Category Archives: New Release

Announcing .NET Reflector 8.2

This morning we’ve shipped another version of .NET Reflector. This release contains support for Visual Studio 2013 and .NET 4.5.1 (still currently in preview), and some of the new analysis features we’ve had in beta.

Version 8.2 is a free upgrade, so anyone with a version 7 or version 8 license can just download and use it.

.NET Reflector version 8.2 contains:

New: code map view in .NET Reflector 8.2

Code map: new navigation view & variable highlighting.

  • Support for Visual Studio 2013
  • Support for .NET 4.5.1
  • On-hover hex/decimal value conversion in Reflector Desktop
  • Local variable highlighting in Reflector Desktop
  • Code Map view in Reflector Desktop
  • Fix for the Enable just my code bug in the Visual Studio extension.


You can get .NET Reflector 8.2 via check for updates in the tool, or download it here


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An update to the Obfuscation Checker

A couple of days ago, David pushed out an update to the .NET Obfuscation checker.

It’s a fairly small update – he’s bumped the version of Reflector it uses so it’s now completely up to date, fixed a crash on startup that some people had seen, and made a few other small tweaks and bug fixes.

If you’d missed it, the Obfuscation Checker is a simple free tool that uses Reflector to scan through a directory and check the contents for obfuscation, strong naming, signing, and so on.

The idea is that it should make the release process a little easier if you need to obfuscate and protect your IP, so hopefully people will find it useful. And of course, we’re happy to hear any feedback.

You can download it from the Red Gate labs site

Version 8 check for updates issue

On Thursday we released version 8.0 of Reflector. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go according to plan, and it looks like we’ve confused a few people.

The Check for Updates notification for version 8 incorrectly lists it as a free trial:

The bad news is that currently it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to fix that.

The good news is that you can just ignore it.

Version 8 is a free upgrade to version 7 users, and when you update, you’ll get the full version, not a free trial.

For more on what’s included in v8, check out the release blog post

For a bit more on why this happens, keep reading.

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.NET Reflector in Visual Studio 2012

Visual Studio 2012 is slated to ship soon, and when it does, Reflector will be sim-shipping right there alongside it. As part of our work to support the newest technologies from Microsoft (C# 5, WinRT, .NET 4.5) we’ve been working on Visual Studio 2012 integration and the new theming styles.

Nigel, our developer who’s been doing most of this UI coding, tells us a bit more about the work involved and how he did it:

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Integrated Decompilation, Next-Gen Profiling

The guys across the hall from us just released ANTS Performance Profiler 7.3, and there are some awesome features for anyone who works with ASP.NET. The profiler now displays .NET code performance alongside database calls, and that insight is all contextualised according to HTTP requests, so you can attribute specific behaviour in your application to the code on the screen. ┬áThe ability to quickly track down performance bottlenecks, whether they’re in .NET code or database queries, is a great example of the next generation of performance profiling.

But what I’d like to mention is that they’ve also integrated .NET Reflector directly into the profiler, so you can now track down performance issues that are inside 3rd party code.

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