SnippetManager 2 released


I’m very happy to announce that SnippetManager 2 is finally done. About 5000 lines of Powershell code, packed with new features and improvements! :-)

Here’s what’s new:

ISEISE support

SnippetManager now fully supports the ISE snippets format. SnippetManager displays all your ISE snippets and you can edit them, create new ones etc. anything you could do with your PowerGUI snippets (except for the placeholders, they are not supported by ISE yet)

You don’t have any ISE snippets yet but a lot of PowerGUI snippets? Then you might need the:

sinchronize-64 ISE <-> PowerGUI Snippet Converter

You can easily convert all (or just a few of) your snippets from PowerGUI to ISE (and back) with just a click. Simply go to the Converter tab, select all the snippets you like to convert (ISE, PowerGUI or both; single files or complete folders) and hit the conversion button. Done!

search-64 Quicksearch

With the new quicksearch-box you can now even faster find the snippets you are looking for. Just open SnippetManager and start typing a name, keyword, command… etc.

bg_color-64 Full Syntax Coloring

SnippetManager now provides full syntax coloring, even while typing. (Powershell V3 required)
Included are currently two coloring shemes (easily changable via the options menu): An ISE color sheme, which looks exactly like the colors in ISE and a (more moderatly colored :)) SnippetManager color sheme.

More new features and improvements are:

#  SnippetExplorer drag and drop capability (yeah I know, but now it’s there :) )

#  Faster Snippet Processing (up to 10x faster for large snippets)

#  New Design!

#  More commands/menue items support keyboard shortcuts (the available shortcuts are shown in the tooltip of the item)

#  and well, not really a feature, but you may have noticed that it’s not called “PowerGUI SnippetManager” anymore. I thought that might irritate the ISE folks, so I called it “Powershell SnippetManager”. Yes, I went really crazy creative there. :)

And finally, one important change:
SnippetManager is now a standalone tool, not a PowerGUI add-on anymore. That means (for now):

#  if you update SnippetManager from inside SnippetManager v.1.x, nothing really changes (except for all the cool features of course), you will still be able to start it from inside PowerGUI.  You also get the desktop shortcut.

#  if you download and install SnippetManager by yourself, it should be started via one of it’s shortcuts on the desktop and start menu.

I will however release “launcher”-add-ons for both PowerGUI and ISE later this year, so that you can use it even more conveniently. I haven’t decided yet, if i will bother everybody with it via the update function :), so if you are interested, better subscribe to this blog or check SnippetManagers home from time to time.


You can update SnippetManager via the update function (just turn on the “Check for Updates”-option) or download it on it’s home page: here.
That’s it, I hope you enjoy the new SnippetManager as much as I do.

Have a nice day!


SnippetManager v2 – Suggestions please

Hi all,

thanks to all of you who did send me bug reports and suggestions for the SnippetManager add-on in the past.


Now SnippetManager is going to evolve from an add-on to a stand-alone application.
In fact, due to some restrictions in the PowerGUI SDK, it always has been, more or less. The add-on is merely an icon and a launcher for the actual SnippetManager, with which you always could edit any snippet file. But until now, it has been specially customized to work smoothly with PowerGUI.
This will not change.
But, i would like to broaden its usefulness and e.g. support other editors. But, more about that later… :)


I also would like to build in a few new features. I have some in mind, but i would like to hear:

–  if you have something that you would like to see in v2 or
–  if there is something that is bugging you in the current version

If the answer is yes, please send me an email with the subject “SnippetManager Suggestion” to:

You could also post a comment here, but i prefer mails, because they do make follow-ups easier.
Thanks and have a nice day,

PowerGUI Challenge 2010 winners / Snippet Manager voted “Best Add-On”

I got a pleasant surprise this morning: Kirk Munro (Quest Software) posted the results of the “PowerGUI Challenge 2010“-contest and my SnippetManager won the price for the best add-on!

I’m quite happy about this, because although i had a good feeling ;) there were quite a few great entries like WMISpy and DemoPowerShell from James Brundage or the Help Browser from Gyorgy Nemesmagasi. The price for the best powerpack went to Adam Murray for his great HP Virtual Connect Management Pack. (Read about all winning entries over at Kirks blog.)

I also would like to take this opportunity to thank Kirk for his expertise and his help with a few ugly bugs during the development of my add-ons. Thanks!

It was a lot of fun participating in the contest Continue reading “PowerGUI Challenge 2010 winners / Snippet Manager voted “Best Add-On””

Snippet Manager Video Tutorial

I made a video tutorial for the SnippetManager especially for beginners, which focuses on creating new snippets and how to use placeholders.

(!) Its about version 0.9 and it still covers all the basic functions, but you may also want to read the help file to find out about all the improvements and new features in the latest version.

You can watch the tutorial here:

or in better quality and with selectable chapters here: (min. screen res 1280×768)