Category Archives: Alpha

Releases specifically targeted for the Alpha Updater Channel.

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!

(UDPATED) Beta Release: Cycle 8 Service Release 1 RC Builds

UDPATE – Xamarin.VS, Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android, and Xamarin.Mac have all been updated to slightly newer versions.

  • Xamarin.VS version is now 4.2.1.57 (was 4.2.1.52)
  • Xamarin.iOS version is now 10.2.1.5 (was 10.2.1.4)
  • Xamarin.Android is now 7.0.2.38 (was 7.0.2.37)
  • Xamarin.Mac is now 2.10.0.113 (was 2.10.0.111)

 

We are releasing a Beta preview of our next release, called Service Release 1. This release contains the Release Candidates of C8SR1, which should be shipping to the Stable Channel soon.

 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.

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 for Visual Studio], [Xamarin Studio] – Upcoming compatibility feature, tracked in 44330 – “This version does not have support for files saved in Xcode 8 format” appears when attempting to edit a file with the Xamarin iOS designer after having edited the file with Xcode 8. Xcode 8 introduced a new, non-backwards-compatible XML format for Interface Builder documents that is not yet supported in Xamarin’s iOS designer. As it turns out, the beta version of Xcode 8.1 from Apple has in fact backed out of several of those format changes. Candidate fixes are now under test for Xamarin’s iOS designer to cover the remaining format changes as present in Xcode 8.1.
  • [Xamarin Studio]43188 – Sporadic “Out of memory” error during build leaves solution in an unbuildable state until the project is reloaded.
    • Improved in this release: Cycle 8 Service Release 1 includes some fixes that should hopefully eliminate the need to reload the project in this scenario. Additional fixes for the “Out of memory” error itself are also planned.
  • [Xamarin for Visual Studio], [Xamarin Studio]43566 – In a few remaining scenarios, the iOS Designer initialization process might still cause a running iOS 10 simulator to become non-responsive. The designer initialization happens when opening an iOS project in Xamarin Studio and during the connection to the remote Mac in Visual Studio. This issue does not affect Xcode 7.3, iOS 9.3 (and lower) simulators.
    • Workaround: Quit and restart the simulator after the designer has initialized. You can then proceed to use the simulator again as normal.

