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The 2015 Xojo Developer Conference

Wednesday 22 October 2014 at 11:45 pm
Just one month left to save $250 on a ticket with the early bird offer. Already over 50 people signed up for the conference, so it may sell out like last year :-)

The 2015 Xojo Developer Conference will take place April 29 - May 1, 2015 at the Radisson hotel in fabulous downtown Austin!

XDC is the best place for Xojo users to learn from the experts, network with other Xojo users from around the world and meet the Xojo engineers. We will have sessions for everyone wanting to get the most out of their tool - from topics for those who are just getting their feet wet, to sessions for the most advanced Xojo developer.

iOS will require 32/64bit apps

Tuesday 21 October 2014 at 11:27 am
Apple made an announcement for developers recently:

64-bit and iOS 8 Requirements for New Apps

Starting February 1, 2015, new iOS apps uploaded to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK, included in Xcode 6 or later. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of "Standard architectures" to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.



This means that both FileMaker with FileMaker Go and Xojo with their iOS support have to build apps with 32 and 64 bit support as universal apps. Those apps will than use the native architecture of the phone they run on. This avoids the need to load 32bit libraries on a 64bit Phone and saves memory. Currently FileMaker Go 13 ships with code for armv7 and armv7s, but all 32-bit.

New for Mac OS X 10.10 in MBS Xojo Plugins

Monday 20 October 2014 at 11:26 pm
We already have a few improvements for MBS Xojo Plugins for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite:

Mac OS X 10.10: 64-bit only Frameworks

Monday 20 October 2014 at 8:11 pm
As Xojo and FileMaker both wait for 64-bit support, we more and more feel the pressure from Apple to move to 64-bit. With Mac OS X 10.10 the following frameworks are 64-bit only and can't currently be used for plug-ins in FileMaker Pro and Xojo:
  • Accounts
  • AVKit
  • CloudKit
  • CoreAuthentication
  • CryptoTokenKit
  • EventKit
  • FinderSync
  • GameController
  • GLKit
  • Hypervisor
  • LocalAuthentication
  • MapKit
  • MediaLibrary
  • MultipeerConnectivity
  • NetworkExtension
  • NotificationCenter
  • Social
  • SpriteKit
  • vmnet
Also some features are no longer available in 10.10 for 32-bit applications like NSSharingService.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 4.4pr6

Monday 20 October 2014 at 2:41 pm
New in this prerelease of the 4.4 plugins:
  • Fixed problem with Trace command not showing content of small container values correctly.
  • Added Text.ReadTextFromContainer function.
  • Renamed all String functions to Text (old names still work).
  • Added JSON.Format function.
  • Added Text.WriteToContainer function to store text in container.
  • Fixed problem with wrong formatted date when sending emails.
  • Added option to Files.ReadFile to return text as container.
  • Updated SQLAPI++ 4.1.4.
  • Improved Audit functions to allow * to be used for ignored fields.
  • Fixed bug with loading excel documents (created in pr3)
  • Added RichText.WriteContainer and RichText.ReplaceText.
  • Added GMImage.WriteToTiffContainer function.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 14.4pr6

Monday 20 October 2014 at 1:58 pm
New in this prerelease of the 14.4 plugins:
  • Updated ChartDirector Control example for retina.
  • Updated FontActivateMBS function to use CoreText.
  • Fixed problem with functions returning CGGradientMBS objects.
  • Fixed problem with RemoteControlMBS.MacMousePositionY.
  • Fixed problem with wrong formatted date when sending emails.
  • Updated SQLAPI++ 4.1.4.
  • Fixed possible crash in AVCaptureStillImageOutputMBS.captureStillImageAsynchronously method.
Download: macsw.de/plugin/Prerelease. Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Tip of the day: Quickly query image size

Saturday 18 October 2014 at 1:15 pm
If you just need the size of an image on Mac OS X in your Xojo app, well using CGImageSource can be much faster than opening the image for that. By using Picture.Open you load the whole image in memory which can take a few milliseconds. Loading just the file header with metadata can be much faster. So the following code uses CGImageSourceMBS class to open the image and read the properties of the first image:

