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What is best free or paid Powershell GUI solution to help optimize and improve powershell usage management?
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I'm really not sure what you mean by "powershell usage management".

And are you just asking about tools for creating GUIs with PowerShell?
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The sapien product is what I use and LOVE it.. rather pricey but worth it.
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Powershell ISE is pretty good and free.  I like VSCode more though.  Also free, great layout and features including intellisense auto-complete. Nice themes, numerous plugins.  Grab the "PowerShell" extension and try it out.  Plus, built-in support for git is a huge plus.
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I am confused.  Isn't Powershell meant to be a CLI for scripting and management.  Why would you want a GUI?
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I believe the OP was asking about an IDE/program in which to write, develop and test PS scripts.  Certainly, PS runs as a CLI type system, but writing PS scripts within a robust IDE/GUI has numerous advantages such as code completion, linting, debugging, ease of reading/organizing, version control, etc.
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@yo_bee I think that people like to do windows everywhere lol. As I said I do the WPF on Powershell it's way more pro than using any software, I was considering getting the sapiens but hell no that's too much for that, I'd rather use the ISE :) hehe
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I will look into this for knowledge.

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@jose and VincentD

I would agree that Powershell studio is expensive, one thing to note, Time is Money, the faster you can create a reliable, reusable, and robust script with the proper error handling the better. Yes, you can do the same thing in powershell ISE if you know what you are doing, but the Sapien Product can allow you to create it in a fraction the time and that is where the software pays for itself.

To create the GUI in ISE, you would need Visual Studio 2017 or equivalent, Create the WPF document, create the actions and triggers for each of the objects in the code, then paste it into your PowerShell script in the proper format.

Example of what I am talking about:
https://foxdeploy.com/2015/04/10/part-i-creating-powershell-guis-in-minutes-using-visual-studio-a-new-hope/

In the sapien product you can do "EVERYTHING" in one place rather easily in  faction the time.
Example :
https://www.sapien.com/blog/2016/03/14/my-first-form-new-videos-for-powershell-gui-beginners/
Link to video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAi81bOjYlQ
Serge FournierAnalyst Programmer
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I programmed myself a web ui to use powershell (not to program it)

http://wildboy85.blogspot.com/2016/04/dynamic-powershell-web-interface.html

A few control buttons, output pushed in internet explorer frame.

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