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MBS FileMaker Plug-in 8.0 - Über 5000 Funktionen in einem Plugin


23. Januar 2018 - Monkeybread Software veröffentlicht heute das MBS Plugin für FileMaker in Version 8.0, mit inzwischen über 5000 Funktionen eines der größten FileMaker Plugins überhaupt. Hier einige der Neuerungen:

Für MacOS und iOS haben wir neue Funktionen für die Spotlight Suche innerhalb von FileMaker. Sie können den Suchbereich festlegen und die Suchbegriffe bzw. eine Formel, die verschiedene Attribute mit Werten vergleich. Damit können Sie nicht nur einfach Dateien finden, sondern auch die Metadaten aus dem Suchergebnis auslesen.

Wenn Sie Ihre FileMaker Lösungen auf MacOS entwickeln, können Sie von einigen Erweiterungen im Skript Arbeitsbereich profitieren wie unsere Farben in Skripten und Berechnungen. Neu in dieser Version ist die Tastenkombination Befehl-F um in diversen Texten zu suchen. So können Sie Texte in Formeln und eigenen Funktionen suchen und ersetzen. Mit Befehl-Alt-C können Sie formatierte Texte aus Formeln kopieren und zum Beispiel im Forum posten.

Für iOS unterstützen wir viele neue Funktionen. Dabei sind jetzt PDFKit Funktionen um PDFs zusammenzufügen, AVExport Funktionen für den Video Export, CGImageSource Funktionen für HEIF Bild zu konvertieren, Zwischenablage Funktionen und Events Funktionen um Kalendereinträge und Erinnerungen zu erstellen, auszulesen und zu bearbeiten.

Unsere DynaPDF Funktionen haben eine verbesserte DynaPDF.ExtractText Funktion um den Text einer Seite zu extrahieren, optional auch innerhalb eines Rechteckes. Die DynaPDF.RenderPDFFileEx Funktion kann jetzt alle PDF Seiten in einem PDF Dokument in einen Ordner als Bild schreiben.

Für CURL bei Windows haben wir die Unterstützung für IDN Domains eingebaut, so dass auch Umlaute problemlos funktionieren. Das funktioniert bei Windows Vista oder neuer. Bei Windows XP bekommen Sie eine Fehlermeldung. Beim Mac übergeben wir jetzt alle Optionen mit Dateipfaden korrekt kodiert als UTF-8.

Die XL Funktionen können nun Bereiche von Zellen lesen und schreiben, so dass Sie Daten im Block auf eine Seite schreiben können. Beim Laden geben wir bessere Fehlermeldungen zurück und wir erlauben das teilweise Laden eines Dokumentes um nur einige Daten auszulesen.

Unsere CSV Funktionen zum Einlesen bzw. Importieren erlauben jetzt neben Komma und Semikolon auch Tab als Separator und verarbeiten mehrzeiligen Text besser.

Der Webviewer bei MacOS in FileMaker 16 kann jetzt von JavaScript aus FileMaker Skripte aufrufen. Sie definieren Ihr Message Handler Skript und rufen ihn dann vom JavaScript aus auf.

Für LDAP haben wir neue Funktionen, bei denen die Daten im JSON Format übergeben werden. Für die QR-Codes in der Schweiz haben wir ein neues Beispiel. Die Druckerdialog Funktionen am Mac haben eine neue Funktionen um die aktuelle Konfiguration zu speichern und wieder zu laden.

Außerdem haben wir auf Xcode 9.2 aktualisiert, CURL auf Version 7.57.0, OpenSSL auf die Versionen 1.1.0g und 1.0.2m, DynaPDF auf Version 4.0.15.42 und SQLAPI auf Version 4.2.1.

Alle Änderungen in den Release Notes.

MonkeyBread Software Releases the MBS Xojo Plugins in version 18.0


Nickenich, Germany (January 23rd, 2018) -- Monkeybread Software releases version 18.0 of the MBS plug-in for Xojo.

