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EPS support deprecated in macOS Sonoma

It looks like Apple removes EPS support for macOS Sonoma, so we deprecate the functionality around that in our plugins. Currently the features still works and can be used, but once you upgrade, the MBS functions will return an error or raise an exception.

For FileMaker:
For Xojo:
Not sure about the reason. From usage statistics showing that nobody uses it, to expired licenses with Adobe or the retirement of the relevant staff, all is possible.

If you need EPS conversion, you may check command line tools like Ghostscript to do the same.

Our plugins will carry on the functions until we move to newer Xcode and newer macOS next year, where we may have to remove them.

Xojo's tenth birthday

Xojo turns ten years old today.

On 4th June 2013, Xojo Inc. announced the name change from Real Studio to Xojo, the new IDE and the new license model.

Originally Xojo started over 25 years ago as CrossBasic, got rebranded as REALbasic and released in 1998 to the public. In 2010 the name was changed to Real Studio before in 2013 the company and its product were renamed to Xojo. See Wikipedia for details.

Congratulations to the team and looking forward to the next 20 years!

See you at the next conference! (more)

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 23.3pr1

New in this prerelease of the 23.3 plugins:
  • Added ConvertImage method for WindowsPDFDocumentMBS class.
  • Added Describe method to GMImageMBS class.
  • Added evaluate method to XMLDocumentMBS class to do XPath queries.
  • Added FilterObjectArray method in JSONMBS class.
  • Added RegisterRGBAImage and MarkerDefineRGBAImage methods to ScintillaControlMBS class.
  • Added tag property to CURLSMultiMBS and CURLSMBS classes.
  • Added XMLXPathResultMBS class.
  • Fixed CURLSMultiMBS class to set AutoPerform to true for shared instance.
  • Improved ScintillaControlMBS to better recognize xojo comments.
  • Our plugin now requires glibc 2.25 for openssl on Linux (from 2017)
  • Removed PHP classes.
  • Updated CURL library to version 8.1.2.
  • Updated LibSSH to version 1.11.0.
  • Updated MongoDB-c library to version 1.23.4.
  • Updated openssl library to version 3.1.1.
  • Updated RabbitMQ-c library to version 0.13.
  • Updated SQLite to version 3.42.0.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.de/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/ or from DropBox.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 13.3pr1

New in this prerelease of version 13.3 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.

Caffeinate FileMaker Pro

Did you know that FileMaker Pro or the whole computer can go to sleep while doing a longer script?


On macOS there is a feature called App Nap to save energy by sleeping applications. And of course on Windows and macOS the display gets to sleep after some time and sometimes even the whole PC or Mac goes to sleep.


With MBS FileMaker Plugin, you can add a script line on the start of your script and then a second line on the end of the script.

The start of the script calls the ProcessActivity.beginActivity function like this:


Set Variable [ $activity ; Value: MBS( "ProcessActivity.beginActivity"; "IdleSystemSleepDisabled UserInitiated"; "Doing Backup in FileMaker" ) ] 


On the end of the script, you have a line to end the activity:


Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "ProcessActivity.endActivity"; $activity ) ] 


All activities are cleared when you exit the application.


Save the date for another Xojo Conference in Germany

Since Xojo Inc. doesn't plan one, we step in and invite you to come to our home country. To keep it easy for us, we'll have the conference nearby here and we would enjoy, if you join us and visit the area here.

The MBS Xojo Conference will take place Thursday, 25th and Friday, 26th April 2024 in Andernach in Germany, a town nearby here at the river Rhine. We look forward to host around 50 Xojo developers here, have various speakers for the sessions as well as several workshops and labs.

You can come by train or by car there and we encourage attendees to stay the weekend and explore the area. If you take a train, you find plenty of direct train connections from Hamburg to Munich, Berlin and Luxembourg. If you fly, look for flights to Frankfurt or Cologne and take trains from there to Andernach station. From the station, you can about walk 1 km to the hotel.

For Wednesday, 24th April 2024 we plan a Xojo training day, where we will develop various projects in Xojo. We include various things attendees like to see. For example we could write a desktop app to manage a database, then a web app to use the same database. For mobile users we could make a little web service providing the data to an iOS and/or Android application.

