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July 17

Cinemachine for 2D: Tips and Tricks

Have you been working on a camera system for your 2D game for ages and wish there was something like Cinemachine for 2D? Not many people know about it, but there already is! This blog post gives you some tips for getting the best out of Cinemachine, and how this tool can benefit and speed […]

July 16

Stay up to date with the Unity Roadmap

At our recent Unite event in Berlin, we shared an update talk on our roadmap. We aim to do this more regularly, as we know it’s important to help you plan ahead. We know that seeing what features we have in production and understanding our goals with Unity as a tool is essential to making […]

July 11

Scripting Runtime Improvements in Unity 2018.2

We’ve been hard at work improving the updated scripting runtime since our last update. Unity 2018.2 ships with dozens of bug fixes related to the scripting runtime, thanks to all of the great feedback we have received since the .NET 4.x Equivalent scripting runtime became officially supported in Unity 2018.1. We’ve also added a number […]

July 10

2018.2 is now available

Unity 2018.1 marked the start of a new cycle with two major innovations at the core. Together, the Scriptable Render Pipeline (SRP) and Shader Graph give artists and developers more power, while the C# Job System, Burst Compiler and ECS make it possible to take advantage of multi-core processors without the programming headache. Unity 2018.2 […]

Export To Application Insights With AppCenter Continuous Export

Five-star mobile apps have one special feature: they don’t let go of their users. This can be achieved by understanding your app, the app’s users, and how these users interact with your app. The deep customer insights offered by AppCenter’s Continuous Export provide a better understanding of your customers and help boost retention. By default, you receive information about your active users, their active sessions, top devices, country, language, and more!

Additionally, with just a few lines of code, you can also track custom events like user log-in or items added to a cart but not purchase. This post will look into how analytics from AppCenter can be further applied for making great apps.

Utilizing Continuous Export:

For this case, we will be using the SmartHotel360 a Continuous Export app to analyze the application usage. Find the source code of this application on GitHub

Step 1: Register Your App in AppCenter

Fork the SmartHotel360 repository in your GitHub and add this application in your AppCenter account. From the app’s ‘Getting Started’ page, follow the guidelines and add AppCenter analytics to your app. Now, run your app and you should see the default or ‘out of the box’ data on your dashboard.

Step 2: Track Custom Events

Track custom events in your application by using TrackEvent(). This will give you details about the functionality that has been used and detailed info about how each event has been tracked.

AppCenter provides all of this information to you out of the box when included in your app. To make your app more granulous, AppCenter also has the ability to send this data to your Application Insights.

Step 3: Setup an Azure Account & Export to Application Insights

Create a personal Azure account and then add your subscription to Application Insights like so:

Step 4: Analyze in Application Insights

Once the Continuous Export is setup from AppCenter to Application Insights, the data will be available to analyze and take action. Just like AppCenter, Application Insights will also share all of your app analytics with you at a high level.

Wrapping Up:

Make informed decisions about future releases with AppCenter’s Continuous Export to Application Insights. Obtain important details about your app’s data like where it is being used, what point users leave your app, and which version of OS they’re running. Continuous Export to Application Insights will help this decision making with out-of-the-box custom data points. For more information on integrating analytics with AppCenter, check out the AppCenter Documentation.

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July 5

The Xamarin Show: Exploring Awesome Xamarin & Visual Studio Features

Each week on The Xamarin Show we explore the latest and greatest in Xamarin development by looking at new features built into Visual Studio, build native cross-platform user interfaces with Xamarin.Forms, and access to native APIs with Xamarin.Essentials. I am also joined by Xamarin experts that show off the awesome beautiful libraries and applications they are building with Xamarin. No matter what type of development you are into there is surely something for you over on The Xamarin Show. This week, I wanted to feature a few “Snack Pack” episodes that show off an awesome feature in under 10 minutes!

Simplified iOS Provisioning in Visual Studio with fastlane

Deploying your iOS application to your device from Visual Studio 2017 has never been easier with our automatic provisioning with fastlane and Wi-Fi deployment!

Xamarin.Forms Animations

On this episode, I am joined by Matthew Soucoup, Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft, to explore the awesome animations that are built right into Xamarin.Forms.

Xamarin.Essentials – Cross-Platform APIs for Mobile Apps

Accessing native APIs when building apps with Xamarin is a breeze with Xamarin.Essentials that offers over 30 cross-platform native APIs for developers building apps for iOS, Android, and UWP.

More Xamarin Show

Every week a brand new episode of the Xamarin Show on Channel 9 is available for your viewing pleasure. Head over to the show page, where you’ll find more episodes across a broad range of topics, and make sure to subscribe so you’ll receive notifications of future episodes, which will cover Custom Vision, Azure Cognitive Services, App Translations, App Center, and more!

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July 4

Unity Hackweek 2018: Creating X Together

When do you do your best creative work? At Unity, we know that when you’re around people you trust, in a relaxed, friendly environment, and you have a chance to deeply concentrate, interesting things happen. Add a time limit and a sense of shared purpose and you might just witness something pretty magical. That’s why […]

July 3

Rendering in the fast lane: Real-time results for automotive

Learn how a small team achieved jaw-dropping results in no time at all through CAD data import, prep, optimization with PiXYZ, Asset Store packages, and real-time rendering with HDRP in Unity. How we got rolling … As you may know, last month we announced our new offerings for the Automotive industry and held the Unity […]


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