Products Released

  • Xamarin Studio 6.1.2.44
  • Release Notes
    • Issues Addressed:
      • 45535 – User is not seeing iOS Simulator in Xamarin Studio
      • 43675 – New “run configurations” menu means we can’t see which emulator is selected
      • 45358 – User is not seeing iOS Simulator in Xamarin Studio when using Xcode 8.1 beta
      • 42779 – Random crash caused by LogViewProgressMonitor
      • 44537 – XS 6.x branches are not reading XML documentation from 3rd party libraries
      • 44378 – Mac Migration Tool Not Working
      • 44285 – Xcode 8 quits after Xamarin Studio returns to the foreground when using Xcode 8 via Open With > Xcode Interface Builder.
      • 44144 – Cannot open axml files using Layout Editor
      • 40314 – “Reopen Closed Tab” option does not work on Assembly Browser tabs
      • 38791 – Update default product templates to benefit from C#6
      • 15222 – Open With doesn’t work when file is open in another editor
      • 34994 – Dialogs do not highlight default [“Return”] button on Mac
      • 46062 – Cannot create a WatchKit App (watchOS2) project’
      • 45855 – “Failed to launch the simulator: Could not load the framework ‘libswiftos.dylib’ (path: /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Frameworks/libswiftos.dylib): not found.” when attempting to launch iOS 10.1 simulator via `mlaunch`
      • 45644 -[iOS Designer] Accessing Designer throws error “Unable to boot device because it cannot be located on disk”
      • 45861 – “May Slow Down Your iPhone … The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility.” because of default “i386” supported architecture setting in the iPhoneSimulator configuration on new projects
      • 45856 – Missing iOS 10.0 deployment target
      • 45899 – “error HE0035: Could not find a paired iPhone device for the Watch ‘watchOS 3.1 (14S471a) – Apple Watch – 42mm'” on Series 1 Watch simulator
  • Xamarin.VS 4.2.1.52
  • Release Notes
    • Issues Addressed:
      • 44578 – Cannot debug any solution from VS on my iPad anymore
      • 44997 – Android Designer shows progress indicator indefinitely
      • 44468 – Can’t save 120×120 App Icons in Info.plist editor
      • 45122 – Import Existing Keystore fails with java.io.IOException: Keystore was tampered with, or password was incorrect
      • 44567 –  “Launch failed. The app ‘app’ could not be launched on ‘iPhone’: Object reference not set to an instance of an object” when attempting to deploy to certain iOS devices in certain environments.
      • 44958 – No Available Devices are Listed After Changing Start Up Project via the Run button
      • 43316 – Native References in iOS Binding projects do not build in VS
      • 45249 – “Could not install package ‘Xamarin.Forms 2.2.0.45’. You are trying to install this package into a project that targets ‘Unsupported,Version=v0.0′” when adding a new XAML page to a Forms Shared Project
      • 44432 – Entitlements view doesn’t save changes made in designer nor loads data from plist
      • 43948 – Android Designer shows progress indicator indefinitely
      • 44284 – User is not getting option ‘Top Shelf Image Wide’ under Assets catalogs for tvOS template in VS.
      • 38570 – “The project requires user input. Reload the project for more information” error prevents loading a newly created F# Blank App (Android) tempate app
      • 44394 – The error message shown in the Output window when attempting to use a 7.x device with Xcode 8 does not include the compatibility error returned by Xcode.
      • 44273 – “An error occurred trying to load the page.” appears in the “Project Properties > iOS Build” tab when not connected to a Mac
      • 45333 – [Android Archive Manager and Publishing Workflow Enhancements] Differentiator between Alias, Wizard Path, Key Details, Keystore Path]
      • 45676 – “Failed to launch the simulator: Could not load the framework ‘libswiftAppKit.dylib’ … Library not loaded: @rpath/libswiftQuartzCore.dylib” when attempting to launch iOS 10.1 simulator.
      • 44551 – Attempting to deploy app with “iOS Application > Devices” set to “iPhone/iPod” on physical iPad has no effect and produces no error messages or warning in any log files
      • 45862 – “May Slow Down Your iPhone … The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility.” because of default “i386” supported architecture setting in the iPhoneSimulator configuration on new projects
      • 44570 – building with VS 2015 Update 3 and msbuild property IpaPackageDir is defined and custom solution profile an error is thrown when cleanup starts from mac xamarin throws error
      • 45711 – “Error opening installation log file. Verify that the specified log file location exists and is writable” when attempting to install update if username contains accented characters
      • 44724 – “Failed to read file attributes for “/Users/macuser/Library/Caches/Xamarin/Resources/Images.xcassets”” when rebuilding iOS project that uses asset catalogs
  • Xamarin.iOS 10.2.1.4
  • Release Notes
    • Issues Addressed:
      • 44701 – “Could not link assemblies” due to NullReferenceException in certain scenarios during bindings optimization
      • 45379 – “Assertion: should not be reached at … mono/mono/sgen/sgen-scan-object.h:90” causes crash on simulator and device
  • Xamarin.Android 7.0.2.37
  • Release Notes 
    • Issues Addressed:
      • 44535 – “‘System.ComponentModel.INotifyPropertyChanged’ is defined in an assembly that is not referenced. You must add a reference to assembly ‘System.ObjectModel” for projects that reference PCLs with `INotifyPropertyChanged`
      • 44633 – Enabling <AndroidUseSharedRuntime> in some projects causes `classes.dex` to not deploy to device
      • 34498 – AOT task fails if project path has a space in it
      • 43915 – Getting build error on Android F# app when using ‘Array.take’.
      • 44193 – Warning when building Forms app: MSB3247 Found conflicts between different versions of the same dependent assembly
  • Mono Framework 4.6.2.6
  • Release Notes
    • Issues Addressed:
      • 39832 – SIGSEGV when running roslyn
      • 44349 – Mono.Data.Sqlite fails to store seconds in timestamp value to a table

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 – Oct 19th, 2016

Beta 2 – This Release!

