This may seem like a minor point, but most developers I know are somewhat particular about their development environment. We go to great pains to make it look and feel exactly the way we want to. There are so many scenarios that can be configured. It can take a long time to get things just the way you like them.
So when I first fired up VS 2015 RC1 and discovered that it looked like Visual Studio 2010, and there was no theme editor extension, I just shut it down and figured I'd wait it out. I was using a custom theme as my starting point, and had heavily customized it from there. If it was even possible to replicate it without the theme editor, I didn't know where to begin.
There is a solution.
Actually, it's one I've written about before.
You can use the VS2013 color theme editor extension in VS2015. It doesn't work perfectly, but I was able to migrate my settings from VS2013 without too much trouble, and once that's done you don't need to touch it again.
1. Export settings
Fire up VS2013.
- Choose Tools -> Import and Export Settings.
- Select "Export selected environmental settings" and click Next.
- Unselect everything by clicking the partially-checked box next to All Settings.
- Expand Options, Environment and check Fonts and Colors, and click Next.
- Change the target path if desired, and click Finish to export your color settings.
- Choose Tools -> Customize Colors.
- Select the them you are using. In my case it's a custom theme called Monokai.
- Click the Edit Theme icon (the center one).
- Click the "export" icon (circled in the picture to the right).
- Change the file type to "Theme Package Definitions (*.pkgdef)" and save it somewhere. You're done with this part.
2. Migrate the extension
3. Enable it
4. Import old settings
5. Awesome! Now I can function again.
... so does it work for other stuff I can't live without too?
As for Ultrafind? After it disappeared of the face of the earth a couple years ago, I eventually found a great alternative called Entrian Source Search -- not free but well worth the $29 price. In the year or so since I've been using it, it's probably cost me about $0.000001 per use. It's indispensible.
Here's hoping this gets a VS2015 update soon.