exceptionally large amount of time cost while doing the essential source control operations like get, check in or check out, using it locally or over the internet, with developers located worldwide, then SAW is the best source control product that you should try. It focuses on security, speed, team collaboration, usability, and integration with IDEs especially Visual Studio, Eclipse and Dreamweaver. It is a pure, simple and easy-to-use source control tool, which does it should does and without hassles, complexity or costly user training.


When I look back to the progresses we have made on SAW in this very year of 2012. We successively rolled out several major updates to it, SAW 4.0, SAW 4.1 and SAW 4.2 which was brought out 2 weeks ago(11/26/2012). Particularly in SAW 4.2, we upgraded SourceAnywhere Add-in to support Visual Studio 2012. It makes the performance of SAW, when working with Visual Studio 2012, faster, smoother and more efficient.

After installing SAW 4.2, you can enable it at VS 2012 menu Tools/Add-in Manager.

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By far we have received quite a few positive feedbacks as well as some constructive suggestions from SAW users. These are the powers that motivate our R&D team to keep evolving our products, especially SAW series.

What’s New in Visual Studio 11 for Developers

Last month I wrote a quick review for Visual Studio 11, which is literally a quick and general introduction to VS 11. The article today, as my exploration deepens, focuses on the improvements that are crucial for developers. They are:

  1. Windows Metro style apps
  2. IDE
  3. Async feature and Caller information for VB & C#
  4. Parallel related improvements for C++
  5. New in JavaScript & Visual F#
  6. New in Debugging
  7. New for data application development
  8. ASP.Net 4.5 and Web Development
  9. .Net 4.5
  10. Integration with Dynamsoft Source Control


1. Windows Metro style apps

Windows Metro style apps come with Windows 8. They are similar to Android apps and iOS apps but brand new on Windows platform. There’re two things you need to do before starting to develop and test these apps. First, you must install Visual Studio 11 on Windows 8. Second, you must obtain a developer license1 for the Windows Store.
You can develop a Metro style app2 using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript; XAML with C++, C#, or Visual Basic; native C++ and HLSL. See the diagram below.

2. IDE

The IDE of Visual Studio 11 is backward compatible. I can open all files, projects or solutions that were created in Visual Studio 2010 with SP1. The earlier versions like VS 6.0, VS 2003, VS 2005 are not tested yet. However, I strongly recommend you to upgrade your projects in avoid of any unex
The new Solution Explorer brings much convenience for developers to manage codes. We can left click on a file to preview the code inside, double left click to open it. The code preview tab is in the top-right of the code editor. See the screenshot below.pected problems.

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Version Control within Visual Studio 2012

This article shares with you on how to integrate SourceAnywhere with Visual Studio. Assume you’ve already installed SourceAnywhere on your computer. You can follow the steps below:

1. Open Visual Studio 2012 and navigate to “TOOLS -> Options -> Source Control”.

2. In the dialog box, choose “Dynamsoft SourceAnywhere Standalone” as the current source control plug-in, and click OK to confirm the selection.


3. Open your project in Visual Studio and right-click the solution file. Then click “Add Solution to Source Control”.


4. You’ll then get a dialog box to enter your login info of SourceAnywhere. And click on “Connect”.

5. Choose the target repository and the project location according to the prompts.

Now your project is under version control. In the solution explorer, you can see the little locks beside the version controlled files. By default, Visual Studio will check out the file automatically whenever you attempt to do the edit. You can also right-click on the target file and choose “Check Out for Edit” to check out the file.

If you are using Visual Studio 2012 Premium or Ultimate, you can also find some new features, for instance, Code Review, My Work to better organize the work, etc. To learn more about the new features, please go to:

Visual Studio 2012: What’s New in Version Control

Quick Review: Microsoft Visual Studio 11

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Ever since its development information unveiled to the public, Visual Studio 11 has received lots of concerns and discussions from software developers. The latest beta version was released in early this month. Download

So finally I had the chance to open Visual Studio 11 Beta after hours of waiting and setting up Windows 8 virtual environment. The first thing I must say is that, the Metro UI is revolutionary, neat and of great simplicity. Comparing to the popular Mac OS X UI, Windows has at last found its own style.

1. Trouble-free Installation
2. Developer-friendly UI
3. IDE Enhancements
4. Connect to Team Foundation Server
5. Other Improvements
6. Installation Requirements

1. Trouble-free Installation

The installation is unbelievably trouble-free! It took me about only 5 minutes to walk through the process. Double-click, install then finish.
If installed on Windows 8, the VS 11 will put several tiles on the Metro screen. A system restart is required after the installation to update all added components.

VS 11 Beta install

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