// open an image file dim path as string = "/Library/Desktop Pictures/Galaxy.jpg" dim f as FolderItem = GetFolderItem(path, FolderItem.PathTypeNative) Dim c As New CGImageSourceMBS(f) // properties for first image dim p as Dictionary = c.PropertiesAtIndex(0) dim w as integer = p.Value(c.kCGImagePropertyPixelWidth) dim h as integer = p.Value(c.kCGImagePropertyPixelHeight)

Sending files from Finder to FileMaker

Saturday 18 October 2014 at 10:27 am
Since the first version of Mac OS X there exist the concept of services. So one application can offer a service and another app can use it. In most cases the user simply selects a picture, some text or a file and uses a service to pass that information to an application for processing. For example if you select an image file in Finder, you can use context menu service to make it your desktop picture. (more)

Xojo Meeting in Winterthur

Wednesday 15 October 2014 at 09:41 am
On Monday we had a nice meeting in here Winterthur for dinner.

Talked about news in Xojo like upcoming iOS, migration from Carbon to Cocoa, comparison between Xojo and Delphi, going to the XDC 2015 in Austin and other topics.

PS: There is a second meeting here on saturday.

MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 14.4pr5

Sunday 12 October 2014 at 11:11 pm
New in this prerelease of the 14.4 plugins:
  • Fixed a bug with handling NSWindow in a NSDictionary in some conversion.
  • Fixed a bug with CURLEMailMBS class's handling of CC addresses.
Download: macsw.de/plugin/Prerelease. Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 4.4pr5

Sunday 12 October 2014 at 7:28 pm
New in this prerelease of the 4.4 plugins:
  • Fixed a bug with SendMail's handling of CC addresses.
  • Added QuickList.And, QuickList.Or, QuickList.Not and QuickList.XOr function.
  • Added List.Not function.
  • Fixed a bug with strings being returned from plugin with UTF-16 BOM. (created in earlier beta)
  • Added parameter for XL.LoadBook to specify type.
  • Improved QuickList.Reverse and List.Reverse to be much quicker.
  • Added DynaPDF.CreateNamedDest function.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Xojo UK User Group Event - Birmingham, November 13-14 2014

Sunday 12 October 2014 at 5:48 pm
The Xojo Developers UK User Group is pleased to announce a two-day event on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th November 2014, at a new venue this year - the offices at 77 Paradise Circus, Queensway, Birmingham UK, B1 2DT.

On Thursday you can learn about iOS if you like. In the evening, we go to Jimmy Spices, an excellent buffet restaurant with selected food from around the world.

On Friday, there are sessions to learn now things:
  • Custom Control Creation for a Specialist UI (Chris Carter)
  • Security Via Obesity: Being Clever About Storing Your Customers' Login Details (Hamish Symington)
  • A Radical Approach to Software Licensing (Steve Cholerton)
  • How Build Automation Makes Building And Distributing Xojo Apps Simpler (Tom Catchesides)
  • Using CURL (Christian Schmitz)
  • Using JSON & a RESTful API (Stewart Johnson)
  • Xojo News Video Chat (Geoff Perlman)
  • Advanced Xojo Code Language Features (Christian Schmitz)
And if we have time left, I can always talk about latest additions to MBS plugins.

More details and registration: event website

Xojo meeting in Den Haag

Saturday 11 October 2014 at 12:23 pm
We had a nice meeting with local Xojo developers in Scheveningen, near Den Haag.

From 12 people actually 8 came and we had dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Would be nice to have more local meetings in various locations :-)

FMSummit 2014

Thursday 09 October 2014 at 9:50 pm


Greetings from Scheveningen in Den Haag.
Are you here or next weeks in Winterthur or in Toulouse for the FileMaker conferences?
Be sure to visit me and ask all the questions you have about our plugins?
You can find me in the hotel before/after sessions or in the breaks.

BKS Training Day @ XDC 2015

Wednesday 08 October 2014 at 10:37 pm
Bob Keeney may do a training day at the Xojo Developer Conference 2015:

Two years ago we did a day of training before XDC began in Orlando at the same hotel that conference was held at. We had about 20 people attend and the recording is available to our video training subscribers. Last year we had to cancel the training day in Las Vegas due of lack of interest.

