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  1. 191 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…

      1,144 votes
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        41 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Create a .Net Standard Storage plugin for Xamarin.Forms

        There is no active .Net Standard Storage plugin for Xamarin.Forms

        # Steps to reproduce
        I can not find a .NetStandard Storage plugin actively maintained by Xamarin company.

        # Actual behavior
        This plugin : https://github.com/dsplaisted/PCLStorage
        > Is only compatible with PCL project
        > Is discontinued : https://github.com/dsplaisted/PCLStorage/issues/66

        This plugin : https://github.com/PCLExt/PCLExt.FileStorage
        > Is not maintained by Xamarin company
        > Is not mature at this time

        # Demand
        Can you please provide a .NetStandard plugin for Xamarin.Forms file storage ?

        Thank you and have a nice day.

        12 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add XIB support for generics

          UIViewControllers defined in code support generic type parameters. This feature is useful in an MVVM pattern when a given XIB can use different view model sources.

          There is, however, no way to do this in a XIB defined view controller. Therefore, a XIB defined view controller cannot use generics for custom view controllers.

          Note that if the .designer.cs file is manually edited to add a generic template, it works. The .designer.cs file is, however, overwritten regularly when opening XIB files, requiring that we modify the designer.cs file again.

          13 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Xamarin.iOS Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Xamarin Profiler's huge paywall propagates low quality Xamarin Applications

            The Xamarin Profiler tool needs to be more readily available to ALL Xamarin developers, not just Enterprise license holders (which is prohibitively expensive for individuals or small companies). The withholding of such a great tool to only the most expensive licenses will surely propagate low quality, un-optimized applications into the market which could severely affect the Xamarin platform adoption rate for developers. Xamarin Profiler needs to be a free tool ( such as Xcode and Android Studio's profiler tools) or significantly more affordable.

            9 votes
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            • 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.

              121 votes
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                5 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  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.

                135 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  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.

                  39 votes
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                  • 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.

                    15 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  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.

                      61 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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 →
                        • 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

                          18 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • A single desktop applications that run on any platform

                            A single desktop applications that run on any platform such as Linux,mac,and window like java

                            5 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Entry.Text. MaxLength Native in XAML Xamarin.Forms

                              Entry.Text. MaxLength = "3";
                              Native in XAML

                              In Xamarin.Forms
                              MaxLength = "3";

                              6 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Documentation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make Desginers better

                                I am a c# developer and I want to use Xamarin, but the designer is making me and everybody frustrated. For Android for isstance, I cannot see XML and Designer side by side. Zooming in both iOS and Android designers is a real pain. Mouse wheel should be used for zooming as standard not by clicking. Believe me these details are so simple but extremely important. These details let developer skip away from C# to Android and Swift, just because of these small things.

                                6 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • iOS remote simulator on Android device plugged into Windows machine

                                  I don't know if there are any possibilities to make this happen.

                                  Currently we can display the iOS simulator screen on Windows machine. But what if we can try our iOS apps on a device that feels more like the actual iPhone. With touch screen and gestures.

                                  Maybe through streaming the screen to Android device. And streaming back the inputs from the device. I don't know how the current Remote Simulator works.

                                  It's only an idea.

                                  3 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  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.

                                    516 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • update Android designer and refactoring

                                      Add support for designer to watch changes as soon as we type them in editor like split view. Also add support for refactoring, and provide suggestions like Android Studio does for creating resources like string or colors resources right from layout file. Also support refactoring as soon we type a resource name then it should display matching values like visual studio intellisense works in code editor. Make it better to develop android apps like android studio provides functionality.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support for at least something

                                        We are Xamarin.Forms developers from Russia. In our country we have a lot of problems, but it is nothing in compromation with YOUR HATEMAKER PRODUCT. So, let's start with a documentation. Two string for a class is not a documentation, really. What about stability? There no stability in Xamarin.Forms. My team waste more than 3 ours every single day to fix conflicts and bugs. For example: unexpectedly died SkiaSharp and Mono or dropped code analizer or died Java compiler or a lot of bullshit happens with Xamarin.Forms. It makes me angry, aggresive and provokes me to hate everything. People shame…

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                                          0 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Analyze dependencies for possible incompatibilities (e.g. 32 bit binaries)

                                          In iOS 11 32 bit apps are not supported anymore. Yet there are still some NuGet packages that contain 32 bit binaries.

                                          A tool that automatically scans all dependencies for incompatible binaries would save developers a lot of time debugging a Xamarin app that needs to work with iOS 11.

                                          3 votes
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