Add a "Source Control - Plastic" toolbar to the Visual Studio add-in
It would be handy to have a toolbar with all the Plastic views/commands inside of Visual Studio, similar to the "Source Control - Team Foundation". Likely this would have the same buttons as the View -> Plastic SCM menu, but could include other shortcuts.
The View -> Plastic SCM menu is a bit obscure and hard to find.
Will be published next monday in release 184.108.40.2062
This will be available next Monday, hopefully :-)
I'm afraid that only literals and numbers are allowed (http://msdn.microsoft.com/fr-fr/library/bb165973%28v=vs.90%29.aspx), but you gave me an idea ;-)
What about to precede all Plastic shortcuts with a free combination (like Ctrl+; )? This way we can have for example:
Ctrl+;, Ctrl+E – View.BranchExplorer
Ctrl+;, Ctrl+P – View.Pendingchangesonworkspace
It can be set easily by anybody now in Tools > Options > Environment > Keyboard.
We've a problem with the shortcuts: there are not so many shortcuts available, actually I didn't want to add random shortcuts to our operations, but use ones that make sense: Ctrl+W means open window, which is really good, but most of those shortcuts are reserved by Visual Studio. Ctrl+P (Plastic) means print, so it's not a good choice. I studied the whole alphabet throughfully and didn't find any good solution for this, so what's your proposal, those of you that want shortcuts in the plugin?
In addition to this, you've to take into account that if you have another plugin installed and the shortcuts match, Visual Studio won't say a word, and the shortcuts won't work. The only way to detect the problem is running the plugin in debug and open the Output window; thus you would see something like "accelerator key already used".
So, we are thinking about not implementing shortcuts, unless you have a good purposal for the keys.
This is actually quite easy to achieve by any user using Tools > Customize. However I understand it would be more convenient to have it ready after install.
Most obious would be to move the menu to either the Team menu (hijack it as VS seems to support only one at a time) or move it next to the Team Menu.
View|Plastic is very obscure. I'm not sure about the added value of a toolbar.
What I miss the most is customizable shortcuts to all operations. I would prefer that to a toolbar.
Good idea, it has been added to our wishlist.
We will also add the Plastic SCM context menu to the file editor context menu, it will be helpful if it's also there.