The SmartBear Collaborator extension for Microsoft Visual Studio provides integration between Microsoft Visual Studio and Collaborator. It allows you to create and participate in Collaborator reviews directly from within the Visual Studio IDE.
Download and install the extension (the extension uses a stand-alone installer).
Select Collaborator > Show Tool Window from the main menu of Visual Studio to open the Collaborator View panel.
If the extension is not configured yet, it will invoke a Getting Started wizard suggesting to configure connection to Collaborator server and environment settings.
The extension adds a number of panels, menus and settings to the Visual Studio. The "entry point" is the Collaborator view:
In this panel, you can view the reviews and invoke other panels and dialogs to perform all types of peer review tasks:
Get information about incoming and outgoing reviews on the specified Collaborator server.
Create reviews as an author.
Participate in someone else's reviews as a reviewer or observer.
Modify review details, add or remove review participants, annotate, reject or cancel your reviews, communicate with other participants.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2017, 2015 or 2013. The Community, Professional and Enterprise editions are supported.
Collaborator Client on the computer where you are going to install the extension. The extension uses the Client to upload review materials to the server and to work with source control systems.
Collaborator Server 10.0 and later.
Since the extension checks the Collaborator server periodically, it may take up to 2 minutes to retrieve information about newly created user from the server.
Currently, the default SCM configuration chosen on the SCM page of the Visual Studio Extension's Options dialog does not synchronize with the SCM system specified via the
ccollab set scm command. Avoid calling SCM commands simultaneously from the Visual Studio Extension and from the Command-Line Client.
If you run across any issues or problems, send the error log along with your question to Support.
The extension's error log resides at %userprofile%\.smartbear\vsext\log\vsext.log