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Supporting 10 years of Xojo with current plugins

Thursday 08 December 2016 at 11:09 am
Current MBS Plugins in version 16.4/5 support all REALbasic, Real Studio and Xojo versions from 2006r4 to 2016r4. Ten years!

The minimum is REALbasic 2006r4 as that is the version introducing 64-bit numbers. Plugins without 64-bit integers may even work in older versions.
And as far as I know a lot of a couple of developers still need older versions:
  • REALbasic 2007r3, the last one to build for Mac OS 9.
  • REALbasic 2008r1, the last one to build single file exe for Windows.
  • Real Studio 2011r3, the last one to build for Mac OS X with PowerPC.
  • Real Studio 2011r4.3, the last one to build for Mac OS X 10.4.
  • Real Studio 2012r2.1, the last one to build for Mac OS X 10.5 and the last one before Xojo IDE started.
  • Xojo 2013r3.3, the last one to build for Mac OS X 10.6.
  • Xojo 2015r2.4, the last one to build for Windows XP.
  • Xojo 2015r4, the last one to not use universal runtime on Windows.
Our plugins are compiled for Windows XP and newer, but some may still work fine on Windows 2000! On Mac we build for 10.4 or newer, but usually only test for 10.6. Of course some features only work if you use them on a more recent OS version.

Technically you can use an older Real Studio version from 5 years ago and build a Mac app to use the latest plugins and add TouchBar support for latest MacBook Pro.

We modified the plugin interface to make sure we use the right data structures for each SDK version as well as use different SDK functions depending on the versions. Some things changed over years and we love to keep things working. So we have quite a few switches which check the Xojo/Real Studio version to decide what to do.

Hotels, Beds & Places in Berlin

Wednesday 07 December 2016 at 10:27 pm

Guest post from Ulrich Bogun, Xojo evangelist for German speaking countries and living in Berlin:


The Ellington Hotel where the conference takes place is close to the Kurfürstendamm which used to be the Berlin boulevard during cold war times. While the Kudamm (the „official“ abbreviation) has lost its position which was taken by the East Berlin boulevards, it is still home of expensive boutiques, and as such you probably will not find much cheaper hotels in the close vicinity. If you want to look, however, here’s a list of some situated close enough to take a walk: kurfuerstendamm.de/berlin/hotels/

If you are looking for night life after the conference, you might want to look a bit more to the east. Mitte, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg offer food, music, dance and drinks all night (well, there is no closing hour in all of Berlin, but in these districts you won’t have to search more than a few minutes).

Good places to look for alternative hotels are trivago.de, booking.com or tripadvisor.de. Here you can find holiday flats, pensions and hostels too.

If you want some nostalgic flair the https://www.ostel.eu mimics a East Berlin (GDR) hotel during cold war times ;)

In general, public transport is quite good in Berlin, and you can expect bus, subway or railway waiting times not longer than a few minutes in these core districts, but I would advise you not to choose a district too far away from the center. Berlin’s public transport is a mixture of subway, S-Bahn (public railway), tram and buses. All share the same tariff, which means usually a ticket for 2,80 € (tariff AB) allows you to travel once from Berlin’s eastern to its western outbounds. See ticket shop and the journey planner. You’ll find a map of the transportation system here too.

You may buy a week ticket at the airport when arriving. Tegel is within AB range and a week ticket costs only 30 Euro and you can take U/S-Bahn, tram and busses anywhere.

And places to go? There’s simply too many of them. This site gives a good overview.

If you should be taking a walk around the Ellington, you will inevitably find the Tauentzienstraße which leads to the famous Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche. Strolling around the Kurfürstendamm might lead you to the Story of Berlin museum (if you are interested in German history): story-of-berlin.de, and if you want some recreation and are into excellent tea I would very strongly recommend you to sip a cup of Berlin tea at kingsteagarden.de.

If you still can stand technology after two days of technobabble, the Deutsches Technikmuseum shows reconstructions of the first computers, Z1 and Z3, explained by the son of computer pioneer Konrad Zuse himself.

The historical core of Berlin is the Nikolaiviertel with the Fernsehturm, the Alexanderplatz and the Museumsinsel (island of museums) close by. IF you stay longer, taking a ship tour along the Spree allows a very different view of Berlin.