Stable – October 2016

Alpha Preview: Xamarin.Mac Support on MacOS 10.12 Sierra

We are releasing a new preview of Xamarin.Mac that provides support for targeting MacOS 10.12 Sierra.  Note that you will need Xcode 8 installed and MacOS 10.11 running to support this build.

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 preview.

The Xamarin team is looking for as much user feedback as possible on this build, so If you see a behavior that looks suspicious in this version, 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.

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


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!

Stable – Late 2016

Alpha Preview 6: Cycle 8

We are releasing a newer Alpha preview of our next major feature release, called Cycle 8. As this is an Alpha build, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing.

NOTE Due to a last minute issue found during testing, Xamarin.VS will not be included with this release. We hope to have an updated Xamarin.VS build early next week to compliment the other products in this release. 

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 preview. Use the below forum threads to report and monitor issues that may occur, as well as find any potential workarounds that may exist.


Known Issues (does not included Xamairn.VS known issues) 

  • [Xamarin Studio] 40422: The roslyn workspace can’t be queried while it’s loading.
  • [Xamairn.iOS]42392: ‘clang: error: unable to execute command: Segmentation fault: 11’ when compiling ios project
  • [Xamarin.iOS] 42992 – Loose debugger connection

Products Released

  • Xamarin Studio 6.1.0.5338
    • Release Notes
    • Forum Thread – Alpha Release: Cycle 8 Feature Release Preview
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 42728 – watchOS apps in Xamarin Studio should now properly deploy on device and simulator.
      • 42389 – Constant spinwheels / hangs when editing, scrolling, or searching in the document editor with a large solution using XS 6.1
      • 43013 – Cannot create a Multiplatform Single View App
      • 43168 – Getting error in Android Previewer even after building or rebuilding the project.
      • 40442 – The roslyn workspace can’t be queried while it’s loading.
  • Xamarin.Android 6.2.0.33
    • Release Notes
    • Forum Thread – Alpha Release: Cycle 8 Feature Release Preview
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 42168 –  A numeric comparison was attempted on “$(_DeviceSdkVersion)” that evaluates to “” instead of a number, in condition “$(_DeviceSdkVersion) >= 21”
      • 42521 –  Applications crashing on startup due to java.io.IOException: No original dex files found
      • 42469 – Fixed assertion “fixed_type_allocator_indexes [type] == slot’ not met”, which was causing a crash on startup.
      • 42835 – Android projects using support packages should now build properly on Windows.
      • 42830 – Android applications should now deploy properly in release configuration.
  • Mono Framework 4.6.0.138
    • Release Notes
    • Major Issues Addressed:
      • 41644 – Fixed a hang on shutdown.
      • 41674  MSBuild should now work correctly.

Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – April 27th, 2016 (Evolve Conference)

Alpha 2 – July 13th, 2016

Alpha 3 – July 27th, 2016

Alpha 4 – Aug 2nd, 2016

Alpha 5– Aug 9th, 2016

Alpha 6 – This Release!

Stable – Fall 2016

Alpha Preview 5: Cycle 8

We are releasing a newer Alpha preview of our next major feature release, called Cycle 8. As this is an Alpha 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 preview, and use the below forum threads to report and monitor issues that may occur, as well as find any potential workarounds that may exist.


