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  1. 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…

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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.

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        5 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.

        386 votes
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          4 comments  ·  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!

          35 votes
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          • 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.

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              1 comment  ·  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.

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              • 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.

                108 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • listview drag and drop support

                  The ListView control should have the ability to do drag and drop reordering and automatically show the native UIs (if available) for each platform. I.e. iOS should have the nice drag bars on the side etc.

                  In general drag and drop should be native and just work everywhere like standard XAML

                  51 votes
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                  • 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

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                    • Xamarin.Forms DatePicker with Clear Button to Allow Null Dates

                      In Xamarin.Forms, when you have Two-Way Binding on a DatePicker control, if the date value comes in as null, the control will set its date to TODAY. What if I don't want to keep the date as null until a date is picked? There is a workaround to this. Please see this post: https://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/20028/datepicker-possible-to-bind-to-nullable-date-value (My post is at the very end of the thread). Also, the post above mine includes a github link that has the work around code.

                      BUT..what if I want to clear the date value? There is no way of doing this from the DatePicker. What if…

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                        2 comments  ·  Xamarin.iOS Suggestions  ·  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.

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                          1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Use XAML for native iOS and Android UI

                          I would like for XAML to be used for native UI in pure Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android projects.

                          For example, let me describe an iOS View Controller a la

                          <UIView ...>
                          <UILabel ...>
                          </UIView>

                          Then we could use the same XAML/MVVM/Binding and PRIMS style navigation on Forms, iOS and Android.

                          One might even envision:
                          - To replace some Forms renderers with iOS/Droid XAML user controls
                          - To have a common XAML designer for all platforms.

                          17 votes
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                          • 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

                            35 votes
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                            • Add MultiBinding to Xamarin.Forms

                              (Google believes that there used to be a suggestion for adding MultiBinding[1], but it seems to have disappeared. Maybe it was lost when the Forms UserVoice was discontinued?)

                              The lack of MultiBinding is a significant barrier to creating a dynamic UI. Kevin at IntelliTect[2] did a lot of research to get as close as possible, but it is still very hacky. A proper MultiBinding is critical for creating dynamic UIs without a TON of manual binding and calculation code in the view model.

                              [1] https://www.google.com/search?q=xamarin+forms+multibinding&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
                              7th result at the time of writing: https://xamarin.uservoice.com/forums/258559-xamarin-forms-suggestions/suggestions/11700705-add-multibinding-in-xamarin-forms

                              [2] http://intellitect.com/multibinding-in-xamarin-forms/

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                              • limit the length of text in an Entry control

                                Add Max Length Properties to Entry Control. so that we can Define the Maximun characters allowed in it

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                                • Add support for creating WPF applications in Xamarin.Forms

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

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

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                                  • Implement LongPressGestureRecognizer in Xamarin.Forms

                                    Implement the LongPressGestureRecogniser in EventTracker for iOS and a gesture handler for Android.

                                    It is harder for developers to extend this functionality since the event tracker is embedded so deeply into all the UI elements and the access to it is restricted, but it is fairly easy to add to the existing platform.

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                                    • 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

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                                      • Test Recorder

                                        Final Release of Xamarin Test Recorder

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                                        • Xamarin only license

                                          Since microsoft took over Xamarin, licensing has been a major issue: VS Professional is insuffissient, VS Enterprise is overkill. I would like to have the Xamarin Business license back the way it was fully featured without me having to pay thousands extra for stuff that I don't need

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