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Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2012 SDK

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Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications lets you enable end users to customize your existing applications using Visual Basic and Visual C#. The update on May 30, 2013 adds the walkthrough document to the download page.
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    Version:

    RTW

    File Name:

    vsta_sdk.exe

    VSTA Sample Host Integration.docx

    Date Published:

    05/30/2013

    File Size:

    6.9 MB

    51 KB

      Update on May 30, 2013: This update is to publish a walkthrough document to this download page. You can also find the documentation after installing the SDK.

      Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications lets you enable end users to customize your existing applications using Visual Basic and Visual C#. In the VSTA 2012 release, several changes are introduced to the licensing model as well as to how you integrate VSTA into your applications:
    • There is no longer a licensing fee for the VSTA 2012 redistributable components. Your organization can distribute and use the VSTA 2012 redistributable components free of charge.
    • VSTA 2012 no longer provides its own Visual Studio Environment for authoring macros. Instead, Visual Studio 2012 Professional (or above) is required to develop VSTA macros and add-ins. VSTA has two primary modes of operation: with Visual Studio 2012 Professional (or above) installed and standalone. In standalone mode, VSTA provides your application with the means to load, compile, and run end user customizations. With Visual Studio 2012 Professional (or above) installed on your user’s machine, VSTA extends that functionality with the means to edit and debug those customizations.
    • VSTA 2012 supports .NET Framework 4.5.
    • VSTA 2012 presents a new and simplified API for integrating design-time experiences into your application using either managed (Visual C# or Visual Basic .NET) or unmanaged (Visual C++) code. The new VSTA hosting API simplifies tasks such as finding the installation of Visual Studio, launching the external process, and synchronizing save state, making integration significantly easier than previous versions.
    • With VSTA 2012, users can upgrade projects from Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Applications and Visual Studio 2008 Tools for Applications, compile, and run them.
    • VSTA 2012 no longer requires your application host to provide a runtime library in order to run. This gives you the flexibility to choose the method of running user code best tailored to the host application.
  • Supported Operating Systems:

    Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012

      Supported Microsoft Visual Studio version:
      Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate, Premium or Professional
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