It pops up a dialog saying do you want to update your help and if you view the Output then 447MB later of downloads (on the Mac), it starts updating. But next time you run Visual Studio the same thing happens?

It’s not you, it’s the version of the help is 6.0 even though you are on 6.1 (according to the Xamarin Bug Log).  The quick fix is to download the help manually.  As Xamarin engineer Jose Miguel Torres say in the bug report:

“Open XCOde and go to Xcode menu –> Preferences… Then click on Downloads tab and switch from components to Documentation.There should be the iOS 6.1 DocSet entry and the most probably is that it is not installed. Click on Check and Install button from the Xcode dialog and wait for the iOS 6.1 DocSet to be installed. ”

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After that, you should see the Mac Server Log

[2013-09-01 10:22:44.2] Using https://developer.apple.com/rss/com.apple.adc.documentation.AppleiPhone6.1.atom
[2013-09-01 10:22:44.9] API Docs installed version: 44.30.0.0
[2013-09-01 10:22:44.9] API Docs official version: 44.30.0.0
[2013-09-01 10:22:44.9] Command [StatusSdk: CommmandUrl=StatusSdk] finished (9)

No more update requests.

After major upgrades, reinstalls etc, you may find that Visual Studio isn’t connecting to your Mac. Here’s a tip or two to help you.

First check the Bonjour Service. This has to be running. I’ve set it to run by default but it keeps getting reset to manual startup so I have to rightclick start it. I’m not sure why this is. Anyone know why when I change it to automatic startup it reverts to manual next day??bonjourservice

There’s a page of tips about installing and connectivity on Xamarin’s online docs.

If you’ve opened a project and it’s not connected. It’ll look something like this.  The No Devices Attached below is the iOS Toolbar so make sure it’s visible.

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What I’ve found works well is to close this project and create a new blank one. This fires up the connectivity dialog, so you can see if your Mac is being found and diagnose any problems.

Or you can go to the existing Tools/Options and right at the bottom is Xamarin. Click the Configure button.

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