Anyone and everyone I know who is a professional developer (at least in the C++ world) considers Visual Assist an essential Visual Studio tool.
Recently, I was developing at home where I do not have Visual Assist. Progress was so slow. It was like programming with stone knives and bearskins.
Visual Assist has been so good I don't notice it anymore—until I use an IDE without it. Then, I wonder what's wrong.
David SmithTyco Electronics
We rely heavily on Visual Assist in my office. Writing code without it is like going back to the Stone Age.
Rasmus AnthinSurgical Science Inc
Visual Assist has proven to always increase productivity. It's a joy increasing a team's capacity 10% just by adding Visual Assist!
I've been using Visual Assist for quite a few years now and it's just gotten better and still better! In my experience, that's very rare for software. You folks rock!!
John WestMicrosoft, PTLS Test Tech. Lead
I'm addicted to Visual Assist. I absolutely love it and recommend it to everyone.
Your product and support are top of the line.
Kristen OvermyerHalifax Biomedical Inc.
Just really, really thank you. I have persuaded management to buy Visual Assist, and I will never ever code again without it. As my software group expands, every coder will have this on his desktop. You guys rock!
Adrian EdmondsCMosaix Ltd.
Every time I hear a developer complain about C++ support in Visual Studio, I point them to you guys. The last one I got to download your trial said something along the lines of, 'Wow, I feel like I'm coding C#.'
Chris TartamellaBentley Systems, Inc.
Your product is just awesome. I can't code without it.
Jonathan AntoineMicrosoft MVP
Thanks for a brilliant productivity booster.
Oliver SchneiderResearcher / Developer
I truly believe Visual Assist is the most influential and capable software tool I have ever used.
I use Visual Assist every day and find it super valuable, so thanks for creating a great tool!
David SpeyrerValve Software
I use Visual Assist more than ever and it makes my life so much easier. It really is a fantastic piece of software! I'm sure the boost in my productivity that Visual Assist provides plays a role in my success!
Tom Hulton-HarropElectronic Arts
I use Visual Assist at home and at work. Since I believe very
much in positive reinforcement, here goes: YOUR SOFTWARE F**KING ROCKS! Keep up the awesome work.
Visual Assist is THE best plugin for Visual Studio C++. Do not, I repeat, do not try to work without it—your health is at stake.
The “trust the programmer” approach that Visual Assist offers is fitting of the ideal of C++.
The whole GUI of Visual Assist is completely unobtrusive, yet on a PC without it, I feel like a junkie on cold withdrawal.
Best 99$ ever spent even though it came from my own pocket.
Michael HekelGFH GmbH
Because you guys are paralyzingly good at your job, I need to procure more licenses for our programmers.
Can I use a single license of Visual Assist on two computers?
Yes, but only if you are the only user of Visual Assist on both computers.
Can I use a single license in different versions of the IDE, multiple instances of an IDE, and multiple VMs?
Yes to all. You need one license per developer, not per IDE, instance, or VM.
Can I purchase a floating license?
No, you need one license for every developer who will use Visual Assist no matter the frequency of that use.
How do I know what type of license I have?
If the About dialog of Visual Assist or first line of your activation key contains "Non-renewable license", you have a Personal or Academic License. Otherwise, you have a Standard License. Contact us if you aren't sure.
What is the difference between a Standard License and a Personal License?
The entity that purchases a Standard License can authorize any employee to use the license, whereas a Personal License may be used only by the individual who purchases it. Additionally, software maintenance can be renewed for a Standard License, whereas it cannot for a Personal License. Learn more.
Can I use a Personal License at work?
Yes, but you must buy the license with personal funds, you cannot be reimbursed for it, and you must be the only user of your software. When you finish using Visual Assist at work, uninstall the software and "take" the license with you.
Can I use a company's Standard License at home?
Yes, if your company permits the practice and you are also the only user of your license at work.
