BIDS Helper is constantly adding new features and fixing recently discovered bugs. We encourage everyone to use the latest version. The Version Notification feature helps you stay current by alerting you when a new BIDS Helper version is released. A balloon
and icon appear in the system tray. Click the balloon and BIDS Helper will open Internet Explorer and take you to the download page for the latest release.
If you do not have time at that moment to install the latest BIDS Helper, right click on the BIDS Helper icon and choose to have BIDS Helper remind you later (in 7 days).
If you are not interested in installing that particular version, but you wish to be notified about future releases, you can dismiss the notification about that particular version.
BIDS Helper checks to see that you have the latest version once a week. If you ever want to validate that you have the latest version installed, go to the Tools menu and choose Options then expand the BIDS Helper tree, then click Version. When that Version
screen opens, it shows you the version of BIDS Helper you have installed and also checks to make sure you have the latest installed:
Starting with BIDS Helper 1.6.3, the Version screen also displays some information about your version of SQL Server development tools, your version of Visual Studio, and any problems that occurred trying to start BIDS Helper:
- "SSDTBI 2012 for Visual Studio 2012 was detected" means that you have installed the SQL Server 2012 developer tools (properly named SSDTBI) and that you are currently in Visual Studio 2012.
- "BIDS 2008 R2 for Visual Studio 2008 was detected" means that you have installed the SQL Server 2008 R2 developer tools (named BIDS) and that you are currently in Visual Studio 2008.
- "SSDTBI for Visual Studio 2012 was NOT detected. BIDS Helper disabled." means that you do not have the SQL Server developer tools installed for Visual Studio 2012 so BIDS Helper is not running.
- "BIDS for Visual Studio 2008 was NOT detected. BIDS Helper disabled." means that you do not have the SQL Server developer tools installed for Visual Studio 2008 so BIDS Helper is not running.