Posts Tagged ‘Visual Studio’

Excel 2013 add-ins in Visual Studio 2012: Getting started for VSTO developers

In this article we'll have a look at how you, as a VSTO developer, can get started developing add-ins for Excel using Add-in Express and Visual Studio 2012.... Read the rest of this entry →

Enterprise development of Office solutions with Add-in Express

Microsoft Office based solutions take various forms and sizes. What began with the ability to write (and record) scripts to automate Office documents on a user's desktop has evolved to the ability to create full-fledged extensions. These extensions often work across multiple apps in the Office suite and expand beyond a single user's desktop.... Read the rest of this entry →

Outlook 2013 add-ins and Visual Studio 2012: Getting started for VSTO developers

Today we'll focus on how developers, coming from a Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) background, can get started developing add-ins for Outlook 2013 using Add-in Express and Visual Studio 2012 (C#, VB.NET or C++.NET).... Read the rest of this entry →

VDProj to WiX Converter is released!

Only one month has passed since we published the first beta and here I am announcing the release of our new product - VDProj to WiX Converter. If you have at least a couple of Visual Studio setup projects that you need to support and develop further, this tool is definitely worth trying ... Read the rest of this entry →

Office 2013 add-ins & Visual Studio 2012: Getting started for VSTO developers

So you've been using Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) for some time now and luckily you've discovered a better and easier way to develop Office add-ins, namely Add-in Express. Ready to start a new happier life of creating awesome Office Outlook extensions you excitedly fire up Visual Studio and hit File, New Project... Read the rest of this entry →

Beta 1 of VDProj to WiX Converter is out!

If you have read through our recent blog posts, you probably noticed a few ones focusing on WiX. And that was not an accidental choice of topic, we were trying to see how the land lies in that direction :) Well, now I am ready to unveil the secret and announce the upcoming release of a new product - VDProj to WiX Converter... Read the rest of this entry →

Converting a .vdproj to WiX in Visual Studio 2012, 2010, 2008

I'm sure you're all aware of the fact that, from Visual Studio 2012, that Visual Studio Setup projects (.vdproj) is a thing of the past. This news has been met with shock, horror and disappointment, but luckily all is not lost. As I've mentioned in a previous article, Microsoft is touting WiX (Windows Installer XML) as the heir apparent to the traditional VS Setup projects and all things considered it is a very good and free alternative ... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: How to convert a .vdproj to .wixproj in a click

You might already know or you might not… Visual Studio 2012 does not support setup projects. If this statement feels like a punch in the nose and you asking yourself, "does this mean what I think it means?"…the answer is "yes!" ... Read the rest of this entry →

How to create custom Outlook rules and execute them programmatically: C# example

The Microsoft Outlook Rules is a very powerful feature that can sometimes get lost amongst the myriad other features and abilities of Outlook. Many Outlook programmers do not realise that Microsoft introduced a new rules object model in Outlook 2007 allowing developers to harness the power of Outlook rules... Read the rest of this entry →

How to convert Visual Studio 2012, 2010 setup project (vdproj) to WiX

In my last article I've shown you how to create a new WiX installer project. But, what if you already invested a good amount of time in creating a Visual Studio setup project? You could always create the setup project from scratch, but there has to be an easier way. ... Read the rest of this entry →

Creating WiX setup project for Office add-ins on Visual Studio 2012 using Add-in Express

If you've switched to Visual Studio 2012, you might have noticed that Microsoft has sneakily removed all Visual Studio Installer project types. Instead of the usual Setup Project, Setup Wizard, CAB Project and Merge Module Project templates, the only option we now have is to use the limited edition of InstallShield.... Read the rest of this entry →

What's new in Add-in Express for Internet Explorer v8.1.x

Our recent release of Add-in Express for Internet Explorer has sneaked in without you even noticing. But just like autumn it was inevitable. With all the updates and changes in our market, we want our software to keep up. I will shed some light on the new features we added to the update so that you [...]... Read the rest of this entry →

Office 2013 and Visual Studio 2012 are supported by the new version of Add-in Express!

As I promised a few weeks ago, the new version of Add-in Express for Office and .net is out! It adds support for Microsoft Office 2013 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 2012... Read the rest of this entry →

Office UX guidelines for Excel 2013 content apps and Word 2013 task pane apps

My original plan for this article was to give you an overview of the new UX guidelines, but I’ve since decided to do a more hands on guide with some code thrown in for good measure. So strap on your web development helmets folks, it’s going to be a wild ride!... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Create add-ins for Office 2013-2000 with a single code base

This is a preview and a quick demo of the next generation of Add-in Express for Office and .net that adds support for Microsoft Office 2013 and Visual Studio 2012. The new version fits perfectly with VS 2012 and provides a true rapid application development experience like all previous Add-in Express versions... Read the rest of this entry →

How to customize context / right click menu of Excel 2013, 2010 and lower: C# sample

Right-click menus of Microsoft Office applications are a very convenient option for the end-user to interact with the host application. And for us, COM add-in developers, creating a custom menu for our users could be just a piece of cake... Read the rest of this entry →

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