Why Use Addin-Express
As I was coming from VBA it was very difficult for me to do very good with VSTO. I went through a few tutorials which helped me get started with Visual Studio. After a bit of practive and with the help of my previous strong VBA experience I was able to pick VB.net quite quickly and found the .net framework to be Great.
It will auto-organize your code, fix the allingments, give proper suggestions while writing your code.
So, overall its Great to see such a powerful tool in your hand that makes your coding efficient and your apps Great.
But because this being about the MS Office development the problem begins when you need to deploy your apps. Considering the fact that people have various Microsoft Office versions and various Windows systems its an aweful job to make sure your apps are fine globally. Thats when I see Add-Express adds the the Greatest value and saves a lot of time.
You do not have to worry how do you load your actions buttons on the Ribbons or the regular menu systems. Because with Addin - Express easy to use Visual Interface you can easily add your buttons on both the the ribbon and on the traditional menu system. Addin - Express automatically takes care of various versions. So depending on the version of the host application the Addin - express with add your button in the ribbon or the menu system.
Other Great way Add-in express helps is when you have to deploy your project. Simply right click on your project and create a setup project. And thats it.
Another Great thing and perhaps the most important one for Addin - Express guys is the awesome quality support. Addin - express is one of the very few companies that have a very active forum and Great support team.
So, if you want to develop Addins for Microsoft office applications and you do not have the Addin-express you may not be making the best use of your time.