Filemaker Stammtisch Rhein/Main

There is a Filemaker Meeting at 7 pm on thursday, 9th June 2011 in Hofheim (in Germany near Frankfurt/Main).

As a special guest, I will present my MBS Filemaker Plugin. I hope to meet a lot of Filemaker users there. Maybe you come, too?

If you like to attend, please contact me or the people at the denkform company which hosts the event:

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 2.4pr4

New in this prerelease of the 2.4 plugins:
  • Added Drag and Drop functions for Mac.
  • Fixed a bug with dpi value not used right for PDF image creation.

MBS SQLite Extension, version 1.1pr2

New in this prerelease of the 1.1 extension:
  • Added Cube SQL Examples
  • Fixed a 64 bit bug with registration.
For more information visit the SQLite Extension website or download the prerelease version.

Busy again

Back to work with a full inbox and a lot of people in the website chat.
As you can see we have people online from eleven countries browsing our website.

Don't hesitate to ask questions if you have trouble finding something on our website. Or if you found an unintended feature (a bug).

A little detail: The person from romania is browsing the help files from hard disk and still the chat works!

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 2.4pr3

New in this prerelease of the 2.4 plugins:
  • Added new optional filename parameter to Window.AsPDF, GMImage.GeticcColorProfile, GMImage.Getprofile, GMImage.GetiptcProfile, GMImage.WriteToPNGContainer, GMImage.WriteToJPEGContainer, GMImage.WriteToGIFContainer and GMImage.WriteToPNGContainer.
  • Added GMImage.WriteToGIFContainer and GMImage.WriteToPNGContainer.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 2.4pr2

New in this prerelease of the 2.4 plugins:
  • Plugin Version function returns version now in format 2.4.0.xx where xx is the build number.
  • Added VersionAutoUpdate function which returns version number in format 020400xx. Same as Version, but better parsable.
  • Added type paramters to PDFKit.GetPDFPageImage and WebView.RenderImage to select type and filename for image.
  • Added resolution parameter to PDFKit.GetPDFPageImage function.
  • Added box parameter to PDFKit.GetPDFPageImage function.

Plugins for 56 countries

Just cleaned up the customer database and saw that we have users in 56 countries:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.

And 40% of all orders come from the USA, followed by 12% from Germany, 7% United Kingdom and 5% France. Next in line with 4% are Italy, Canada and Japan.
I'm not an expert for statistics, but I'd guess this is close to the distribution of Real Studio on the world.

Review of MBS

I got this review from Dennis Wallentin:

As a developer You know that clients usually evaluate Your softwares from two aspects, the GUI's usability together with the functionality. What we also know is that Real Studio provides us with a basic toolkit but where the toolkit excludes some controls together with some components. In other words, we must consume our limited time with developing own solutions and/or own workarounds to meet the requirements. At the same we also know that we don't get full paid by the clients for all the hours we spend on developing softwares.
So how do we resolve a situation like that? The short answer is; we simple use third-party components. Developers have always been skeptical towards other developer's work and using third-party components was, when they become available, not an exception from that "rule". However, the progress during the last 10-15 years has forced us to change attitude and simple accept existence and the use of third-party components. The benefit is that we can reduce the development time, we can focus on the essential parts of the solutions and by using third-party controls we can also boost the GUI in our solutions.
Yes, using plug-ins definitely solves some problems but it also put us in a different position in that we must trust and rely on third-party vendor(s). And, of course, that the quality of their components and services meets our requirements. Deciding which vendor(s) to use becomes a critical business issue for us putting us in exactly the same situation as our clients face. In my experience Monkeybread Software (MBS) is a vendor with great products and an excellent support. The more we learn about their components the better we can leverage them and we may also get a higher ROI. The components I use from MBS are both reliable and stable. Their controls make the GUIs in my solutions to be more user-friendly and put a quality stamp on both me and my products. To summarize, MBS and their products are highly recommended.

Dennis Wallentin
RB Developer
MS Excel MVP

Podcast birthday

Today our podcast has its third birthday.
I hope you enjoy our videos at .

And you can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes: iPhone/iPod or High Resolution.

Do not hesitate to send us suggestions and wishes for new videos.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 2.4pr1

New in this prerelease of the 2.4 plugins:
  • Added type paramters to PDFKit.GetPDFPageImage and WebView.RenderImage to select type and filename for image.
  • Added resolution parameter to PDFKit.GetPDFPageImage function.

realcon2011 in Essen/Germany

It's getting crowded... Only a month ago, we announced 15 sessions. This week, we had to upgrade conference space to accommodate all the interesting sessions and workshops which make up "realcon2011" - this year's Real Studio Conference in Germany.

Developers from 10+ countries in Europe and even the U.S. have confirmed their participation. With the event schedule growing beyond 20 sessions, Real Software's Stèphane Pinel as well as Thomas Tempelmann (Arbed), Jens Boschulte (DynaPDF) and Christian Schmitz (MonkeyBread Plug-ins) are well accompanied by such names as chectec, Codiso and Revolver Software from Germany and by Mediatec and QiQSL from the UK.

We definitely hope to see many of you arrive early on Friday night (May 20th) to kick-off the event at midnight. "Official" conference days are Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd 2011.

Registration form, event schedule and more information are available here:


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