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Beta Release: 15.4 Preview 3

We are releasing an updated preview of our next major release, called 15.4. This release includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Note that in this release of Visual Studio for Mac, the Azure Functions and Xamarin IoT preview features are disabled. These preview features are now available separately via the extension gallery. See the steps under Preview Capabilities on the corresponding Visual Studio blog post for details on how to enable those features.

As this is a preview build, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing. Of course, additional bug reports are still welcome for these preview versions. If you see any suspicious behavior that you wish to report, please file a quick bug.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.

Please check out the product release notes to see all the fixes and known issues for this release.


Products Released

  • Visual Studio 2017 Tools for Xamarin 4.7.0.1001
  • Visual Studio 2015 Tools for Xamarin 4.7.10.6
  • (The difference in versions is due to a change needed only for Visual Studio 2015.)
  • Release Notes

Installing

You can switch back to the non-preview versions at any time by launching your side-by-side non-preview installation of Visual Studio 2017 and switching to the Stable updater channel in Visual Studio for Mac and Visual Studio 2015 Tools for Xamarin.

 

Stable Release: 15.3.4 Servicing Release

We are releasing a service release for our current major release called 15.3 into the Stable channel.

This release is now available as part of Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3 and in the Stable updater channels for Visual Studio 2017 for Mac and Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015.

Please check out the product release notes to see all the fixes and known issues for this release.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.

Bug reports are also welcome. If you see any suspicious behavior that you wish to report, please file a quick bug.


Products Released


Included Fixes

This release focuses on a few issues from the Xamarin 15.3 release:

  • 58226 (non-public) [Xamarin iOS Designer] – “MonoTouch.Design.Client.DesignerRemoteException: System.NotSupportedException: Could not parse xml” when attempting to open a storyboard or .xib file, for example after editing the file with Xcode.
  • Developer Community 89863 [Visual Studio for Mac, Xamarin.iOS] – Crash when attempting to access Preferences > Apple Developer Accounts when Xamarin.Mac is not installed.
  • 58829 [Xamarin.Android, Xamarin.iOS] – Application Output window flooded with “[Mono] worker parking, [Mono] worker unparking” messages when debugging with Android Emulator.
  • 58778 [Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin Profiler] – Xamarin.iOS profiling is unsuccessful when Strip native debugging symbols is enabled.

Other Common Issues from the Xamarin 15.3 Release

In case it might also be useful for reference, here are some other in-progress commonly seen issues being tracked by the Xamarin team from the Xamarin 15.3 release. This list is not exhaustive: It does not include every issue user-submitted issue reported since the time of the Xamarin 15.3 release.

  • 59036 [Xamarin.Android] – ClassNotFoundException when building and running app with Multi-Dex enabled due to missing newline characters in generated multidex.keep file.
    • Possible temporary workaround: Copy the generated multidex.keep file from the obj directory into the top level of the Android app project, add a newline character after each “.class” string, set the build action of the file to MultiDexMainDexList, and rebuild the app.

Installing


Previous Versions

Using the latest versions is recommended. The previous versions of the Xamarin and Mono packages from the Xamarin 15.3 release are listed below for reference.

Beta Release: 15.4 Beta 1

We are releasing the third preview of our next major release, called 15.4. This release includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Note that in this release of Visual Studio for Mac, the Azure Functions and Xamarin IoT preview features are disabled. These preview features are now available separately via the extension gallery. See the steps under Preview Capabilities on the corresponding Visual Studio blog post for details on how to enable those features.

As this is a Beta build, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing. Of course, additional bug reports are still welcome for these preview versions. If you see any suspicious behavior that you wish to report, please file a quick bug.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.

Please check out the product release notes to see all the fixes and known issues for this release.


Products Released


Installing

You can switch back to the non-preview versions at any time by launching your side-by-side non-preview installation of Visual Studio 2017 and switching to the Stable updater channel in Visual Studio for Mac and Visual Studio 2015 Tools for Xamarin.


15.4 Release Dates

Preview 1 – Aug 2nd 2017

Preview 2 – Aug 28th 2017

Preview 3 – This Release!

