MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.2pr4

New in this prerelease of the 22.2 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/ or from DropBox.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

Apple MapView In Xojo

Stefanie presents how to use maps in your Xojo application on macOS and iOS with MBS Plugins.

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XDC Anywhere - MBS Xojo Plugins

Let us show you what is new in MBS Xojo Plugins for 2021/2022:

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Today the visual Xojo conference 2022 starts and we look forward to the announcements in the keynote.

The following session videos will be shown on the Xojo YouTube channel:

  • XDC Keynote from Geoff Perlman - Founder and CEO of Xojo, Inc. Geoff Perlman discusses our vision for Xojo, how we have been delivering on that vision and our plans for continuing to do so for the future.

  • Xojo for Android from Paul Lefebvre - Xojo Engineer Paul Lefebvre talks about Xojo for Android, currently in pre-release testing. Learn about Android Architecture (ART), supported Android OSs, Android UI Components, Android Framework items, debugging and more coming to Xojo Mobile, plus a look at some sample code for Xojo Android.

  • Building Plugins for Xojo from William Yu - In this XDC Anywhere session, Xojo Engineer William Yu talks about how you can use the Plugins SDK to create your own Xojo plugins. You’ll see what the structure of a plugin looks like and explore how the dynamic API can be utilized to access parts of the Xojo framework.

  • Building a Xojo Web Dashboard from Wayne Golding - In this XDC Anywhere session, Xojo MVP Wayne Golding builds a Xojo Web Dashboard where all dashboard pages are the same, so the activity is managed at the Application level.

  • What’s New in MBS & Xojo 2022 from Christian Schmitz - Christian shows you what’s new in MBS Xojo Plugins for 2021/2022. Monkeybread Software is one of the most respected names in the Xojo community and offers a variety of plugins.

  • Filling in the iOS Gaps from David Cox - There is a learning curve when moving from developing Desktop or Web Apps to iOS. There are many differences and entirely new ways to approach the same problems, but it can be done. Learn how you can create an iOS app that is fully iOS and has the equivalent functionality from both Desktop and Web.

  • Favorite Xojo Web Features from Travis Hill - In this XDC Anywhere session, Xojo Engineer Travis Hill talks about his favorite Xojo Web features.

  • Using Xojo’s PDFDocument from Javier Menendez - Xojo Engineer Javier Menendez discusses all of the exciting changes that have come to PDFDocument in recent releases.

  • Apple Mapview in Xojo Using MBS Plugins from Stefanie Juchmes - Stefanie shows how you can embed maps from AppleMaps into your solutions and even calculate your own route!

For more information visit the XDC Anywhere website.

Two months of war in Ukraine

Today we are two months into the Russian attack on Ukraine. This war is heart breaking as we know people both in Ukraine and Russia. We have quite a few customers in those countries. It's amazing to see how much of the people we work with or buy stuff from are based inside the Ukraine. Like Valentina database is developed there. LibXL also is from there, but they left just in time before the war.

We personally had visited Russia before on a cruise ship trip to St. Petersburg. A nice city, friendly people and a lot of history to see. What could have happened to Russia, if they invested all the money from their resources into the country. See what other oil countries do like Norway, Saudi Arabia or Dubai. They all know the oil will end and put the money into the country to prepare it for the time after the oil.

No idea what the Russian government wants in Ukraine. They already killed tens of thousands Russians (Soldiers and civilians there) as well as thousands of Ukrainians. And that all to control a piece of land as if Russia wasn't big enough already?

For us, we stopped selling to Russia immediately two months ago. Days before sanctions blocked the credit cards anyway. We donated for good causes in Ukraine and will continue to help.

We hope the Ukrainians can stand their ground and defend their country long enough, that the Russian government realizes this is not going to end in their favor. Or maybe the Russian people revolt to force a change in the government. We know most Russians may not know about the war since it's not shown in newspapers or TV inside Russia.

