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  1. 132 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow use of Remoted iOS Simulator from ALL editions of Visual Studio

      Until the latest release, where the iOS simulator on windows was renamed to Remoted iOS Simulator, it was possible to remote the iOS simulator to windows from any version of Visual Studio.

      With the current release this has changed. Now a Visual Studio Enterprise Edition licence is required.

      Clearly this is not a technical restriction as it was previously possible, so it must be a simple money grab, which goes completely against Microsoft's more open approach to feature availability from recent years.

      For those of us who develop with neither direct, sole access to a Mac build machine, nor the…

      1,034 votes
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        38 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add support to build Mac OS binaries from windows

        Currently we need to log-in to a real Mac, update or SVN workspace and then fire a build using Xamarin.

        It would be very convenient and safe a lot of time to be able to build from a PC using a Mac Agent. It would also make build automation much easier since we can build the target nuget package immediately after msbuild.

        117 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • update Xamarin.Forms NuGet to Xamarin.Android.Support >= 25.3.1 (latest)

          Please update the Xamarin.Forms NuGet packages to use the most recent Xamarin.Android.Support libraries. Currently, using any recent versions of the Google Play Services wrapper or Firebase Cloud Messaging as cross-platform push notification solution is impossible because of the version mismatch.

          33 votes
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          • iOS usb remoting

            Last year on Xamarin Evolve you presented iOS usb remoting - https://blog.xamarin.com/live-from-evolve-new-xamarin-previews/

            Since then nothing changed, we still not have an access to this feature but we really need one!

            97 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow installing older versions of Xamarin in Visual Studio 2017

              This is needed in case of buggy Xamarin releases that happen quite often, sadly. There's no way to go back and install the previous version without downgrading entire VS2017. The way it was in VS2015 was really convenient.

              52 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make android build and deploy faster

                Developing for Android with Xamarin is dreadfully slow if you have a reasonably sized project. Currently one of my projects takes over a minute to build and deploy. This is not workable anymore because it takes me out of my flow.

                10 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make Xamarin Profiler available for Professional subscription

                  As an individual developer I have a Professional subscription. I build apps for myself as well as for other companies. In order to build good apps I need to profile my apps every now and then. Unfortunately this is not possible anymore because of the changed licenses. I had a Xamarin business license before which suited my needs perfectly. But the professional VS license is now insufficient to do my work because the Xamarin Profiler is missing. The Enterprise license is simply to expensive.

                  87 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • XAML for Xamarin Forms to be consistent with WPF/UWP XAML so that we have one XAML standard

                    When Xamarin started Xamarin Forms, I am sure they didn't want to confuse Xaml developers with similar syntax they use in WPF/Silverlight/UWP and started renaming controls like TextBox in WPF/Silverlight/UWP to Entry in Xamarin Forms.

                    Now that Xamarin is part of Microsoft, we should stick to one standard XAML so that, we can use XAML designers like Blend or similar tools, to drag drop controls, attach behaviours and triggers visually.

                    Ideally, we design UWP app, and we get iOS and Android apps with no code change.

                    487 votes
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                      6 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Implement IsEnabled for ToolbarItem

                      I want to enable and disable toolbar items within Xamarin.Forms. There seems to be an option, but hasn't been implemented yet. See here: https://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/37417/is-it-possible-to-disable-navigation-toolbar-items-in-xamarin-forms

                      22 votes
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                      • Support Right to Left Languages

                        even with the option HorizontalOptions="End" it's not enough, not all controls support it.
                        for example MasterDetailPage i can't make the side menu appear from the right

                        to make everything work i have to custom render

                        6 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Buy out Mr.Gestures and include it in Xamarin so we can finally enjoy full-fledged gesture support

                          TapGestureRecognizer...want the coordinates of the tap...sorry.
                          PanGestureRecognizer...want the coordinates of the last pan point...sorry.
                          With Mr.Gestures this and so much more is DONE and DONE well! Please add this capability to Xamarin, it'll help spur Xamarin Development :)

                          Or...don't buy him out but provide first-class API that includes similar capabilities.

                          I'm not affiliated with Mr.Gestures in anyway, but am a fan of the library, but can't sell any components that I make that leverage his library without forcing my users to buy his license.

                          150 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Sqlite Support For Xamarin Shared Project on Android N

                            We already developed one Android App (Version <7)for one of our customer using Sqlite and Xamarin Shared Project. But with new changes in Android Architecture there might be issues if the customer upgrade their OS to Android 7. I saw some links over internet and want to have Xamarin concurrence on that or wani to know if any updated Sqlite.cs file is available from Xamarin end to use it on Xamarin Shared project.

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                              0 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • xamarin forms designer

                              I think that is neccesary include a desginer like the designer for Android and iOS to xamarin forms, is very diffcult créate interfaces without an interface previewer or drag an drop controls in xamarin forms, for new persons without knowledge in xaml is very difficult and the previewer need the solution compiled

                              110 votes
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                              • More Xamarin IoT Application Tutorial

                                More Xamarin IoT Application Tutorial or Hands-On-Labs for Windows and Mac.
                                Suggest to use Raspberry Pi Online Simulator for the first tutorial, after that use Raspberry Pi tutorial.

                                3 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Documentation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Include Xamarin IoT application template in Visual Studio

                                  Currently I saw Xamarin IoT Application only for Xamarin for Mac,
                                  please include it in Windows also.

                                  3 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Adding shortcut for zoomin and out in AXML files

                                    It's a tiny thing but it would be nice if we can zoom in or out using ctrl+wheel or alt+wheel when designing AXML files

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                                      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Different icons in intellisense for extension methods

                                      When we import namespaces with lots of extension methods (Reactive, Linq) it would be very useful to distinguish them from class methods - to understand object interface(Api) more cleanly

                                      It is simple to do - just add new icon color for intellisense ext method

                                      4 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add support for creating Linux applications in Xamarin.Forms

                                        Now that you are working on Mac application support in Xamarin.Forms, it would be great to have Linux application support as well. !A single user interface framework for mobile and desktop applications on any platform!

                                        See: https://xamarin.uservoice.com/forums/144858-xamarin-platform-suggestions/suggestions/14826381-add-support-for-creating-mac-applications-in-xamar

                                        68 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Instant run like in android studio

                                          The new android studio v2 has the option to to much faster iterations on an android app. after the app is deployed the developer can change the code and see the change in under 2 seconds. as opposed to about 12 for a full restart on xamarin.

                                          These 10 seconds add up and more importantly they break the development flow. meaning that overall development time is increased greatly by now having this option.

                                          146 votes
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                                            3 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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