about EditableMovie class

Wednesday 27 June 2012 at 11:43 pm
Well, the editableMovie class has been deprecated. Due to deprecation the docs are unavailable directly, but you can read them here.
Deprecated means that Real Software will remove it someday, but as of today (and probably a few more years) the class will be available and running. Just not forever. The reason is that Apple deprecated the old QuickTime APIs and they are not available for 64 bit..
I'm not sure about what way Apple is going with 64 bit. They have several frameworks for video playback. Like QTKit where we have a lot of classes in our plugins.
So I expect the old QuickTime classes in Real Studio and our plugins will continue to work in 32 bit applications. Even if editableMovie class is removed next year from Real Studio, our plugin still provides movie class extensions to do similar functions.
For 64 bit, you may go and move to QTKit. It offers some features, but not all.
In general, if you are missing something, please email us. Maybe we can add it quickly for you.

MBS Real Studio Plugins, version 12.3pr8

Tuesday 26 June 2012 at 4:14 pm
New in this prerelease of the 12.3 plugins:
  • Added DirectShowGraphBuilderMBS ConnectFilters methods.
  • Added DirectShowSampleGrabberMBS class.
  • Added DirectShowNullRendererMBS class.
  • Added variant of graphics.DrawCGPDFDocumentMBS which takes more options.
  • Updated SQLAPI++ 4.0.1 with newer patches. This includes an UTF-8 bugs I found.
  • Added StringXOR2MBS function.
  • Improved OpenMovieWithCustomQTDataHandlerMBS to reduce crashes and have it work better. Also we now have only one AES mode and a new XOR2 mode.
Download: macsw.de/plugin/Prerelease

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 2.8pr6

Tuesday 26 June 2012 at 2:58 pm
New in this prerelease of the 2.8 plugins:
  • Improved SQL functions Unicode string handling. Now using UTF-8 for all strings.
  • Updated to SQLAPI++ 4.0.1.
Download later today at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/

SQL and text encodings

Tuesday 26 June 2012 at 2:10 pm
As you may know we have SQL functions in both our Real Studio and Filemaker plugins. Getting text encodings right for all cases is a challenge.
So next releases of our plugins have an improved text handling. We use UTF-8/16 everywhere and if the database is also UTF-8 or UTF-16, this should work wonderful and all trouble is gone.
Please if you have a chance, test the new plugin and inform us, if it's working fine for you.
Especially I have to say that MySQLCommunityServer plugin from Real Software seems to return strings without encoding. So there our plugin may be an alternative :-)

Real Studio Meeting in Paris

Monday 25 June 2012 at 5:06 pm
The first meeting of the Paris Users of Real Studio will beheld Friday, June 29th at 19pm at: Joe Allen Restaurant, Rue Lescot 30, 75001 Paris. Join the group and join us that evening.

Stephané Pinel from Real Software will present the new Real Studio IDE.
I will show a few new things on our plugin. Will have to refresh my french a bit.
Be sure to bring your MacBook / notebooks for the case you want to show what you have been doing with Real Studio.
And a lot of tips and tricks for you to see and learn.

In french:

Bonjour à tous!

Notre première réunion aura lieu le vendredi 29 juin à 19H chez :

Restaurant Joe Allen
30, Rue Lescot
75001 Paris

- Christian Schmitz (MonkeyBread Software) nous fera l'honneur de sa présence (il parle un peu français!)
- Je vous présenterai la tout nouvel IDE prévu pour 2012r2
- Amenez vos MacBooks/NoteBooks pour partager vos oeuvres!

Encrypted QuickTime Movies

Monday 25 June 2012 at 09:53 am
As you may know we have plugin functions to load and play encrypted Quicktime movies. That's great as you can use a simple XOR or a more secure AES encryption for this.
We revisited code after we got a notice from a plugin user that there is a bug. First tests showed no bug, but when you play 10 AES encrypted videos the same time in app in endless loops, it'll finally crash after a few minutes.
So we refactored some code to clean it up, made it shorter and found indeed a few situations where things can go bad in case of stress situations. You can imaging that having several asynchronously requests running from the movie player to read various parts of the video file. Now those requests run on separated threads and may even be cancelled. Now it looks fine and I think this plugin is better than before.