Alpha Release: 15.4 Alpha 2

We are releasing the second preview of our next major release, called 15.4. This release includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Note that in this release of Visual Studio for Mac, the Azure Functions and Xamarin IoT preview features are disabled. These preview features are now available separately via the extension gallery. See the steps under Preview Capabilities on the corresponding Visual Studio blog post for details on how to enable those features.

As this is an Alpha build, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing. Of course, additional bug reports are still welcome for these preview versions. If you see any suspicious behavior that you wish to report, please file a quick bug.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.

Please check out the product release notes to see all the fixes and known issues for this release.


Products Released


Installing

You can switch back to the non-preview versions at any time by launching your side-by-side non-preview installation of Visual Studio 2017 and switching to the Stable updater channel in Visual Studio for Mac and Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015.

 


15.4 Release Dates

Preview 1 – Aug 2nd 2017

Preview 2 – This Release!

Stable Release: 15.2 Hotfix Xamarin Android (Mac Only)

We are releasing a new stable build of Xamarin.Android to address a critical performance degradation users have experienced in the 15.2 release. This release is aimed at providing the earliest possible access to the candidate fix for the following issue for users on Mac:

56240 – [Xamarin.Android] Performance degradation in apps that use System.Linq.Expressions. Xamarin.Forms projects that use RelativeLayout are one common scenario that hits this problem.

We are working on a fix for Windows users, and hope to release that very soon.


Products Released

You can also see the latest builds in all channels at https://developer.xamarin.com/releases/current/.

Technical Bulletin: Xcode 8.3 Support for VS 2017

Update: Visual Studio 2017 (26228.12) from March 31 includes Xamarin Xcode 8.3 support

Be sure to update to Visual Studio 2017 15.0.26228.12 or higher via the Tools > Extensions and Updates menu to get Xcode 8.3 compatibility for the Xamarin extensions.


Old alternate manual update steps (from March 28)

With the release of Visual Studio 2017 and the new Visual Studio Installer, there were some changes to how the Xamarin extensions for Visual Studio get installed and updated. In VS 2017, Xamarin updates will now generally be published as an integrated part of the Visual Studio Product Updates in the Extensions and Updates menu. However, the Visual Studio Product Update from earlier today (26228.10) does not yet include Xamarin’s Xcode 8.3 support. Xcode 8.3 support will instead be included in a Visual Studio Product Update for the final versions of Xamarin 15.1, which are coming soon.

In the interim, we are providing downloadable versions of the Xamarin.VisualStudio and Xamarin.iOS extensions for VS 2017 that support Xcode 8.3.  In order to use these versions, please download them from the respective links below, and follow these instructions:

  1. If by chance either file downloads with a “.zip” extension in your browser, rename it back to “.vsix” (for example after enabling the  View > File name extensions checkbox in Windows Explorer).
  2. Shut down all instances of VS 2017 currently running.  We suggest you also close any instances of VS 2015 or 2013 as well.
  3. Double click the Xamarin.VisualStudio VSIX file.
  4. A pop up window with a number of checkbox options will appear. Select only the Visual Studio 2017 checkboxes. Be sure to un-check any checkboxes present for Visual Studio 2015 and lower. Then click the install button.
  5. Once installation of the Xamarin.VS VSIX file has fully completed, repeat steps 2 & 3 for the Xamarin.Apple.Sdk VSIX file.
  6. Once installation of both Xamarin.VS and Xamarin.iOS are complete, restart VS 2017, and confirm the new Xamarin and Xamarin.iOS extensions are installed by checking the versions listed in Help > About Microsoft Visual Studio.

If you see a behavior that looks suspicious in these versions, and if it isn’t clear whether one of the known issues in the release notes matches the problem, please file a quick bug report to let the team know.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.


Products Released


Uninstalling this Update from Visual Studio 2017

In the event that these versions need to be uninstalled, the Visual Studio Installer can be used to accomplish this. Read the uninstalling Xamarin guide for more information.

Note that uninstalling these manually installed VSIX files through this process will fully remove the Xamarin.VisualStudio extension from VS 2017. You will need to re-install the Xamarin component through the Visual Studio Installer to restore the previous Xamarin 4.3.0.784 version in VS 2017.

