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Overlay windows for FileMaker

For MBS FileMaker Plugin 14.1 we have new Overlay functions for you. These allow you to create windows without the usual system border and provide the whole content as a picture. This can include transparent areas, so you can make round windows if you like. You may receive mouse clicks with a script trigger as well as mouse moving in and out of the overlay. That's a great functionality and you may use it for various usages:

Splash Screen

When your solution opens, you could show a nice graphic as splash screen from the start script. While your solution does some work like opening more databases, you can keep the window showing. When the start script finishes its work, you can close it.

Custom Navigation

You can have custom buttons outside or over your windows to provide actions for users. That may be a navigation bar, where you use the mouse trigger to perform actions and provide shortcuts to launch scripts. (more)

MBS at FileMaker en Valencia

We look forward to join the Spanish FileMaker conference coming up end of March 2024:

Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, 2024

Hotel Valencia Oceanic Affiliated By Meliá
In Valencia, Spain

See website codewave.es

MBS sponsors the event and I will be there to show off some MBS Functionality and answer questions. See you there! (more)

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 14.1pr4

New in this prerelease of version 14.1 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/, in DropBox folder or ask for being added to the DropBox shared folder.

You can subscribe to our FileMaker mailing list to get notified for new pre-release and release versions.


ISO FileMaker Magazine: MBS JavaScript Power

Check out the FileMaker Magazine website. Matt Petrowsky provides a huge collection of training videos around FileMaker. And recently he started a series of videos about our MBS Plugin:

Watch it on filemakermagazine.com and subscribe to his YouTube channel. The free preview is 15 minutes and the full video is 54 minutes.

Matt shows what cool things he built with our JavaScript and JavaScriptWebKit functions.

More videos from Matt about MBS Plugin in this playlist.


iODBC update needed

Recently a few clients run into a problem with using ODBC databases:

IM004 [iODBC][Driver Manager]Driver's SQLAllocEnv() failed

The ODBC manager (called iODBC) can't load the ODBC driver for the database you like to connect to. By default on macOS we load "/usr/lib/libiodbc.2.dylib" as the ODBC manager, but this library seems to be outdated. (more)


MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 14.1pr3

New in this prerelease of version 14.1 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/, in DropBox folder or ask for being added to the DropBox shared folder.

You can subscribe to our FileMaker mailing list to get notified for new pre-release and release versions.


Printing a WebViewer in FileMaker

At Claris Engage we got the question about how to print a web viewer in FileMaker. While FileMaker has nothing built-in in that direction, we can provide a solution in our MBS FileMaker Plugin with the WebView.Print function.

Print

You can add a print button to the layout, assign it a "Set Variable" script step to run and then call MBS( "WebView.Print"; WebViewerRef ) there. For the WebViewerRef parameter you can pass the name of the web viewer and our plugin should find it on the current window. For more difficult cases you can use WebView.FindByName and specify the window with a window reference.

It may be useful to tune the website beforehand with some JavaScript or CSS to hide content you don't want to print. Our documentation website uses extra CSS files for media=print, so we can hide the sidebar with navigation for a print out. If you like to hide something for your printout, you may want to use a bit of JavaScript with WebView.Evaluate to hide an element:

document.getElementById('HelpNavigation').style.display = 'none';

We frequently hide things like navigation bars, advertisements or the headers/footers from a website. (more)

Use MapKit to validate addresses

Recently a client asked if we could help on entering addresses. Like to fix typos, lookup zip codes or split addresses into fields like for street name, house number and city. We got an idea and made a new sample file for you to validate address with MapKit.

(more)

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 14.1pr2

New in this prerelease of version 14.1 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/, in DropBox folder or ask for being added to the DropBox shared folder.

You can subscribe to our FileMaker mailing list to get notified for new pre-release and release versions.


