Today we released a new build of SQL Sentry Plan Explorer. The build # is 6.2.34 and you can download it from the usual location.
Plan Explorer Changes
The updates in this release include the following:
SQL Server Management Studio Add-In
In addition to an updated version of Plan Explorer, we have also released a free add-in for SQL Server Management Studio. What this does is allow you to launch an execution plan directly into Plan Explorer from within SSMS. To get this functionality:
This will launch Plan Explorer with your plan(s) in view and with the right connection context in place. This means that once you are in Plan Explorer, you can make changes to the query and generate new estimated or actual plans, and you won't need to fill in connection properties.
The first question I anticipate is, "Why isn't the add-in bundled as part of Plan Explorer's setup?" There are a couple of reasons. One is that not everybody using Plan Explorer will necessarily want to use the add-in. Another is that it requires SSMS to be shut down in order to replace the DLL. Since it is quite simple and not expected to be updated as frequently as Plan Explorer, the development team preferred a one-time install over disrupting the SSMS experience for each future version of Plan Explorer.
The next question I anticipate is, "When will the add-in support Denali?" I don't have an answer for this one just yet. But if you want some information about how much the add-in model has changed in the transition to a Visual Studio-based shell, you can ask @MladenPrajdic, the creator of SSMS Tools Pack. 🙂