The MBS plug-in comprises a collection of several plug-in parts which extend the Xojo (Real Studio) development environment with 2,300 classes featuring over 60,000 documented functions. Our plugins support all three platforms Mac OS X, Windows and Linux with all project types desktop, web and console including 64-bit and ARM targets. Some of the highlights on the 18.0 update:

We got a new Clipper plugin part inside our Tools plugin. The ClipperMBS module performs line & polygon clipping - intersection, union, difference & exclusive-or, and line & polygon offsetting. Please play with new example projects to see what it can do for you!

Our DynaPDF Plugin got a new ExtractText function to extract text of a page, optionally inside a rectangle. The RenderPDFFileEx function writes images for all pages of a PDF file to a given folder, optionally preemptive threaded. We added example to sign PDF with 2048bit PKCS#12 certificate file.

For our CURLSMBS class on Windows we added support for IDN domains, so you can use umlauts and other special characters in domain names there. This requires Windows Vista or newer and will return error on Windows XP. On Mac all file paths passed into CURL functions are now properly encoded, always as UTF-8.

Our CSV Split function now supports tab character as separator and better handles multi line texts.

The WKWebViewControlMBS control on MacOS in 64-bit applications can now send messages from JavaScript to trigger event where you can process the parameters. The control can now be allowed to access file URLs.

For PictureMBS we got new functions to multiply and un-multiply RGBA pixel data to convert between pictures with alpha channel and those with masks. You can also clear cache, fill rect with alpha, blend pictures and copy picture with alpha channel.

The new NSViewTooltipMBS class allows you to add dynamic tooltips to Mac applications. You can provide a static tooltip text or provide current text via event based on the mouse position.

We added clipboard functions for NSAttributedStringMBS, GUID parsing for DirectShowGUIDMBS and WIAGUIDMBS, a function for OpenSSLMBS to sign data with PKCS7, new camera configuration properties for RaspberryPiCameraMBS class, LocalIP, LocalPort and Poll to RAWSocketMBS and UDPSocketMBS classes, AppReceiptVerificatorMBS.MACAddress shared property and we pass through picture resolution properties for various picture functions.

Finally we updated Xcode to version 9.2, CURL library to version 7.57.0, updated DynaPDF to version 4.0.15.42, updated OpenSSL to 1.1.0g and 1.0.2m, updated Rockesy4ND library for macOS to better support macOS High Sierra and updated SQLAPI to version 4.2.1.

See release notes for a complete list of changes.

MBS FileMaker Plugin 8.0 - More than 5000 Functions In One Plugin


Nickenich, Germany - (January 23rd, 2018) -- MonkeyBread Software today is pleased to announce MBS FileMaker Plugin 8.0 for macOS, iOS, Linux and Windows, the latest update to their product that is easily the most powerful plugin currently available for FileMaker Pro. As the leading database management solution for Windows, macOS, iOS and the web, the FileMaker Pro Integrated Development Environment supports a plugin architecture that can easily extend the feature set of the application. MBS FileMaker Plugin 8.0 has been updated and now includes over 5000 different functions, and the versatile plugin has gained more new functions:

For MacOS and iOS we have new functions to do spotlight search within your FileMaker application. You can specify the search scope and the search expression and than you can query not just the file paths but also metadata about found items.

When you use FileMaker for development on MacOS, you can benefit from our syntax highlighting and various enhancements to the script workspace. New in this release is the Command-F shortcut for various windows to search text within a custom function or calculation. Using Command-Option-C you can copy the formatted text of a calculation and post it to a forum.

For iOS a lot of more functions are now supported. This includes PDFKit functions to merge PDF files, AVExport functions to export videos, CGImageSource functions to convert HEIF images to PNG or JPEG, Clipboard functions and Events functions to work with calendar items and reminders.

Our DynaPDF functions got an improved DynaPDF.ExtractText function to extract text of a page, optionally inside a rectangle. The DynaPDF.RenderPDFFileEx function writes images for all pages of a PDF file to a given folder.

For CURL on Windows we added support for IDN domains, so you can use umlauts and other special characters in domain names there. This requires Windows Vista or newer and will return error on Windows XP. On Mac all file paths passed into CURL functions are now properly encoded, always as UTF-8.

The XL functions can now read and write areas of cells, so you can batch write data to the sheets. For loading, we better return errors and we allow to load files partially to faster query only some data.

Our CSV Split and Import functions now supports tab character as separator and better handles multi line texts.

