DynaPDF Screenshot

We got a screenshot to show DynaPDF features in our MBS FileMaker Plugin:

In detail:
  • The click points example where you click on the image and get dots showing there.
  • The example to show visually the difference between two PDF documents or pages (DynaPDF.ShowDifferences).
  • The invoice example to create invoices without a FileMaker layout by doing the layout via DynaPDF table functions (DynaPDF.Table.Create).
  • The page number example running on Windows
  • An example to show search within a PDF document on iOS (DynaPDF.HighlightPattern).
  • The watermark example to add Private Document on top of a page (DynaPDF.WriteDemoText).
  • And the personalize PDF example on Web Direct where every visitor sees a personalized copy of the PDF with their name and page numbers (see blog article).

Screenshot of FileMaker Enhancements in MBS Plugin

We got a nice collage to show you over 15 improvements to the FileMaker Pro user interface included with MBS Plugin for MacOS:

If you like to check if you can name them all, please look on full resolution image: SyntaxColorizing.png

See also Reasons for FileMaker Pro users on MacOS to install MBS Plugin

MBS DevCon Sale ends soon

Please note that our FileMaker DevCon sale for 2019 ends soon.

The coupon code you picked up at our booth is valid for August only.

Adobe PDFViewer crashes in FileMaker

If you see crashes in FileMaker related to showing a PDF document inside an interactive container field, you may want to take a closer look.

Click details on the crash report and look which thread crashed. If you find that some code in com.adobe.acrobat.pdfviewer is crashing, we may have solution for you:

Thread 38 Crashed:
0 libobjc.A.dylib 0x00007fff6cf3869d objc_msgSend + 29
1 com.adobe.acrobat.pdfviewer 0x000000011902faa3 0x119018000 + 96931
2 com.adobe.acrobat.pdfviewer 0x00000001190304d3 0x119018000 + 99539
3 com.adobe.acrobat.pdfviewer 0x000000011901a380 0x119018000 + 9088
4 com.adobe.acrobat.pdfviewer 0x000000011901a224 0x119018000 + 8740

The PDF viewer plugin from Adobe helps browsers to show the PDF content. But Safari and other browsers have such a viewer built-in, so the Adobe one is not needed. And the Adobe control is optimized to run within a browser and not the FileMaker application. We recommend to remove it and avoid those crashes. Your users probably won't miss it and your FileMaker solution is more stable.

Some clients even automate this by putting a line like this in the start script:

$r = MBS("Files.MoveToTrash"; "/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/AdobePDFViewer.plugin")

We've see such crashes with other development tools (e.g. Xojo) and embedded webkit controls before. Once you remove the Adobe PDF Viewer plugin, the default PDF viewer will kick in and show PDFs.

Custom Xojo Plugin Development

As I spend the last week a lot of time on custom plugins, I'd like to let you know what we offer there:
  • Wrap a static library or interface a DLL
  • Wrap some C/C++/Objective-C code you may want to use
  • Proper memory handling with correct cleanup of allocated objects
  • Exception handling for NSException, C++ Exception or setjmp and raising Xojo Exceptions.
  • Proper thread handling with mutex and redirecting event calls to main thread.
  • Checks in methods to avoid crashes and raise exception early
  • Threaded functions for Xojo to perform work on preemptive thread.
  • Matching class hierarchy for Xojo with subclasses
  • Returning subclasses C++ object with correct subclass in Xojo
  • Object cache to return always the same Xojo object for the same C++ object.
  • Automatic conversion of Xojo objects to matching C++ objects, e.g. Dictionary to CFDictionary/NSDictionary.
  • Automatic conversion with Xojo arrays to/from C arrays
  • Using Xcode 10.3 for 64-bit MacOS
  • Using Xcode 9.4 for 32-bit MacOS
  • Using gcc in various versions for Linux in 32-bit and 64-bit for x86 as well as ARM 32-bit for Raspberry Pi and similar computers.
  • Using Visual Studio 2008, 2010, 2012 or 2017 for Windows, all with 32 and 64bit. By default we use VS 2008 for compatibility down to Windows XP. But we can also use VS 2017 with universal runtime.
  • Optionally support for older Xojo, Real Studio or REALbasic versions.
If you have a project requiring a custom Xojo Plugin, please get in touch. Beside our big plugin collection for the public, we made several dozens of custom plugins over the years.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.4pr4

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 19.4pr4

New in this prerelease of the 19.4 plugins:
  • Improvements for next Xojo version.
  • Added more methods to CVPixelBufferMBS to create them with data, copy data and use more pixel types.
  • Changed SelectSQL method in SQLPreparedStatementMBS to return type RowSet and made it private.
  • Updated ChartDirector to a newer version which loads fonts on MacOS Catalina.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

