Bug 16579 - Alternative Layout does not work inside of VS 2013
Summary: Alternative Layout does not work inside of VS 2013
Alias: None
Product: Visual Studio Extensions
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Android Designer ()
Version: 1.8.x
Hardware: PC Windows
: High normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Lluis Sanchez
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-12-03 18:56 UTC by James Montemagno [MSFT]
Modified: 2014-03-27 04:13 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

Tags: ap1
Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

Log files (22.79 KB, text/plain)
2014-03-06 00:02 UTC, James Montemagno [MSFT]
Top bar, missing devices and such. (33.41 KB, image/png)
2014-03-06 00:03 UTC, James Montemagno [MSFT]

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Description James Montemagno [MSFT] 2013-12-03 18:56:39 UTC
When inside of VS 2013 selecting "Alternative Layout" to do multi-view editing doesn't do anything.

It does work in VS 2012 though
Comment 1 Lluis Sanchez 2013-12-11 04:42:14 UTC
What exactly is not working? can you make a screencast? it works fine here.
Comment 2 James Montemagno [MSFT] 2013-12-11 11:17:06 UTC
So only in VS 2013 when I create a new project (ICS project perhaps).  When you double click on Main.axml and try to turn on alternative layout nothing happens. If you create another layout like layout-land manually then it will show.  Here is video:

Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013
Version 12.0.21005.1 REL
Microsoft .NET Framework
Version 4.5.51641

Installed Version: Professional

Xamarin.Android   4.10.01068 (9d03ce3e)
Visual Studio plugin to enable development for Xamarin.Android.

Xamarin.iOS   1.8.360 (105bc316)
Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.iOS
Comment 3 Lluis Sanchez 2013-12-12 03:56:24 UTC
I can't reproduce :/
Comment 4 James Montemagno [MSFT] 2014-01-09 16:03:24 UTC
Lluis, is there anything that you need from me to try to reproduce this? Do you want to remote into my machine to take a look? I have been able to reproduce this on a VM and pure windows machine as well.
Comment 5 James Montemagno [MSFT] 2014-02-17 15:52:07 UTC
So I can still re-produce this, but we just looked at it on Mike's machine and it was fine. One thing to note is that there is basically nothing in my toolbar besides alternative layout and mode, which don't work. I can't specify different types of android screen sizes to display....
Comment 6 James Montemagno [MSFT] 2014-03-05 22:20:18 UTC

Is there anything you need from me that I could help you debug this with? I also get a weird issue where the axml wont' load the first time I open the file.

Comment 7 Alan McGovern 2014-03-05 23:50:21 UTC
Can you attach the log files produced by VS? Perhaps they contain something to help diagnose this.
Comment 8 James Montemagno [MSFT] 2014-03-06 00:02:19 UTC
Attaching logs, I cleaned them and this is just a new project and open up designer.
Comment 9 James Montemagno [MSFT] 2014-03-06 00:02:48 UTC
Created attachment 6240 [details]
Log files

Log files
Comment 10 James Montemagno [MSFT] 2014-03-06 00:03:40 UTC
Created attachment 6241 [details]
Top bar, missing devices and such.
Comment 11 James Montemagno [MSFT] 2014-03-06 00:04:00 UTC
Comment on attachment 6241 [details]
Top bar, missing devices and such.

clicking new version and mode doesn't do anything
Comment 12 James Montemagno [MSFT] 2014-03-06 01:43:09 UTC
I finally got it working after:

I had to uninstall:

Xamarin Studio
Xamarin Universal
Java 6 Update
Java SE Development Kit Kit
Android SDK Tools

C:\Program Files (x86)\GtkSharp
C:\Program Files (x86)\Java
C:\Program Files (x86)\MonoDevelop
C:\Program Files (x86)\XamarinStudio

Then I rebooted and did the universal installer.
Followed by the "tools" fix from http://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/14344/
Comment 13 narayanp 2014-03-27 04:13:51 UTC
This may be related to SDK Tool version 22.6. but this one also get fixed with following builds:

Xamarin for VS 1.12.247, when having SDK tool version is 22.6 and Tool 22.3. I am successfully able to open alternative layout and use multi-edit. This is the screencast for the same: http://www.screencast.com/t/P6NSKmuCgG