It's a lot of work to organize and get prepared. To get a feel for how many people are interested we’ve created a short 3 question survey regarding the potential training day at XDC 2015.

surveymonkey.com/s/YDKJ8F9

Let me know if you have any questions!


Using Google Mail with MBS Plugin

Wednesday 08 October 2014 at 09:44 am
If you have a google mail account and you enabled IMAP, POP3 and SMTP on it, you can use it with our MBS Plugin to send and receive emails.

To send, please use server "smtp.gmail.com" and pass true for UseSSL parameter. And that's all you need for sending, because the normal SSL will be good enough.

For IMAP to receive, use URL with "imaps://imap.gmail.com" (s for SSL). And with that little change the imap example from us also works fine.

Next plugin will have an example for that.

Xojo Meetings

Tuesday 07 October 2014 at 09:44 am
Just a reminder for the Xojo meeting:

8th October, Den Haag (Scheveningen)
13rd October, Winterthur 1
18th October, Winterthur 2
21st October, Toulouse

If you want to join, please contact me. Meetings are about 7pm in a restaurant. No cost except your own drinks and meal.

MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 14.4pr4

Monday 06 October 2014 at 5:42 pm
New in this prerelease of the 14.4 plugins:
  • Changed GMImageMBS to use Windows ANSI encoding for strings on Windows.
  • Improved DynaPDFRawImageMBS class.
  • Added webview property for MKMapViewMBS class.
  • Changed XLBookMBS.SetKeyGlobal to raise exception if called after first XLBookMBS instance was created.
  • Fixed OverlayMBS.Update(Show) for Cocoa to draw window when you call it and not later.
  • Upgraded Xcode to version 6.
Download: macsw.de/plugin/Prerelease. Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 4.4pr4

Monday 06 October 2014 at 1:09 pm
New in this prerelease of the 4.4 plugins:
  • Added more checks so that attachments over 100 MB are not loaded, socket does not try to read more than 100 MB or Files.Read functions don't try to read more than 1 GB.
  • Improved List.Sort.
  • Improvements to string handling.
  • Upgraded Xcode to version 6.
  • Fixed bug with script variable checking. Now properly ignoring global variables in another edge case.
  • Added TextEncoding parameter to ZipFile.CreateFile.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS Plugin to Visual Fox Pro

Thursday 02 October 2014 at 11:07 pm
Just a quick note:
Using MBS Plugin and SQL functions you can connect to a Visual Fox Pro database. Simply use ODBC driver and right connection string.

e.g.this connection string:
"Driver={Microsoft Visual FoxPro Driver};SourceType=DBC;SourceDB=c:\test database.dbc;Exclusive=No;NULL=NO;Collate=Machine;BACKGROUNDFETCH=NO;DELETED=NO;"

As all details are included in connection string, you don't need to setup an ODBC data source.
And client is happy as they now can query data from the Visual Fox Pro database and import to Xojo or FileMaker.

Older blog entries:

2014-10-02 MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 14.4pr3
2014-10-01 MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 4.4pr3
2014-09-30 Winterthur Xojo Meeting
2014-09-30 Tip of the day: Print to PDF with OpenPrinter in Xojo
2014-09-29 Quicklist - Fast lists for FileMaker
2014-09-29 Macoun Article
2014-09-29 Sending Email with FileMaker via MBS Plugin
2014-09-28 Greetings from Macoun
2014-09-26 FileMaker conferences
2014-09-26 Xojo Cloud Data Centers
2014-09-25 FileMaker Stammtisch Hamburg
2014-09-24 Sending email via SMTP using CURL
2014-09-24 MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 14.4pr2
2014-09-24 MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 4.4pr2
2014-09-24 EasyTCPSocket Packet format
2014-09-23 Xojo Meetings in Europe
2014-09-21 MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 14.4pr1
2014-09-21 MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 4.4pr1
2014-09-20 Three more Plugin parts sold separately
2014-09-19 FileMaker conferences

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