The Webviewer on MacOS in FileMaker 16 can now send messages from JavaScript to trigger scripts in FileMaker. You can register your own script message handlers with a given name to trigger scripts from JavaScript.

For LDAP we have new JSON based functions to pass LDAP records or query them as JSON data. For switzerland we got a new sample database to show how to make swiss QR-Codes. Our PrintDialog functions on Mac can now store and restore the configuration, so you can save the printer setup.

Finally we updated to Xcode 9.2, CURL library to version 7.57.0, DynaPDF to version 4.0.15.42, OpenSSL to 1.1.0g and 1.0.2m and SQLAPI to version 4.2.1.

See release notes for a complete list of changes.

Colorspaces in MacOS with Xojo


Some of our clients love to make applications to edit photos and want to display them in the correct colorspace.

The example project used for a test shows various colorspaces and you need to look very close at them on the screen so you can spot the difference between the red in the three color spaces: screenshot For my screen left is RGB(237, 65, 36), middle is RGB(235, 51, 36) and right is RGB(255, 2, 0). So the right one is basically 1 to 1 to the screen. In that screen colorspace a SRGB or generic RGB red color is quite a difference. (more)

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If you provide an address, we can make sure we include you for local events in your area. Like when we attend meetings, we usually email people 100 km or miles around to let them know we are coming.

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MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.0pr9


New in this prerelease of the 18.0 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.0pr9


New in this prerelease of version 8.0 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

DynaPDF Text Position Examples


We got a new example for Xojo on how to extract text from a page and know each position of each text chunk. We can even keep track of current state, so we have the fonts ready and can even draw the same text on top of the existing PDF with Xojo. So DynaPDF renders page with here with text in black and we draw in paint event the blue rectangles for text portions and than draw the same text with Xojo in red:



This example uses the DynaPDFParseInterfaceMBS class from DynaPDF Pro to walk over all PDF commands drawing a page, so we get all the text output as well as matrix changes, font setting and state saving & restoring. We keep track of the current matrix with DynaPDFMatrixMBS class and collect the text records with DynapdfTextRecordWMBS class for Unicode or DynapdfTextRecordAMBS for font specific encodings. In latter case we convert the characters using current font to unicode text.

The example will be included in 18.0pr9 later today and in the 18.0 release next week.
To use this code in a shipping application, you need to order the DynaPDF Pro license from us for use with the MBS Xojo DynaPDF Plugin.

Circle crop images in FileMaker with MBS Plugin


Once again a client asked for some help with image editing in FileMaker. An imported picture should be scaled to a given size and than be cropped to a round image. Of course there are no round images, just images with alpha channels to give the illusion the image may be round.

We created the following example script to first read in the image from a container field. We create a temporary image with transparent background of the source size and composite the existing image into that. Next we scale it to the requested size. 

Next we create a new image where we draw the cirlce for the mask and we apply this mask to the scaled down image. Next we compose this image into our final image to apply the mask and write it to a container as PNG image file: 

# Read in source image

Set Variable [ $SourceImage ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.NewFromContainer"; Clip Image::Input ) ] 

Set Variable [ $sourceWidth ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.GetWidth"; $SourceImage) ] 

Set Variable [ $sourceHeight ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.GetHeight"; $SourceImage) ] 

# Scale to dest size

Set Variable [ $sourceSize ; Value: If($sourceWidth > $sourceHeight; $sourceHeight; $sourceWidth) ] 

Set Variable [ $destWidth ; Value: GetAsNumber ( Clip Image::Width ) ] 

Set Variable [ $destHeight ; Value: GetAsNumber ( Clip Image::Height ) ] 

Set Variable [ $destSize ; Value: If($destWidth > $destHeight; $destHeight; $destWidth) ] 

Set Variable [ $tempImage ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.New"; $sourceSize & "x" & $sourceSize; "transparent" ) ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.CompositeXY"; $tempImage; $sourceImage; -($sourceWidth-$sourceSize)/2; -($sourceHeight-$sourceSize)/2; 1) ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.Scale"; $tempImage; $destSize & "x" & $destSize ) ] 

# Build mask

Set Variable [ $clipImage ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.New"; $destSize & "x" & $destSize; "transparent" ) ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.SetFillColor"; $clipImage; "black" ) ] 

