Linux 64-bit ARM support coming to Xojo


Have you seen the updated roadmap from Xojo Inc.?

It now listed ARM64 for Linux as an item they work on. This currently number 2 in the feedback user favorites. We are very happy Xojo Inc. finally schedules this feature for implementation. We asked for that long ago.

The feature request 42794 was created in 2016 when Raspberry Pi 3 with 64-bit CPU got available. While most Raspberry Pi computers still work in 32-bit for compatibility, you can run the newer ones with 64-bit Debian Linux distribution. And since Amazon provides ARM based server hardware for their AWS EC2 service, you may enjoy using those machines with Xojo applications soon. AWS with ARM are priced lower compared to Intel based systems. Finally Apple's recent M1 Macs run virtual machines with Linux, which could also benefit from Xojo applications.

For our plugins we have Linux ARM 64-bit support already. All our plugins are built for arm64 and wait here for a future Xojo version to test. Of course we need a newer plugin SDK, which may introduce this target and clarify a few things like the updated plugin structure.

See older blog post Build System Updates for new targets, Building for future Xojo targets and Building plugins for Linux on ARM.

Please know that the roadmap lists various items Xojo Inc. works on, but not all and not necessarily in the order they ship. The listed items tend to be the ones, which takes multiple releases to get finished. Smaller items, which can be done in a few days by an engineer, may not be listed there.

Lost messages


Client contact us in various ways. Mostly email, but some go via website chat, feedback form, text/iMessage/Signal messages, some use Skype or send private messages on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Xing. All the messages usually arrive and we get notified. But sometimes it fails.

If you don't get an answer within a reasonable time, e.g. 2 days, please contact us again using an alternative way. The idea with 2 days is that there may always be a holiday or time in an airplane while traveling, where we have no chance to look into your message.

Recently we had a client putting several support requests into a web form on our website which all were not delivered. Not sure what the outage was that let a few of many messages not come through. Other clients sent messages before, in-between and after and those worked. If the web form doesn't work, please come back via email. The client was of course very disappointed, but waited weeks before they contacted us via email about this. We could have helped quicker.

One thing not to forget is to put our domain monkeybreadsoftware.de on a white list for your spam filter or add our support email address to your contacts. This may prevent spam filters to block us. Regularly our emails get blocked and answers or even license key delivery fails. A way to overcome that is to provide a second email for us, so we can answer to that one. And finally typing your own email address into a form can be difficult. If we have you in the database or a previous email, we can correct a typo, but for new clients, we often have no way to answer them.

We also encourage users to post on the relevant forums. The community may help with questions about our plugins and often answer quicker than us. But even while we monitor a dozen forums for new posts regularly, we may still miss a message there. But feel free to refer to @Monkeybreadsoftware in your postings to call us specifically.

As always, please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

Spell Checking on Windows for Xojo


We had NSSpellCheckerMBS class for macOS for years. But for Windows we had a missing spot in our class lists. Microsoft added spell checking for Windows 8 as a system wide service.

For MBS Xojo Plugins in version 21.2 we add the WinSpellCheckerMBS class to check for supported languages. Pick a country & language specification and initialize a new spell checker. Then you can check some text for error sand get an array of WinSpellingErrorMBS objects. Spell checking may suggest direct replacements, deletions or showing suggestions. We do have a Suggest() function to ask for suggestions and show them the user.

If you like, you can define auto corrections, ignore words and add words to teach the engine your custom words. Optionally you can use user dictionaries.

In general the functions work on Windows 8 and newer except a few newer functions like the Remove method, which needs Windows 10.