Known Issues

  • [Xamarin Studio] 40422: The roslyn workspace can’t be queried while it’s loading.
  • [Xamarin.VS]42435: Getting “ResolveUniversalTypeIdentifiers” task failed unexpectedly” error, on building ‘Spritekit Game’ or ‘Scenekit Game’ Mac App solution in VS
  • [Xamarin.VS] 41608:  Deleting a zip from AppData\Local\Xamarin\zips causes all subsequent builds to fail.
  • [Xamarin.VS]40767:  Collection View and Table View are rendered differently on the iOS designer and the actual simulator.
  • [Xamarin.VS] 42997 – Visual Studio 2012 doesn’t show “Blank App (Xamarin.Forms Portable)” and “ClassLibrary (Xamarin.Forms)” templates under the Cross Platform section.
  • [Xamarin.VS / Xamarin Designer42989 – Created segue not displayed in watchOS designer correctly.
  • [Xamarin.VS / Xamarin.Android]41607: No build output when downloading to zips for support package.]
  • [Xamarin.VS / Xamarin.iOS]42978 – watchOS 1 apps will not deploy to the simulator.
  • [Xamairn.iOS]42392: ‘clang: error: unable to execute command: Segmentation fault: 11’ when compiling ios project
  • [Xamarin.iOS] 42992 – Loose debugger connection

Products Released

  • Xamarin Studio 6.1.0.5308
    • Release Notes
    • Forum Thread – Alpha Release: Cycle 8 Feature Release Preview
    • Issues Addressed:
      • 42728 – watchOS apps in Xamarin Studio should now properly deploy on device and simulator.
      • 42389 – Constant spinwheels / hangs when editing, scrolling, or searching in the document editor with a large solution using XS 6.1
      • 43013 – Cannot create a Multiplatform Single View App
  • Xamarin.VS 4.2.0.438
    • Release Notes
    • Forum Thread – Alpha Release: Cycle 8 Feature Release Preview
    • Issues Addressed:
      • 42046 – Login functionality for Xamarin.VS should now work correctly.
      • 42958 – Getting “DetectSdkLocations — FAILED” error on building Blank Mac application on Visual Studio.
      • 42435 – Getting “ResolveUniversalTypeIdentifiers” task failed unexpectedly” error, on building ‘Spritekit Game’ or ‘Scenekit Game’ Mac App solution in VS.
      • 42113 – xaml files in shared asset projects don’t work in the forms previewer
      • 43018 – Unable to select an event handler which has been already defined
      • 42598 – Getting build error on building ‘Spritekit Game’ and ‘Scenekit Game’ solution in VS.
      • 42675 – Getting error on deploying iOS application on “DEVICE + RELEASE” configuration.
  • Xamarin.Android 6.2.0.25
    • Release Notes
    • Forum Thread – Alpha Release: Cycle 8 Feature Release Preview
    • Issues Addressed:
      • 42168 –  A numeric comparison was attempted on “$(_DeviceSdkVersion)” that evaluates to “” instead of a number, in condition “$(_DeviceSdkVersion) >= 21”
      • 42521 –  Applications crashing on startup due to java.io.IOException: No original dex files found
      • 42469 – Fixed assertion “fixed_type_allocator_indexes [type] == slot’ not met”, which was causing a crash on startup.
      • 42835 – Android projects using support packages should now build properly on Windows.
      • 42830 – Android applications should now deploy properly in release configuration.
  • Mono Framework 4.6.0.127
    • Release Notes
    • Issues Addressed:
      • 41644 – Fixed a hang on shutdown.
      • 41674  MSBuild should now work correctly.

Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – April 27th, 2016 (Evolve Conference)

Alpha 2 – July 13th, 2016

Alpha 3 – July 27th, 2016

Alpha 4 – Aug 2nd, 2016

Alpha 5– This Release!

Stable – Fall 2016

Alpha Preview 4: Cycle 8

We are releasing a newer Alpha preview of our next major feature release, called Cycle 8. As this is an Alpha 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 preview, and use the below forum threads to report and monitor issues that may occur, as well as find any potential workarounds that may exist.


