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      1211 comments  ·  Visual Studio » User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Updated Status: 7/2/2013

      Thanks to everyone who voted and commented on this issue. Visual Studio 2013 has increased color and contrast use within the user interface while continuing to focus on giving the content you are creating and editing visual prominence. We’ve utilized the feedback you gave us to help refine our approach to color and contrast within three main areas: 1) we added color to icons and reduced line weights to improve icon scan-ability and to better communicate icon meaning and categorization; 2) we added line work and raised contrast levels to increase visual separation between screen regions; 3) we included a built-in “Blue” theme option at product first launch to better support user choice.

      In keeping with these three areas we have made many changes to the Visual Studio 2013 built-in themes. In high utilization and icon intensive areas of the product, such as common toolbar actions and…

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        Simon TewsiSimon Tewsi commented  ·   ·  Delete…

        Not sure what the problem is. I haven't used Mercurial, Bazaar or Darcs so I don't know how easy it is to integrate them into Visual Studio. However, Git already has excellent integration with Visual Studio.

        Git Extensions (the excellent UI that sits on top of Git for Windows) integrates into Visual Studio already. It adds a toolbar, a menu and a couple of items to the Solution Explorer context menu if you select Visual Studio integration as an option during installation. Admittedly, I haven't tried it with VS2012, only 2010, but it advertises that it works with 2012.

        For further Git integration you can use the Git Source Control Provider, available on Codeplex ( http://gitscc.codeplex.com/ ). This adds a much more fully-featured context menu to the Solution Explorer. Although I've got it installed I hardly ever bother with it, however, and only find it useful as it adds icons to the files in the Solutions Explorer (the familiar padlock for committed files, the familiar tick for files with unstaged changes and a new "i" icon for files that have been staged to the index).

        I've never tried SVN or another of the popular centralized version control systems, apart from Source Safe and TFS. Does Visual Studio integrate with SVN out of the box? I assume there would be some Source Control Provider that would need to be installed. If so, how does this differ from the situation with Git?

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            299 comments  ·  Visual Studio » User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thanks to everyone who voted and commented on this issue. Visual Studio 2013 has added color in several broad reaching icon categories. We classified the icons we focused on into three sets: icons which represent common actions, icons which indicate code hierarchy, and icons that provide some kind of notification. By utilizing a systematic and broadly applicable approach to color use we are better able to effectively convey critical meaning or affiliation through color, to attract attention through color, and to improve scan-ability through color. This approach translates into color being applied to ~80% of standard toolbar and debug toolbar icons, ~75% of code hierarchy icons, and 100% of active notifications.

            Based upon the design goals outlined above and design decisions reflected in the existing scheme for each of the core icon sets we will continue to apply and extend our approach to icon colorization as we move forward. As…

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