Andrei
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SSMSBoost v3.0 Release Candidate 1

First, thank you for all the feedback that we received on previous version. We have addressed many issues and made many internal improvements.

IMPORTANT: Breaking change ! You have to UNINSTALL all previous versions of the add-in to proceed. We have moved from 5 separate installers to single all-in-ine installer. Remove previous versions using "Add/Remove programs".
If your computer will ask for .msi file with previous version, you can download it here:
http://www.ssmsboost.com...chive/SSMSBoostInstaller {version}.msi

IMPROVEMENTS
-SSMSBoost now has one installer for all SSMS versions. Note: it is important to uninstall all previous versions, before installing this new release.
All your user data (settings, templates, connections) will not be deleted when uninstalling and will be re-used by the new version after the installation.
-Fixed: When switching the database, Intellisense sometimes did not update the context
-Fixed issues with preferred connections switching on Microsoft Azure servers
-Other internal improvements

Download link for all SSMS versions (2008/2008R2, 2012, 2012SP2, 2014, 2016, 2017):
http://www.ssmsboost.com...stInstaller_3.0.6390.msi 

Please report any issues in this forum.
Andrei
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SSMSBoost v3.0 Release Candidate 2

Fixed start-up issues, that happened sometimes with "Open empty query window" option set in preferred connections

Important notes from RC1:
IMPORTANT: Breaking change ! You have to UNINSTALL all previous BETA versions of the add-in to proceed. We have moved from 5 separate installers to single all-in-ine installer. Remove previous versions using "Add/Remove programs".
If your computer will ask for .msi file with previous version, you can download it here:
http://www.ssmsboost.com...chive/SSMSBoostInstaller {version}.msi

IMPROVEMENTS
-SSMSBoost now has one installer for all SSMS versions. Note: it is important to uninstall all previous versions, before installing this new release.
All your user data (settings, templates, connections) will not be deleted when uninstalling and will be re-used by the new version after the installation.
-Fixed: When switching the database, Intellisense sometimes did not update the context
-Fixed issues with preferred connections switching on Microsoft Azure servers
-Other internal improvements

Download link for all SSMS versions (2008/2008R2, 2012, 2012SP2, 2014, 2016, 2017):
http://www.ssmsboost.com/beta/SSMSBoostInstaller_3.0.6397.msi 

Please report any issues in this forum.
maddoc
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The "Try to switch database with the same name.." is working only the first time per SSMS restart, and then the database returns to default each server switch.
(Since SSMSBoost v3.0 Release Candidate 1, and also in Release Candidate 2)
Andrei
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Originally Posted by: maddoc

The "Try to switch database with the same name.." is working only the first time per SSMS restart, and then the database returns to default each server switch.
(Since SSMSBoost v3.0 Release Candidate 1, and also in Release Candidate 2)



Thank you for reporting this. Confirmed. Fixed for next release.
c-tsmikle
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I cannot view or modify Maintenance plans since upgrading to SSMSBoost v3.0 Release Candidate 1 (v3.0.6397.537). In SSMS when I double click or right click and choose Modify or New Maintenance Plan, nothing happens. If I use another SSMS without SSMSBoost installed, it works ok.
kyuycfe
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Bug report:

When I add a normal SSMS keyboard shortcut (Tools → Options → Environment → Keyboard → Keyboard), it only lasts for the session — quit, restart, new shortcut is gone. Removing shortcuts, curiously, does stick.

(This problem goes away if I uninstall SSMSBoost.)

I'm on SQL Server 2012 Dev.
Andrei
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Originally Posted by: kyuycfe

Bug report:

When I add a normal SSMS keyboard shortcut (Tools → Options → Environment → Keyboard → Keyboard), it only lasts for the session — quit, restart, new shortcut is gone. Removing shortcuts, curiously, does stick.

(This problem goes away if I uninstall SSMSBoost.)

I'm on SQL Server 2012 Dev.



Please use SSMSBoost feature "Shortcuts and Macros" in SSMSBoost settings to add shortcuts. They are persistent.
Andrei
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Originally Posted by: c-tsmikle

I cannot view or modify Maintenance plans since upgrading to SSMSBoost v3.0 Release Candidate 1 (v3.0.6397.537). In SSMS when I double click or right click and choose Modify or New Maintenance Plan, nothing happens. If I use another SSMS without SSMSBoost installed, it works ok.