Known Issues

  • [Xamarin Studio] 40422: The roslyn workspace can’t be queried while it’s loading.
  • [Xamarin.VS]42397: The Xamarin.Forms Previewer is disabled on VS for this release.
  • [Xamarin.VS]42435: Getting “ResolveUniversalTypeIdentifiers” task failed unexpectedly” error, on building ‘Spritekit Game’ or ‘Scenekit Game’ Mac App solution in VS
  • [Xamarin.VS] 41608:  Deleting a zip from AppData\Local\Xamarin\zips causes all subsequent builds to fail.
  • [Xamarin.VS]40767:  Collection View and Table View are rendered differently on the iOS designer and the actual simulator.
  • [Xamarin.VS] 42997 – Visual Studio 2012 doesn’t show “Blank App (Xamarin.Forms Portable)” and “ClassLibrary (Xamarin.Forms)” templates under the Cross Platform section.
  • [Xamarin.VS / Xamarin Designer42989 – Created segue not displayed in watchOS designer correctly.
  • [Xamarin.VS / Xamarin.Android]41607: No build output when downloading to zips for support package.
  • [Xamarin.VS / Xamarin.iOS]42988 – Attempting to build an iOS project other than the first project loaded and built will fail.
    • Workaround – Restart VS and load the other iOS project first.
  • [Xamarin.VS / Xamarin.iOS]42978 – watchOS 1 apps will not deploy to the simulator.
  • [Xamairn.iOS]42392: ‘clang: error: unable to execute command: Segmentation fault: 11’ when compiling ios project
  • [Xamarin.iOS / Xamarin.Mac] – 42828 – Unable to build F# templates.

Products Released

  • Mono Framework 4.6.0.125
    • Release Notes
    • Issues Addressed:
      • 41644 – Fixed a hang on shutdown.
      • 41674  MSBuild should now work correctly.

Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – April 27th, 2016 (Evolve Conference)

Alpha 2 – July 13th, 2016

Alpha 3 – July 27th, 2016

Alpha 4 – This Release!

Stable – Fall 2016

Alpha Preview 3: Cycle 8

We are releasing a newer Alpha preview of our next major feature release, called Cycle 8. As this is an Alpha 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 preview, and use the below forum threads to report and monitor issues that may occur, as well as find any potential workarounds that may exist.


Known Issues

  • [Xamarin Studio] 40422: The roslyn workspace can’t be queried while it’s loading.
  • [Xamarin.VS]42397: The Xamarin.Forms Previewer is disabled on VS for this release.
  • [Xamarin.VS]42435: Getting “ResolveUniversalTypeIdentifiers” task failed unexpectedly” error, on building ‘Spritekit Game’ or ‘Scenekit Game’ Mac App solution in VS
  • [Xamarin.VS] 41608:  Deleting a zip from AppData\Local\Xamarin\zips causes all subsequent builds to fail.
  • [Xamarin.VS]40767:  Collection View and Table View are rendered differently on the iOS designer and the actual simulator.
  • [Xamarin.VS] 42046User is not able to login in XVS.
  • [Xamarin.VS / Xamarin.Android]41607: No build output when downloading to zips for support package.
  • [Xamairn.iOS]42392: ‘clang: error: unable to execute command: Segmentation fault: 11’ when compiling ios project
  • [Xamarin.Android]42835Android projects which use Support packages are failing to build on Windows due issue extracting resources
  • [Xamarin.Android]42469:  Apps may crash on startup with the assertion “fixed_type_allocator_indexs[type]==slot’ not met”.
  • [Mono Runtime] 41644: Shutdown deadlock for mono 4.5.1/master with Xamarin Studio

Products Released


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – April 27th, 2016 (Evolve Conference)

Alpha 2 – July 13th, 2016

Alpha 3 – This Release!

Stable – Fall 2016

Alpha Preview 2: Cycle 8

We are releasing a new Alpha preview of our next major feature release, called Cycle 8. As this is an Alpha 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 preview, and use the below forum threads to report and monitor issues that may occur, as well as find any potential workarounds that may exist.

Note: This is a release only for Xamarin Studio and Xamarin iOS. Updates to Xamarin.VS, Xamarin.Android, and Xamarin.Mac will be included in a future preview.


