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Visual Studio IDE

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Likelihood to Recommend

SharePoint Designer

Well Suited - WORKFLOWS!To a SharePoint Developer, workflows are like a hammer to a carpenter. If there is a business process that needs automation, the first thing I look to is what are we automating? What/where is the data? How can we minimize the number of keystrokes by end-users to get from the start to finish? The answer to all of these is "build a workflow". With the introduction of "Call HTTP Web Service" action, you can now access data anywhere in a site collection and consume it in any site, on any list, for any form. SharePoint Designer Workflows makes the SharePoint world go round. Less Appropriate - Building SharePoint PagesI have attempted to use SharePoint Designer to build custom pages, but it just is the worst tool to use. There are many other tools to use to develop customized pages. The techniques of designing custom page layouts, CSS files to populate in pages, JavaScript Snippets for pages have changed so much over the years, and SharePoint Designer did not change with them. In fact, it is my opinion the 2013 version made it 100 times more difficult than the 2010 Version.
Nicholas Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE is well suited when you have to use C# and .NET coding language. It is also suited when you have to create big projects for your organization as it can handle and maintain big projects. It is not suited with other languages like Java Framework.
Rohit Goyal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

SharePoint Designer

  • Allows ease and flexibility of creating custom workflows specific to the business needs. Emails can be configured to easily be sent based on specific conditions, and the inclusion of workflow variables allows increased functionality.
  • It gives a quick interface to add, edit, and remove site pages as well as the ability to edit list item pages creating a custom look and feel for every business need and increasing the functionality of SharePoint lists.
  • Allows a nicer user interface for the additions and management of the external content types linked to the specific sites.
Kristina Geiger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

  • Since Microsoft offers a free Community Edition of the IDE many of our new developers have used it at home or school and are very familiar with the user interface, requiring little training to move up to the paid, enterprise-friendly editions we use.
  • The online community support for Visual Studio is outstanding, as solid or better than any other commercial or open-source project software.
  • Microsoft continuously keeps the product up to date and has maintained a history of doing so. They use it internally for their own development so there is little chance it will ever fall out of favor and become unsupported.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

SharePoint Designer

  • Navigation between sub-sites and beyond the entry point is not seamless. I find it difficult to get to the root of a directory structure if I have not started there.
  • Would love to be able to do WYSIWYG in some form. I have only used it for a year but I have not found anything fancy to do.
  • I would like to be able to work in a development site and easily move to the production site.
Doreen Giles | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

  • Certain settings and features can sometimes be challenging to locate. The interface isn't always intuitive.
  • Sometimes there are too many ways to do the same thing. For example, users can quickly add a new workspace in Source Control Explorer when a local path shows as "Not Mapped," but it doesn't indicate that the user might want to check the dropdown list of workspaces. The shortcut of creating a new workspace by clicking on the "Not Mapped" link can lead to developers creating too many workspaces and causing workspace management to become unwieldy. If the shortcut link were removed, the user would be forced to use the Workspace dropdown. While it can add an extra step to the process, workspaces would be managed more easily, and this would enforce consistency. At the very least, there should be a high-level administrative setting to hide the shortcut link.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

SharePoint Designer

SharePoint Designer 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a helpful tool that we use every day.
Lorraine Marrero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE 10.0
Based on 3 answers
VS is the best and is required for building Microsoft applications. The quality and usefulness of the product far out-weight the licensing costs associated with it.
Gordon Lo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

SharePoint Designer

No score
No answers yet
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Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The thing I like the most is Visual Studio doesn't suffer from Microsoft's over eager marketing department who feel they need to redesign the UI (think Office and windows) which forces users to loose large amounts of productivity having to learn software that they had previously known.
John P. Maher | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

SharePoint Designer

SharePoint Designer 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Support is good from Microsoft. They are quite responsive when we raise a ticket but SP Designer support will be ended by Microsoft in the near future as they have got new techs like PowerApps and Flow to achieve the same functionality SP Designer does and even more than that.
Krishn Garg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE 8.7
Based on 28 answers
Between online forums like StackOverflow, online documentation, MSDN forums, and the customer support options, I find it very easy to get support for Visual Studio IDE when I need it. If desired, one can also download the MSDN documentation about the IDE and have it readily available for any support needs.
Sean Patterson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

SharePoint Designer

I haven't used anything else like this. I use different products for workflows and forms, but they aren't listed in the listings for this page. Instead of using it for workflows or forms (deprecated 2 years ago), I use Nintex. For everything else, I have what I need in the Modern version of SharePoint online
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

It's a well [maintained], mature IDE, which has the benefit of being a [software] which only the most skilled developers works on, instead of being open source. It has a lot of very useful features, which most free IDE-s don't. Also, it has many options from commercial [license] to free usage, which is a big plus for educational introduction. Visual Studio was the first IDE I used as a professional, and ever since I find myself returning to it from time to time to only see how much it has grown.
Balázs Kiss | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

SharePoint Designer

  • Cannot customize .net; Developers must use Visual Studio instead of SharePoint Designer.
  • There is a maximum depth of a workflow sub-step in xamml where that is a hard limit of 125 for node depth in xaml. The maximum value of 121 levels accounts for the default activities (stage, sequence, etc.) that SharePoint Designer inserts automatically.
Melissa Kattke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

  • We've had hundreds of hours saved by the rapid development that Visual Studio provides.
  • We've lost some time in the Xamarin updates. However, being cross platform, we ultimately saved tons of time not having to create separate apps for iOS and Android.
Aaron Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

SharePoint Designer

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SharePoint Designer Editions & Modules

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Visual Studio IDE

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Visual Studio IDE Editions & Modules

Edition
Professional$45.001
Enterprise$250.001
  1. Per Month
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