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Five days left for early bird tickets for FileMaker DevCon 2017

Monday 24 April 2017 at 10:35 am
If you plan to go, be sure to register till 28th April 2018 for early bird pricing.

See you in Phoenix Arizona for the FileMaker Developer Conference, 24th to 27th July 2017.
MBS will be present with a booth in the vendor area.

If you don't get a room in the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge hotel, you can try next door at the Marriott's Canyon Villas. Just a short walk over the street and parking area (0.4 miles) to the conference hotel.

Restart FileMaker with same database

Friday 21 April 2017 at 10:17 am
With next 7.2 plugin, we can now restart FileMaker and open the same database:

Set Variable [$dbpath; Value:Get ( FilePath )]

Set Variable [$dbpath; Value:MBS( "Path.FileMakerPathToNativePath"; $dbpath )]

Set Variable [$apppath; Value:MBS( "App.GetProcessPath" )]

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS( "Files.Launch"; $apppath; $dbpath; 1 )]

Exit Application

Normally on Mac launching the app would use the same instance. But with the new flag 1 on the end, we start a new instance.
So this script will launch a new copy of FileMaker and quit the current application.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.2pr3

Wednesday 19 April 2017 at 2:33 pm
New in this prerelease of the 7.2 MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • Added Files.SetModificationDate.
  • Added SyntaxColoring.GetMinCalcFontSize and SyntaxColoring.SetMinCalcFontSize to define minimum font size for calculation dialog.
  • Fixed bug with GMImage.DestroyAll.
  • Added Zoom Button for Script Workspace.
  • Removed for 64-bit the limits on how many connections/images/etc. you can make.
  • Added local and remote notifications for iOS.
  • Added email sending via email client on Windows (MAPI).
  • Implemented App.SetDockBadgeLabel and App.GetDockBadgeLabel for iOS.
  • Fixed SQL.InsertRecords to handle floating point numbers better.
  • Updated to Xcode 8.3.1
  • Updated SQLAPI to version 4.1.11.
  • Rewrote Audit Field Type cache to be more reliable.
  • Improved CURL progressbar handling, so you can see progress dialog while sending big email.
  • Fixed a problem with CURL AWS domain detection.
  • Fixed bug with resizing ListDialog on Windows and made it more resolution aware.
  • Added Volume and Rate parameters to Text.Speak function.
  • Fixed a bug in AVRecorder.Init to work better if no video device is found.
  • Fixed a bug with GMImage.NewFromContainer where referenced image file would stay open.
  • Added Dialog.GetButtonPressed function.
  • Fixed bug with missing variable check and future FileMaker.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.2pr3

Wednesday 19 April 2017 at 2:16 pm
New in this prerelease of the 17.2 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.de/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Something about font sizes in FileMaker

Wednesday 19 April 2017 at 11:57 am
For the script workspace, I found a way to add zoom controls, so with FIleMaker 14 and newer you can soon zoom:

The buttons zoom out, 100% and zoom in.

And for various calculation dialogs, we can apply a minimum font size:

So whenever the plugin formats the formula, it can apply a bigger font size than FileMaker does by default.

Especially for presentations it may be worth to install MBS Plugin and adjust sizes.

Three weeks till MBS Xojo Conference in Berlin

Tuesday 18 April 2017 at 8:25 pm
The conference is coming closer and just three weeks are left. If you like to come, please check soon your schedule and make your reservations for traveling.

Monkeybread Software is pleased to host the MBS Xojo Conference in metropolitan Berlin, Germany. We meet in the lovely Ellington hotel in the center of west Berlin. The hotel is near Kurfürstendamm, the Zoo and KaDeWe. Beside our two conference days we have accompanying social programme with our dinner event and optional two training days. For the evenings we have casual get-together in the hotel bar or beer garden.

Three weeks before we have 80 attendees from 17 countries.
Half of them speak German and a few came as far as USA, Canada and New Zealand!
This is the only Xojo related conference in the year 2017 an the biggest so far in Europe.

Please join us to meet special guests.
Check out discussion about sight seeing on the Xojo forum and the blog article from Ulrich.