Known Issues

  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.VS] – Updating your Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android, or Xamarin.Mac to the builds noted below without also updating your IDE will prevent the IDE from properly running license checks, which can cause adverse functionality.
  • [Xamarin Studio – Windows Only] – You must have both MS Build Tools 2013 and MS Build Tools 2015 installed on your machine for Xamarin Studio to work properly on Windows.
  • [Xamarin.iOS] – Breakpoints may not hit for WatchKit applications when the Link All option is selected.
    • Workaround – Perform a “Clean” (or Rebuild) after switching the Link all option on.

Products Released


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – April 27th, 2016 (Evolve Conference)

Alpha 2 – This Release!

Stable – Fall 2016

Evolve Keynote Releases!

UPDATE – We’ve added a new build of the Xamarin Profiler that is compatible with the Cycle 7 builds noted below. 

 

As you may have heard from Miguel during the Evolve 2016 Keynote session, we’re releasing a number of new builds to our Alpha and Beta channels, with many new features available to sample right now.

 

 


WEB PREVIEW – XAMARIN WORKBOOKS / INSPECTOR


We are releasing an updated preview of the Xamarin Inspector 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.


Products Released

 

 


WEB PREVIEW – iOS SIMULATOR (FOR WINDOWS)


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

 

 


WEB PREVIEW – XAMARIN PROFILER


Xamarin Profiler preview 0.33 is now available for download! There have been a number of fixes since our previous preview, which have been noted below.

Please note that the Mac app bundle has been renamed (from XamarinProfiler.Mac.app to “Xamarin Profiler.app”), so the old version needs to be removed before installing this new update, so that Xamarin Studio prompts the user for the new location.


Products Released

 

 


ALPHA RELEASE – CYCLE 8  FIRST PREVIEW


Our first preview of our newest upcoming feature release (called Cycle 8) can be downloaded from the Alpha channel.

NOTE: Since Google’s newest Android N previews now only allow linking to NDK-provided native libraries, existing apps using e.g. Mono.Data.Sqlite.dll will crash when running on Android N. The functionality to support this is not in this release, however it will be included in a future release of Cycle 8, and will also be published to our Stable Channel via a Service release shortly after Evolve 2016.

NOTE: Visual F# Tools 4.0 RTM must be installed in order for F# console project builds to work with Cycle 8 Xamarin Studio build noted below.

NOTE – You will need to have MS Build Tools 2015 installed in order to use the iOS Designer with the Xamarin.VS build published to the Alpha channel.


Cycle 8 Alpha Known Issues

  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.VS] – Updating your Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android, or Xamarin.Mac to the builds noted below without also updating your IDE will prevent the IDE from properly running license checks, which can cause adverse functionality.
  • [Xamarin Studio – Windows Only] – You must have both MS Build Tools 2013 and MS Build Tools 2015 installed on your machine for Xamarin Studio to work properly on Windows.
  • [Xamarin.iOS] – Breakpoints may not hit for WatchKit applications when the Link All option is selected.
    • Workaround – Perform a “Clean” (or Rebuild) after switching the Link all option on.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – Android.App.Instrumentation subclasses used for app launching or headless execution may not behave as expected when running on API 15 devices or lower.
    • Workaround – Change the target framework for any such project to v2.3.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – Fast deployment is not working correctly for satellite assemblies.
    • Workaround – Disable fastdev/shared runtime to ensure the local assemblies are just bundled into the APK. This does not result in these assemblies also being written into MonoAndroidIntermediateAssetsDir.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – Command line project installation via msbuild/xbuild  (as well as other targets which require a device) will now fail when multiple devices are attached.
    • Workaround – The suggested workflow is to use the ‘serial’ argument: “-s $(serial)”.

Cycle 8 Alpha Products Released 

  • GTK# 2.12.38

Upcoming Release Dates

Cycle 8 Alpha – This Release!

Cycle 8 Beta – Fall 2016

Cycle 8 Stable – Fall 2016

 

 


BETA RELEASE – CYCLE 7 RELEASE CANDIDATE


Our next major feature release, called Cycle 7, has had some Alpha and Beta previews out for awhile, but now we’re putting our first Release Candidate to the Beta Channel. We’re really close to finalizing this release, but need your help to hammer on these RCs and shake out any last issues that are hidden away.