Please try and let us know how it works. You may need to develop your own integration to show in text area what is mistyped.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 21.2pr3


New in this prerelease of the 21.2 plugins:
  • Added classes for spell checking on Windows: WinSpellingErrorMBS, WinSpellCheckerOptionDescriptionMBS and WinSpellCheckerMBS.
  • Updated HIDAPI library to version 0.10.1.
  • Removed WriteAsync for HIDAPIDeviceMBS class.
  • Added GetInputReport and VersionString methods to HIDAPIDeviceMBS class.
  • Changed iOS Simulator plugin parts to be universal.
  • Added more key getters for NSURLMBS class.
  • Added constructor for string to SQLDateTimeMBS class.
  • Updated SQLAPI to version 5.1.4b6 with new DuckDB support.
  • Patched SQLAPI to parse timestamps with fraction better.
  • Added new constructor for CKDatabaseMBS class to create a copy with your subclass.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version 4.0.51.144.
  • Added ChangeFontEx function to DynaPDFMBS class.
  • Added kcoDefaultNormalize, kcoDefaultPDFA1, kcoDefaultPDFA2, kcoDefaultPDFA3 constants for use with CheckConformance function to DynaPDFMBS class.
  • Updated CURL library to version 7.76.1.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/ or from Dropbox.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 11.2pr3


New in this prerelease of version 11.2 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.

Claris switches to Ubuntu for Linux servers


Today Claris International Inc. informed the public, that they switch from CentOS to Ubuntu for their favorited distribution for Linux servers.

see community posting:
Deprecation and removal of support for CentOS Linux from Claris FileMaker Server

and the support article:
Deprecation and removal of support for CentOS Linux from Claris FileMaker Server

Claris FileMaker Server 19.2.1 is the last version on CentOS and will be supported till October 28, 2022. The next Claris FileMaker Server release will require Ubuntu. We expect this to be released within a few months.

Our MBS FileMaker Plugin already runs fine on Ubuntu servers with pre-release FileMaker Server software. If you’re interested in testing FileMaker Server on Ubuntu, send an email to ets@claris.com to be considered for the External Testing Site (ETS) program. Then you can install a server in a VM and install our current MBS Plugin.

If you have a Linux server, you may just spin up a new one later this year, install Ubuntu and a newer Claris FileMaker version. Then copy your database over and change DNS to point to the new server. Don't try to upgrade. Keep the old server as a backup, ready to take over if the setup of the new one fails. Once you migrated, you can then retire the old server (VM).

In case Claris decides to support Linux on ARM 64-bit in the future, we can would be happy to build our plugin for such a platform.

Thank you for the birthday cards


For my birthday last Sunday I got a lot of nice emails, greetings and comments. But a few people went further and surprised me with letters, cards and even some presents!



We collected them all and put them on a fish net in the hallway, so we can remember them.

Thanks everyone for your good wishes and heart-warming texts. The Xojo people for example printed a special postcard with several pictures with me and staff on it.
See you all soon on the next conferences!

We are Claris Partner


We continue to be a Claris Partner as we just renewed our FBA membership:

It is already nine years since we applied for this and being a Claris Partner helps:

The listing on the website as well as recommendations to prospects by Claris employers helps to bring business to your company. You get a discount for license purchase so you can make some money selling your solution bundled with the FileMaker licenses and offer one stop shopping to your clients. You can list your products on the marketplace and use Solution Bundle Agreement if you like to sell a lot of bundles. Access to beta versions, extra training sessions, exclusive partner meetings and a few test licenses are included. And you can bundle tools like the data migration utility with your solutions.

If you like to become Claris Partner, you can read more on the Claris website.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 21.2pr2


New in this prerelease of the 21.2 plugins:
  • Added CopyCellValue method to XLSheetMBS class.
  • Changes NSAttributedStringMBS and NSColorMBS classes to not reference macOS only function selectors.
  • Changed parser in JSONMBS to be accept leading zeros on numbers.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version 4.0.50.143.
  • Implemented MacMousePositionX and MacMousePositionY functions for RemoteControlMBS module for macOS 64-bit.
  • Added WinMouseClick taking integer parameters to RemoteControlMBS module and deprecated the boolean variants.
  • Added TypoAscender and TypoLeading properties to DynaPDFFontMetricsMBS class.
  • Added userDidAcceptCloudKitShareWithMetadata event for NSApplicationDelegateMBS class.
  • Enabled RabbitMQ plugin for iOS.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/ or from Dropbox.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 11.2pr2


New in this prerelease of version 11.2 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.