Please, update to RC2 version and check it again. If error persists, send us an e-mail to support@ e-mail and provide your SSMS build version (SSMS About dialog, Copy-Paste the Info, provided there)
Thank you !
vinodj
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Currently these versions are still showing as expiring - I assume that once you remove the beta tag there is no more need for a license or having the reinstall the product whatever the time period you had to??
Slawek@Jersey
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Version 3.0.6397 has just expired, and there is no update available. If you are going to continue the project could you please make the longer trial periods? Or post updates before previous versions expire?

If the SSMSBoost project is abandoned please tell us.

Thanks
Slawek
Andrei
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We have just released final version of v3.1. Check the website please.
We will be sending updated licensing information to our Pro users shortly.
aoeusnth
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Originally Posted by: Andrei

We have just released final version of v3.1. Check the website please.
We will be sending updated licensing information to our Pro users shortly.


Yay! But is it my imagination or is the main page of the website now fixed-width? Some of us use our monitors vertically (portrait) and at least in my 1200x1920 orientation the right column of text (including download information) is cut off.
leka
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One sad thing on this new version 3.1 is the big differences between the Free version and Pro version.
The price to the Pro version is a prohibitive to me.
Scitrek
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Just installed the latest version and now I can only see the top 2 Preferred Connections in my list.
lezmaka
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Originally Posted by: Scitrek

Just installed the latest version and now I can only see the top 2 Preferred Connections in my list.



Unless you buy a Pro license for 150.00, apparently that's all we'll ever get now. With 3.1 it looks like the decided to change from having the community and pro versions have the same functionality to the community version will only have most of the functionality for only the first 30 days after you install a new version. They do mention it on the website if you look for it, but for people that are used to going to the website and just clicking on the download link for the newest version, they sure don't make much effort to let people know about it.
SSMSBoost
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Originally Posted by: Scitrek

Just installed the latest version and now I can only see the top 2 Preferred Connections in my list.


This is new limitation in Free edition. After installation of any newly release version you get full functionality back for next 30 days. Today we have posted a small update release, that makes all connections to appear during community trial.

lezmaka wrote:


They do mention it on the website if you look for it, but for people that are used to going to the website and just clicking on the download link for the newest version, they sure don't make much effort to let people know about it.


That is why we also added "changelog" pop-up that appears after installation of every new version. We have noticed, that people do not use new functions, because they do not read about them :)
We have updated 80% of the website content, so it is helpful to visit Features list page and read short digest about all new functions.
Scitrek
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Originally Posted by: SSMSBoost

Originally Posted by: Scitrek

Just installed the latest version and now I can only see the top 2 Preferred Connections in my list.


This is new limitation in Free edition. After installation of any newly release version you get full functionality back for next 30 days. Today we have posted a small update release, that makes all connections to appear during community trial.


Unless I'm missing it there's no mention of this limitation on Preferred Connections on the version comparison page: http://www.ssmsboost.com/VersionCompare 

I must add that, to be completely honest, it feels a bit unfair that the licensing terms have changed so significantly after the implied "deal" of the Community Edition and the beta version was "you can use it for free as long as you help us test the betas".
SSMSBoost
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Originally Posted by: Scitrek

Originally Posted by: SSMSBoost

Originally Posted by: Scitrek

Just installed the latest version and now I can only see the top 2 Preferred Connections in my list.


This is new limitation in Free edition. After installation of any newly release version you get full functionality back for next 30 days. Today we have posted a small update release, that makes all connections to appear during community trial.


Unless I'm missing it there's no mention of this limitation on Preferred Connections on the version comparison page: http://www.ssmsboost.com/VersionCompare 

I must add that, to be completely honest, it feels a bit unfair that the licensing terms have changed so significantly after the implied "deal" of the Community Edition and the beta version was "you can use it for free as long as you help us test the betas".


I have added the note about the limitation to the Version Comparison page. Originally, this is mentioned on the page with detailed feature description: http://www.ssmsboost.com...in-preferred-connections 
Concerning licensing policy: to assure further development of the add-in we simply need more Pro customers, and we also believe that someone, who uses the add-in on the daily basis for his professional activities can invest in Pro license.
Community edition still has many features available, and "full featured" mode will be activated for 30 days after every release we publish.
lezmaka
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Originally Posted by: SSMSBoost

Concerning licensing policy: to assure further development of the add-in we simply need more Pro customers, and we also believe that someone, who uses the add-in on the daily basis for his professional activities can invest in Pro license.



