Category Archives: Alpha

Releases specifically targeted for the Alpha Updater Channel.

Beta Release: Cycle 9 RC Refresh Builds

We are refreshing our RC builds in 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

For a list of known issues, please refer to the Release Notes for the appropriate product.


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 1 – 01/10/2017

Beta  2 – 01/18/2017

Beta 3 – This Release!

Stable – Soon!

Beta Release: Cycle 9 RC Refresh Builds

We are refreshing our RC builds in 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

For a list of known issues, please refer to the Release Notes for the appropriate product.


Products Released

  • Xamarin Studio (Mac 6.2.0.1757), (Windows 6.2.0.1742)
  • Release Notes

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 1 – 01/10/2017

Beta  2 – 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!

Alpha Preview 6: 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.
  • [Xamarin.VS] – 46279 – C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Xamarin\Android\mono-symbolicate … Assertion at ..\mono\metadata\class.c:5078, condition `class’ not met” when attempting to create Android packages in the Release configuration. This issue appears to be caused by a bad copy of `mono-symbolicate.exe.

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 – This Release!

Alpha Preview 5: Cycle 9

We are releasing the fifth 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 a 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] – At this time, as a result of VS 2017 moving away from .msi packaging toward utilization of the Visual Studio Installer system, Xamarin for Visual Studio 2017 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 will render any previous installation of Xamarin in an earlier version of Visual Studio inoperable.
  • [Xamarin.VS]46559 – VS hangs while Running/debugging an Android Wear App

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 – This Release!

Preview 2 – Visual Studio for Mac

We are releasing our second 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

Alpha Preview 4: Cycle 9

We are releasing the fourth 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 a 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] – At this time, as a result of VS 2017 moving away from .msi packaging toward utilization of the Visual Studio Installer system, Xamarin for Visual Studio 2017 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 will render any previous installation of Xamarin in an earlier version of Visual Studio inoperable.
  • [Xamarin.Android]48213 – Android 7.1.1 (API 25) is not yet supported in this release and can cause deployment errors such as “Value cannot be null. Parameter name: path2” if it is installed. A workaround is to uninstall API 25 in the Android SDK Manager or to disable Project properties > Application > Compile using Android version > Use Latest Platform (in Visual Studio) or Project Options > Build > General > Use latest installed platform (in Xamarin Studio) if you encounter any deployment failures.
  • [Xamarin.VS]46559 – VS hangs while Running/debugging an Android Wear App

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 – This Release!

Alpha Preview 3: Cycle 9

We are releasing the third 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 a 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] – At this time, as a result of VS 2017 moving away from .msi packaging toward utilization of the Visual Studio Installer system, Xamarin for Visual Studio 2017 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 will render any previous installation of Xamarin in an earlier version of Visual Studio inoperable.
  • [Xamarin.Android]48213 – Android 7.1.1 (API 25) is not yet supported in this release and can cause deployment errors such as “Value cannot be null. Parameter name: path2” if it is installed. A workaround is to uninstall API 25 in the Android SDK Manager or to disable Project properties > Application > Compile using Android version > Use Latest Platform (in Visual Studio) or Project Options > Build > General > Use latest installed platform (in Xamarin Studio) if you encounter any deployment failures.
  • [Xamarin.VS]46559 – VS hangs while Running/debugging an Android Wear App
  • [Xamarin.VS] – 46750 – User is not able to Create Xamarin.Forms application on Windows 7 with VS2012/13

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 – This Release!

Connect(); Keynote Releases

As you may have heard during the Connect(); Keynote session, we’re releasing a number of new products to our Alpha and Stable channels, with many new features available to sample right now.

 

 


WEB PREVIEW – VISUAL STUDIO FOR MAC


We are releasing our first 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.

Many changes have been made to the look-and-feel, terminology and default settings to to align more closely with Visual Studio, while remaining a Mac-centred development experience


Products Released

 

 


STABLE RELEASE – XAMARIN WORKBOOKS & INSPECTOR


We are releasing our first Stable build of Xamarin Inspector and Xamarin Workbooks for iOS, Android, Mac, and WPF applications. Xamarin Inspector is an interactive tool that you can use to diagnose and prototype changes in your application. The inspector can attach to a live application on any of the supported platforms. Xamarin Workbooks provide a blend of documentation and code that is perfect for experimentation, learning, and creating guides and teaching aides.