Detect and disable advanced database tools

At Claris Engage we learnt from Wim Decorte that it may be better to disable advanced tools if possible. Quite a few ways to hack a FileMaker solution go by using the debugger to check scripts or data viewer to read or evaluate some things. Advanced tools are great for developers, but normal users may not need these tools. You can use the checkbox in the preferences dialog:

Let's go and check via plugin on whether advanced tools are enabled. You may have scripts check for this and or react on the outcome. e.g. if enabled and user is not developer or admin, then disable it automatically for the next launch of FileMaker. Or included the status in some reporting to server, so you know which user has it turned on. (more)

Claris Engage conference thoughts

After five years of pause, Claris finally invited everyone to an in-person conference. It was a bit different with a chance to visit an Apple campus in Austin, Texas. About 620 people came and we had a great conference.

The weather was great for winter times. We feared it could be cold and freezing, but it turned out to be a very nice week with sunshine and above 20 degrees Celsius. I could walk outside with just a t-shirt.

These office buildings from Apple are phenomenal. Well designed with a lot of details to discover. We had over a dozen meeting rooms for presentations and lots of smaller rooms in various sizes for your own meet-ups. And the basement has a nice theater with a few hundred seats for the big sessions. The keynote was split in two rooms since all people don't fit in one room here. (more)

FileMaker vs. CURL versions

Here is a list of which FileMaker version includes which CURL version:
FileMaker versionCURL Version
11.0.47.19.4
12.0.57.21.6
13.0.97.21.6
14.0.47.38.0
15.0.37.44.0
16.0.47.51.0
17.0.37.58.0
18.0.37.62.0
19.0.17.62.0
19.1.37.62.0
19.2.17.62.0
19.3.17.62.0
19.3.27.62.0
19.4.17.62.0
19.5.37.76.0
19.67.83.0
20.17.83.0
20.27.83.0
20.37.83.0
(more)

FileMaker Conference dotfmp.berlin 2024

Did you sign up for FileMaker Conference dotfmp.berlin 2024?

This conference is organized by Egbert Friedrich and takes place from 6th to 8th June 2024 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.

Who
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.
When
dotfmp starts at the 5th June 2024 in the later afternoon with a relaxed "Beer and Sausages" in one of the most famous Berlin Beergarden. The session days itself last from 6th until 8th June with various socializing events in the evenings.
What
dotfmp is a 3 Day-Unconference, Meetup, Hangout or Barcamp. It is an informal and self-organized effort to meet on a personal base.
Where
dotfmp takes place in one of the most famous spots in Berlin. The Schankhalle Pfefferberg is located in a vibrant area with a very short walking distance to all the famous restaurants.
Why
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. First 25 tickets are sold already!

Can FileMaker do that?

When a client asks you whether you can do something in FileMaker, please don't just check FileMaker documentation, but also check if MBS FileMaker Plugin has something for you. Over the past 18 years we got a lot of requests and consequently added a lot of functionality to our plugin. Let's show you a few examples:

Switch printers

While FileMaker has a printer setup script step, you may prefer to use our plugin to switch printers and set various options like which tray to use or whether to print color or b&w. Our plugin has functions to control the printer on macOS and Windows and allows you to automatically lookup the best printer in the database for each workstation in a company. Then print to the nearby printer and dynamically pick paper source, format and collation options.

(more)

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 14.1pr1

New in this prerelease of version 14.1 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/, in DropBox folder or ask for being added to the DropBox shared folder.

You can subscribe to our FileMaker mailing list to get notified for new pre-release and release versions.


MBS @ FMTraining.TV - Making FileMaker Apps for the Apple VisionOS (With MBS)

Check out the FMTraining.tv website. Richard Carlton and his team do a daily free live stream about FileMaker to watch.

A few days ago Christian Schmitz from Monkeybread Software joined a live episode to talk a bit about the MBS FileMaker Plugin. Watch it on YouTube.

Let's take the FileMaker iOS SDK to make an application for iPhone first. Basically we follow these instructions from Claris. Then we run it in the Vision OS simulator. We explore what visionOS offers and even integrate the MBS FileMaker Plugin. Finally we build an iOS app to run on macOS.

(more)

Claris Engage Keynote Bingo

Looking forward to the Claris Engage conference in Austin, Texas we got the idea to make a bingo game for things mentioned in the keynote.

Get your own random bingo card here: monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/bingo/

(more)

MBS @ FMTraining.TV - The Claris FileMaker MonkeyBread Plug-in 14.0 Release

Check out the FMTraining.tv website. Richard Carlton and his team do a daily free live stream about FileMaker to watch.

