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  1. Allow Indie level Subscribers to use Visual Studio Community 2013 Integration

    It doesn't make a lot of sense that subscribing customers using a 'Indie' Microsoft platform can't use that platform to build software, yet the 'Starter' edition will function.

    172 votes
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      11 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Xaml Designer for Xamarin Forms .. This should be a priority

      The uptake of Xamarin forms will skyrocket with the introduction of a XAML designer. Is this coming anytime soon?

      222 votes
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        4 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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.

        31 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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/

          22 votes
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          • Xamarin Forms - Global Clear Image Cache

            Sometimes images fail to download properly and invalid images get cached. It would be nice to have the ability to clear the cache for all images in the project.

            16 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Xamarin.iOS Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add basic TFS source control regression testing to QA for stable releases

              Xamarin does not yet perform regression testing for TFS source control during the stable release process. This suggestion is posted to help gather votes about how many Xamarin users use TFS.

              To fulfill the suggestion, Xamarin would add some basic regression tests for TFS source control, such as being able to successfully build, deploy, and debug Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS solutions that are managed by TFS.

              23 votes
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              • Placeholder Text Color on Xamarin.Forms

                I would like to be able to change the color of the placeholder text from an input (Textbox).

                Thanks

                12 votes
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                • Add support for elliptic curve cryptography

                  EC cryptography is part of the .NET framework, but a Xamarin implementation is missing. Existing bug trackers for this: https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=13358 & https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=13359.

                  21 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Enable "Embed assemblies in native code" for indie and business licencees as well.

                    On Android Builds, Please make the option "Embed assemblies in native code" available for indie and business licensees as well.

                    Come one ! 1000$ per year, per product, per developer !!! and still restricting functionality, don't you think you're going a little bit too far ?

                    165 votes
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                      6 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Lower the INSANE prices...

                      Well... the title is self explanatory... Xamarin is great, but also super expensive, even for companies.

                      6 votes
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                      • XAML Errors could be more descriptive

                        Error messaging for incorrect Xaml in Xamarin.Forms is sometimes a little too vague, like just saying "XamlParseException" but nothing more in detail. The closer to the issue, the more helpful it could be.

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                          0 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make animations optional for Xamarin.Forms navigation push/pop operations.

                          Often developers need to push or pop pages (either in a navigation stack or modally) without an animation. The current API has no option to skip the animation. The pattern on iOS is to provide a boolean argument specifying whether to animate. I think Xamarin's API should follow that pattern.

                          24 votes
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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.

                            5 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Xamarin platform should go Open-Source.

                              adoption would skyrocket, decision makers fears would dissapear, and Xamarin would sell support to fund development.

                              16 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add an event when OpenGlView clean OpenGL context, add a method to force clean OpenGL context

                                OpenGLView clean context itself but it very diffucult to be synchronized with it (called when changing page with MasterDetailPage, onpause, ...).

                                An event and a force should be very welcome in case of strong memory use that often change (games,...).

                                It's probably not very difficult to code that.

                                A bonus is an access to graphic memory used on opengl context.

                                3 votes
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                                • Publish to Google Play from Visual Studio/Xamarin Studio

                                  Google now exposes an API for publishing Android APKs to Alpha, Beta, and Production "Tracks" in Google Play. Having this integration in Visual Studio/Xamarin Studio would be really nice to have. Similar to the TestFlight integration for iOS.

                                  20 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • generate build warning for overrides of GetView that don't use convertView parameter

                                    There seem to be strong enough recommendations to use convertView to re-use view cells when overriding GetView in order to achieve adequate performance and memory usage for long lists. If the convertView parameter is never used, generate a build warning and recommend using the same patterns taught at Xamarin University for implementing list views.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Add a solution template to create a cross-platform solution that is not using Xamarin.Forms

                                      As suggested by an Evolve attendee, add a new solution template that creates a Solution with a PCL and platform specific projects. This is available for a Xamarin.Forms solution, so the suggestion is also to have the same that does not add the references to the Xamarin.Forms packages.

                                      2 votes
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                                        • 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 ?

                                          6 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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