That is certainly understandable but I guess my issue with it (since the policy isn't going to change) is that this isn't really explained anywhere. For such a big change, I would have expected at least a post in the News section detailing the change and the reasoning. Or that there wasn't a post in the forum for the beta users that this change will occur once it gets out of beta/RC.
SSMSBoost
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Originally Posted by: lezmaka

Originally Posted by: SSMSBoost

Concerning licensing policy: to assure further development of the add-in we simply need more Pro customers, and we also believe that someone, who uses the add-in on the daily basis for his professional activities can invest in Pro license.



That is certainly understandable but I guess my issue with it (since the policy isn't going to change) is that this isn't really explained anywhere. For such a big change, I would have expected at least a post in the News section detailing the change and the reasoning. Or that there wasn't a post in the forum for the beta users that this change will occur once it gets out of beta/RC.


This is mentioned in the news post about the news release: "...additionally, we are changing our licensing policy concerning Free Community Edition. You can check Version comparison page for more information."
Scitrek
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Originally Posted by: SSMSBoost

Originally Posted by: lezmaka

That is certainly understandable but I guess my issue with it (since the policy isn't going to change) is that this isn't really explained anywhere. For such a big change, I would have expected at least a post in the News section detailing the change and the reasoning. Or that there wasn't a post in the forum for the beta users that this change will occur once it gets out of beta/RC.

This is mentioned in the news post about the news release: "...additionally, we are changing our licensing policy concerning Free Community Edition. You can check Version comparison page for more information."


Sorry to keep this going, but I feel there's a misunderstanding. No one is saying the change is not obvious now. What I personally am disappointed about is the fact that this change in licensing was not (as far as I remember) clearly communicated before the whole beta testing process took place. I participated in this process, using an unstable version, reporting bugs and working with your developer Andrei, testing in multiple Azure environments and SSMS versions. All of that was under the previous gentlemen's agreement that in exchange for using the unstable version and reporting bugs, we would be able to use a stable version once release (and continue participating in the testing program).

I work in software myself, and I obviously understand the need to sell a product and fund development, but I would have expected, at the very least, that either the change in licensing was made very, very clear from the beginning, or that the people who actively participated in the testing would receive a free license as a thank you. Give the former never happened, I am confident you recognise the contribution that some users brought to the development of this product (a commercial one) and offer them a free license for their good faith efforts.

This is a great product and we all want it to thrive and succeed, so I hope this episode won't be the fly in the ointment that spoils it.


Thank you
SSMSBoost
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Originally Posted by: Scitrek

Originally Posted by: SSMSBoost

Originally Posted by: lezmaka

That is certainly understandable but I guess my issue with it (since the policy isn't going to change) is that this isn't really explained anywhere. For such a big change, I would have expected at least a post in the News section detailing the change and the reasoning. Or that there wasn't a post in the forum for the beta users that this change will occur once it gets out of beta/RC.

This is mentioned in the news post about the news release: "...additionally, we are changing our licensing policy concerning Free Community Edition. You can check Version comparison page for more information."


Sorry to keep this going, but I feel there's a misunderstanding. No one is saying the change is not obvious now. What I personally am disappointed about is the fact that this change in licensing was not (as far as I remember) clearly communicated before the whole beta testing process took place. I participated in this process, using an unstable version, reporting bugs and working with your developer Andrei, testing in multiple Azure environments and SSMS versions. All of that was under the previous gentlemen's agreement that in exchange for using the unstable version and reporting bugs, we would be able to use a stable version once release (and continue participating in the testing program).

I work in software myself, and I obviously understand the need to sell a product and fund development, but I would have expected, at the very least, that either the change in licensing was made very, very clear from the beginning, or that the people who actively participated in the testing would receive a free license as a thank you. Give the former never happened, I am confident you recognise the contribution that some users brought to the development of this product (a commercial one) and offer them a free license for their good faith efforts.

This is a great product and we all want it to thrive and succeed, so I hope this episode won't be the fly in the ointment that spoils it.


Thank you

Sure ! We actually provide free licenses for active users. Please send us an e-mail to support@ to identify yourself and you will get one 🙂
SSMSBoost
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As far as we released v3.1 this beta 3.0 thread is now closed. Post your reports proposals in general Beta forum.
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