Visual Studio 2017 extensions update: Image Tools


Microsoft is reminding every VS extension developer to upgrade their extension to the upcoming version of Visual Studio: 2017. Currently, I have only one in the Gallery: Image Tools. Launched in 2013, but after today also working in VS 2017, yeah!

Microsoft has written a howto manual how to do that and it works pretty well. Below are my take aways:

  • After downloading the release candidate of VS 2017 you should open your extension project and will migrate the SLN and PROJ files for you.
  • Then you have to update the NuGet package
  • Modify the VSIX file with the new VS versions (15.0 / 16.0)
  • Rename compiled VSIX file to ZIP and check for the new JSON files.
  • If ok, test drive it in VS 17 Experimental Studio
  • If ok, upload the new version to the VS Gallery

Image Tools

Like stated in the intro, it now works in Visual Studio 2017. You can find the Image Tools here in the VS Gallery for converting and resizing images on-the-fly:

New is that I also released the sourcecode to my Github account here:

Powershell profile script for SDL Web 8

Today I created a revamped the profile script for administrating a SDL Web 8 Content Management Server. (SDL Web 8 is formally known as the SDL Tridion product). The script already existed for Tridion 2011/2013. Only with renaming the product to SDL Web 8, also the services were changed.

What it does:

When installed it adds several functions. Some of them:

  • SDLServices() - Display all SDL Web 8 Services
  • Start-TServices() - Start all SDL Web 8 Services
  • Stop-TServices() - Stop all SDL Web 8 Services
  • Restart-Tservices() - Restart all SDL Web 8 Services
  • ...


Installation procedure:

  • Open PowerShell and execute the following commands:
    • > Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy unrestricted -Force
    • > new-item -path $profile -itemtype file -force
    • > notepad $profile
  • PASTE the contents of this file
  • Save and Close notepad
  • Restart PowerShell


The Script (sdlweb8powershellprofile-ps1):


Tridion Gui Extension: Go To Owning Publication

I was inspired when reading the blogpost from Jaime Santos Alcon about his first bookmarklet Go To Publication. When seeing a blueprinted item in a child publication, it would be great to browse with one click to the same location in the origin publication. Great idea, that can save a lot of clicking and browsing in Tridion.

When trying out, I found out that it doesn’t work in Tridion 2011. Probably due to missing some JavaScript API hooks, which work in Tridion 2013. Later I tested it in 2013, there it works fine.

From my point of view bookmarklets are useful, but have some drawbacks:

  • The are a bit nerdy and not very likely to be broadly understood by Content Managers and other users.
  • With large organizations everybody has to install them in their own browser.


Since this is also useful for non-developers, I think it was worth creating a GUI extension out of it. Then we lower the barrier for usage and it’s easily available for everybody.


I have shared the code of the GUI extension on github: You can download it there and install the GUI extension by hand or using Robert Curlette’s GUI installer script.

Hope it helps.

Get Tridion Component Xml trick

When developing you sometimes want to know the actual XML structure of a Tridion component. When having the Tridion Powertools installed on the CMS server, you’re lucky and can use that. When you don’t have it (or aren’t allowed to install it), there is another way.

Via the Tridion Javascript Framework (Anguilla), you can also get the XML. The trick here is to open the component, press F12 for the Console and enter:




Btw, It is also possible to retrieve other component XML by specifing the TCM Uri:


Free cloud back-up of your photos

If you care about your holiday pictures and other nice memories, you need to backup them for in case your harddisk fails on you. Some people use DVDs, NAS or other devices, but the cloud is becoming a more and more popular solution. A few weeks ago Google announced the new plans around Google Photos. Google Photo gives you unlimited storage space if you are willing to limit photo resolution to 16 megapixels and video resolution to 1080p. You do have the option to store at higher resolutions, but the storage counts against your Google Drive quota. For a more in depth-review, see this excellent post of ExtremeTech.

The nicest thing is that Google has developed a system tray application for Windows to auto-synch certain local folders.

How to setup auto back-up to Google Photos

  1. Login at with your Google account.
  2. Go to the settings area via the left nav pane and select ‘High quality (free unlimited storage)’. (and check other settings if you want)
  3. Go to the apps area and download the Desktop Uploader.
  4. Run the installer and configure which folders you would like to auto-synch:


BTW 1: If you already have Google Picasa you can upload albums also from there.

BTW 2: In the apps area you saw that there are also Android and iOS apps available for mobile devices.