FileMaker Stammtische Rheinland und Rhein-Main

Zwei Stammtische am Rhein und Main laden ein zum Austausch mit anderen FileMaker Entwickler:

Dienstag, 3. September 2019

19:00 im Restaurant Portofino, St. Augustiner Str. 129, Bonn
Organisiert von Tischler IT-Consulting

siehe filemaker-datenbank.de/fm-stammtisch/

Donnerstag, 5. September 2019

19:00 Uhr im Ristorante BELLA BARI, Hessenstraße 1, 65719 Wallau
Organisiert von der Denkform

siehe denkform.net/schulungen-webinare/events

Themen sind die Neuerungen von der FileMaker DevCon 2019 und die kommende FileMaker Konferenz in Hamburg. Gerne auch Fragen an uns zum MBS Plugin. Bei Interesse bitte gerne direkt beim Veranstalter anmelden bzw. auf die Mailingliste setzen lassen.

Falls sonst noch Bedarf an Schulung, vor Ort Entwicklung oder FileMaker/Xojo Hilfe besteht, bitte wegen Terminfindung bald bei uns melden.

PS: Für die MBS Plugin Schulungen bei der Denkform und in Hamburg gibt es noch freie Plätze.

ChartDirector Fonts and MacOS Catalina

We got an updated ChartDirector plugin to work with MacOS 10.15 Catalina and show fonts as usual.

ChartDirector is our solution for Xojo to create professional charts:
  • 29 types of charts including gantt, box-wisker and 3D charts
  • Per developer royalty free license for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux
  • Full Unicode support
  • No external DLLs
  • One year of free updates
  • Create vector graphics as PDF and SVG files.
  • Export chart as PNG, JPEG, GIF, WMP and BMP.
  • Track cursor movements with a dynamic layer.
  • Use custom fonts.
The fix will be included with next MBS Xojo Plugin prereleases.

Web viewer exists only with URL loaded

In FileMaker you can place a web viewer on your layout. But only when you actually load an URL into the web viewer, FileMaker will create the control and place it on the window. To solve this, we often load "about:blank" to get a blank web viewer.

To verify, here a FileMaker window in 3D view in debugger, where you see the view hierarchy without a web viewer:

And here after loading about:blank with the web viewer:

As you see FMWKWebView is now present and MBS Plugin can find it with WebView.FindByName and other functions. Alternatively you can use WebView.Create or WebView.CreateOnPopover to add a web view via plugin functions.

New York FileMaker Meeting

Due to XDC 2020 we come to Nashville and stop by in New York. We'll attend the New York FileMaker Pro Developers' Group meeting.

Please save the date: 19th March 2020

Times: 5:30 pm Meet & Greet, 6:00 pm – 8:00pm Presentation

We'll have a presentation to whatever is new in the MBS FileMaker Plugin 2020.
Looking forward to see a few FileMaker developers there!

If you are interested in private time for consulting, training or discussion MBS or FileMaker topics, we can of course schedule a meeting. Please contact me directly interested.

Choose spelling dictionary in FileMaker automatically

If you like to use dictionary in another language, you can now control the dialog to select dictionaries.

You can use our new FM.ChooseDictionary function to set the dictionary. Once the function run, you can use FM.GetDictionary to get the current selected item or FM.GetDictionaryList to get the list.
This may be useful for people in e.g. Switzerland. They may use German localization, but would like to use the Swiss German dictionary instead of the regular German one.

Coming soon with next MBS Plugin prerelease. If you like to try now, please do not hesitate to contact us via email for a download link.

PS: We tried for Windows, but when asking the combobox for entries, we only get zero back. Maybe we can solve that someday, but until that day this feature stays Mac only.

Two months till European MBS Xojo Conference 2019 in Cologne

Just two months left before our conference & training for Xojo starts. Order a conference ticket now for 100 Euro off and get a room at the conference hotel. A few spots are still available in August!

Monkeybread Software is pleased to announce the European MBS Xojo Conference in metropolitan Cologne, Germany. We meet in the lovely Dorint Hotel in the center of Cologne. The hotel is in the city center and in walking distance to the main station. 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.

To give you an update, we have already over 50 attendees signed up from 15 countries:
🇩🇪, 🇬🇧, 🇳🇱, 🇫🇷, 🇨🇭, 🇺🇸, 🇬🇷, 🇸🇮, 🇦🇹, 🇮🇹, 🇺🇦, 🇪🇸, 🇯🇴, 🇧🇪, & 🇨🇦.

The schedule:

Oct 23rd: Xojo Training in English
Oct 24th: Conference, first day with dinner event
Oct 25th: Conference, second day
Oct 26th: Xojo Training in German

Registration is open. Attending the conference costs regularly 699 Euro plus VAT, including food and beverage in the Dorint Hotel as well as an accompanying social program.

