Merry Christmas

Frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr!
Dieses Jahr hat Michael fleißig mitgeholfen beim Backen :-)

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
This year Michael helped a lot with backing cookies.

Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

Sebastian, Michael, Monika & Christian Schmitz

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.1pr5

New in this prerelease of the 3.0 plugins:
  • Added SNMP.SetRetries and SNMP.SetTimeout.
  • Changed Syntax Coloring so variable and function names can have _ as character.
  • Internal reading from container now also handles image: and file: path. So you can use that for reading image to GraphicsMagick for example.
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MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.1pr4

New in this prerelease of the 3.0 plugins:
  • Added SystemInfo.DoubleClickTime.
  • Fixed bug with curl linked to wrong crypto library.
  • Changed Files.List to also filter by extension if flags parameter is zero.
  • Fixed UserNotification.Release.
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My Hamburg Trip cancelled

Just to inform you. The filemaker meeting moves to 15th January and so I can't go to both Real Studio and Filemaker meeting in one run. For that reason, I will probably not drive to Hamburg that week.

PS: Of course if a client asks for a meeting in Hamburg for that time, I would be present. So if someone needs a session with me for training or development together for Filemaker or Real Studio, you can contact me.

Filemaker Conference 2013 in Salzburg

Save the date: 17th to 19th October 2013 in Salzburg, Austria.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.1pr3

New in this prerelease of the 3.0 plugins:
  • Changed GMImage.NewFromContainer to also read from referenced container values.
  • Added FM.QueryBaseTableNames, FM.QueryFieldsForBaseTableName, FM.QueryFieldsForTableName and FM.QueryTableNames.
  • Removed FM.QueryFields and FM.QueryTables.
  • Updated curl to version 7.28.1 on Mac OS X and Windows.
  • Added a warning message dialog for Mac version which appears if you have two copies of the MBS plugin installed. I hope this helps to avoid some problems.
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FileMaker DevCon 2013

You can apply now for DevCon as speaker now and also register for the conference.
Hotel rooms are also available now.

I think about applying with 3 sessions to offer. Of course I would be happy to be selected as speaker. Does someone here have experience with applying?
Tips are welcome!

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.1pr1

New in this prerelease of the 3.0 plugins:
  • Added FM.QueryFields and FM.QueryTables.
  • Added SerialPort.GetBaudRate, SerialPort.GetDataBits, SerialPort.SetBaudRate and SerialPort.SetDataBits.
  • Added SNMP.Get.
  • Changed DynaPDF functions so you can also use them with a Lite license key if needed.
  • Updated SQLAPI++ to 4.0.3b1.
  • Improved memory allocations so we have a few less memory leaks.
  • Fixed a little bug with backslashes in text for calculation syntax highlighting.
PS: We have to upload a 3.1pr2 for those using Mac OS X 10.6 as the plugin linked to a newer version of snmp library. You only need to download pr2 if pr1 didn't load for you.

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Filemaker Meeting in Cologne Cancelled!

There is a regular Filemaker meeting in Cologne. It looks like the meeting scheduled for today is cancelled.
So if you planned to go there, please stay at home.
People on the event mailing list for Cologne will be notified for events taking place.

Training day for MBS Filemaker Plugin

The people at are hosting a training for our MBS Filemaker Plugin. So if you want to spend a day with us checking our the plugin, please join us.

We make a guided tour and show you a couple of highlights and examples. Talk about what you can do and how you do some things. Later we will implement a couple of things in sample databases like the Audit function. Also download and upload with CURL is a good topic. We will look into the webviewer extensions and fill a sample form. Next we will do some image editing and writing a report into a Excel file.
Finally we have plenty of time for questions.

This event is in German (english event is also possible).
We meet 7th March 2013 at 9:30 am in Denkform office. Cost is 70 Euro (+VAT) and you can buy a 5 seat license for additional 70 Euro (+VAT).
You can register on the denkform website. After the event, there is the regular meeting which everyone can join for free and have dinner with us.

Tomorrow: Filemaker meeting Rhein-Main in Lorsbach

Tomorrow is once again the meeting of Filemaker developers from Rhein-Main area in Lorsbach (between Frankfurt and Wiesbaden) organized by denkform.

If you like to chat with other developers or you'd like to ask me questions about our plugins, please join the meeting.

Location: Restaurant Linde von Lorsbach, Alt Lorsbach 21, 65719 Hofheim.
Date: 6th December
Time: 19:00 o'clock
Cost: You pay for your own drinks and dinner.

MBS will be there to show the new MBS Plugin 3.4.

