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IOS designer missing ?

Hello. I'm new to use Xamarin studio. I follow step from documentation section and found inside the IDE had IOS designer. But when I double click at .storyboard file, it still open Xcode designer. I found some answer that tell me to update at alpha channel, I already update (version 4.3.3 build 2) and it's still open Xcode designer. How do I do?


  • moljacmoljac HRBeta ✭✭✭

    In order to use iOS designer switch to Alpha channel. Then *.storyboard files should be opened in XS Designer. If not do context menu (right click) and open with.

  • WasinWasin THMember

    Dear, @moljac‌. I already switch to alpha channel. It's still open from Xcode designer and I not found XS designer (I'm not sure, it's stand for iOS designer right?).

  • moljacmoljac HRBeta ✭✭✭


    And what is extension of the file You are trying to open? I cannot see from screenshot. Is it *.storyboard? Designer cannot work with *.xib files.

  • WasinWasin THMember

    Oh sorry, @moljac‌. Ok, I try both (.storyboard and .xib) and the result are same. In the screenshot, I create the new iPhone project and double clicks at the storyboard file. It's still open the Xcode. :(

  • AmyBAmyB USXamarin Team Xamurai

    Hi @Wasin‌

    This was updated slightly in the newest Alpha (4.3.3). You now have to enable the iOS designer manually, which can be done by following the steps in this doc

  • WasinWasin THMember

    Oh, It's work @AmyB‌. Thank you very much for your help. :D

  • moljacmoljac HRBeta ✭✭✭

    @Wasin - saw Your mail and as soon as I came home tried this out and was confused.

    Good Amy is here..

    Thanks for clarification

  • dapugdapug USMember ✭✭

    I don't see the iOS designer. I cannot follow the instructions Amy posted because Preferences/Projects/iOS is missing. Storyboard only opens in Xcode.

  • JonDouglasJonDouglas USXamarin Team, University, Developer Group Leader Xamurai

    @dapug What channel and version of Xamarin Studio/Xamarin.iOS are you currently on? Alpha/Beta/Stable?

    You could possibly try going to alpha/beta as I remember it being in there a couple months ago. Not quite sure if it made it into stable.

  • dapugdapug USMember ✭✭

    Ah, I missed the part where this is perhaps not in the official build. I'm on 4.2.3 build 60.

    FWIW, the docs don't really state what version a feature is available, so it is assumed that what I see there is applicable in the latest release.

  • KMullinsKMullins USMember, Xamarin Team Xamurai
    edited April 2014

    @dapug‌, The iOS designer is currently available only in the Alpha & Beta builds.

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