10th July 2014

5 Top Visual Studio Extensions

5 Top Visual Studio Extensions

Increasing your productivity during development time is essential for any developer here is a list of 5 top visual studio extensions that we use at PSP.

Web Essentials

Adds multi feature enhancements to your visual studio environment:

  •     Live Web Preview
  •     Vendor specific property generation
  •     Up and down arrow controlling numeric values
  •     Comment and uncomment support
  •     TODO comments
  •     Colour preview on mouse hover
  •     Font preview on mouse hover
  •     Minify selection
  •     Code collapsing / outlining


GhostDoc is a Visual Studio extension that automatically generates XML documentation comments for methods and properties based on their type, parameters, name, and other contextual information. When generating documentation for class derived from a base class or for interface implementation (e.g. .NET Framework or your custom framework), GhostDoc will use the documentation that Microsoft or the framework vendor has already written for the base class or interface.

NuGet Package Manager

NuGet is the package manager for the Microsoft development platform including .NET. The NuGet client tools provide the ability to produce and consume packages.


AnkhSVN is a Subversion SourceControl provider for Visual Studio. The software allows you to perform the most common version control operations directly from inside the Microsoft Visual Studio IDE. With AnkhSVN you no longer need to leave your IDE to perform tasks like viewing the status of your source code, updating your Subversion working copy and committing changes. You can even browse your repository and you can plug-in your favourite diff tool.

Image Optimizer

Adds a right-click menu to any folder and image in Solution Explorer that lets you automatically optimize all PNG, GIF and JPEG files in that folder. The optimisation doesn't affect the quality of the images, but optimises them using industry proven algorithms for removing EXIF and other metadata.

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