Vision Framework for Xojo


For the next MBS Xojo Plugins, we worked on including the Vision framework from Apple. Our new vision plugin part (in MacFrameworks) covers the whole framework with all 49 classes and one module for globals. We even include the new stuff coming with MacOS 10.15 Catalina release. All functions can be used asynchronously with delegates for the callbacks. The plugin makes sure those callbacks execute on main thread to avoid threading issues in Xojo.

The Vision framework performs face and face landmark detection, text detection, barcode recognition, image registration, and general feature tracking. Vision also allows the use of custom Core ML models for tasks like classification or object detection.

With Catalina you also get classification, text recognition, attention and object based saliency, animal and human detection.

You can read Apple's documentation here.

Here our new classes:
A few examples are in the make, but please let us know what you'd like to see.

Whats new in MBS FileMaker Plugin version 9.3


Since July 2019 we offers a new version of our FileMaker Plugin. Let me show you the new function and how you can use it.

New functions for better working with the MBS FileMaker Plugin
Maybe you have asked yourself how often you use the MBS FileMaker Plugin. Now you can answer this question by using the "Plugin.CallCounter" function. This function shows you how many times you called a MBS FileMaker Plugin function. The call of this function also counts.
For a better debugging of the MBS FileMaker Plugin we developed the “Plugin.InstallSignalHandlers” function. With this function you install the signal handler invoked by the OS when the application crashes. Thats helps to detect what and where exactly is the problem. Usually you call this function only if we ask you to help on debugging a crash on Linux or MacOS. Our plugin then prints a backtrace to show where the crash happened.

New possibilities in debugging
New for the debugging is the Trace.SetErrorsOnly function. If you call this and use our Trace functions you log only the MBS FileMaker Plugin calls that return errors. Whether this option is set can be queried with the Trace.GetErrorsOnly function. With Trace.SetWithTimes the time is additionally logged. Trace.GetWithTimes evaluates whether this option is set.

A helping tool for command line tools debugging is the new Shell.GetArguments function. This function query a list of all arguments of the shell. Use it to look whether an argument that you need is missing.

Test your XML import
For better XML import debugging we offers you the XML.Import.Errors function, which list all errors. It only reports each error once. With XML.Import.ErrorCount you can count the errors. Because of this you can learn, whether you had errors during the import. (more)

Find Xojo Consultants and Jobs


Looking for someone to hire?

Please visit the Find a Developer website on Xojo.com to submit a job offer or a consultation request. Your job offer is forwarded to a list of Xojo developers, who may contact you for details and make an offer to help.

Looking for work?

If you are professionally working with Xojo as a development tool, you probably already have a Xojo Pro license. With that license comes access to a special forum section for consulting leads, where the requests from the find a developer form above are posted as well as any direct inquires to Xojo's customer support.

An official Xojo Consultants list

We made recently the case in Feedback for an official Xojo consultants list. See Feedback Case 55135. We see the benefits of the FileMaker Business Alliance and would enjoy a similar program for Xojo to increase visibility of the thousands of Xojo developers out there. We tried ourselves to make such a list for Germany, but it needs to be integrated with the Xojo website and accounts.

For example it could be that there is a checkbox in the Xojo account to request being listed on a consulting list, just like the checkbox for the beta program. Xojo Inc. could ask you to provide details for a listing if they accept your wish. By making it dependent on having an active Pro license, they could make sure you can serve all customers as you can use all product features. It may be a good idea to ask for an example of your work to see if you are indeed doing development on a professional level. And if you quit Xojo and stop updating your license, you would automatically be delisted. Great way to avoid having outdated entries in the list.

If you check the FBA requirements, you may see that beside the fee to pay and having a postal address, you need to be one year in business, show customer references and show a sample of custom app work. In the FBA program, you can improve your listing with taking the certification test, but that may be a different topic for Xojo.

Zwei Monate bis zur FileMaker Konferenz 2019 in Hamburg


Vom 16. bis 19. Oktober 2019 findet die zehnte deutschsprachige FileMaker Konferenz in Hamburg, Deutschland statt. FileMaker Anwender und Entwickler sind herzlich eingeladen sich anzumelden.

Die Veranstalter vom Verein FM Konferenz erwarten auch 2019 rund 180 Entwickler, Anwender, IT-Fachleute und Entscheidungsträger aus Wirtschaft, Bildung und Verwaltung. Rund um über 25 Fachvorträge und Workshops wird es viel Zeit zum Vernetzen in den gemeinsamen Pausen und beim Abendprogramm geben.

Dieses Jahr gibt es wieder eine MBS Plugin Workshop, diesmal am 16. Oktober 2019 von ca. 9 bis 17 Uhr.
Anmeldung bei Monkeybread Software.

One month left for early bird offer to Xojo Developer Conference 2020


Just one month left for the early bird offer to XOJO.CONNECT event hosted by Xojo Inc.
Tickets are available for $799 USD till 15th September 2019.



It will be held March 25-27, 2020 in Nashville, TN at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. Registration is currently $200 off full price till 15th Sep 2019 ($799 instead of $999). Please sign up early to get the best deal.

Check out our conference highlights video if you want to see what it's like - or ask one of the many attendees from the forum!

Looking for a conference this year? Join the European Xojo Conference 2019 in Cologne, October 24-25th.

CURL Up 2020


The CURL conference for 2020 is announced:

curl up 2020 will take place in Berlin, Germany in mid May.

When: May 9-10, 2020
Where: Berlin, Germany
Venue: Co.up Community

Anyone interested in the CURL project is welcome to join the conference!
For details, please check the website.

