AIDE Studio for Visual Studio LightSwitch
AIDE is a set of productivity power tools for Cloud Business and LightSwitch applications. The only supported way to clone, import/export, local backup/restore screens and code. Visualize hard-to-access metadata to complement working with the standard LightSwitch designers.
UPDATE 3rd NOV 2016: MICROSOFT HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT VS2015 IS THE LAST VERSION CONTAINING LIGHTSWITCH. WE WILL BE RELEASING A FREE AIDE STUDIO TO THE COMMUNITY SOON! THE BUNDLE OFFERING WITH SCREEN TEMPLATES AND HTML THEMES WILL CONTINUE TO BE IMPROVED AND SUPPORTED THROUGH TO 2020.
The AIDE Exchange Hub is the focal point for a simple and fastscreen backup and restore. It automatically detects screen and code changes since the last backup. You cantrack individual screen changes in TFS when used in conjunction with AIDE (unique to VS2012). Transfer and Exchange screens with other team members or share with the community with theimport and export features. All the Exchange Hub features are unique to AIDE for LightSwitch.
The AIDE explorer and workbench windows present project metadata in intuitive views which assist you in locating project assets and shorten the time taken navigating around the IDE.
Features such as Clone/Copy screen and Import/Export introduce advanced methods of working with LightSwitch projects that assist team development.
Designed and developed by LightSwitch Experts to be fully integrated into Visual Studio IDE for a seamless user experience. Visual Studio dockable windows and standard styling supporting Visual Studio light, dark and blue themes. Supports multiple projects in solutions and multiple instances of Visual Studio.
This blog post runs through a quick introduction: Installing Xpert360 Lightning AIDE Power Tools.
The product forum contains a wealth of other information including FAQ posts:Product Forum.
Main Functionality in version 2.0
Getting the big picture can be difficult especially on medium to large LightSwitch Solutions. AIDE provides the following 'must have' functionality to make searching for properties a thing of the past.
With LightSwitch Explorer you can :
Figure: AIDE LightSwitch Explorer for many metadata views, export, navigation
Discovering and reviewing of screen assets is made easier with no need to navigate around multiple windows to access hard to find property information. The tabular views surface the properties of the screen items side-by-side for easy reviewing.
Figure: AIDE Screen Workbench for all screen metadata in one place
Discovering and reviewing of entity settings is made easier with all data visible at once without the need to navigate around multiple windows. The tabular views surface the properties of the entity properties side-by-side for easy reviewing.
Figure: AIDE Entity Workbench - all metadata in one place
Unleash your LightSwitch team productivity with backup, restore, import and export of screens. Not available in standard LightSwitch designer, unique features in AIDE for LightSwitch. Discover new ways of working with LightSwitch. Surprise us with new real-world scenarios.
Figure: AIDE Exchange Hub backup detects changes automatically
V2.1.24 New exception messages for activation failures
V2.1.23 Fixed VS Gallery issue so now directly downloadable
v2.1.20 Fixes for VS2013 Update 5 and VS2015 support
v2.1.07 Fixes for VS2013 Update 2
v2.1.03 Support for March'14 Update
v2.1.01 Maintenance release - 2014-03-05 (limited release)
v2.0.15 Maintenance release - 2014-02-27 (limited release)
v2.0.12 Maintenance release - 2014-01-10
v2.0.10 Upgraded to support VS2013
v1.1.18 Upgraded to support VS2012 Update 3
v1.1.08 First release of Exchange Hub
v1.0.23 Upgraded to support VS2012 Update 2
Some features coming in version 2.2
More features in development