Also we added a second XOR mode which takes xors the position, too. This way the bytes look more random. XOR is in general faster than AES, but this is your choice. And if needed, we can even implement a custom encryption just for you.

For QTKit and maybe a future AVFoundation plugin I'm not sure how to do the same, especially with 64 bit targets. But we'll see. Probably load video file in memory, decode and open as movie from memory like OpenMovieFromStringMBS.

This changes will be included in next plugin prerelease, probably tomorrow.

Adding Login Items on Mac OS X

Sunday 24 June 2012 at 3:32 pm
To edit login items, we had to do a lot of different things.
Somewhere 5 years ago we had first class LoginItemsMBS which directly worked on the Dock.app preferences. Not the best, but it worked.
Apple didn't like that, so they made it accessible using AppleScript/AppleEvent. We updated our LoginItemsMBS class to use new APIs (and renamed old method to have Old in name).
With Mac OS X 10.5, we got the LSSharedFileList API, so we got a LSSharedFileListMBS class for the plugins. This way you can edit the login items list. Works nice, but well, it's not working in a sandboxed app.
So now we have even newer ServiceManagement API in Mac OS X 10.7. Next plugin prerelease will have new functions to register a helper app and enable/disable it. This should work nice. Of course, please ask the user about that, so you don't get your app rejected.

You can read more about this here.

MBS Real Studio Plugins, version 12.3pr7

Friday 22 June 2012 at 2:17 pm
New in this prerelease of the 12.3 plugins:
  • Changed SQL Plugin to now work internally with UTF-8 if possible.
  • Added new NSBitmapImageRepMBS constructor to create new bitmap.
  • Added new NSGraphicsMBS Constructor for drawing to NSBitmapImageRepMBS.
  • Added new methods to plugin set and hash classes (also known as case sensitive dictionary).
  • Several methods in SQLCommandMBS class are now properties to make debugging easier.
  • Improved String handling in SQL Plugin when using with RecordSet class.
  • Fixed a double freed pointer problem in SQL Plugin.
  • Fixed a bug with string encoding in SQL plugin when using ascii strings with undefined encoding.
Download: macsw.de/plugin/Prerelease

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 2.8pr5

Friday 22 June 2012 at 1:20 pm
New in this prerelease of the 2.8 plugins:
  • Added RemoteControl.GetWindowsList
  • Added Window.GetClassName
  • Added Preferences.GetTextSelectionWithDragAndDrop and Preferences.SetTextSelectionWithDragAndDrop.
Download later today at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/

High Resolution is coming

Thursday 21 June 2012 at 4:01 pm
Today I played a little bit with high resolution and things seem to work fine. For our OverlayMBS class, you need to provide picture and mask with higher resolution. But as you see in this example, it has an effect:

Left the low res, right the high res version of the same app.

If you want to test, compile your app to Cocoa and add the NSHighResolutionCapable key to the info.plist with boolean YES value. Running the app in high res mode works in general, but there is a lot to fix if needed. In our 12.3pr plugins, we have a window.BackingScaleFactorMBS function so you know when to use high res back buffer for canvas drawing.

Filemaker Conference 2012 in Salzburg

Wednesday 20 June 2012 at 10:32 pm
Early bird registration is about to end today, so sign on quickly if you haven't yet.
So if you come to Salzburg for this conference, it would be nice to meet you and talk about plugins with Filemaker.

For more details, please check the filemaker-konferenz.de website.

German Real Studio Training / Deutsche Real Studio Schulung

Wednesday 20 June 2012 at 12:12 am
English
Together with Alphadi we offer Real Studio trainings for database, desktop (Mac/Windows/Linux) and web development. The training is in german and if you need details, please check the flyer Real Studio Seminar.pdf or the website. Especially for people new to Real Studio, we offer this training to get started. But also if you already develop in some other environment, it may be interesting to add Real Studio knowledge to your portfolio. More advanced Real Studio developers can still learn a few new things which they didn't use yet.

