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What's New in 8.0 Preview

Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.0 Preview Releases

Release Highlights

  • This release introduces a new getting started experience.
  • .NET Core 3.0 is now supported.
  • We've added a new way to set multiple startup projects, making it easier to create a solution Run Configuration that will launch multiple projects when debugging.
  • Visual Studio for Mac can now detect that updates to Azure Functions templates are available, and will provide you with a dialog to update them.
  • Visual Studio for Mac 8.0 is supported side by side with Visual Studio 7.7. Due to the fact that Mono and Xamarin SDKs are shared between both versions of Visual Studio for Mac, for the best experiences, we recommend you use a minimum of Mono 5.18. and if selected, Xamarin.iOS 12.2.1, Xamarin.Android 9.1.0, and Xamarin.Mac 5.2.1.

Feedback

We would love to hear from you! You can report a problem through the Report a Problem option in Visual Studio for Mac IDE. You can track your feedback, including suggestions, in the Developer Community portal.

Known Issues

Refer to the Known Issues section.


Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.0 Preview 1 (8.0.0.869)

released December 4, 2018

Important

Please that that support for Docker is not available in this release. It will be included in an upcoming preview release. for information on using Visual Studio Unity Tools with this preview, refer to the Known Issues section.

New getting started experience

With Visual Studio for Mac version 8.0, we've introduced a brand new way of interacting with your projects and getting you to where you need to go in the IDE.

If you're a new Visual Studio for Mac user, you'll be prompted to log in when you first open the IDE. By logging in you can activate your Professional or Enterprise account or connect to Azure. If you're not ready to sign in, you can simply press the Skip button and sign in through the Visual Studio > Sign In menu item.

(Figure 1) New Sign in dialog

You'll then be greeted with the new start window. This window has three main sections, allowing you to create or open new and existing projects:

(Figure 2) New Start window
  • Recent Projects: Here you can find a list of your 25 most recent projects. You can optionally "pin" your most frequently used project, if you'd prefer to keep them at the top of the list. The search box can be used to filter through all recent projects in the list.
  • Open: You can open any .csproj, .fsproj, .sln or any other supported file from your local directory using this button.
  • New: You can select from the many pre-populated templates to help you get started with a new project. The new project dialog will take you through all the necessary configurations to help you get up and running.

Issues Fixed

The following issues have also been fixed in this preview release.

Code Editor

Project System

Shell

  • We fixed an issue where Visual Studio for Mac loses focus when I close the project window.
  • We fixed an issue where the wrong text color is used in an unfocused but selected row in the structured build output window.
  • We fixed an issue where creating a new folder in the Solution Explorer does not let you name the folder at the same time.
  • Start Debugging after Start without Debugging results in an exception for ASP.Net projects.
  • The Run Item command on the Solution Explorer has been renamed to Run Project.

.NET Core

  • We fixed an issue where View Archives appears in the context menu of .NET Core projects.

NuGet

  • NuGet package diagnostic warnings are now shown in the Solution Explorer. Any diagnostics warnings will be rendered with a warning icon and the full text of the warning available as a tool tip.

Assembly Browser

Web Tools

Xamarin

  • We have removed the Live Player from Visual Studio for Mac.

Designers

  • Android Designer

    • We fixed an issue where the toolbox regressed Android designer usage.
    • We made some improvements to the startup speed.
    • We improved scrolling widget support.
    • We added support for adding "standard" XML namespaces to document when a corresponding attribute is set.
      • We now support escape sequences like '@', '?' and Unicode escape sequences
  • iOS Designer

    • Added support for PDF as an image format.
    • Improved support for color spaces and color precision.
    • Added support for selecting named colors from asset catalogs as the value for color properties.

Xamarin.Forms

  • Intellisense in Xamarin.Forms XAML files for FontFamily is now available.

Xamarin.iOS

Xamarin.Android

Xamarin.Mac

Test Tools

  • We fixed a performance issue where the "Test Results" pane has bad performance when very large amounts of text are shown.