Attendees coming from abroad can stay a bit longer. We plan to have a sight seeing day for Tuesday to visit some nice places and show you a bit of the landscape, the history and the culture. Enjoy extra days here and plan to visit the world's highest cold-water geyser, which erupts up to 60 meters high in the nature reserve Namedyer Werth.

The planning of the conference involves all the things we learnt from previous conferences. Skipping expensive hotels in big cities to make the conference more affordable. The key thing is to bring together developers from all over the world to exchange ideas, learn new techniques and have a great time.

More details will be announced once the paper work is finished.

Xojo Sale

Xojo Inc. announced a sale for the next few days:

If you waited to get a Xojo license or to renew your license or to upgrade to Xojo Pro, this is your chance.

As usual, if your Xojo license is up for renewal in May or June, you can update now and enjoy a discount. If your Xojo license expired already, just get a new one. With the discount it is cheaper than a regular update.

The add-ons are included in the sale. If you like to get one of the MBS articles there, you can use the sale price at Xojo Store or we match the price if you buy directly from us. Please contact us if you need a MBS Plugin license.

Earn money with your Xojo application

You can use MBS Plugin to earn some extra money in your Xojo application.
Try our classes for Windows Store, macOS Store, iOS Store or iOS Ads to monetarize your application.

Windows Store

Check out the Windows Store classes to perform in-app purchases. You can offer your application as a trial for free and then offer the user to purchase a license to a full or pro version of your application. If your application is sold upfront, you can query license information.

Blog: Selling Xojo apps on Windows Store
Documentation: WindowsStore classes
Example project: /WinFrameworks/Windows Store (more)

MBS @ FMTraining.TV - What’s New in the FileMaker MonkeyBread Plug-in - 13.2 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 what is new in the MBS FileMaker Plugin in version 13.2. Including the plugin running on Linux on ARM with a demonstration of Trace function, DynaPDF functions for JavaScript and form fields, use of MongoDB functions, more Archive functions, WinPDF functions for rendering previews of PDF pages, AVPlayer and WMFP functions.


Using Bonjour to find iOS companion app

Let's say you have a Xojo desktop app and you like to have an iOS app, which can connect to the desktop application. We like to avoid the user entering some kind of connection information and just automatically connect. Then once connected, the iOS app can do some things and talk to the desktop app for more. Let's say the desktop app manages the database and the iOS app can show data on the go, e.g. after scanning a barcode.

For this project we use Xojo with two projects, one for desktop and one for iOS.

Desktop Project

We use a ServerSocket to wait for incoming connections. We let the ServerSocket pick a random port instead of relaying on a fixed port number.

Public Sub StartServer()
  ServerSocket = New MyServerSocket
  ServerSocket.MinimumSocketsAvailable = 3
  System.DebugLog "Waiting on port "+ServerSocket.Port.ToString
End Sub

News from the MBS Xojo Plugins Version 23.2

In this article I want to introduce you the new functionalities from the MBS Xojo Plugins in version 23.2.


With the new method SharedInstance from the classes CURLMultiMBS, CURLNMultiMBS and CURLSMultiMBS we simplify the multi transfer for our Xojo CURL Plugin. If you want more information to that then read our blogpost Easier multi transfer for our Xojo CURL Plugin. For The CURLMultiMBS classes you need a timer that calls Perform regularly. If you want to run Perform automatically you can set true in the AutoPerform property.


Since a few releases we also have the possibility to connect to a MongoDB database and work with it. Also in this release we extend the functionalities of MongoDB. First of all we can now convert information as Binary JSON for Mongo DB. The information is first read in an encoding of your choice or by default with UTF-8, converts to base64 and embeds it in a $binary JSON for use in MongoDB. You can use the method DataToBinary from the class MongoClientMBS for this. The data is passed as a string or MemoryBlock.

Two other new methods of this class deal with time in MongoDB. With the method NowUTC we get the current UTC timestamp. This can look like this:

{ "$date" : "2023-03-09T11:39:34Z" }
Matching to this there is the method Time which gives us the matching UTC timestamp in a JSON with a time as seconds since 1970 specification.


New in MBS FileMaker Plugin 13.2

In this article we want to introduce you the new functions from the MBS FileMaker Plugin in version 13.2.