Deutsch
In Zusammenarbeit mit Alphadi bieten wir ein Seminar zu Real Studio an:

Lernen Sie in zwei Tagen in Kassel, wie Sie mit Real Studio Anwendungen entwickeln. Mit Datenbankzugriff und sowohl als Desktop (Mac/Windows/Linux) wie auch als Web Anwendung. Insbesondere für interessierte Einsteiger oder Umsteiger bieten wir eine Einführung in Real Studio. Aber auch Fortgeschrittene Real Studio Entwickler finden sicher den ein oder Kniff, wie sie etwas in Real Studio umsetzen können. Für Entwickler von anderen Plattformen bietet sich hier die Möglichkeit Real Studio kennen zu lernen und damit sein Portfolio an Werkzeugen zu erweitern.
Wer Informationen im Real Studio Seminar.pdf oder auf der Webseite.

MBS Real Studio Plugins, version 12.3pr6

Tuesday 19 June 2012 at 10:49 am
New in this prerelease of the 12.3 plugins:
  • Added support for drawing pictures into QuickDraw ports for Cocoa targets. This makes PicHandleDataMBS and other functions work in Cocoa target.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version 3.0.16.41.
  • Added NSGraphicsMBS Constructor for targeting NSImageMBS.
  • Changed plugins to include more function names so debug reports look better.
  • Fixed Base64MBS.Yield property. It's now setable.
  • The new tesseract 3.x Windows OCR Plugin is linked without dependency to msvcrt90.dll so it works easier for you.
Download: macsw.de/plugin/Prerelease

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 2.8pr4

Monday 18 June 2012 at 9:41 pm
New in this prerelease of the 2.8 plugins:
  • Added Window.Activate function.
  • Added DisableFunction function.
  • Added RemoteControl functions.
Download later today at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/

Shrinking Filemaker runtimes

Sunday 17 June 2012 at 10:26 pm
If your filemaker runtime is a little bit too big for you, you can make them a little bit smaller on Mac.

Right click on the application and look into the contents of the application bundle.
First you can look inside Resources folder and find there the language folders. Here you can delete a few if you like. But please keep at least one language.

Next you can check the frameworks folder. There it looks like that you can remove those dylib files:

libxalan-c.111.0.dylib
libxalanMsg.111.0.dylib
libxerces-c.dylib

There you can also delete those PowerPC components in the same folder:

OLEWrapper
OLEWrapperRPCServer

And now with Terminal help you can use lipo command. For each dylib in the Frameworks folder, please rename it. The command in terminal for each file is lipo followed with path to the old dylib, than -remove ppc7400 -output followed by the original path of the file.
You can apply the same to the OpenSSL library in the OpenSSL.framework folder.

And if you still need a few bytes, you can decide if you need icon files like: FM12Dict.icns, FM12Label.icns and FM12Plug.icns.

This tip is of course at your own risk! But for some people it's interesting and as long as everything works, it does not harm you. Maybe someone at Filemaker Inc. can check why they have those duplicate dylibs and why they still ship PPC code.

On the end, the solution is down from 154.5 MB to 65.9 MB. Nearly 90 MB saved and still working with Filemaker 11 and 12!

MBS Real Studio Plugins, version 12.3pr5

Sunday 17 June 2012 at 1:40 pm
New in this prerelease of the 12.3 plugins:
  • Added window.BackingScaleFactorMBS (useful for Retina Macbook Pro support)
  • Fixed Call* methods to not call functions multiple times in case you use msgbox in target method which yield times.
  • Now properly handles workaround for case 19282 in all plugin parts (leak in REALLockPictureDescription).
  • Added CPMPrinterMBS Constructor.
  • Added QTKitMovieMBS.addImage taking image as data.
  • Added CPMPrintSessionMBS.CreatePrinterList.
  • Changed QTImporter plugin part to work on console mostly. So StringToPictureMBS works now there. As this relays on QuickTime, it could of course fail. And it does not work on Linux.
  • Fixed picture handling for old PICT type picture objects on Mac Carbon target. So StringToPicture makes picture and JPEG functions can write it to disk.
  • Fixed strange bug with QTKitMovieMBS.addimage producing bad movie.
  • Changed VLCEventManagerMBS class to execute events on main thread.
  • Removed DotMacKit plugin.
  • Removed PHP Plugin.
Download: macsw.de/plugin/Prerelease

Real Studio 2012 beta 1

Friday 15 June 2012 at 11:59 pm
The new beta is finally there. More than 260 bug fixes alone, so I think a lot of users will be very happy with this release!