Accessibility

  • We fixed a number of accessibility issues in this release, including several VoiceOver issues in the Debugger and in creating iOS developer certificates, and Keyboard issues in the Android SDK Manager.

Other


Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.0 Preview 2 (8.0.0.1805)

released February 4, 2019

Code Editor

Start Window

  • There are 3 new options in Preferences allowing returning users to decide what they want to see when they re-open the IDE:
    • Always show me the start window
    • Load previous solution on startup
    • Show empty environment
  • We fixed an issue where mouse hover states do not work for the list view in the start window.
  • We fixed an issue where it is not possible to remove a recent project.
  • We fixed an issue where users are unable to open pads from the start window.
  • We fixed an issue where the start window is not hidden when debugging an application.
  • We fixed an issue where the IDE would display the start window when a project or solution file was opened via Finder.
  • We fixed an issue where the start window is initially shown in one size and later resized.
  • We fixed an issue where the 'Sign in' button could be clicked several times before it was apparent that the sign in progress had started.

Shell

  • A new command, Set Startup Projects, is available to make it easier to create a solution Run Configuration that will launch multiple projects when debugging.
(Figure 3) Set Startup Projects dialog

Project System

Debugger

NuGet

.NET Core

  • .NET Core 3.0 is now supported.
  • We removed the VB.NET option from .NET Core projects.

Xamarin

Xamarin.iOS

  • We fixed an issue where the incorrect ClassKit entitlement value is included in the archive when archiving for publishing.

Xamarin.Android

  • Users can now choose between AAPT and AAPT2 in Xamarin.Android project settings.
  • We fixed an issue where deploying to device hangs at 100%.
  • We fixed an issue where Visual Studio for Mac would fail to upload APK to Acer Chromebook R11.
  • We fixed an issue where an incorrect ABI mismatch error is shown.
  • We fixed an issue where it was not possible to cancel starting an Android emulator, and having to force quit Visual Studio for Mac if the image was broken.
  • We fixed an issue where, if there were multiple Android .csproj files for a project (using different Android Manifests with differing package names), would produce incorrect or invalid archive and would fail to publish.
  • We fixed an issue where the JDK notification was shown on the welcome page, even for non-Android projects.
  • We fixed an issue where the Android resource update could occur at the same time as a build which could then cause build issues.

Xamarin.Mac

  • We fixed an issue where macOS 10.13 doesn't show up as a deployment target.
  • We fixed an issue where the default platform of macOS projects is x86, but should be AnyCPU.

Azure Tools

  • We have updated Azure Functions runtime and templates (CLI). While we try to keep the bundled CLI up to date as much as possible, they inevitably get outdated. Visual Studio for Mac can now check for updates to the CLI. Currently the check for updates is performed when creating a new Functions project.
(Figure 4) Update Azure Functions templates and CLI

Docker Tools

  • This release includes Docker support for Visual Studio for Mac 8.0.

Test Tools

Installer

Feature improvements

  • We've given the Visual studio for Mac a fresh look with updated icons, splash screens, and carousel screens with useful content for all developers.

Issues Fixed

  • We fixed bug where symlinks were breaking when an older Visual Studio for Mac version was copied for backup.
  • We fixed a bug where non-retina/low-res icons are being displayed everywhere.
  • We clarified the text in the alert dialog when doing side by side installation.

Other


Known Issues

The following is a list of all existing known issues in Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.0:

  • There is an issue when attempting to drag and drop controls to iOS storyboards from the Tool Box after searching for controls. To work around this issue drag and drop without searching.
  • It is not possible to create Android emulators in the Device Manager, to create a new device use the stable version of Visual Studio for Mac.
  • The Unity editor support for Visual Studio 8.0 is coming soon. To workaround this limitation, move the Visual Studio (Preview).app in Applications to another location and rename it to Visual Studio.app. Select the new Visual Studio.app package from the Unity Preferences > External Tools option in Unity. Note, you may need to hold down Command while dragging Visual Studio (Preview).app to move the app and not create a shortcut.

Visual Studio 2017 for Mac Release Notes History

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