Set Variable [ $radius ; Value: $destSize/2 ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.DrawCircle"; $clipImage; $radius; $radius; 0; $radius ) ] 

# Apply mask

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.CopyChannel"; $tempImage; "Opacity"; $clipImage; "Opacity") ] 

# Create destination image

Set Variable [ $destImage ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.New"; $destWidth & "x" & $destHeight; "transparent") ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.CompositeXY"; $destImage; $tempImage; ($destWidth-$destSize)/2; ($destHeight-$destSize)/2; 1) ] 

Set Field [ Clip Image::Output ; MBS( "GMImage.WriteToPNGContainer"; $destImage) ] 

# Memory cleanup

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.Destroy"; $SourceImage) ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.Destroy"; $tempImage) ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.Destroy"; $destImage) ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.Destroy"; $clipImage) ] 

 
As you see this is a multi step approach and looks complicated, but sometimes you need to prepare an extra image for the mask (or alpha channel) you like and compose things together as needed.

You can extend this and draw some text on top, some border around or watermark it with a logo. 

PS: Looks like MBS FileMaker Plugin has more GraphicsMagick functions than FileMaker has built-in functions for calculations.


Prices for FileMaker Developer Conference 2018


As stated in the FileMaker community, registration will open in February. The training on Monday 6th will cost $399. Keynote will start later that evening, probably at 6pm and is followed with the welcome reception.
Prices for the conference are $1299 Early Early Bird - through March 15, $1399 Early Bird - through May 31 and $1499 USD Standard.



August 6-9, 2018 | Gaylord Texan Resort | Grapevine, Texas

This is a fantastic conference hotel with 1500 rooms, 10 restaurants, several pools indoor and outdoor. And as may know this was my guess for the conference hotel.

Registration starts end of February 2018. Rooms can be reserved on the hotel website ($189 +tax per night). As you can cancel rooms and they may run out of them, you better reserve now a room and block the week in your calendar! See you there at the MBS booth.

FileMaker und Xojo Stammtisch in Passau


On my next visit to Passau, I'd love to make another FileMaker & Xojo developer meeting:

Wer hat Interesse an einem FileMaker Entwicklertreffen im März 2018 in der Nähe von Passau?

Einfach in gemütlicher Runde treffen in einem netten Restaurant und beim Abendessen was über FileMaker und/oder Xojo schnacken. Vielleicht habt ihr ja auch Fragen und Probleme, wo ich helfen kann?

Zeit wäre ca. 18 bis 22 Uhr, so dass man auch später kommen oder früher gehen kann.

Bei Interesse bitte in die Liste eintragen.

Falls sonst noch Bedarf an Schulung, vor Ort Entwicklung oder FileMaker/Xojo Hilfe besteht, bitte wegen Terminfindung bald melden.

Register for XDC 2018 in Denver soon


Xojo Inc. just announced that the Xojo Developer Conference 2018 in Denver may sell out soon as there are only 25 tickets left.

If you haven't registered yet, the time is now! Save $100 by Feb. 16, but register soon to guarantee you'll have a spot!

Hotel rooms are available here.

I am looking forward to see you all in Denver!

See also Things to do in Denver beside XDC and MBS Xojo Conference in September 2018 in Munich.

Farm Time, The Mini Movie


FileMaker Inc. started a new ad campaign #FarmTime to promote the FileMaker brand:

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.0pr8


New in this prerelease of version 8.0 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.0pr8


New in this prerelease of the 18.0 plugins:
  • Fixed bug in VLCEqualizerMBS.Map setter.
  • Fixed out of bounds problem in zxingQRCodeReaderMBS.
  • Fixed problem with loading cairo library on Linux for Ubuntu 17.4.
  • Added IDN support for CURLSMBS and CURLNMBS classes on Windows Vista and newer. Does give error if you try it on older Windows XP.
  • Improved CSV split to also auto detect tab instead of just comma and semicolon.
  • Improved CSV split via SplitCommaSeparatedValuesMBS to handle multi line text values better.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

FileMaker Stammtisch in Hamburg


On my next visit to Hamburg, I'd love to make another FileMaker developer meeting:

Wer hat Interesse an einem FileMaker Entwicklertreffen am 27. oder 28. Juni 2018 in Hamburg?