FileMaker 2023

As you have probably already noticed, FileMaker 2023 was launched at the end of April. We are happy to announce that we have adapted our plugin to be compatible with the new FileMaker version and you can use the functions as usual under FileMaker 20.1. With the Release 13.2 we support FileMaker 7 to the latest version 20.1.


DynaPDF focuses in this release on the integration of JavaScript codes in the documents. Already since plugin version 6.4 we can include JavaScript actions in a PDF document. A JavaScript Action causes a script to be compiled and executed by the JavaScript interpreter of Adobe's Acrobat. Depending on the nature of the scripts, this can cause various interactive form fields in the document to update their values or change their visual appearances. With the new function DynaPDF.ChangeJavaScriptAction you can replace an existing JavaScript action with a new one. If you want to know which action has been stored use the DynaPDF.GetJavaScriptAction function to find out. As return you get the JavaScript code as string. You can also add a global JavaScript to the PDF document with the function DynaPDF.AddJavaScript. In case of an already existing global JavaScript you can change the name of the JavaScript with DynaPDF.ChangeJavaScriptName. With DynaPDF.ChangeJavaScript you not only change the name of a global JavaScript but you can also replace it completely with a new one. If you want to read the code of the global JavaScript, you can use the DynaPDF.GetJavaScript function.

To find out how many actions are stored in a PDF document, you can use the DynaPDF.GetActionCount function. This function returns the number of actions. This value can be used to enumerate actions or to delete specific action types.

In PDFs we can also work with tags to provide accessible metadata. We have to open a tag first, then we add the content for the tag and then we have to close it again. For this task we have the functions DynaPDF.OpenTag and DynaPDF.CloseTag.

If we use tabs in DynaPDF we can now also determine their length. For this we use the DynaPDF.SetTabLen function. In the parameters we set how many spaces a tab should measure. The minimum number we can specify is 1 and the maximum number of spaces is 256. The default value is 3. Of course you can also query the specified number of spaces. For this you can use the DynaPDF.GetTabLen function.


OnWindowTransaction and MongoDB

Since FileMaker 2023 we got the feature named OnWindowTransaction trigger. You may have read about it on the Claris Engineering Blog: Creating audit logs with the OnWindowTransaction script trigger.


Now where do you store your AuditLogs?

In the same table, the same database, on the same server? 


Maybe better take advantage from the fact, that you get JSON data passed to your trigger and pass it to MongoDB. Since MongoDB stores JSON very efficiently, you could just store all your audit data there. Whether you store them all on one MongoDB server (cluster) or have each FileMaker server from a client have their own MongoDB server, depends on how your organize your data.


We have an older blog post showing a script to store copies of all records in a MongoDB for all changes and do the audit there. That has the advantage, that you could restore from your copy in MongoDB as well as access these records from e.g. a website. See older blog post: FileMaker and MongoDB


Xojo Conference Survey results

Thank you all for answering our survey about a potential conference in 2024.

We got 66 answers. From that 20 people answered that they would come, plus 27 with a maybe. We also got 10 people unlikely to show due to various concerns (time, location, money) and 9 straight nos.


Rome FileMaker Week

You can join a FileMaker conference in Rome, Italy this year from 3rd to 8th October 2023.

For the international traveler coming to the conference, please note, that there are extra days for sight seeing and/or training with your fellow developers.

Day Sight Seeing Training Conference
3rd Oct Tour Rome & FileMaker
Undergrounds of Rome and via dell'acqua
4th Oct Tour Rome & FileMaker
Industrial Rome
Course build your FileMaker app from scratch (in Italian)
Course build your FileMaker app from scratch (in English)
5th OctClaris Partner meeting (in English)
Conference start.
6th OctConference & Gala Dinner
7th OctConference
8th OctJavaScript & FileMaker Course
Design Masterclass (in Spanish)

More information is coming to the website over the summer. Last year we had live translation between English and Italian and you could use head phones to hear all presentations in either language. This year FMGuru looks into adding Spanish and French translation.

If you sign up, please find below the €100 discount coupon on the event ticket: RFWMBS100

EngageU - FileMaker Conference in 6 months

Just six months until the EngageU conference. ClickWorks and Square Moon continue to organize a pan-european conference for Claris FileMaker developers from all over the world.