A few days ago Christian Schmitz from Monkeybread Software joined a live episode to talk a bit about the MBS FileMaker Plugin. Watch it on YouTube.

We talk about the new version 14.0 of MBS Plugin. See announcements on the blog, the look on the details and the new functions in documentation. We talk about CURL, DynaPDF, JSON, Math, List, Phidget and other functions.

(more)

FileMaker Konferenz 2024 in Malbun - Anmeldung startet

Vom 1. bis 4. Oktober 2024 findet die nächste deutschsprachige FileMaker Konferenz in Malbun, Liechtenstein statt. Die Tickets für die Konferenz sind jetzt verfügbar, bis 20. April noch zum Frühbucherpreis.

Monkeybread Software ist als Sponsor mit Stand und Session vor Ort. Bitte kommen Sie mit Ihren Fragen vorbei!
Stefanie wird zwei Interessante Sessions übernehmen und wir planen noch für den 1. Oktober einen Wandertag ein. Wer mit möchte, kann dann bei hoffentlich schönem Wetter mit uns durch die Berge wandern. z.B. von Malbun aus am Sass-Seeli vorbei zur Alpe Guschg.

siehe FileMaker Konferenz.com



Die Veranstalter vom Verein FM Konferenz erwarten auch 2024 rund 120 Entwickler, Anwender, IT-Fachleute und Entscheidungsträger aus Wirtschaft, Bildung und Verwaltung. Rund um über 20 Fachvorträge und Workshops wird es viel Zeit zum Vernetzen in den gemeinsamen Pausen und beim Abendprogramm geben.

Für den Deutschsprachigen Raum ist diese Konferenz das Treffen des Jahres. Hier finden Sie vom Anfänger bis zum Profi Kontakte zu anderen Entwicklern. Lernen Sie was es neues gibt, nehmen Sie Impulse mit für die eigene Arbeit und erfahren Sie mehr zu FileMaker von deutschsprachigen Experten!

Bitte planen Sie wenigstens einen extra Tag ein für ihren Besuch in Liechtenstein, damit Sie die Natur in dem schönen Tal geniessen können. Den Aufstieg auf den Sareis können Sie bequem zu Fuß vom Hotel aus starten und die Turnastraße hinauf spazieren bis zum Restaurant am Gipfel. Oder alternativ die Seilbahn nehmen.

PDF Attachments in FileMaker with DynaPDF

Did you know you can have attachments within a PDF document? 

 

Yes, PDF documents can embed files, including other PDF documents. This allows to bundle various files with a PDF document just like attachments on emails. Or you can merge other PDF documents into a PDF and make them accessible via menu in Acrobat Reader or with buttons or clickable areas.

(more)

Older blog entries:

2024-01-27 Optimization ideas for Draco calculation engine
2024-01-26 Data Detectors as context menu
2024-01-24 Meet Christian at Claris Engage
2024-01-23 New in MBS FileMaker Plugin 14.0
2024-01-20 MBS @ FMTraining.TV - FileMaker MBS Plug-in and more Phidgets
2024-01-19 DynaPDF Parser for FileMaker
2024-01-17 ISO FileMaker Magazine: FileMaker Maps - Using MapKit & MBS
2024-01-16 MBS FileMaker Plugin 14.0 for Claris FileMaker
2024-01-16 Neues MBS Plugin 14.0 für Claris FileMaker
2024-01-15 Identify data content
2024-01-14 FileMaker License Pricing Details
2024-01-13 40 Goodies in MBS Plugin
2024-01-12 MBS @ FMTraining.TV - Changing Image Formats in Containers with the MBS FileMaker Plug-in
2024-01-12 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 14.0pr8
2024-01-10 Using PerformScript in a custom WebViewer in FileMaker
2024-01-09 Calling C functions from FileMaker
2024-01-09 Background Log Custom function
2024-01-08 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 14.0pr7
2024-01-06 One month until Claris Engage 2024
2024-01-05 MBS @ FMTraining.TV - Another 20 Free FileMaker MBS Functions to Change Your Development - Part 2

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