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Xamarin Designer for iOS Overview

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The Xamarin Designer for iOS is a visual designer for the iOS Storyboard format that is fully integrated with Xamarin Studio and Visual Studio. The iOS Designer maintains full compatibility with the Storyboard format, so that files can be edited in either Xamarin Studio or Visual Studio in addition to Xcode's Interface Builder. Additionally, the Xamarin Designer for iOS supports advanced features such as custom controls that render at design-time in the editor.

Availability

The Xamarin Designer for iOS is available in Xamarin Studio 5.0 for OS X and Xamarin 3.0 for Visual Studio on Windows.

These guides assumes a familarity with the contents covered in the Getting Started guides.

Documents

Introduction

This guide covers the features of the Xamarin iOS designer. It covers designer basics, showing how to use the designer to lay out controls visually and how to edit properties.

Walkthrough - Using the iOS Designer

This guide walks through the steps of creating a multi-screened application using the iOS Designer.

Designable Controls Overview

This guide looks in depth at custom controls, how they are created and what requirements they must meet to be rendered on the design surface. Additionally, it shows how to debug common issues that can occur when using Designable Controls.

Walkthrough - Using Custom Controls with iOS Designer

This article provides a step-by-step walkthrough showing how to create a custom control and use it in the iOS designer. It shows how to make a control available in the designer’s Toolbox so it can be drag/dropped onto a view. Additionally, it shows how to implement a control so it renders properly at design time and runtime, as well as how to create properties that can be set at design time.

Auto Layout with the Xamarin iOS Designer

This guide introduces iOS Auto Layout and the new constraints workflow available in the iOS designer.