NOTE: Since Google’s newest Android N previews now only allow linking to NDK-provided native libraries, existing apps using e.g. Mono.Data.Sqlite.dll will crash when running on Android N. The functionality to support this is not in this release, however it will be included in a future release of Cycle 7, and will also be published to our Stable Channel via a Service release shortly after Evolve 2016.

NOTE: Visual F# Tools 4.0 RTM must be installed in order for F# console project builds to work with Cycle 7 Xamarin Studio build noted below.

NOTE – You will need to have MS Build Tools 2015 installed in order to use the iOS Designer with the Xamarin.VS build published to the Beta channel.


Cycle 7 Release Candidate Known Issues

  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.VS] – Updating your Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android, or Xamarin.Mac to the builds noted below without also updating your IDE will prevent the IDE from properly running license checks, which can cause adverse functionality.
  • [Xamarin Studio – Windows Only] – You must have both MS Build Tools 2013 and MS Build Tools 2015 installed on your machine for Xamarin Studio to work properly on Windows.
  • [Xamarin.iOS] – Breakpoints may not hit for WatchKit applications when the Link All option is selected.
    • Workaround – Perform a “Clean” (or Rebuild) after switching the Link all option on.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – Android.App.Instrumentation subclasses used for app launching or headless execution may not behave as expected when running on API 15 devices or lower.
    • Workaround – Change the target framework for any such project to v2.3.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – Fast deployment is not working correctly for satellite assemblies.
    • Workaround – Disable fastdev/shared runtime to ensure the local assemblies are just bundled into the APK. This does not result in these assemblies also being written into MonoAndroidIntermediateAssetsDir.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – Command line project installation via msbuild/xbuild  (as well as other targets which require a device) will now fail when multiple devices are attached.
    • Workaround – The suggested workflow is to use the ‘serial’ argument: “-s $(serial)”.

 

Cycle 7 Release Candidate Products Released 

  • GTK# 2.12.38

Upcoming Release Dates

Cycle 7 Alpha – March 10th, 2016

Cycle 7 Alpha 2 – March 15th, 2016

Cycle 7 Beta – April 11th, 2106

Cycle 7 Release Candidate – This Release!

Cycle 7 – May 2016

 

Beta: Cycle 7

We are releasing a Beta of our next major feature release, called Cycle 7. As this is an 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 preview, and use the below forum threads to report and monitor issues that may occur, as well as find any potential workarounds that may exist.


Known Issues

  • [Xamarin Studio] – Dragging and dropping a folder from one project to another moves the files, but does not add them to the destination project.
  • [Xamarin Studio] – Breakpoints are not hitting in Xamarin.Mac C#/F# Unified Applications.
  • [Xamarin Studio] – You may be unable to run watchkit applications after selecting Appicon on the Apple Watch Notification Center.
  • [Mono Framework] – Mono 4.3 Cryptography.ProtectedData fails to decrypt data from Mono 4.2. As a result, NuGet packages will fail to restore with the error “Data unprotection failed” when a protected NuGet source is configured.
    • Workaround – In Xamarin Studio you will need to add back any NuGet package sources that use password authentication before re-attempting to restore the packages.
  • [Xamarin.VS & Xamarin.iOS] – When deploying WatchKit applications in Visual studio, the error “The file ‘bin\iPhoneSimulator\Debug\WatchKitApp1WatchKitApp.app\WatchKitApp1WatchKitApp’ does not exist” may appear.
  • [Xamarin.VS] – tvOS Applications built with the “Build ad-hoc IPA” checkbox enabled in “Debug/Release + Device” configuration will fail with the error “The ‘CopyFileToWindows’ task failed unexpectedly.”

Products Released 


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – March 10th, 2016.

Alpha 2 – Mar 15th, 2016

Beta – This Release!

Stable – April/May 2016