AzureXplorer for Visual Studio

AzureXplorer is a comprehensive Visual Studio extension for managing your Windows Azure storage accounts and hosted services without ever leaving the development environment.


AzureXplorer Release History

03/05/2013 - Version 1.3.8

  • added table and queue shared access signatures.
  • minor improvements.

10/25/2012 - Version 1.3.7

  • fixed a critical bug when downloading page blobs.
<3>10/24/2012 - Version 1.3.6
  • added search/report functionality for storage containers.
  • added native cross-account copy/move operations for blobs/folders.
  • minor perf improvements.

04/14/2012 - Version 1.3

  • added multithreading when downloading or uploading block blob data.
  • minor bug fixes and improvements.

03/18/2012 - Version 1.2

  • added the ability to view queue messages as UTF-8, ASCII, raw text as well as with the hex-viewer.
  • added preview for table entity values.

03/15/2012 - Version 1.1.8

  • fixed a bug with certificate upload.
  • fixed an issue with pasting a multiline value into table storage entity.
  • adding a subscription now automatically adds storage accounts associated with the subscription.

02/18/2012 - Version 1.1.5

  • changed the deployment process to use a single well-known container "axdeploy" for uploads (Hosted Services).
  • added the ability to filter log entries by log level - e.g. error, warning, information etc (Log Viewer).

01/12/2012 - Version 1.1.4

  • added read-only mode for the table UI to prevent accidental editing (Table Service).
  • added the ability to specify a filter expression when exporting table data (Table Service).

11/28/2011 - Version 1.1.0

11/20/2011 - Version 1.0.87

  • fixed issues with development storage requests.

10/23/2011 - Version 1.0.85

  • updated to the latest Azure API (more granular hosted service status messages etc.)
  • optimized "Clear Table Data" to fetch only key attributes - using $select - instead of entire entity data.

08/23/2011 - Version 1.0.82

  • analytics tables $MetricsTransactionsBlob, $MetricsCapacityBlob etc. are now displayed in the tables list.

08/17/2011 - Version 1.0.81

  • fixed a critical authentication bug that prevented getting and setting table service properties.

08/11/2011 - Version 1.0.80

  • enabled back/forward navigation using mouse or extended keys (Blob Storage).
  • introduced an option of making a snapshot of a blob before overwriting it (Blob Storage).
  • added dynamic size calculation for containers and folders (Blob Storage).

08/07/2011 - Version 1.0.79

  • "$logs" container is now showed in the list of blob containers (Blob Storage).
  • storage service properties - such as analytics - can now be set (Storage Services).
    In order to do that please invoke "Properties" in the context menu for the "Blob Containers", "Tables" and "Queues" nodes of a particular storage account. The settings will be applied individually to the Blob, Table and Queue storage respectively.

06/25/2011 - Version 1.0.70

  • added the ability to create and delete storage accounts.

05/29/2011 - Version 1.0.60

  • line breaks are now correctly shown in the log viewer.
  • added the ability to view log messages from all role instances of a particular role.

05/24/2011 - Version 1.0.50

  • added block blob upload options (Blob Storage). Press and hold the "Alt" key when dropping or selecting files for upload. Currently upload options let you specify whether files should be compressed prior to upload using gzip compression. The "Content-Encoding" header value of the blob will be changed accordingly.
  • added automatic decompression when downloading compressed blobs with "Content-Encoding: gzip" value set (Blob Storage).
  • added SQL Azure server management for individual subscriptions (Hosted Services). Operations include: creating and deleting servers, changing administrator password and managing firewall rules.
  • added the ability to create and delete affinity groups (Hosted Services).
  • several minor fixes.

05/16/2011 - Version 1.0.45

  • added preview capabilities (preview as text, image or hex) for blobs (Blob Storage).

04/16/2011 - Version 1.0.40

  • added a simple Log Viewer (Hosted Services). View diagnostic infrastructure Logs, Azure and Windows Event Logs of your deployments for real-time monitoring and troubleshooting.

02/14/2011 - Version 1.0.30

  • added the ability to configure diagnostic settings for individual role instances (Hosted Services).

01/30/2011 - Version 1.0.25

  • added the ability to define custom content types for blobs.
  • "Advanced properties" dialog will now display combined properties for multiple blobs.

01/23/2011 - Version 1.0.22

  • fixed a regression bug that prevented creating a queue.

12/17/2010 - Version 1.0.21

  • fixed a bug with enumeration of containers and queues (due to erroneous "application/xml" Content-Type request header value).

12/5/2010 - Version 1.0.20

  • added the ability to clear all data for tables ("Clear Table Data" from the table node's context menu). This happens by downloading entire data entities and executing delete batch transactions. This process can cause a lot of traffic from/to the Table Storage and might take a long time to complete depending on the amount of data.
  • role instances can now be reimaged and rebooted (Hosted Services).
  • hosted services can now be added or deleted (Hosted Services).
  • added the ability to launch a Remote Desktop session for individual role instances (Hosted Services).

11/9/2010 - Version 1.0.15

  • added search & highlight capabilities (Table Storage).

10/22/2010 - Version 1.0.11

  • improved the deletion of large amount of rows (Table Storage).
  • other minor issues and bug fixes.

8/16/2010 - Version 1.0.7

  • improved the deployment process (package uploading does not use the modal progress dialog now).
  • deployed instance's properties now include information about the guest operating system.
  • blobs can now be sorted by their type.
  • you can now set advanced properties like Content-Type, Cache-Control on multiple blobs at once.
  • double-clicking on the blob will now download and open it using a default application associated with the blob's type/extension.
  • improved handling of large amount of containers/tables/queues. Now it does not take ages to populate the hierarchy tree with 1000s of containers/tables/queues.
  • added "Delete all" menu command to quickly delete all containers/tables/queues in a storage account (right-click on "Blob containers", "Tables" or "Queues" node inside the storage account hierarchy for the "Delete all" command to appear).

8/4/2010 - Version 1.0.3

  • fixed listview painting issues in container/blob toolwindows.
  • fixed issues where uploaded blobs were erroneously shown in all open container/blob toolwindows.
  • uploaded blobs now receive a proper Content-Type, e.g. application/pdf, image/png, based on the system settings.
  • added tray notifications for hosted services operations.
  • added autostart option when deploying hosted services.

6/23/2010 - Version 1.0.1

  • this release fixes issues reported when installing license keys.

6/20/2010 - Version 1.0.0

  • added the ability to abort queries (Table Service).
  • added "Open query..." context menu option to open a query window without executing the query (Table Service).
  • introduced inline-editing capabilities for entity properties (Table Service).
  • other minor improvements.

04/30/2010 - Version 0.9.5

  • added the ability to upgrade individual roles.
  • moved the filter expression window to the table service toolwindow so that the expression is always visible and can be edited quickly.
  • replaced paging with the "Fetch more" functionality so that now additional rows are appended and the entire resultset is shown in one grid.
  • a running deployment now correctly gets suspended before being deleted.
  • other minor improvements, bug-fixes and tweaks.

04/12/2010 - Version 0.9.3

  • updated for the final release of Visual Studio 2010.
  • improved performance when uploading or downloading page blobs.

03/18/2010 - Version 0.9.1

  • Release for Visual Studio 2010 RC plus small fixes.

03/15/2010 - Version 0.9.0

  • Initial beta release.