I feel sorry, for the Russians, who get dragged in a war by their government with all the bad consequences. But I feel even more sorry for the Ukrainians being attacked. We pray for you guys!

Safe on Xojo license with updating now

You have a current or expired Xojo license?

Xojo Inc. changed their price list and adjusted the prices. Adjusting prices every few years is okay and nobody should complain. But if you carefully read the blog post here: Changes to Xojo License Pricing, you may notice that old prices are still available for renewals and upgraded until 5th May 2022.

Anyone with a current or expired license should consider ordering an update now.
If your license is good until e.g. August 2022, you may think an update is not needed. But still you may do one and extend your license by one year to August 2023.

If you enjoy using Xojo, plan to use it for another year and you like to save a bit of money, you should order your renewal before 5th May.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.2pr3

New in this prerelease of the 22.2 plugins:
  • Rewrote Windows User Notifications.
  • Added more properties for WinUserNotificationMBS class.
  • Removed boolean result for HideNotification and ShowNotification methods for WinUserNotificationCenterMBS class.
  • Updated to Xcode 13.3.1.
  • Improved Glyphs, Positions, Advances, and StringIndices to handle NULL buffer situation better in CTRunMBS class.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version
  • Changed ClearPageGraphics in DynaPDFMBS to clear last font, so next time you draw to graphics, we set it again.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/ or from DropBox.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

Upload email to Sent folder via IMAP

As you know you can send emails via the CURL functions in MBS Xojo CURL Plugin. To have your mails show up in sent folder, you need to upload them to the IMAP server. The following snippet does it for Xojo. Key thing is to pass in URL to IMAP Server with name of Mailbox, e.g. "imap://imap.monkeybreadsoftware.de/INBOX.Sent". Than you set the upload option and provide the data to send. Of course you should use SSL, certificate verification and pass in your credentials. So here the Xojo code from the example project:

Sub UploadEmail() // we use here TLS with this login: Const Server = "sslin.df.eu" Const Username = "test@macsw.de" Const Password = "xxx" // we build a test email to upload Dim email As New CURLEmailMBS email.Subject = "Test Email" email.PlainText = "We uploaded this email via MBS Plugin."+EndOfLine+EndOfLine+"Greetings"+EndOfLine email.AddTo "test@test.test", "John Miller" email.SetFrom "test@test.test", "Marc Jones"

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.2pr2

New in this prerelease of the 22.2 plugins:
  • Updated openssl to version 1.1.1n.
  • Added Copy, Cut, Paste, SelectAll, ClearSelection and Print methods to WebView2ControlMBS control.
  • DynaPDF has been updated and tested to work with ZUGFeRD 2.2 / Factur-X 1.0.06.
  • Corrected declaration of autoresizingMask in CALayerMBS to correctly state as not supported for iOS.
  • Added option for SQLDatabaseMBS and SQLConnectionMBS to enable quotes around automatic generated INSERT statements: db.Option("Quotes") = "yes".
  • Rewrote ScreenshotWindowRectMBS and ScreenshotWindowMBS functions to work again.
  • Added Screenshot function for NSViewMBS class to render view into picture.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/ or from DropBox.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

Using MBS SQL Plugin with PostgreSQL

We like to show you how to use our MBS Xojo SQL Plugin with the SQLDatabaseMBS class with a local PostgreSQL server. This includes connecting, inserting records and running a query to load them into a listbox.

To test locally, we can download the PostgreSQL app and install it locally on our Mac (or Windows/Linux version on PC). With the app, we get a way to launch the server locally and create a database. Then we can open a connection in the Terminal and directly run queries.

Let's create a test table there with a few fields:

   LastName varchar(255),
   FirstName varchar(255),
   Address varchar(255),
   City varchar(255)

MBS Xojo ChartDirector Plugin Birthday

Just 14 years ago we added the ChartDirector Plugin to our MBS Xojo Plugin collection.
Thanks to Mr. Jason J. Campbell for asking me to add a charts plugin and thanks to Peter Kwan from Advanced Software Engineering Limited for his support over the years and the excellent co-operation.