Registration is still possible and you can join us 4th/5th May 2017 in Berlin. Rooms are available in the Ellington hotel.
See website for details: monkeybreadsoftware.de/conference

Send emails via Outlook

Tuesday 18 April 2017 at 12:46 pm
Several clients requested sending emails via mail client on Windows, especially using Outlook. So for next MBS Plugins we add WinSendMail functions. You can set subject, text, recipients and add attachments. Depending on the actual mail client, some features work different. For Thunderbird multiple attachments work nice, but Outlook returns always an error with more than one. But with Outlook we can pass a html file and leave text empty to send a html email.

Send text and add attachment:

You can include html in the email:

Thunderbird accepts two attachments:

With further testing, we will see what more works and what doesn't. But so far we are not affected by the Server Busy error or 32/64 bit issues, FileMaker itself runs into.

Meet Geoff Perlman in Berlin in three weeks

Monday 17 April 2017 at 9:56 pm
Last time Geoff Perlman, CEO of Xojo Inc., visited Germany for a conference was 2008. We are happy to have him back here for the upcoming MBS Xojo conference in Berlin.

The big Xojo event in the year 2017 takes place in the Ellington Hotel in West Berlin from 4th to 5th May 2017 and this is your chance to meet him and the other Xojo engineers without a trip to the USA. Geoff will of course talk in the keynote about what's new and coming for Xojo. Please bring your question for the Q&A after the presentation.

On second day Travis Hill, one of the Xojo engineers, will talk about the new Xojo framework. On the long run this will become the default framework, so be sure to learn how to use it, what benefits it has and how to adapt. Especially as the new framework can be mixed with old framework in your desktop apps. For iOS you will use the new framework exclusively.

We have 6 Xojo people at the conference in total and some come earlier and stay longer. You have the chance to talk to them beside the conference. If needed, make an extra appointment for some private meeting.

Notifications coming for FileMaker iOS SDK

Monday 17 April 2017 at 1:02 pm
As you may know we have our iOS SDK Extension for FileMaker iOS SDK.
We are working on an update to support notifications in the FileMaker iOS SDK:

So you can create local notifications in FileMaker, define title, subtitle, body, badge number and more. Than you add a trigger based on time (Seconds in future), date or a location. We can also receive remote push notifications, if you setup it correct on the server side.

This should be available in a few weeks for everyone to try.

MBS FileMaker Plugin IDs

Saturday 15 April 2017 at 11:07 pm
With MBS FileMaker Plugin 4.5 we reorganized the IDs in our plugin. Now you can see from the ID where it came from. So ID 14012 is an email. Except if you used more than a 1000 regular expressions and also reached that ID there. But in general we don't expect a lot of people use the plugin so much until they restart FileMaker. And even if you have several objects with same ID, the functions will know what they look for and it just works.

So here an updated list for plugin version 7.2:

Menu Items11000text
Regular Expressions13000text
CURL sessions16000text
Midi Streams17000text
GraphicsMagick Image18000text
XL Books19000text
DynaPDF Context20000text
DynaPDF Table21000text
SQL Command22000text
SQL Connection23000text
CoreLocation Geocoder24000text
CoreGraphics Image Source25000text
Addressbook Item26000text
Calendar Item27000text
PDFKit Document30000text
Drag & Drop31000number
not used33000text
SQL in FileMaker37000text
ProcessActivity39000 text
WMI Query41000text
Social Request43000text
Email Parser44000text
EC Key45000text
DNS Lookup49000text
not used52000text
Drag View65000text
iOS Notifications70000text

As you see most IDs are nowadays returned as text and not as numbers. If you just keep them in variables, things should go right. And for storing in fields, simply use text fields. Storing them in number fields may also work as long as you later read the numbers without dot and decimals. "12345" will work, but "12345.00000" may not.

Some function even allow you to define your own IDs, e.g. Menu.DefineQuickMenu, SQL.NewCommand and SQL.NewConnection.