Nightly places to visit for dancers and young tourists are the arena-berlin.de (which is close to where I live, so if you want some guidance, join me after conference day’s end) and several clubs along the Warschauer Straße like the matrix-berlin.de. View the areas on Google maps – there’s literally something for every taste around.

Missing something? Just tell me!

Looking forward to see you in May


Ulrich Bogun

Custom function to optimize PDF in FileMaker via DynaPDF

Wednesday 07 December 2016 at 10:39 am

This little function can be called anywhere to optimize a PDF. Of course you should initialize DynaPDF in startup script of your solution. But than you can call OptimizePDF function everywhere and pass in a PDF container value. The PDF is optimized and returned.

If you like add further parameters to decide what optimization to do. The example be low uses a good default setting to reduce PDFs for email delivery.


# Custom Function OptimizePDF(InputPDF)


# Optimizes PDF and returns either new one or old one in case of error.


Let ([ 

PDF = MBS("DynaPDF.New");

OpenResult = MBS("DynaPDF.OpenPDFFromContainer"; PDF; InputPDF);

OpenError = MBS("IsError");

ImportResult = MBS("DynaPDF.ImportPDFFile"; PDF);

ImportError = MBS("IsError");

Options = "FlattenLayers DeleteInvPaths ScaleImages NewLinkNames DeletePrivateData IgnoreZeroLineWidth DeleteAlternateImages DeleteThumbnails";

OptimizeResult = MBS("DynaPDF.Optimize"; PDF; Options; 50; 50; 50; 150; 150; 150; "JPEG"; "JPEG"; "JPEG");

OptimizeError = MBS("IsError");

OutputPDF = MBS("DynaPDF.Save"; PDF; GetAsText(InputPDF));

SaveError = MBS("IsError");

ReleaseError = MBS("DynaPDF.Release"; PDF);


Result = If( 

  // all okay?

  OpenError = 0 and ImportError = 0 and OptimizeError = 0 and SaveError = 0 and MBS( "Container.GetSize"; OutputPDF; "PDF " ) > 0

  // than return new PDF


  // return old PDF





result )

Xojo 2016 Release 4 and Plugins

Tuesday 06 December 2016 at 3:05 pm
Xojo logoXojo Inc. just announced the release of Xojo 2016r4.

As the new release changes graphics on Windows to use DirectDraw instead of GDI/GDI+, the plugins need to adapt. The handling on graphics ports (HDC) and for bitmap access changes a bit.

We recommend to use MBS Plugins in version 16.5 or newer with Xojo 2016r4. You can download pr9 now or wait for the release next week.

Download Xojo and see Release Notes. Review by Bob Keeney

MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 16.5pr9

Monday 05 December 2016 at 3:42 pm
New in this prerelease of the 16.5 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.de/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 6.5pr9

Monday 05 December 2016 at 3:04 pm
New in this prerelease of the 6.5 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

61000 functions

Sunday 04 December 2016 at 5:09 pm
Did you recently look at our statistics page for the MBS Xojo Plugins?

I just looked and the current 16.5 beta has 61000 documented features!

That is a new record and a 1000+ increase to 16.4 release. Alone in 2016 I added over 5000 new things. Main driver for recent additions are CloudKit and TouchBar classes.

And thanks for Xojo Inc. for increasing once again the number of plugin functions that can be used in one app.

PS: The MBS FileMaker Plugin is doing well with currently over 4300 functions.

Plugin users in Spain

Saturday 03 December 2016 at 5:23 pm
Both yesterday with Xojo and today with FileMaker people wondered how many developers are there in Spain.
So here is a map with plugin users, which is of course only a fraction of the developers out there:

Blue is Xojo and others are FileMaker. Maybe you can spot yourself?

Compliment from Swedish customer

Saturday 03 December 2016 at 11:28 am
I just got this morning a nice email from a plugin user in Sweden:

I have been working as a full time FileMaker developer in my one-man company since 1986, and have stumbled on the MBS plugin from time to time over the years but never taken the time to dive into it. But now I needed to upload via SFTP, and that made me download and start learning the plugin - and I was totally blown away!

I have spent about two days writing and rewriting Custom Functions with the MBS plugin as the base, and I will from now on ONLY use this plugin for more or less everything. I also love the Trace, Notifications and Dialogs that I can run from calculations, and I now understand that the MBS plugin is like a sphere surrounding and enhancing FileMaker in a way I didn't thought possible. And for the SFTP...? It works like a charm and was very easy to implement.

