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  1. Headless Build for Indie Subscribers

    I have an extra mac mini and would like to use my 2nd computer seat that comes with the Indie Subscription I have. Unfortunately I am unable to use a CI platform with the current license model and am unable to scale myself so that I can eventually become a Business Subscriber :)

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      1 comment  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Implementing a realtime collaboration tool

      It would be great if you create and implement a plugin to make vsanywhere.com realtime collaboration tool compatible with Xamarin.

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        1 comment  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Android "Material Design" Support for Xamarin Forms

        Support the new 'Material Design' (Xamarin.Android.Support.v7.AppCompat) in Xamarin Forms, such as the NavigationPage using the new Toolbar instead of ActionBar.

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        • A readonly property on entry control in Xamarin Forms

          Could a read-only property be added to entry fields or could an equivalent of the TextView/UITextView control be added to the available controls for a page?

          This would apply to iOS, Android & Windows Phone.

          That lack of this ability limited the usage of Forms.

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            1 comment  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support for invoking Code Contracts tools

            Adding Design by Contract to our toolbox would just help to build better, more elegant and reliable apps with Xamarin.

            This is a followup to:
            https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=8400

            15 votes
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            • Better Debug Experience with Support for Symbol Servers

              To be able to use Symbol Servers in debug, it can useful specially with nuget packages supporting it.

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              • Add full support for Java generics

                Finish adding support for Java generics - see final limitation listed at http://developer.xamarin.com/guides/android/advanced_topics/limitations/

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                • Add code coverage tools and/or integration with code coverage tools to Xamarin Studio

                  Developing with Xamarin Studio on a Mac gives surprisingly few options for using code-coverage tools that determine the amount of code covered by tests.

                  The default mono code-coverage tool is not an adequate and robust solution and all other current alternatives (such as Baboon) are similarly not robust enough.

                  31 votes
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                  • Make themes run across all areas of Xamarin Studio

                    Make the color theme that you select affect all the various areas of Xamarin Studio, not just the text editor. For example, when I select a dark theme like Monokai, it should make the Solution Explorer and other window dark as well. Without this feature, you don't get the full benefit of the theme, and is sometimes jarring and unpleasant to the eye.

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                    • Implement WebSocket server types

                      Mono has some preliminary implementations of the WebSocket _client_ types in the System.Net.WebSockets namespace, but the implementations for the _server_ types are so far "empty" (for example [1]). To address this suggestion Xamarin would add implementations for these server types.

                      [1] https://github.com/mono/mono/blob/master/mcs/class/System/System.Net.WebSockets/HttpListenerWebSocketContext.cs

                      In the mean time, for any users who are looking for this functionality, there are a few WebSocket server implementations available outside of Mono itself:

                      - http://vtortola.github.io/WebSocketListener/
                      - https://superwebsocket.codeplex.com/
                      - http://alchemywebsockets.net/

                      30 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Reconsider the pricing for VS.

                        Once you're talking about one single piece of software, 80$ a month is a fairly significant price for some people.

                        I don't mean any offense, I'm sure it has had lots of work put into it - but frankly, having to use Xamarin Studio is more limiting than many standard "demo" limitations, and that in a piece of software that already comes with a subscription fee.

                        Please reconsider your pricing plans, particularly around the VS integration bit. The remaining Business and Enterprise-exclusive features are already important to those "targeted". Frankly, VS integration is by far the odd one out among…

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                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow creation of WP8.1 apps on OS X

                          Allowing WP8.1 application creation a la how it's done with VS/XS on a windows box would be great

                          10 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • String file output encoding (Localizable.strings)

                            XCode has a setting that allows you to convert UTF-8 files to UTF-16 files when building the binary, as required by iOS on the device. The setting for Localizable.strings files is called String file Output Encoding. See the following blog post for more information about that.

                            http://blog.felttip.com/post/1598441847/localizable-strings-in-utf-8-or-utf-16

                            This has the distinct advantage of allowing you to store your Localizable.strings files in your source code repository as UTF-8 rather than UTF-16. UTF-8 encoded files are diffable and mergeable, but UTF-16 files are not. (They are treated as binary by both Mercurial and Git.)

                            My question is: Is there any way to…

                            4 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Build host supporting multiple connections

                              Mac's tend to be on the expensive side and convincing you boss to buy one per Xamarin developer just to act as a build host is not always an easy sell.

                              If the build host could support multiple connections from different Visual Studio instances it would allow two developers to share a Mac for building purposes.

                              5 votes
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                              • Mark project

                                Possibility to mark a project with a color (i.E. a colored circle at the right edge of the solution-tree, background-color or text-color of the project-name) to make it easier to mark projects that needs more work or incomplete impelementations

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                                  • Allow Edit File for more than one project at a time.

                                    I would like to highlight more than one project, and then edit the csproj. So higlihght, right-click, edit file. Right now only one is possible.

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                                    • Export iOS storyboard

                                      I think that in Xamarin Studio would be great if there is possible to export Storyboard iOS project with every indication of class....A UML like Microsoft Project.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Xamarin.iOS Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow multiple instances of Visual studio in a single desktop session to use the Build Host

                                        When I work on a Xamarin.Forms app in Visual Studio, sometimes I need to open up a second copy of Visual Studio to work out a bug. I then have issues with the first copy of Visual Sudio losing the connection to the Xamarin Build Host with the error message "Another instance of Visual studio is using the Build Host on x.x.x.x. Double click here to select a new server". A single developer should be allowed to have multiple connections to the Xamarin Build Host as long as they are from the same desktop session.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Blend for Xamarin

                                          Visual Studio integration is a great way to improve cross-platform development productivity using one of the best IDE.

                                          The goal is to imitate the tools (and their usage) on current Windows development (WPF / Windows 8 / Windows Phone).

                                          We have 2 independant tools working together to provide the best productivity management ever : Visual Studio and Blend for the design.

                                          What about Blend Integration with Xamarin ?

                                          18 votes
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