OmegaBundle 2017 available

Thursday 13 April 2017 at 10:47 pm
Today started the 2017 OmegaBundle including MBS Plugins:

As usual, the bundle is a collection of various Xojo related tools. It targets new users which do not yet have all those items and like to get them all for a convenient package price. If you have a few already, it can be cheaper to just upgrade them. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

My iPhone ring tone for you: Silence

Monday 10 April 2017 at 10:58 pm
In iOS you can assign a ring tone to individual contacts. As I missed to find a way to set ring tone to silence for my special contact for ad calls, I made a new ring tone with only silence. Maybe you like it?

Download: silence.m4r

MBS Vendor Session at FileMaker DevCon

Saturday 08 April 2017 at 09:31 am
The session list is available for the FileMaker DevCon, July 24-27 in Phoenix Arizona.

My MBS FileMaker Plugin Introduction session is scheduled for Wednesday, 26th July 2017 at 2:15pm in room Grand Canyon 4. If you come to the conference, please join me and learn what's new this year in MBS Plugin. Or visit my booth.

My Tip: go to the sessions which are not recorded.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.2pr2

Wednesday 05 April 2017 at 9:10 pm
New in this prerelease of the 7.2 MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • Added context menu for popup menus to copy title and list entries.
  • Updated OpenSSL to 1.1.0e and 1.0.2k
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.2pr2

Wednesday 05 April 2017 at 7:56 pm
New in this prerelease of the 17.2 plugins:
  • Fixed ECDHEMBS for 64-bit.
  • Redone option properties on TidyDocumentMBS.
  • Updated libarchive to version 3.3.1.
  • Updated PostgreSQL to version 9.6.2.
  • Removed PPC code.
  • Updated OpenSSL to 1.1.0e and 1.0.2k
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.de/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Copy entries from PopupMenus

Wednesday 05 April 2017 at 6:49 pm
Sometimes you see a popup menu control in FileMaker and you like to copy the entries.
To help you our new 7.2pr2 plugin does offer a context menu on all popup controls:

You can copy the visible text or the whole list of options as text.

FileMaker Abend bei der Denkform

Tuesday 04 April 2017 at 7:37 pm
Am 18. Mai 2017 treffen sich interessierte FileMaker Entwickler bei der Denkform in Hofheim (Taunus).
Wir schauen uns neues in der FileMaker Welt an. Unter anderem FileMaker Cloud und das aktuelle MBS Plugin.
Michael Valentin von FileMaker Deutschland kommt vorbei und präsentiert und steht dann für Fragen bereit.

Ich kann dann gerne noch ein paar Neuerungen im MBS Plugin zeigen für die Version 7.2.

Anmeldung auf der Eventseite. Zeitlich vermutlich 18 bis 21 Uhr. Eventuell mit optionalem Abendessen.

DevCon 2017 Conference Scholarship

Monday 03 April 2017 at 5:51 pm
A great move by FileMaker to add young people to the conference:

Women of FileMaker is excited to offer three scholarships to the 2017 FileMaker Developer Conference (DevCon) held July 25-26 in Phoenix, Arizona. We believe that DevCon is a wonderful learning and connecting experience, and we are excited to promote the cause of women in technology by helping them to gain access to FileMaker learning and networking potential. This year, we are offering scholarships for three pre-paid registrations to DevCon, as well as assigning a mentor to each scholarship winner to help them navigate the conference and get the most out of the experience. Deadline for applications is April 7.

Requirements & Qualifications

  • This must be your first FileMaker DevCon
  • The scholarship does not include hotel or airfare
  • The conference pass is non-transferable
  • Applications close on April 7, 2017
  • Winners will be notified on or before April 28, 2017

see womenoffilemaker.com/scholarship/ for more details and registration.

I just wonder if they saw that at my Xojo conferences where I offer three scholarships myself.

FileMaker Conference .fmp[x]Berlin 2017

Monday 03 April 2017 at 1:44 pm
Just two months till the FileMaker Conference .fmp[x]Berlin 2017. See you there!