I started to work with software development in the 1980's, so the "toolbox" that the MBS plugin is supplying me with is perfect for my way of thinking and building solutions.

I am also very happy for all the example databases, for without them I wouldn't have realized the potential of the plugin but just have focused on the SFTP :-)

Best regards,
Mikael Bohlin
HuConn - Human Connection

Thanks to Mikael and enjoy our plugins.

Grown over 10 years the MBS FileMaker Plugin features over 4200 functions.
And our MBS Xojo plugins cover over 60000 documented features.
More or less all the things we needed for consulting projects with clients over the years.

FileMaker Conference in Madrid

Saturday 03 December 2016 at 10:33 am
Greetings from the spanish FMValencia conference in Madrid.

Over 35 attendees are here already this morning :-)

Xojo Meeting in Madrid

Saturday 03 December 2016 at 12:37 am
Tonight I had dinner with Krzysztof and Javier:

We had fun, excellent dinner and I brought a few presents for them. See you in Berlin next year!
Javier is the Xojo engineer doing localization and support for Spanish speaking Xojo developers.

Big numbers for Xojo

Friday 02 December 2016 at 12:09 pm
The last weeks, I saw a need for a floating point class with more than 64-bit precision.
The main problem with double variables is the lack of precision with 15 or more digits.

With 16.5 plugin we introduce a new class called BigNumberMBS. This class uses 320 bits and can easily represent 100 digits long values. You can use it easily for doing floating point math with more precision. Or if you need a 128 or 256 bit integer, this one will also fit. Just use this class without fractions. You can even wrap it and make a replacement for currency by multiplying all values by 10000 internally.

For all math operations, we may raise an exception in case of an error. The BigNumberErrorExceptionMBS class tells you about overflows, division by zero or other mistakes.

The class features operator overloading, so you can simply add values with + or assign one to another. In general values are read only, except for a few methods or properties which do not return a new object.

We have accessors for string, int64, currency and double values, so you can easily query those values. Via string you can of course pass much bigger values compared to double or int64.

Due to a few bugs with Xojo's overload handling, we may not offer Operator_Convert beside strings. It would be nice to directly assign double or integer values or to use them for plus or multiplication. Maybe future Xojo versions fix it and we can add those without causing ambiguous compiler errors.

Will be available next week with new prerelease. If you like to test now, send me an email.

PS: You can try with 16.5pr9 plugins and newer.

FileMaker DevCon 2017 surprises

Thursday 01 December 2016 at 10:38 pm
Have you seen the plan for DevCon 2017?

DevCon schedule

The conference is in total four days, but first one is training and keynote, last day is FBA only. This is a change from previous conferences and the reduced cost for FMI could lead into cheaper tickets which may bring more new faces to the conference.

If you like to speak, you can apply for a session. Please make your FM 15 certification first if you are not yet certified. Speaking has the advantage of 4 free hotel nights and a free ticket to the conference.

FileMaker Roadmap

Wednesday 30 November 2016 at 8:37 pm
You saw the Webinar today about the FileMaker Roadmap?

You learnt what is coming next summer and what is coming or not coming for summer 2018.

In the webinar, they talked about external script steps and plugins for iOS SDK. While I already have learnt about those at DevCon and made changes to my codebase already, I'd love to hear ideas from you. If you participate in a FileMaker beta program, feel free to contact me if you like to test plugins.

So please let me know your wishes:
  • Ideas for MBS Script Steps. Which function is important enough to offer it as a simple to use script step?
  • Which functions would you like to use in the apps built using the iOS SDK?
  • Which features from the roadmap could be made available via plugin today in FileMaker 15 or older?
Selected wishes may show up in future plugin releases, some maybe before Christmas!

Early bird offer ending for MBS Xojo Conference

Tuesday 29 November 2016 at 10:01 am
Just a few days left for the really early bird offer for our MBS Xojo Conference in Berlin from 4th to 5th May 2017. Join now for only 299 Euro plus VAT.

In the evenings we meet for dinner so you can meet other attendees. Registration is available and we already have over 40 people coming from ten countries.