Products Released

 


STABLE RELEASE – iOS SIMULATOR (FOR WINDOWS)


We are releasing our first Stable build of the iOS Simulator for Xamarin.VS. The remote iOS Simulator provides you with a way to test and debug iOS apps on the simulator entirely from Visual Studio on Windows.

 

 


STABLE RELEASE – XAMARIN PROFILER


Note (11/22): Xamarin Profiler has been updated to build 1.0.2.2 (from 1.0.1.2). The issues fixed in these updates are noted below.

Note (11/17): Xamarin Profiler has been updated to build 1.0.1.2 (from 1.0.0.24). The issues fixed in these updates are noted below.

Xamarin Profiler 1.0 is now available for download! The Xamarin Profiler Preview integrates seamlessly with your existing Xamarin toolchain to collect information about your Xamarin apps. Use it to find memory leaks, resolve performance bottlenecks, and add polish to your apps before getting them out the door.


Products Released

  • Xamarin Profiler 1.0.2.2
    • Release Notes
    • Issues Addressed:
      • 44253 – Application not rebuilt with profiling support when profiling
      • 47263 – Couldn’t retrieve SSH Fingerprint

 

 


ALPHA RELEASE – CYCLE 9 UPDATED PREVIEW


An updated preview of our next upcoming feature release (called Cycle 9) can be downloaded from the Alpha channel.


Cycle 9 Alpha Known Issues

  • [Xamarin.VS] – At this time, as a result of VS 2017 moving away from .msi packaging toward utilization of the Visual Studio Installer system, Xamarin for Visual Studio 2017 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 will render any previous installation of Xamarin in an earlier version of Visual Studio inoperable.
  • [Xamarin.VS]46557 – Android Designer is unable to render in Visual Studio.
  • [Xamarin.VS]46559 – VS hangs while Running/debugging an Android Wear App
  • [Xamarin.VS] – 46750 – User is not able to Create Xamarin.Forms application on Windows 7 with VS2012/13
  • [Xamarin.Android] 46509 – New linker failure in Xamarin.Android Cycle 9 on Windows error MSB4018: System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null. Parameter name: instruction
  • [Xamarin.Android] 46510 – New linker failure in Xamarin.Android Cycle 9 Error executing task LinkAssemblies: Value cannot be null. Parameter name: variable

Cycle 9 Alpha Products Released 

 

 


STABLE RELEASE – CYCLE 8 SERVICE RELEASE 1 UPDATES


Note (11/22): Xamarin.VS has been updated to 4.2.1.64 (from 4.2.1.62) .Xamarin Profiler has been updated to build 1.0.2.2 (from 1.0.1.2). The issues fixed in these updates are noted below.

Note (11/17): Xamarin.VS has been updated to 4.2.1.62 (from 4.2.1.60), and Xamarin Profiler has been updated to build 1.0.1.2 (from 1.0.0.24). The issues fixed in these updates are noted below.

An updated Xamarin.VS has been released to Stable as part of C8SR1 alongside the newly released Xamarin tools products. 


Cycle 8 Service Release 1 Stable Products Released 

 

Alpha Preview: Cycle 9

We are releasing the first Alpha preview of our next major feature release, called Cycle 9. As this is a 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.

The issues addressed below are only the highest severity ones, so please check out the product release notes to see all the fixes and known issues for this release.


Known Issues 

  • [Xamarin.VS]46557 – Android Designer is unable to render in Visual Studio.
  • [Xamarin.VS]46559 – VS hangs while Running/debugging an Android Wear App
  • [Xamarin.VS] – 46750 – User is not able to Create Xamarin.Forms application on Windows 7 with VS2012/13
  • [Xamarin.Android] 46509 – New linker failure in Xamarin.Android Cycle 9 on Windows error MSB4018: System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null. Parameter name: instruction
  • [Xamarin.Android] 46510 – New linker failure in Xamarin.Android Cycle 9 Error executing task LinkAssemblies: Value cannot be null. Parameter name: variable

Products Released

  • Xamarin Studio 6.2.0.1358
    • Release Notes
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 44330 – Can’t edit storyboard with iOS Designer after editing with Xcode 8
  • Xamarin.VS 4.3.0.254
    • Release Notes
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 44317 – A problem was encountered creating the sub project ‘myprojectname.Droid’. Attempted to access a missing method
  • Xamarin.Android 7.0.99.160
    • Release Notes
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 44350 – Seeing multiple error CS00**: Inconsistent accessibility errors building binding projects using class-parse

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 – This Release!