Happy Eastern 2021



MBS Xojo Plugins, version 21.2pr1


New in this prerelease of the 21.2 plugins:
  • Added CDViewPortControlBaseMBS class and new RealTime ViewPort example for ChartDirector.
  • Added code to use ICU libraries for SQLite. See new properties on InternalSQLiteLibraryMBS module.
  • Added DynaPDFHeaderFooterMBS class.
  • Added GetInfoReferer, OptionDOHSSLVerifyStatus, OptionDOHSSLVerifyHost, OptionDOHSSLVerifyPeer to CURLSMBS class.
  • Added InitModules method for JavaScriptEngineMBS class.
  • Added more methods to NSToolbarItemMBS and NSToolbarMBS classes.
  • Added more NSVisualEffect* constants for NSVisualEffectViewMBS class.
  • Added more properties for NSSharingServiceMBS class.
  • Added new NSImageScale constants to NSImageViewMBS and NSImageCellMBS classes.
  • Added optional ContentTypeMethod as parameter for AddAttachment in CURLEmailMBS class.
  • Added RabbitMQ plugin wrapping the RabbitMQ message broker.
  • Added scaleTo method for CIImageMBS class.
  • Added workaround for error 561 in BarcodeGeneratorMBS class. We lower ECC level now if text doesn't fit otherwise.
  • Changed CURL classes to not print password for SFTP transfer in debug log. Left overs from debug session in 21.1 betas.
  • Changed DrawRotatedTextMBS, MeasureRotatedTextMBS and DrawCGPDFDocumentMBS methods to use newer API to get the CGContextRef for drawing.
  • Changed functions returning CVImageBufferMBS to return CVPixelBufferMBS if the image buffer contains pixels.
  • Enabled math and geopoly functions for internal SQLite library. see InternalSQLiteLibraryMBS
  • Fixed a problem in CURL with OptionSSLKeyBlob in CURLSMBS not working correctly.
  • Fixed an issue with Optimize method in DynaPDFMBS class complaining about no open output file.
  • Fixed error handling in JavaScriptEngineMBS class, broken in v21.1.
  • Fixed problem in UDPSocketMBS class with stack overflow exception if you happen to call poll within DataAvailable event.
  • Fixed problem with NSAutoreleasePool problem with App Store.
  • Fixed scaling issue with CDViewPortManagerMBS passing port size.
  • Fixed scaling issue with setTickDensity method in CDAxisMBS.
  • Rewrote DeclareCallBackMBS with a thread safe queue for asynchron mode.
  • Updated CURL library to version 7.76.0.
  • Updated DuckDB to version 0.25.
    Please note that the binary format for files is not compatible with older version. Please export and import into new database.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version 4.0.49.142.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/ or from Dropbox.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 11.2pr1


New in this prerelease of version 11.2 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.

Company's 21st Birthday


1st April 2000 I founded my company. Well, I registered as a business by getting my business registration (Gewerbeanmeldung) here in Germany.

That was 2 months before I finished school (Gymnasium). While alternative civilian service (Zivildienst) and my time at the university, the company run well and I didn't have to depend on my parents or student loans. Actually the company got me so busy over the years, that I spend less time at university and since 2007 this is my full time job.

I had a few clients in that time interested in development in REALbasic, a very young development environment which started two years earlier. At that time I had a website with a few freeware utilities, so people could see that I can do development. Two years later the demand for plugins got so high, that end of 2001 I started publishing my own plugins. And since 2006 I got into FileMaker Plugin development.

Thanks everyone for supporting me over the years!

PS: If you need a new license this weekend, use coupon code Birthday for an 21% discount.

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