Adding a Basic Xamarin Camera Control

Take the following steps to create and run an app that shows how to add a Xamarin camera control.

  1. Start Visual Studio 2017.

  2. Choose File->New->Project… from the menu.

  3. Select project type Cross-Platform->Mobile App (Xamarin.Forms).

  4. Type the project name for this tutorial "App1".

    Xamarin Demo Project
  5. Select Android and iOS platforms for this project and make sure that Shared Project is selected. Note: UWP is not supported by Leadtools.Xamarin.Camera.

    Xamarin Template

    This should give you the starting template for a Xamarin.Forms application.

  6. To get started using Leadtools.Camera.Xamarin, add references to the appropriate NuGet packages. To modify NuGet packages for the entire solution you can right-click the solution in Visual Studio IDE and select "Manage NuGet packages for Solution".

    LEADTOOLS NuGet Dowload
  7. Once you have accessed the NuGet manager, type a search for “Leadtools.Camera.Xamarin” to install/add it to your solution by selecting the project option. You will see more than one result for this search, simply select the option shown below and let the NuGet package manager take care of the rest.
    LEADTOOLS NuGet Selection
  8. At this point you should be setup and ready to write some code.

  9. Let us start by adding the Leadtools.Camera.Xamarin.CameraView control. Open MainPage.Xaml (this XAML file should have been generated as part of the project template).

  10. Add the following reference to the Leadtools.Camera.Xamarin assembly:

    xaml
    xmlns:leadtools="clr-namespace:Leadtools.Camera.Xamarin;assembly=Leadtools.Camera.Xamarin" 

    Xamarin Assembly Reference
  11. Now replace the auto-generated label with the following:

    xaml
    <leadtools:CameraView x:Name="leadCamera" CameraOptions="Rear" HorizontalOptions="FillAndExpand" VerticalOptions="FillAndExpand"/> 

    Xaml Label Replace
  12. Add the following lines before InitializeComponent() to initialize the assemblies that the LEADTOOLS Camera control requires and to set the runtime platform.

    C#
    //setup lead 
    #if __IOS__ 
             Leadtools.Converters.Assembly.Use(); 
    #endif 
     
             Leadtools.Core.Assembly.Use(); 
             Leadtools.Svg.Assembly.Use(); 
             Leadtools.Camera.Xamarin.Assembly.Use(); 
             Leadtools.Platform.RuntimePlatform = Device.RuntimePlatform; 

  13. Lastly and most importantly, we need to set a LEADTOOLS license to unlock the toolkit. Add the license code snippet before InitializeComponent(). The product of the last two steps should be the following:

    C#
          public MainPage() 
          { 
             //setup lead 
    #if __IOS__ 
             Leadtools.Converters.Assembly.Use(); 
    #endif 
             Leadtools.Core.Assembly.Use(); 
             Leadtools.Svg.Assembly.Use(); 
             Leadtools.Camera.Xamarin.Assembly.Use(); 
             Leadtools.Platform.RuntimePlatform = Device.RuntimePlatform; 
     
             Leadtools.RasterSupport.Initialize(this); 
             // TODO: Replace this with your License File contents 
             string licString = "[License]\n" + "License = <doc><ver>2.0</ver>`PASTE YOUR LICENSE CONTENTS HERE`</doc>"; 
             string developerKey = "PASTE YOUR DEVELOPER KEY HERE"; 
             byte[] licBytes = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(licString); 
             Leadtools.RasterSupport.SetLicense(licBytes, developerKey); 
     
             InitializeComponent(); 
          } 

    LEADTOOLS Camera Xamarin License
  14. One additional step for iOS. In the iOS project open the AppDelegate.cs file and add the following line before global::Xamarin.Forms.Forms.Init() is called.

    C#
    Leadtools.Camera.Xamarin.iOS.Assembly.Use(); 

    ✎ NOTE

    There are some platform-specific tasks still required before successfully deploying the application, mainly requesting permissions for the camera. These additional steps, are not covered in this tutorial as it is not meant to be an in-depth guide for Xamarin.Forms development.

    Refer to the Android/Apple developer documentation for further development in those environments:

  15. At this point you should be able to deploy the sample application to your device and once it starts you should be greeted by the LEADTOOLS evaluation notice.

    Finished Demo Apps

    Android

    LEADTOOLS Camera Xamarin - Android

    iOS

    LEADTOOLS Camera Xamarin - iOS
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