Tobias Alte

Hi,

I don't know if this is a missing feature or just a limitation of the trial version of the VSTS for Developers but why can't I print out reports

A lot of work today is done on the screen, I know, but it is still way easier to quickly analyze a tree view for example if you see the whole tree or as much of it as possible. Yet VSTS does not allow to print out the tree views for the call graph for example. If this really is a limitation of the trial version a "bigger" hint about that would have been appreciated but I could accept that.

If it is indeed the current behavior or even the intended one - please address this issue in a service pack.

Best regards,
Tobias Alte


Re: Visual Studio Performance Tools (Profiler) Missing feature or limitation of the trial version?

David M. Kean - MSFT

Tobias,

Can you provide more information on the feature you trying to use and the way you are accessing it This way I can move this post to a more specific forum, and someone who works on the feature can answer your question.

Regards

David






Re: Visual Studio Performance Tools (Profiler) Missing feature or limitation of the trial version?

Tobias Alte

Hi David,

The problem is actually pretty simple. When I use the Performance Tools of the VSTS Developer Edition for example, the profiler creates different types of reports - Summary, Call Tree, etc. A pretty standard thing to do would be to print out one of these reports just as it is displayed on the screen by using File -> Print... for example.

It is possible to copy the lines of the reports and paste them into excel for example, but by doing so you loose any formating of the content. This might be OK for the summary information as this is pretty plain table data. But with arranged data like for the Call Tree this is no use at all. To give you an example what I mean and because I cannot post pictures here I have uploaded a screen shot to a Google Web Album:

http://picasaweb.google.com/tobias.alte/NoPrintingAllowed

As you hopefully see on the screen shot, the Print option is disabled which is the case for all reports of the performance analyzer. Again maybe this is an limitation of the trial version but this would be really *funny*.

Thanks for your help and best regards,
Tobias




Re: Visual Studio Performance Tools (Profiler) Missing feature or limitation of the trial version?

Boris Vidolov MSFT

Hi Tobias,

Thank you for using Visual Studio Profiler. Reading your post, I can extract two missing features:

1. Support of rich clipboard formats in copying data from performance reports

2. Printing capability

Thank you for suggesting those features. #1 has been highly requested and we addressed it in the next release ĘC Visual Studio 2007. In that release, copying from the performance report views produces rich HTML tables/trees, which you could be easily printed from MS Word or MS Excel.

Unfortunately, #2 has been rarely requested from our customers. My guess is that the amount of performance data is often overwhelming and is not feasible to be printed out as a whole. This is why we have not implemented that feature for 2007, especially as it is quite easy to copy the interesting region and print it from another program. We may consider adding this feature for the next release if we have higher customer demand for it.

Regards,






Re: Visual Studio Performance Tools (Profiler) Missing feature or limitation of the trial version?

Tobias Alte

Hello Boris,

At first thanks a lot for the answer to my question. The better clipboard support would indeed be much appreciated so I am definitely looking forward to that. As for the printing: I definitely see the reasoning behind that decision even though I still kind of miss this feature as one could also print to XPS/PDF or a large scale ANSI E (and even bigger) plotter.

It just means that I will have to put a little more effort into tools to get a another representation of the performance information from the XML report files. Again thanks a lot for your help.

Regards,
Tobias Alte