This conference is organized by Egbert Friedrich and takes place from 1st to 3rd June 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

As the conference is in english, this is your chance to meet people from around the world at a conference in Europe. And for a lot of people it's easier to get to Berlin than to cross the atlantic and deal with US immigration officers.

dotfmp is an effort of various leading European FileMaker Developers. It is meant to bring all kinds of higher level developers together to share knowledge, educate and challenge each other.
dotfmp starts at the 31 May 2107 in the later afternoon with a relaxed "Beer and Sausages" in one of the most famous Berlin Beergarden.The session days itself last from 1 until 3 June with various socialising events in the evenings. Additionally we offer suport on 4 June to see more from Berlin and its surroundings.
dotfmp is a 3 Day-Unconference, Meetup, Hangout or Barcamp. It is an informal and self-organized effort to meet on a personal base.
dotfmp takes place in one of the most famous spots in Berlin. The GLS Campus is located in a vibrant area with a very short walking distance to all the famous restaurants.
We feel there are far too few possibilities to talk to, learn from, and hangout with fellow developers in a relaxed and informal environment. And we'd like to share work and get feedback from people chewing on similar challenges.

If you like to join the conference and present something, please register soon.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.2pr1

Monday 03 April 2017 at 09:55 am
New in this prerelease of the 17.2 plugins:
  • Added WinUserNotificationMBS class for notifications on Windows.
  • Added JPEGMovieMBS class.
  • Updated SQLite to 3.18.0.
  • Fixed bug in WordFile.ReplaceTag with several tags in one line.
  • Added NSBitmapImageRepMBS.bitmapImageRepByConvertingToColorSpace.
  • Updated to Xcode 8.3.
  • Fixed a bug in CURLSMBS.SetupEmail on Windows when talking to CURLEmailMBS class.
  • Fixed a memory leak in CURLSMBS.SetupEmail method.
  • Fixed an issue with writing BLOB fields into Firebird database via SQLPreparedStatementMBS class.
  • Fixed bug in CURLSMBS.SetupEmail function.
  • Added CURL methods to send/receive data over sockets connected via CURL. Like TCPSocket class, but let CURL handle IPv6 or IPv4, SSL and proxy settings.
  • Added frame functions for ChromiumBrowserMBS. CEF3 only.
  • Updated to DynaPDF version
  • Removed dependency from Mac64bit Plugin to SnowLeopard and Leopard.
  • Added printing with DynaPDF with print dialog, save and restore of settings.
  • Added CURLSMBS.SetupAWS method for our Amazon S3 examples.
  • Added CustomNSTextViewMBS class.
  • Added more events for CustomNSTextFieldCellMBS.
  • Added 64-bit support for Rockey2MBS class. And you can now load library there.
  • Added check to make sure CheckConformance on DynaPDF is not asked to delete embedded files for ZUGFeRD invoices.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.de/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Older blog entries:

2017-04-03 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.2pr1
2017-04-02 Windows User Notifications
2017-04-02 JPEGs to Movie
2017-04-01 Company Birthday: 17 Years
2017-03-30 Special guests at the MBS Xojo Conference in Berlin
2017-03-30 Xojo and FileMaker meetings in Arizona
2017-03-29 MBS Plugin Schulung in Hamburg, Salzburg und Hofheim
2017-03-29 MBS Releases the MBS Xojo UDP Socket Kit in version 1.0
2017-03-29 FileMaker Spanish Devcon 2017
2017-03-28 Xojo 2017 Release 1 Now Available
2017-03-28 German FileMaker Conference in Salzburg, Austria
2017-03-25 Amazon S3 and other services in Xojo and FileMaker
2017-03-19 Windows Notifications
2017-03-19 CURL conference
2017-03-14 MBS FileMaker Plugin 7.1 - Über 4400 Funktionen in einem Plugin
2017-03-14 MBS FileMaker Plugin 7.1 - More than 4400 Functions In One Plugin
2017-03-14 MonkeyBread Software Releases the MBS Xojo Plugins in version 17.1
2017-03-14 Stammtisch in Nürnberg
2017-03-09 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.1pr5
2017-03-09 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.1pr5


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