You want to try it?
First make sure you have your license up to date. Second get on the real software website with an account linked to your license. And there join the beta program.

Please upgrade plugins. You need at least 12.1 and better the next 12.3 prerelease coming in the next days. You can get 12.3 prerelease versions on our website. We are working on fixing a few things for the changes in the plugin interface.

If you see a bug with Real Studio 2012r1, please post on the realbasic beta mailing list. Even if may be a plugin issue.

Upcoming Real Studio events

Friday 15 June 2012 at 6:48 pm
Also we offer a Real Studio training with alphadi in Kassel in July/August.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 2.8pr3

Friday 15 June 2012 at 5:44 pm
New in this prerelease of the 2.8 plugins:
  • Fixed a bug in a Mac function which verified window references so you once again can work on multiple windows and not just the front window.
  • If trace is on, the webview callback prints the received status message to debug console.
Download later today at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/

Working on Mountain Lion Support

Friday 15 June 2012 at 2:30 pm
For Real Studio Plugins we updated already our plugin classes around NSApplicationMBS, Addressbook, CalendarStore, StoreKit, Quartz and CoreLocation. Also the new classes for user notifications are already done. We also updated a few things with CoreWLAN, QuickTime, QuickLook, QTKit and DiscRecording plugin parts. More will be coming soon.

If you have any additional wishes, don't hesitate to tell us.

Mountain Lion wishes?

Wednesday 13 June 2012 at 8:27 pm
I'm working already on new plugins.

Anything you like to have sooner than later?
I want to be ready when Mountain Lion ships.

Please reply directly to me as Mountain Lion is under NDA currently.

Tip of the day: Move to trash

Wednesday 13 June 2012 at 7:20 pm
Sometimes I like to move stuff to the trash on Mac and recycle bin on Windows. And this is how you can do it using our plugins:
  Function MoveToTrash(f as FolderItem) As Boolean
#if TargetMacOS then
dim r as FolderItem
dim n as integer = MacFileOperationMBS.MoveObjectToTrashSync(f, r, _
MacFileOperationMBS.kFSFileOperationDefaultOptions)

if n = 0 then
Return true // OK
end if
#elseif TargetWin32 then
dim w as new WindowsFileCopyMBS

dim flags as integer = w.FileOperationAllowUndo + w.FileOperationNoErrorUI + _
w.FileOperationSilent + w.FileOperationNoConfirmation
if w.FileOperationDelete(f, flags) then
Return true // OK
end if

#endif
End Function
I hope you can use it. The function returns true on success and shows no error messages or confirmation dialogs.

Filemaker meeting in Hamburg

Friday 08 June 2012 at 4:48 pm
There is a monthly meeting of Filemaker users in Hamburg. I had the pleasure to join the latest meeting yesterday and show my Filemaker plugin. There were a lot of questions and quite a few ideas for future plugin function.
We had more than 20 visitors and after the presentation some interesting discussions. Especially when group splits in little groups and people show each other what they do in Filemaker and give a few tips and tricks how they did a few of the solutions they made.

Don't forget to sign up for Filemaker Konferenz 2012 in Salzburg and suggestion something for the FMM Award 2012.

Real Studio versions supported

Friday 08 June 2012 at 2:59 pm
I'm sorry to report that our Real Studio versions supported table had an error. You can use latest plugins with RS 2006r4 and newer.
Just for Real Studio 2012 there are major changes coming to the plugin SDK and the framework, so you'll have to use latest plugins later this year.
The table is now corrected to correctly show that. The table now suggests to use upcoming 12.3 plugins to be used with Real Studio 2012.

Real Studio Hamburg Meeting

Thursday 07 June 2012 at 12:38 pm
Yesterday we had first meeting with people from Hamburg. The group just started. Currently 11 members, 6 people were expected for the meeting, but only 4 showed up. But anyway, I think everyone was pleased with discussion about Real World, new stuff in the pipeline, plugin news and tips and tricks. Especially about function key handling on Windows, ODBC Database trouble shooting and general key filtering. You can join the google group here if you like to join a meeting in the future.