Maybe we can arrange some developer meeting with our Xojo and FileMaker clients, too?

More Text Encoding conversion for FileMaker


FileMaker itself understands a few text encodings. And with our various plugin formats we offer them directly to use within the plugin. We usually only document the short list: ANSI, Mac, Latin1, ISO-8859-1, Windows, Native, UTF-8 and DOS.

But the following encodings also work: ShiftJIS-Mac, ShiftJIS-Win, Korean-Mac, Korean-Win, Korean-Johab, ChineseTrad-Mac, ChineseTrad-Win, ChineseSimp-Mac, ChineseSimp-Win, Cyrillic-Mac, Cyrillic-Win, ISO-8859-5, CentralEurope-Mac, EasternEurope-Win, ISO-8859-2, Turkish-Mac, Turkish-Win, ISO-8859-3, ISO-8859-9, Baltic-Win, ISO-8859-4, Arabic-Mac, Arabic-Win, ISO-8859-6, Greek-Mac, Greek-Win, ISO-8859-7, Hebrew-Mac, Hebrew-Win, ISO-8859-8 or ISO-8859-15.

But what if you have a more exotic text encoding or an old DOS code page? Like CP865?

We added a new function Text.ConvertToTextEncoding to convert from normal text to any encoding in a long list. The result is hex encoded as we otherwise can't really show you the text. So you can pass the hex encoded text in the specific encoding to other functions like BinaryFile.WriteHex, Socket.WriteHex or SerialPort.WriteHex. If you need to decode back, you can use the new Text.ConvertFromTextEncoding function. (more)

See you at Claris Engage 2020


After the conference is before the conference.
We are looking forward to meet all the FileMaker developers next year in Nashville.



Claris International Inc. hosts the Claris Engage conference in Nashville, August 3-6 2020.
We will probably attend and have a booth as usual, so see you there!

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.4pr1


New in this prerelease of version 9.4 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 19.4pr1


New in this prerelease of the 19.4 plugins:
  • Improvements for next Xojo version.
  • Implemented own FSRef/FSSpec conversion for Xojo 2019r2 to use older code paths, e.g. for our ResourceFork class for Mac 32-bit.
  • Fixed a crash with DarwinGroupMBS when using UserName function with negative index and a crash with too small array allocated internally.
  • Deprecated CarbonEventsScrapMBS, CarbonApplicationEventsMBS and CarbonWindowsEventsMBS classes.
  • Fixed crash with nil folderItem passed to Read, Constructor or Ping methods in GMImageMBS class.
  • Upgraded KindMBS method in FolderItem class to use newer API.
  • Fixed problem with LaunchServicesFindApplicationForInfoMBS function.
  • Deprecated ApplicationFileMBS and ApplicationCreatorCodeMBS in Application class.
  • Duplicated some Application class extension to ConsoleApplication class.
  • Fixed TextArea.RTFDataMBS declaration for console app.
  • Changed to Application extensions for Xojo 2019r2.
  • Fixed declaration for WinSendMessage in RemoteControlMBS module.
  • Added more constants to NSAppearanceMBS class.
  • Renamed BindedValues and BindedTypes properties in SQLPreparedStatements to BoundValues and BoundTypes.
  • Fixed a problem with loading LDAP.framework on Mac for use in CURL.
  • Added CACertFile property for LDAPMBS class.
  • Rewrote VolumeSizeKBMBS and VolumeSizeMBS for FolderItem class to use newer APIs on MacOS.
  • Added NativePath property to FolderItem for Real Studio.
  • Fixed title property for NSSavePanelMBS to avoid NSException for empty string.
  • Improved pretty formatting for JSON arrays for JSONMBS class.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version 4.0.30.89.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Slides and Pictures from my presentation


Here a few pictures from the MBS FileMaker Plugin presentation at the FileMaker DevCon 2019 hosted by Claris International, Inc:

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MBS Plugin Session on Wednesday at lunch time


Please join our MBS Plugin Presentation at 12:00 PM on Wednesday. It's lunch time, so get some food and sit down in the theater for an update on what is new in the MBS FileMaker Plugin:



Come by to our booth, read the posters, ask us questions and talk with us about existing and future features.
We got flyers with our DevCon2019 coupon code for the discount on licenses (20% on everything).

MonkeyBread Software Releases updated Xojo Kits


Nickenich, Germany (August 6th, 2019) -- Monkeybread Software releases new versions of their Xojo Kits, powerful add-ons to Xojo with additional functionality provided as source code.

We offer six kits aiming to provide additional functionality for iOS projects in Xojo: Addressbook, Events, Audio Player, Encryption, Network and UDP Socket. Our desktop kits Updater, Bugreporter and WebStarter provide valuable code to add to your projects, but may require additional plugins from us.

All Kits have been updated to make sure they work in Xojo 2019.
If you have a current license, bought within the last 12 months, you can use the updates for free.
Otherwise you can order licenses on our websites or in the Xojo store as needed.

The webshop offers the iOS related kits in a discounted bundle named iOS Kit Set. (more)

MBS Booth ready for FileMaker DevCon 2019


Please come and visit me in the booth #230 at FileMaker DevCon:



As usual you can come by, read the posters, ask us questions and talk with us about existing and future features.
We got flyers with our DevCon2019 coupon code for the discount on licenses (20% on everything).

MBS Plugin Session on Wednesday, 7th August 2019 at 12:00 PM (noon) right in the theater, so you can bring your lunch and listen.

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