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  1. WatchOS or WatchKit for Xamarin.Forms

    I would like to suggest to had WatchOS or WatchKit Development for Xamarin.Forms.

    Thank you.

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      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add preview of Xamarin.Forms like any XAML.

      It would be really useful to preview the design of the XAML without using external software or running the app.

      63 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Create Xamarin.Webasm as another supported platform

        enable C# users already using Xamarin for platform independent development to re-use their code in browser applications. Write a C# (or better a IL) to Webasm compiler. Create a minimal set of .NET Framework functionality. Enable Portable DLLs to be directly compiled to WebAsm. Port parts of Xamarin.Forms to create HTML-DOM-based User Interfaces.

        6 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Create an interface in Visual Studio which represents the view, code behind, view model, and navigation.

          I'm constantly flipping between views, code behind, and the view models. I wish it was easier to maneuver in Visual Studio. In the way the code behind is a sub object of the view, a new object should encompass both the view and view model. Putting view models in a separate folder makes code navi difficult IMO. Similarly, there should be a visual studio tool that lets you drag and drop the object which ecompasses the view, code behind, and view model into any appropriate navigation schemes.

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            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 2 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • QA

              is it possible that i create a new project and when I click the run button it works like any decent compiler

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                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • to get Device identity and device property

                When our application published already, some time we need to know user running it on what platform for example what brand, memory size, processor type, etc to get track on device specific issue.

                Also if we have a generic class to access device property will be really helpful to simplify our code. For example Device.ScreenSize, Device.Camera.IsFlashAvailable, Device.IsGPSEnabled etc.

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                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • document outline to also work when in axml code-view

                  the document outline currently only works when you are in design view of the axml document.

                  please also make it work in code, view so we can quickly navigate, find and edit

                  3 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 87 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • One project for all devices

                      When creating Xamarin solution, I suggest not to add a project for each device (one for ios, another for Android…). It will be easier to have one project that contains classes for common features and classes for each device. This can be done by some naming conventions, using separate folders for each OS, or by marking each class by some attributes (like [ios], [android]… etc.). It's easy then to compile this project to have many apps, each contains only the classes that suits the device it will work on.

                      8 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Introduce a Nightly builds channel to Xamarin.Forms, Mono, Mono-Android,...

                        Can we intoduce a Nightly build channel along side of Stable, Beta, and Alpha? This way when a bug is fixed we can immediately test the outcome before waiting till full release? Also this might be a good intermediate step till we are able to compile all the xamarin projects on our own.

                        24 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • support creation of xcarchive from Visual Studio

                          support creation of xcarchive from Visual Studio

                          7 votes
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                            started  ·  1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 618 votes
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                              100 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • More options with Info.plist like with Xamarin Studio

                              There is no source tab like in Xamarin Studio on Mac to change values like `Status bar is initially hidden`. You can only edit the XML directly.

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                                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support WinPhone and Windows tests in Xamarin.UITest

                                Xamarin.Forms provides developers with the ability to build apps for Android, iOS, WinPhone and Windows, but Xamarin.UITest only supports testing on Android and iOS. This makes Xamarin.UITest impractical for Xamarin.Forms projects, and who wants to build two sets of tests using different technologies to cover those platforms? Please extend UITest (and TestCloud) to support all platforms supported by Xamarin.Forms

                                10 votes
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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 ?

                                  824 votes
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                                    33 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 9 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • iOS c++

                                      Now that VS 2015 supports native iOS C++ static library development it would be nice if such a library could be added as a reference to a C# Xamarin project with VS. This already works with Xamarin.Android and the native Android C++ support in VS.

                                      6 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Change the Visual Studio updater so that during downloads it does not block Visual Studio.

                                        The updater for VIsual Studio is modal and during downloads it prevents access to Visual Studio. In may case downloads can take up to 30 minutes which causes me to be idle for 30 minutes.

                                        5 votes
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                                        • Have an option to automatically connect to a build host if it is the only one on the network

                                          I am the only developer at my company doing Xamarin development at the moment. I am the only person using the build host. It would be great if my machine would auto connect to it the build host instead of popping up with the window "one or more build hosts were detected". This would definitely need to be something that would turned off by default.

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