Can I get a team, site, or corporate license?
Yes, but you will need licenses for all potential users in your group. Contact us for a quote.
What is an activation key?
A two-line value that identifies a licensee, license count if applicable, term of software maintenance, and hashcode to activate a genuine copy of Visual Assist.
How many activation keys will I get if I purchase more than one license?
One per purchase.
Can I consolidate existing activation keys?
Yes, but you must extend to one year the software maintenance for all of your licenses. Contact us to start the process.
Can I distribute an activation key via a registry script?
Yes, as explained in the documentation for automated installation.
What do I do with a two-line activation key that arrived as one long line?
Tell Microsoft Outlook to restore line breaks; restore the line break manually; or copy the long line into the enter-key dialog of Visual Assist.
What is software maintenance?
A steady stream of new features, bug fixes, and priority support, offered in lieu of major upgrades. Learn more.
Does every new license include software maintenance?
Yes, for one year.
Can I buy a new license without software maintenance?
Can I use Visual Assist after my maintenance ends?
Yes, your license allows perpetual use of the build that is most recent as of the end of your maintenance.
Can I renew maintenance if my current term has expired?
Yes, assuming you have a Standard License. There is no penalty for late renewal. Unless otherwise quoted, your new term will begin the date you renew.
Can I renew maintenance before my current term expires?
Yes, but you should alert us before you purchase so we know to generate an activation key that accounts for your unexpired maintenance.
Do I need my original activation key to renew maintenance?
Not when you purchase, but you may when you install your new activation key.
Can I renew software maintenance for fewer than the total number of licenses I hold?
Can I buy a second year of maintenance when I buy a new license?
Yes, but you must specify in Special Instructions that your maintenance is for a second year, not for a second license. Contact us if you need assistance.
Can I co-term maintenance of new licenses with maintenance of existing licenses?
Yes, contact us for a quote.
Can I obtain software maintenance through a specific date?
Yes, contact us with your request.
Can I renew software maintenance and buy new licenses in a single transaction?
Yes, specify the quantity for each in our order form. We will send you a consolidated activation key.
Can I renew maintenance with an email address that differs from the one I used with my last purchase or that is embedded in my activation key?
Yes. If you wish us to keep a history of your purchases, provide your previous address in Special Instructions when you renew.
When I renew maintenance, can I get an activation key that does not require a previous one?
Yes, but you must specify your request in Special Instructions or contact us before you purchase. Provide your existing activation key, About info, previous electronic receipt, or contact info of a previous purchase.
Can I get a PDF version of a receipt?
Yes, contact us with your invoice number or activation key.
Can I purchase through a reseller?
Yes, contact us if you need the name of a reseller in your country, or ask your regular reseller to contact us.
Can I purchase via check or bank transfer?
Yes. If you are outside the U.S. and your order total exceeds USD 500, begin the process by entering quantities on our purchase page. For all other scenarios, contact us to begin the process.
What shall I do if my credit card is declined? Contact us for an alternate form of payment. (We will not know the reason your card was declined.)
Can I get a quantity discount?
We provide a discount in some circumstances, e.g. when expanding use of Visual Assist or when procuring a large quantity. Contact us if you think you might qualify.
Can I obtain a history of my purchases?
Yes, contact us with your request.
What is an annual true up?
The process of consolidating existing activation keys, co-terming software maintenance for all developers, and obtaining new licenses for additional developers. Customers with multiple activation keys can request an annual true up. Contact us to learn more.
What should I do if my company's name or domain has changed since the last time I purchased?
If you want us to keep a history of your purchases, contact us before you purchase or provide your previous name in Special Instructions when you buy.
Can I extend a trial?
Yes, in all likelihood. Contact us with your request.
What is your refund policy?
Whole Tomato Software encourages you to fully evaluate Visual Assist during a trial period—before you purchase a license. Refunds are issued at the sole discretion of Whole Tomato Software.