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Discover a way to write add-ins such that a single binary can be hosted across multiple versions of DevStudio, Visual Studio, and Office. It uses C++ & ATL, but the principles should carry over to other languages and frameworks.


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Visual Studio Add-RGB Macro Creator

This add-in shows a standard ColorSelect dialog box and forms text that looks like an RGB-macro string (RGB(100, 120, 130)). (The article, addin, and source code were updated.)

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