Preview 3 – Visual Studio for Mac

We are releasing our third preview of Visual Studio for Mac. Visual Studio for Mac is an evolution of Xamarin Studio, and includes all the functionality of Xamarin Studio 6.2.

If you already have VS for Mac installed, this udpate will appear in any of the updater channels within the IDE. If you do not yet have a VS for Mac Preview, you can download this newer one here. Future updates will then be available to you through the VS for Mac “Check for Updates” menu option.

Please note that the VS for Mac IDE has it’s own set of updater channels, separate from Xamarin Studio and Xamarin.VS. While the VS for Mac channel list mirrors the other IDEs with Alpha, Beta, and Stable options, it should be noted the same preivew existis in all 3 VS for Mac updater channels, and as this is a preview it is not yet a fully supported product.


Products Released

Web Preview: Xamarin Studio Cycle 8 Service Release 2 (w/ fix for text input in AppleKit entires)

We are releasing a web preview of a newer version of Xamarin Studio, based off the C8SR2 build currently in our Stable channel. This build fixes an issue where text input into AppleKit entries would stop working. We are still testing this internally, but wanted to offer up a web preview now for anyone impacted by the issue. We are hoping to publish these builds to Stable early next week.


Products Released

Beta Release: Cycle 9 RC Builds

We are releasing RC builds to the Beta channel for our next major release, called Cycle 9.

As this is a Beta build, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing. Please check out the product release notes to see all the fixes and known issues for this release.

Please note that if you wish to use Xamarin.VS with VS 2012, you should not install this RC build, as it will overwrite that version on your machine.

If you see a behavior that looks suspicious in these versions, and if it isn’t clear whether one of the known issues in the release notes matches the problem, please file a quick bug report to let the team know.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.


Known Issues

  • [Xamarin.VS] – Xamarin for Visual Studio 2017 RC can not be installed at the same time as Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015/2013/2012. Please note that installing Xamarin to Visual Studio 2017 RC will uninstall any previous installation of Xamarin in an earlier version of Visual Studio. This will be fixed in the final release of VS 2017.
  • [Xamarin.VS] – 49064 – Application gives build error, as wrong code is getting added for Button handler in ViewController.designer.cs file. Working correctly with VS 2015.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – 46375 – When using AOT and LLVM for armeabi and armeabi-v7a the following error is raised: error XA3001: Could not AOT the assembly: obj/Release/android/assets/UnnamedProject.dll. This occurs on the latest xamarin-android master branch.

Products Released


Installing the Beta and switching back to Stable

You can install this new Beta version or switch back to the current Stable version by changing updater channels.


Upcoming Release Dates

Beta  – This Release!

Stable – Soon!

Alpha Preview 7: Cycle 9

We are releasing the sixth Alpha preview of our next major feature release, called Cycle 9.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.


Known Issues

As this is an Alpha build, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing.

Of course additional bug reports are still welcome for these preview versions. If you see any suspicious behavior that you wish to report, please file a quick bug. File a bug using the “Cycle 9 Preview” new bug form.

  • [Xamarin.VS] – Xamarin for Visual Studio 2017 RC can not be installed at the same time as Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015/2013/2012. Please note that installing Xamarin to Visual Studio 2017 RC will uninstall any previous installation of Xamarin in an earlier version of Visual Studio. This will be fixed in the final release of VS 2017.
  • [Xamarin.VS]46559 – VS hangs while Running/debugging an Android Wear App
  • [Xamarin.VS] – 49064 – Application gives build error, as wrong code is getting added for Button handler in ViewController.designer.cs file. Working correctly with VS 2015.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – 46375 – When using AOT and LLVM for armeabi and armeabi-v7a the following error is raised: error XA3001: Could not AOT the assembly: obj/Release/android/assets/UnnamedProject.dll. This occurs on the latest xamarin-android master branch.

Products Released 


Installing the Alpha and switching back to Stable

You can install this new Alpha version or switch back to the current Stable version by changing updater channels.


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – Nov 8th, 2016

Alpha 2 – Nov 16th, 2016 (Connect(); Conference)

Alpha 3 – Nov 28th, 2016

Alpha 4 – Dec 5th, 2016

Alpha 5 – Dec 14th, 2016

Alpha 6 – Dec 19th, 2016

Alpha 7 – This Release!