PS: ChartDirector is also the engine used by FileMaker Pro internally for the chart generation as you can see on the included DLLs.

Xojo 2022r1

Xojo Inc. released the first new version for 2022: Download, Release Notes.

There are a few nice additions like debugging on iOS live on the device. You know, timing is different on the devices and you may only see some bugs on the device and not in simulator. Your local iPhone or iPad devices should show up in the build menu in the "Run On" submenu.

This release brings a new software for the online documentation. We like that it gets redone and hopefully it will be better. But this is still work in progress and you see the first version now. In parallel you can use the old documentation or for offline usage use the built-in documentation. If you like to use documentation offline, you have to go to the preferences dialog and click a button to have it download the offline copy.

If you like to automate the IDE, check the big enhancements to the IDE scripting. You can define shortcuts for the keyboard to easier access the various scripts and they got new commands.

The new version includes an updated version of the Chromium libraries for the HTMLViewer on Windows. Please update MBS Xojo Plugins to version 22.1 if you use our Chromium extensions there. The plugin got updated for the new version of the libraries earlier this year.

You may know the debugger has long standing bugs. A very annoying one on newer M1 MacBooks got fixed where break points were not working always. Also the edit source button should now find the right spot in the source code more reliable.

For plugin developers there are a few goodies. First the build process has one build dialog for the whole time of a build including pre-compilation. It was really annoying if that dialog run in background and users got the impression that the IDE crashed. Thanks for the IDE no longer trying to load a plugin as a project. And our plugin controls can now be first in tab order, which helps users of our Scintilla control.

Finally they also changed the price list. Basically after 8 years they do a correction for the inflation. A Pro license is now $799 USD. If you do you renewals before 5th May, you should get the old prices and save a bit of money. e.g. if your license expires in August 2022, you may do a renewal now to extend it to August 2023. Repeat that if you like for multiple years.

In general this is a nice release with over 100 bug fixes, including a few long awaited fixes for the Web framework. You may still open old projects and work on them without moving things to API 2. So everyone can install this and enjoy the new features.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.2pr1

New in this prerelease of the 22.2 plugins:
  • Added ConnectionHandle property to SQLite3MBS class.
  • Added DumpToFile and DumpToString methods for InternalSQLiteLibraryMBS class.
  • Added more properties for SUAppcastItemMBS class.
  • Added new initWithHTML variant to pass document parsing options in NSAttributedStringMBS class.
  • Added possibility to pass DateTime in addition to Date or Xojo.Core.Date for a datetime or timestamp field in SQLPreparedStatementMBS class.
  • Added SQLiteConnectionHandle method to SQLConnectionMBS and SQLDatabaseMBS classes.
  • Added Tags function to WordFileMBS class.
  • Fixed a problem with GetFieldEx in DynaPDFMBS for macOS 32-bit with wrong structure alignment.
  • Fixed memory leak in NSLocaleMBS properties returning NSLocaleNumberMBS and NSLocaleDateMBS objects.
  • Marked HotkeyMBS class as console safe, but it may need a main loop with DoEvents to work.
  • Optimized SplitCommaSeparatedValuesMBS to better handle lonely quotes in quoted strings.
  • Removed installUpdatesIfAvailable for SUUpdaterMBS class. Newer Sparkle framework doesn't have that anymore.
  • Removed old UnsanitySmartCrashReporterMBS module.
  • Removed UserAgentString, httpHeaders, incrementalData, fetchAppcastFromURL, copyWithoutDeltaUpdates for SUAppcastMBS class.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version
  • Updated SQLite to version 3.38.2.
  • Updated to Xcode 13.3.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/ or from DropBox.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

Company's 22nd 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 22% discount.
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