We'll see, where the next meeting will be: Paris? Munich? Austria? Switzerland? We'll see :-)

c't magazine has article about bringing Real Studio Apps to the Apple App Store

Wednesday 06 June 2012 at 11:12 pm
This is a nice tutorial for german speaking people on how to bring their app to the Apple Mac App Store. Thanks to Thorsten Kaltenschmidt for writing this four page long article and thanks to c't for printing it.

I'm curious on the App Store: Did one of you have problems with submitting apps in June so far?

Apple wants to enforce sandbox and not using deprecated APIs, so there could be problems with RS 2011, but that depends maybe who the reviewer is and what framework/plugin functions your app uses.

MBS Real Studio Plugins, version 12.3pr4

Wednesday 06 June 2012 at 12:47 am
New in this prerelease of the 12.3 plugins:
  • Added methods and properties to CURLSMBS/CURLMBS to allow you to have output/header/debug data to be collected and read from properties. This way a lot of people don't need a subclass to store this data themselves in properties.
  • Rewrote OCR plugin with tesseract 3.
  • Added IsReady and Flush methods to StdInMBS class.
  • Changed all Handle Properties back to Integer instead of Ptr due to bug in Real Studio (Feedback case 21100).
  • Added Content and TypeName properties to JSONMBS class for debugging.
  • Added GMImageArrayMBS class.
  • Removed Graphics.HandleMBS. Please use built in functions from Real Studio.
  • Removed some QuickDraw calls from plugin and made default SDK 10.7 on Mac OS X.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version 3.0.15.40.
  • Added Twain plugin.
  • Updated to SQLAPI++ 4.0.1.
  • Fixed NSImageMBS creation to work better on Mac OS X 10.5 and older.
Download: macsw.de/plugin/Prerelease

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 2.8pr2

Tuesday 05 June 2012 at 11:02 pm
New in this prerelease of the 2.8 plugins:
  • Added new parameter to Window.HideScrollbars to disable our resize event watcher.
  • Fixed Window.SetAlpha to return errors on Windows correctly.
  • Added Window functions to query left, top, width and height.
  • Added Files.List function
Download later today at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/

Real World 2012 Wrap Up

Tuesday 05 June 2012 at 9:56 pm
See blog article from Real Software.

Also Bob Keeney wrote ten articles around Real World on his bkeeneybriefs.com blog.

And finally I got an email from Amadeus Hotel in Frankfurt. They now have 4 DSL connections with each 6 MBit/s, so the internet there should be much faster in case we do another conference there.

Fix NSStatusItemMBS to accept all mouse clicks right

Sunday 03 June 2012 at 11:44 pm
You may know we have a problem with NSStatusitems. Check here for details.
Now in a sentence, I think Joe was it, at Real World he mentioned that Carbon apps are marked as being compiled with Mac OS X 10.0 SDK. So Mac OS X tries to behave like that Mac OS X version even, if you are running 10.7. And this causes the problems with have with Statusitems.

Now Joe also posted a workaround for the HTMLViewer text field problem we run into with latest Mac OS X 10.7.4 update. Thanks Joe for this workaround as I got hit with the problem, too.

The workaround given there, also works for our NSStatusItem problem. If you set the default SDK setting for apps to be 10.4 or newer, you can easily get the Statusitem to work again like you expect!

You can set the flag with this:

defaults write com.realsoftware.realstudio "Mac SDK Version" -string "10.4"

and later reset it to default with:

defaults delete com.realsoftware.realstudio "Mac SDK Version"

I also filled a feedback case for this, so please vote on feedback case 21394.

MBS Real Studio Plugins, version 12.3pr3

Friday 01 June 2012 at 11:04 am
New in this prerelease of the 12.3 plugins:
  • Added MDItemMBS.kMDItemDateAdded method.
  • Added FSEventsMBS.Running property
  • Fixed XL plugin to no longer return empty objects with handle=0.
  • Fixed PaletteCalculatorMBS.CreatePicturePalette to return 256 instead of 251.
  • Added JPEGExporterMBS.ExportGray.
  • Added NSFileManagerMBS methods for attributes.
  • Added g as NSGraphicsMBS parameter to drawFocusRingMask event in CustomNSViewMBS class.
Download: macsw.de/plugin/Prerelease

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