How Do Multi-Form Projects Work?

July 28th, 2016 by June Blender
Applies to: PowerShell Studio 2016, Windows PowerShell 3.0+ I recently wrote an article with step-by-step instructions for creating a very simple multi-form PowerShell GUI application. In our sample app, we use PowerShell Studio features that make it very easy to open a child form from the main form and gets the text in the textbox on the child form. In this article, I'll explain what goes on in the background to make these features work. You might not care -- just so they work -- and that's fine. But if you're wondering how this happens, or you need to debug…   More »

Write a Multi-Form PowerShell GUI App

July 26th, 2016 by June Blender
Tested on: PowerShell 2.0+, PowerShell Studio 2016 This step-by-step example shows you how to create a very simple multi-form PowerShell GUI app. The app consists of a parent form that gets data from a child form and displays it. When you finish, you'll know how to use the basic multi-form features of PowerShell Studio. For details about how these features work under the covers, see How Do Multi-Form Projects Work? For this task, we assume that you know how to create a single-form PowerShell GUI app or that you've participated in a Thinking in Events hands-on lab. Otherwise, start with…   More »

PowerShell Studio 2016 – Service Release v5.2.125

July 25th, 2016 by David Corrales
We released a new service build of PowerShell Studio 2016 (v5.2.125)!   Here’s what’s new:   Blocked Files PowerShell Studio will now notify you when a script file is blocked. Windows flags files as blocked when downloaded from the internet or copied from a remote computer.   PowerShell Studio disables execution of blocked files for your security. When you wish to run the script, unblock the file using the file tab’s context menu:     Open with PrimalXML You can now open XML files directly in PrimalXML from the project panel using the context menu: You can also open help…   More »

Which Version Does Import-Module Import?

July 13th, 2016 by June Blender
Applies to: Windows PowerShell 5.0.10586, 5.1.14385.0, PowerShellGet The Import-Module cmdlet, the #Requires directive, and module auto-loading (PS 3.0+) all import modules into a PowerShell session. But, which modules do they import by default? It's an important question when you are writing shared code that uses commands from other modules. And, the answer has become more complex with the advent of side-by-side versioning in PowerShell 5.0. Read the full post in the SAPIEN Information Center.   June Blender is a technology evangelist at SAPIEN Technologies, Inc. and a Windows PowerShell MVP. You can reach her at or follow her…   More »

Introducing the SAPIEN Information Center

July 12th, 2016 by June Alane Reif
Over the years, the articles in this blog have grown extensively. There's a lot of valuable information in here, but it's become hard to find because it's mixed in with various tour announcements, special offers, conference recaps, and the like. So, we have decided to pull the important articles and place them—along with information relevant to PowerShell and scripting—in a more organized and easily searchable venue. We are proud to introduce the SAPIEN Information Center. The most recent articles are always highlighted in a list on the left side of the window. The SAPIEN Information Center currently has the following…   More »

PrimalScript 2016 service build adds CPU and memory performance graphs

July 7th, 2016 by Alex Riedel
The latest service build of PrimalScript 2016 (7.2.91) adds performance graphs for your scripts. To enable this feature you just need to make the “Performance” tab visible before you execute your script. Performance data can be collected on any script run from within PrimalScript as long as you enabled output redirection. That means this applies to PowerShell, VBScript, Perl or any other script that you run from within PrimalScript. The output window will also display the peak values during the execution of your script when it finishes. Since collecting this data while executing your script obviously adds additional CPU and…   More »

PowerShell Studio 2016 – Service Release & High DPI Support

July 5th, 2016 by David Corrales
We released a new service build of PowerShell Studio 2016 (v5.2.124)!   Here’s what’s new: High DPI Support We have added high DPI support to PowerShell Studio’s UI. Those of you who previously ran PowerShell Studio on a high DPI monitor (Windows 10 in particular) probably noticed that the application appeared fuzzy. The fuzzy appearance is caused by Windows’ scaling of non-DPI aware applications. The good news is that this no longer the case with PowerShell Studio 2016. Not DPI Aware DPI Aware High DPI Layouts With high DPI screens, you will require high DPI layouts. When PowerShell Studio detects…   More »

Two-Day Sale Event

July 1st, 2016 by Lanae Dale
Happy Fourth of July!  For two days only, July 4th and July 5th, join us as we celebrate Independence Day and take 25% off your total software purchase through our on-line store.  This includes all new license, renewals, and reinstatement purchases!  This is also good on upgrades from active subscriptions of PowerShell Studio 2016 and PrimalScript 2016 to our SAPIEN Software Suite 2016.   Click here starting no earlier than Monday, July 4th, 2016 (PDT), to visit our store and use the discount code RWB04 upon checkout to save!   Restrictions: This offer is valid only on July 4th, 2016 (12:00…   More »

What I Learned at IT Pro Camp

July 1st, 2016 by June Blender
What a free day of learning can do for a community. ------------------------------ You need to meet Sidney Moore. Really. You might know Jeffrey Snover or Bruce Payette or Ed Wilson. But, you need to meet Sidney Moore. Because Sid is one of the most dedicated and passionate advocates for PowerShell learners that I've met. Sid works in IT for Bank of America in Jacksonville, Florida, a hot and humid spot that is, nevertheless, home to a growing IT industry. A few years back, worried that IT operations techs would become obsolete, he dedicated himself not only to learning PowerShell, but…   More »

Using a ModuleSpecification Object

June 27th, 2016 by June Blender
With the advent of side-by-side module versions in Windows PowerShell 5.0, the lovely, but obscure ModuleSpecification object has become your new best friend. Use it to make sure that the commands and module that you use are the ones that you intend. Using ModuleSpecification Let's start with an example. I want to get the Expand-Archive command in the Microsoft.PowerShell.Archive cmdlet. I can use Get-Command, of course, but when I surround the command name with wildcard characters to make sure it searches, it returns this: PS C:\ > Get-Command *Expand-Archive* CommandType Name Version Source ----------- ---- ------- ------ Function Expand-Archive…   More »