Xcode is too new

, a minute to read

De­spite the fact I only use Vi­sual Stu­dio to edit Xa­marin.iOS project files I ex­pe­ri­enced the si­t­u­a­tion when Vi­sual Stu­dio un­ex­pect­edly thought I used Xcode. More­over, Vi­sual Stu­dio broke my project be­cause it did not al­low me to use an iOS De­signer. Iron­i­cally the sto­ry­board file was cre­ated in ear­lier ver­sion of Vi­sual Stu­dio. My first at­tempt to workaround this bug was suc­cess­ful and here is how I you can do it too.


First, open an­other sto­ry­board file and check whether iOS De­signer fail­ing to load all sto­ry­board files or just a spe­cific one. When one of your sto­ry­board files opens suc­cess­fully note the its tools ver­sion. Then down­grade the sto­ry­board which you can­not open to this ver­sion.

Of course, ev­ery workaround may have side ef­fects that will oc­cur in the fu­ture. I highly rec­om­mend using ver­sion con­trol to have the abil­ity to re­v­ert all changes.