Einfach in gemütlicher Runde treffen in einem netten Restaurant und beim Abendessen was über FileMaker schnacken. Vielleicht habt ihr ja auch Fragen und Probleme, wo ich helfen kann?

Zeit wäre ca. 18 bis 22 Uhr, so dass man auch später kommen oder früher gehen kann.

Bei Interesse bitte in die Liste eintragen.

Falls sonst noch Bedarf an Schulung, vor Ort Entwicklung oder FileMaker/Xojo Hilfe besteht, bitte wegen Terminfindung bald melden.

Xojo Stammtisch in Hamburg


On my next visit to Hamburg, I'd love to make another Xojo developer meeting:

Wer hat Interesse an einem Xojo Entwicklertreffen am 27. oder 28. Juni 2018 in Hamburg?

Einfach in gemütlicher Runde treffen in einem netten Restaurant und beim Abendessen was über Xojo schnacken. Vielleicht habt ihr ja auch Fragen und Probleme, wo ich helfen kann?

Zeit wäre ca. 18 bis 22 Uhr, so dass man auch später kommen oder früher gehen kann.

Bei Interesse bitte in die Liste eintragen.

Falls sonst noch Bedarf an Schulung, vor Ort Entwicklung oder FileMaker/Xojo Hilfe besteht, bitte wegen Terminfindung bald melden.

PS: Für die Xojo Konferenz und Schulung in München sind noch Plätze frei.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.0pr7


New in this prerelease of version 8.0 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.0pr7


New in this prerelease of the 18.0 plugins:
  • Added NSViewTooltipMBS class and NSViewMBS.addToolTipRect method.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version 4.0.15.42.
  • Fixed problem with VerifyEmailMBS function and some DNS servers.
  • Added Multiply and Unmultiply to PictureMBS class.
  • Added PictureMBS.CopyPictureWithAlpha function.
  • Fixed bug in Picture handling for setting alpha channel for Cocoa picture.
  • Added ClipperMBS module to use clipper library.
  • Added OpenSSLMBS PKCS7SignData function.
  • Fixed problem in SystemInformationMBS.ProcessorCount with logical/physical CPUs in wrong order on Windows.
  • Added example to sign PDF with 2048bit PKCS#12 certificate file.
  • Changed WinUserNotificationMBS to better handle empty texts.
  • Changed SystemInformationMBS.HardDiscSerial on Mac to prefer serial from internal disk.
  • Fixed bug in CURL SetupAWS when wrong date was used.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

FileMaker Developer Meeting for Denver


Due to the Xojo Developer Conference, we will come to Denver, Colorado in April 2018.
So let's organize a FileMaker developer meeting!
Anyone interested?

Currently we'd like to know if there is interest for a dinner meeting or more?

Please fill the survey.
Dates is around 20th to 28th April 2018 on one of the evenings.

For a dinner, we would just meet in a restaurant and chat. If we get a bigger group, maybe get a separate room and with a screen and projector, so you an show something if you like.

If you are interested in some private consulting or training, let me know and we can arrange an appointment.

Older blog entries:

2018-01-07 Xojo Developer Meeting for Dallas
2018-01-07 Disclosure Triangle in Button Setup dialog
2018-01-05 Sign PDF with DynaPDF and your custom signature
2018-01-05 FileMaker Developer Meeting for Stockholm
2018-01-05 Xojo Developer Meeting for Stockholm
2018-01-04 The 2018 Xojo Design Awards
2018-01-04 MBS Booth for FileMaker Developer Conference 2018
2018-01-03 Very early bird offer to expire for European MBS Xojo Conference in Munich
2018-01-02 xDev Magazine Issue 16.1 Issue
2018-01-01 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.0pr6
2018-01-01 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.0pr6
2017-12-31 Happy new year 2018
2017-12-31 FileMaker Version used
2017-12-31 Xojo Versions used
2017-12-28 Three days left for DynaPDF Christmas Sale
2017-12-27 LogicalDOC Webservice
2017-12-24 Merry Christmas
2017-12-22 Search in FileMaker Calculations and Custom Functions
2017-12-22 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.6pr5
2017-12-22 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.6pr5

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