Sessions are to be held in English. Our conference is conceived as a networking event for the Xojo community. The conference is an ideal opportunity for sharing your thoughts and your own development experience with fellow users and developers.

See also conference website, Things to do in Cologne beside our conference and European Xojo Conference FAQ.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.4pr3

New in this prerelease of the 19.4 plugins:
  • Improvements for next Xojo version.
  • Notarized the disk image for MacOS Catalina.
  • Patched ChartDirector to load fonts on MacOS Catalina.
  • Fixed bug in GraphicsMagick font mapping with font names containing spaces (GMImage.Annotate function).
  • Added HMAC function to SHA512MBS class and rewrote it for SHA256MBS, SHA1MBS and MD5MBS classes.
  • Added exceptions to CipherMBS to report if de/encryption fails instead of silently return no or garbage data.
  • Added authorization property for CBManagerMBS class.
  • Added CopyFileMBS class for low level Mac file copy API.
  • Updated to Xcode 10.3.
  • Added PID parameter to CGEventTapMBS constructor to watch only a specific process.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.4pr3

New in this prerelease of version 9.4 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • Notarized the disk image for MacOS Catalina.
  • Added SpeechRecognition functions.
  • Rebuild CURL code for Windows to fix issue in pr2.
  • Updated to Xcode 10.3.
  • Added error check to Encryption.Cipher to report if de/encryption fails instead of silently return no or garbage data.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Playing with SpeechRecognition

With MacOS 10.15 Catalina Apple includes some new classes for Speech Recognition. We started with a Xojo plugin to use the classes and do speech recognition:

We add this new SpeechRecognition classes for our plugin:
You can already load a file with SFSpeechURLRecognitionRequestMBS class, initialize a SFSpeechRecognizerMBS object for the designed language and run the request. The example above shows the results in a listbox for inspection.
Coming soon in a beta of MBS Xojo Plugins to be used with a beta of MacOS Catalina. We hope to be ready in time for the fall release!

Sponsoring European FileMaker Conferences

This year we sponsor six FileMaker events for October 2019: Beside hosting our own conference for Xojo.
Please leave your cave and join the conferences, make contacts, learn new techniques and meet the Claris staff!

Create two page PDF document in FileMaker

You want to convert a single page document to a two pages side by side document or even more pages per page with FileMaker?
With the help of the MBS FileMaker Plugin and our DynaPDF functions you can do it. You find an example database in the example folder coming with the plugin.


MapKit in FileMaker Screenshot

Here is a nice screenshot we made to show you what you can do with MapView functions in MBS FileMaker Plugin:

As you see we can show maps in 2D and 3D, normal and satellite, render snapshots, add pins and plan routes. For MacOS and iOS and all within FileMaker solutions. Try yourself!

Windows DLL Loading errors

When you try to load a DLL on Windows via our plugins, you may get back an error message on failure.

Error 126: The specified module could not be found.

You passed an invalid path to the DLL or you tried to load a DLL and it refers to another DLL, which could not be found. For example several DLLs belong together and they should all be in same folder, so Windows can find them. Or a Visual Studio Runtime DLL is missing for the version of the C runtime needed by this DLL.

You can use Dependency Walker application to figure out which DLL is missing.

Error 127: The specified procedure could not be found.

The DLL was loaded, but then an expected function was not found. This could happen if you load the wrong DLL, which doesn't have the functions at all. Or if you have an older DLL, which does not yet export the required function.

Error 193: This is not a valid Win32 application.

Either this is really not a DLL or you mixed 32 and 64bit platforms and got the wrong one. Please make sure you use 32-bit DLL for a 32-bit application and a 64-bit DLL for a 64-bit application.

Error 998: Invalid access to memory location.

The path passed may be invalid and cause a memory access error.

Error 1114: A dynamic link library (DLL) initialization routine failed.

The DLL got loaded, but the initialization routine returned an error message. This may happen with Visual C libraries, if you try to load more statically linked libraries, then you have handles available. Memory may be available, but some handles have a limited list and loading too many DLLs (over 500) can run into a limit.

Connect to Oracle via MBS Xojo SQL Plugin

We recently had a client asking how to connect to Oracle database with MBS Xojo SQL Plugin. So first install Instant Client. For that download it, unzip the folder and put it somewhere you like to have it, e.g. in a C:\Oracle folder. Next you need to add the folder to the PATH variable, so you go to My Computer -> Properties -> Advanced -> Environment Variables -> PATH and add in the list as first item the path to the folder with the instant client libraries, e.g. C:\Oracle\instantclient_19_3.