MBS FileMaker Plugin 3.0 for OS X/Windows - More than 1300 Functions In One Plugin

Nickenich, Germany - MonkeyBread Software today is pleased to announce MBS FileMaker Plugin 3.0 for Mac OS X or Windows, the latest update to
their product that is easily the most powerful plugin currently available for FileMaker Pro. As the leading database management solution for Windows, Mac, and the web, the FileMaker Pro Integrated Development Environment supports a plugin architecture that can easily extend the feature set of the application. MBS FileMaker Plugin 3.0 has been updated and now includes 1375 different functions, and the versatile plugin has gained more than 100 new features:

Our new DynaPDF functions allow you to work with PDF on Windows and Mac OS X. We have functions to open PDF from file or container field and import single pages or a whole document. You can query page count and page sizes. For each page you can render a picture of the page, extract the text and save a new PDF with your own metadata added.

New functions for serial port control allow you to enumerate serial ports on the Mac or PC. You can start a connection and send or receive data. Useful for controlling label printers, point of sale displays or network switches.

On Mac OS X we can now use the same functions which drive TextEdit to read files with formatted text including OpenOffice documents, Word documents and RTF files.

With our new Syntax Coloring features on Mac OS X for Filemaker 11 and 12 you can enjoy colors in your script lines to easily see mistakes and loops. In formula editors you can see missing brakes easily and highlight functions and variables. All this can be configured with plugin functions and your settings are saved. Check our the new fmSyntaxColorizer database for easy configuration of this feature.

For printers we now have functions to enumerate all installed printers on a computer. You can query and set the default printer.

For the webviewer you can now also render the current website as picture. On Mac you can also get a PDF of the current webpage. And you can turn the webviewer in editor mode for a simple html editor.

For SQL we have a few additions. For SQL commands inside your Filemaker database we now help you debugging with providing the error message which is not available in Filemaker directly. For SQL connections to other servers we now have functions to read/write blob values directly with PNG/JPEG images.

Also we have XML queries, new drawing commands to edit images, fullscreen window support for Mac OS X, new string functions for base64 and hex encoding, stored registration and much more.

For more details, please check the release notes. Take the time to check out the plugin and try the more than 150 example projects. Maybe you get some ideas on how to use the plugin in your solutions.

Fixed examples

Fixed 1600 examples for our Real Studio plugins and checked most of the 160 databases coming with the FIlemaker plugin.
Even a half automated process takes endless hours, but it is done now! :-)


Thanks to Mr. Russell Watson we got a neat tool for syntax coloring. fmSyntaxColorizer makes it very easy to customize the syntax coloring feature in our Filemaker Plugin, version 3.0. You can setup your own palette for colors, color script steps and calculations and simply apply all the colors.

Take a look at those images. And once 3.0 is available, download it. You'll find this database in the Third Party folder in examples.
Update: if you like, you can already take a look on this by downloading the 3.0 pr here: We are still working on some little improvements for the final 3.0 release.

Birthday of our video page

Five years ago we started created tutorial videos and today our video page has birthday. Enjoy a video and learn about our plugins.

Over the years we collected more than 60 videos. We hope you enjoy them!

We know we could make more videos. So what wishes do you have?
Please email us or post a comment here.

Serial Port functions for MBS Filemaker Plugin

You may have seen that we added SerialPort functions in last prerelease to our plugin.
Currently you can just list ports, open a connection to one or more and read/write data. On reading and writing we have functions to read and write text, single byte value or data as hex encoded text. For normal text you use the write function to send it in a given encoding. Like this: MBS("SerialPort.Write"; $port; "Hello World"; "UTF-8"). Or if you need to send just one character like escape key, you can use MBS( "SerialPort.WriteByte"; $port; 27 ). Or you use MBS( "SerialPort.WriteHex"; $port; $text ) so you can send some control characters noted as hex string like this: "1B7413D5".

We also have a few function to read like SerialPort.Read, SerialPort.ReadByte and SerialPort.ReadHex. Finally you can close the port with SerialPort.Close. As you need to pass a port reference number each time, you can open several ports at the same time.

This functions have been added for a project with a client where we needed to send text to a serial device, a point of sale display. That works fine. We have currently no functions to configure the port as we simply use default settings. In our case it doesn't really matter as the default settings work fine for us on Mac and Windows.

If you have other usages for this functions and you need more control, please email us so we can add more functions.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.0pr10

New in this prerelease of the 3.0 plugins:
  • Added GMImage.AveragePixelValue.
  • Added graphicsmagick functions to draw rectangle, line, round rectangles, circle, ellipse and arcs to image.
  • Added SerialPort functions.
  • You can now also use "dos" as text encoding name.
  • Added new color names for Syntax Coloring.
  • Added DynaPDF.PageStatistics.
  • Added SyntaxColoring.Format function.
  • Added more DynaPDF functions: DynaPDF.Save.
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