EngageU - FileMaker Conference
12th - 14th of November 2023, Antwerp, Belgium

After the conference in Malmö last year, we see the second conference coming to Belgium. This may be the largest in-person European FileMaker conference this year with about 250 participants. Claris is expected to join and all presentations will be in English.

Please mark the date in the calendar to sign up for the conference.
And it's great reason for people from all around the world to do a business trip to see Belgium.

More events are listed on our events website.

One year CURL sponsor

We are happy to sponsor the CURL project for a year now. And maybe your company could also find and support an open source project?
Join in and Sponsor!
Please consider sponsoring the project. Maintaining, bug tracking, hosting and supporting this project requires resources. You can help!
We do not consider single-shot donations as "sponsorships". Those are donations and while welcome, they will not be honored by a mention here. Sponsors mentioned here keep supporting the project long-term by covering some sort of notable cost to the benefit of the project and its users.
The best way to sponsor this project is to allow a paid engineer or two to spend work hours on curl. Responding to email and writing curl improvements. Alternatively, donate to curl on the opencollective page.
We promise to use donated funds only for things and activities that we believe are beneficial for the project and its development. That includes but is not limiting us to bug-bounties, developer conferences, infrastructure, services and hardware.

Mailinglists moved

The MBS Plugin mail lists moved to a new server since our existing provider stops doing mailinglists. We'll move over everyone, but you have to confirm your email by replying the confirm message.

MBS FileMaker Plugin Mailing list

To post a message to all the list members, send email to mbsfmplugin @ lists.monkeybreadsoftware.com.

You can subscribe to the list, or change your existing subscription here: Mailinglist Website

MBS Xojo Plugins Mailing list

To post a message to all the list members, send email to mbsxojoplugins @ lists.monkeybreadsoftware.com.

You can subscribe to the list, or change your existing subscription here: Mailinglist Website

The old lists will end around 22nd May 2023 and we may send a reminder. Please check your spam folder for the confirmation email and/or for emails from the new list. You may need to adjust your mail sorting rules.

If you don't receive the email for next pre-release, you can sign up again manually.

MBS @ FMTraining.TV - The FileMaker MonkeyBread Plug-in Spotlight: OCR

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 MBS FileMaker Plugin and the OCR functions. This includes WindowsOCR functions for Windows and Vision functions for platform specific OCR functions.


Install a FileMaker 2023 Server in Linux in Parallels Desktop

Let us show you how to install a new virtual machine with Linux on macOS, so we can have a local server to test. Works fine with various virtual machine software packages like Parallels, VMWare Fusion or UTM.

First, let us start with creating a new virtual machine. After we clicked the plus button on the VM list window, the new window offers us Ubuntu 22, so lets Parallels download and install it.

Once this is done, you click on the user to login and set your new password. This will be the password you need later for sudo. And thus right away after we login, parallels asks this password to install the tools and then offers to restart the linux machine. For the Ubuntu assistant, we can click next a few times as usual, e.g. without location services or an Ubuntu account. (more)

Older blog entries:

2023-05-09 MBS Plugin 13.2 for Claris FileMaker
2023-05-09 MonkeyBread Software Releases the MBS Xojo Plugins in version 23.2
2023-05-09 Neues MBS Plugin 13.2 für Claris FileMaker
2023-05-08 How about having another Xojo conference in 2024?
2023-05-06 xDev Magazine 21.3
2023-05-05 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 23.2pr6
2023-05-05 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 13.2pr6
2023-05-03 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 23.2pr5
2023-05-03 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 13.2pr5
2023-05-01 Thoughts about conferences
2023-04-30 My friend JSON and I on the XDC
2023-04-29 MBS Plugin for Windows Server 2012
2023-04-28 Extending Xojo with the MBS Plugins
2023-04-28 Modern Windows UI for Xojo
2023-04-27 MBS @ FMTraining.TV - PDF Management
2023-04-26 Notes from the Xojo Conference
2023-04-26 MBS Plugin for FileMaker Linux Server on ARM
2023-04-25 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 13.2pr4
2023-04-25 MBS Plugin changes for FileMaker 2023
2023-04-21 MBS @ FMTraining.TV - Progression of Managing Digital Documents with FileMaker


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