Now you can use SQLDatabaseMBS or SQLConnectionMBS classes to connect. You may need to specify the database connection string. As we use Oracle, it starts with "Oracle:", so SQLDatabaseMBS knows which driver to use. Next you specify hostname with optional port and service name in format <hostname>[:<port>][/<service_name>]. Please also set option with kOptionLibraryOracle constant to the path pointing to the DLL file. You can either use SetFileOption with folder item, Option() with file path or just let it away and the plugin will look for oci.dll itself. Here some example code:

Dim db As New SQLDatabaseMBS // where is the oci.dll library? Dim fa As FolderItem = GetFolderItem("C:\Oracle\instantclient_19_3\oci.dll", FolderItem.PathTypeNative) DB.SetFileOption(SQLConnectionMBS.kOptionLibraryOracle, fa) DB.DatabaseName = "Oracle:" + "localhost:1521/XE" DB.UserName = "zEPI" DB.Password = "root" if DB.Connect then MsgBox "We are connected. Server Version: " + db.ServerVersionString else MsgBox db.ErrorMessage end if
Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions.

Read HEIC or HEIF image files in FileMaker

If you need to read HEIF or HEIC image files (High Efficiency Image File Format) in FileMaker on Mac or iOS, please check our Container.ReadImage function in MBS FileMaker Plugin:

Set Variable [ $path ; Value: "/Users/cs/Desktop/IMG_3552.HEIC" ] 

Set Variable [ $container ; Value: MBS( "Container.ReadFile"; $path) ] 

If [ MBS("IsError") = 0 ] 

Set Variable [ $image ; Value: MBS( "Container.ReadImage"; $container; "PNG"; "image.png") ] 

If [ MBS("IsError") = 0 ] 

Set Field [ Untitled::image ; $image ] 

End If

End If

So we may need to import the file into a container value first, if you haven't it in a container field already. Second, we use Container.ReadImage to read the image and convert it to a PNG file. PNG supports transparency and has lossless compression, so we prefer it over JPEG.

Alternatively you can use CGImageSource functions and get the images and any metadata like this:

Set Variable [ $path ; Value: "/Users/cs/Desktop/IMG_3552.HEIC" ] 

Set Variable [ $ImageSource ; Value: MBS( "CGImageSource.CreateWithPath"; $path) ] 

If [ MBS("IsError") = 0 ] 

# you can get metadata as JSON to check later...

Set Variable [ $$MetaData ; Value: MBS( "CGImageSource.Properties"; $ImageSource ) ] 

Set Variable [ $$ImageMetaData ; Value: MBS( "CGImageSource.Properties"; $ImageSource; 0 ) ] 

# get image to show

Set Variable [ $image ; Value: MBS( "CGImageSource.ImageAtIndex"; $ImageSource; 0; "PNG"; "image.png") ] 

If [ MBS("IsError") = 0 ] 

Set Field [ Untitled::image ; $image ] 

End If

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "CGImageSource.Release"; $ImageSource ) ] 

End If



Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

Under the Radar Podcast

Once again Xojo Inc. sponsors an episode of the Under the Radar podcast.

Originally pointed to by Paul Lefebvre's tweet, I quickly subscribed as they talk about various topics for independent app developers and those episodes are very interesting. They face similar issues as myself and so I like to hear their solutions.

Thanks to David Smith and Marco Arment for their apps and the podcast.

Thanks to Xojo Inc. for supporting the shows.

Do you like this podcast? Or any other good podcasts not to miss?

Combine PDFs 5.4

Monkeybread Software today is proud to announce Combine PDFs 5.4, an update to their popular PDF merge and split tool for Mac OS. With a focus on ease-of-use, Combine PDFs is a lightweight utility which allows anyone to merge PDF files and images into a single PDF file. The user need only drag & drop files onto the program icon. The main window appears, allowing the user to set the order in which the files are joined.

Changes in Version 5.4:
  • Requires MacOS 10.10 or newer.
  • Upgraded to Xojo 2019r1 for dark mode support.
  • Notarized.
Combine PDFs Website

Requires MacOS 10.10 or newer for 64-bit. Older 32-bit version stays available and still works very well.

This application is made with Xojo 2019r1.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.4pr2

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 19.4pr2

New in this prerelease of the 19.4 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Vision Framework for FileMaker

For the next MBS Filemaker Plugins, we worked on including the Vision framework from Apple. Currently we have six new Vision functions. We even include the new features coming with MacOS 10.15 Catalina release.

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.

For now we have Vision.ClassifyImage function to classify image content, Vision.RecognizeText to recognize text in a picture and Vision.DetectBarcode to find barcodes in a picture.

Please try them later with version 9.4pr2 and let us know if you need more.

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 features 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
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:


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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