PhatStudio - free Visual Studio add-in for fast file navigation
PhatStudio is a free add-in for Microsoft Visual Studio (VS2005, VS2008, VS2010 and VS2012 are supported) that lets you quickly navigate files in large projects with just a few keystrokes. It lets you navigate files either by the Open File dialog (bound to Alt+O by default), or the PhatStudio Explorer tool window. Type in multiple terms separated by spaces to match on all terms.
It also includes a header flip/switch to related file feature, bound to Alt+S by default. Header flip will switch between
a .cpp file and corresponding .h/.hpp file. It will also switch between other related file types, such as aspx/aspx.cs and ascx/ascx.cs.
PhatStudio is an open source product distributed under GPLv3. It's written in C# and full source code is available on our SourceForge website
|Open File dialog:
|PhatStudio Explorer tool window:
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We made PhatStudio because there was no free Visual Studio add-in that did fast file navigation by substring match that we could find that we wanted to use
on a daily basis. This feature is fairly crucial if you work in projects with lots (hundreds or thousands) of files.
Some similar add-ins that we tried before we decided to write PhatStudio:
Visual Assist X from Whole Tomato Software. This is a great product that does a great job of fast file navigation
(among other things), but it's commercial, and pricey.
SonicFileFinder from Jens Schaller. A very cool, and free (but not open source) add-in
to do fast file navigation. For us, though, it was a little too laggy in large projects.
- Flat Solution Explorer from
James Finnegan. A cool, free and open source add-in that is pretty snappy and responsive.
A few things kept it from being the add-in we wanted, though: it doesn't (as of
this writing) work in Visual Studio 2008. It only has a tool window (always open)
implementation, no modal dialog. And it only matches from the beginning of a file
name, not any substring match.
A big shout out to the authors of the above products, but we decided to write our
own add-in to get the responsiveness and feature set we wanted for something we
were going to use every day in large projects. So PhatStudio was born.
Our SourceForge project website is at
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