The early bird offer available till 4th December is just 299 Euro plus VAT. Attending the conference costs regularly 499 Euro plus VAT, including food and beverage in the Ellington Hotel as well as an accompanying social program.

Registration and more Information. Training days in German and English.
For any questions, please contact Monkeybread Software directly.

FileMaker Stammtisch im Bärenpark

Monday 28 November 2016 at 10:45 am
Am 16. Dezember 2016 treffen sich ab 15 Uhr FileMaker Entwickler im Restaurant Bärenblick im Alternativer Wolf- und Bärenpark Schwarzwald in Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach.

Es empfiehlt sich etwas früher zu kommen und eine Runde durch den Park zu machen und den Bären zuzuschauen.
Der Eintritt in den Park ist obligatorisch und kostet 5 €.

Ich versuche selber dabei zu sein bei diesem Termin. Wer kommt noch?

siehe Stammtischseite beim FileMaker Magazin und baer.de.

Xojo Black Friday Sale

Thursday 24 November 2016 at 10:10 pm
Xojo Inc. is running a black friday sale on their Xojo Store. This is your chance to renew any pending Xojo licenses with a 20% discount. Any license which is already expired or will expire later this year, should be updated now to use this discount:

Xojo, Inc. creator of Xojo, a multi-platform development tool for desktop, web, iOS and Raspberry Pi apps, today announced that their entire Xojo store will be on sale from Black Friday, November 25, 2016, to Cyber Monday, November 28, 2016, the biggest shopping weekend of the year. All new Xojo licenses, renewals and upgrades will be discounted to 20% off of their original price. Xojo 3rd party products and XDC 2015 Training Videos are also included in this sale.

If you like to get books and magazines for Xojo, please visit xDev Magazine and xDevLibrary websites. They offer 20% on all items, too. Use the coupon code CYBERMONDAY there.

While you can buy your MBS Plugin licenses from Xojo Inc. third party store, we offer you the same discount from us. For orders via Share-It, simply use coupon code BlackFriday2016. For everything else like paypal or invoices, please contact me. Especially if you are interested in bundles which allow even bigger savings.

Silent WebViewer on Windows

Thursday 24 November 2016 at 3:32 pm
When working with WebViewer in FileMaker, have you seen the annoying error dialogs from Internet Explorer?

Well, you can disable them now: Webview.SetSilent

just call for each Webviewer the MBS Plugin function called Webview.SetSilent and pass the reference to webviewer (e.g. it's object name) and the new state. 1 to block errors or 0 to show them. Showing may help to find javascript errors when developing, but in a batch automated website query, you don't want a dialog to block your script.

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS( "Webview.SetSilent"; "web"; 1 )]

See also: Select Internet Explorer version for FileMaker. For the same in Xojo, see my FAQ.

If you need a new plugin urgently, just email me.

Videos for TouchBar and MBS Plugins

Thursday 24 November 2016 at 11:54 am
Today I recorded two videos for you to show you the TouchBar features for the upcoming 6.5/16.5 plugin releases:

TouchBar in Xojo
TouchBar in FileMaker

You can already download the pre-releases of the plugins and try yourself: Xojo and FileMaker

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 6.5pr8

Tuesday 22 November 2016 at 2:58 pm
New in this prerelease of the 6.5 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Older blog entries:

2016-11-22 MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 16.5pr8
2016-11-22 MBS FileMaker Plugin Decision Graphs
2016-11-21 FileMaker Magazin - MBS Artikel
2016-11-21 Spanish Xojo Developer Meeting
2016-11-17 Backup, Backup and Backup
2016-11-17 License and customize our FileMaker SDK Extension
2016-11-17 Clear Xojo Cache
2016-11-16 Job Offer @ MBS
2016-11-16 MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 16.5pr7
2016-11-16 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 6.5pr7
2016-11-15 Need a Xojo lite license for a friend?
2016-11-14 Video for MBS SQL Plugin presentation
2016-11-14 Printer Switch for Windows with MBS FileMaker Plugin
2016-11-12 See You At The Next MBS Xojo Conference
2016-11-10 MBS Xojo Event Kit, version 1.1
2016-11-09 Better Localization in MBS FileMaker Plugin
2016-11-09 FileMaker Conference in Spain
2016-11-09 Spanish Xojo Developer Meeting
2016-11-08 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 6.5pr6
2016-11-08 MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 16.5pr6


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