Here's another Color Scheme for Visual Studio 2005. This one has a dark (almost black) background, but high contrast, playful colors for the most common uses:

VSNight_Code

It's also my most complete color scheme yet, as it includes very usable configurations not only for the usual (Code, XML, HTML and CSS) but also for things like XSLT/XSD and MDX (and works very nicely for SQL, as well).

VSNight_Xml

This time, I'm using Damien Guard's Envy Code R Preview 6 for my font, which I've found extremely usable and very nice. It has very distinctive features, and contrary to what I expected from Damien's comments about it being mostly oriented to use at small font sizes, I found it very good at 15pt. And I love his "Visual Studio" special version (which I'm using for this color scheme) that presents "bold" fonts using italics instead! The only thing that I do think could be better is the '#' symbol, which, I think, seems too small.

Download EnvyCodeR_Nightingale.zip. Enjoy!

Update: Download the Visual Studio 2008 version here.

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Tomas Restrepo

Software developer located in Colombia. Sr. PFE at Microsoft.