FileMaker Meeting in Colonge

FileMaker Stammtisch Köln

6. November, 19:00 Uhr in the Pohlhof restaurant.

Pohlhofstr. 3, 50765 Köln,

Let's talk about the FileMaker Conference and what's new in FileMaker.

Conference and Training in Birmingham (UK)

If you come to the UK or you live there, please be sure to check those dates and see if you can join us:

Xojo training
Learn about Web, Desktop and Console Development, database usage and all the topics you asked in the group.
21st November 2013, from 9am to 5pm. Registration

The training will take place as we have enough registrations. Can can still join :-)

Xojo Meeting
On the evening, please join us for dinner and talk to other Xojo developers.
21st November 2013, from 6pm to maybe 10pm.

Xojo Conference
And 22nd November 2013 we have a conference. Your chance to meet people from UK and learn about new things, get connected and exchange ideas. See how other code their applications and get new ideas. Registration.

Xojo 2013r3.2 released

Did you see it?
This new release fixes a ton of thread issues, so we recommend you try it. Internally they changed the threading on Windows from fiber to full threads. While both are similar, some per thread things did not work well with fibers. I really hope this has no bad side effects, but I can imaging some plugin functions take advantage of the difference. Especially as in C you can have per thread variables which now will work properly.

For Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks there are little fixes with app nap and redrawing issues.

Xojo Download

Xojo 2013r3.2 is a free update for existing Xojo users of version r3.

DynaPDF Licenses

Please try our DynaPDF plugin functions for Xojo and FileMaker. Test them, add them to your app and if you need a license, please check again with us in two weeks.

Xojo Developer Conference 2014 in 5 months

In just five months you can come to Las Vegas, go to the Monte Carlo hotel, walk into the bar and find all the people from the community there. The Xojo team will be there and of course me as I signed up already.
The session list has been posted. Already 33 sessions and more to come. Especially as iOS target should be released by March, I expect them to add last minute a few related sessions.

Registration started for the Xojo Developer Conference 2014 in Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. So you can already take the chance to reserve your seat. Be sure to take advantage of the early bird offer: $750 until November, 30 2013. Regular price is $950.

The Xojo developer conference is the biggest event in the year for Xojo developers. Usually there are about 100 guests, but maybe this time a few more due to being in Las Vegas? See you there next year!

iWork Warning

Before you download new versions of Keynote, Numbers or Pages, please make copies of the old versions.
Some features are missing in newer apps. And please if you miss something, write a bugreport to Apple to tell them that this is not okay.
I don't really want to use a Mac version of those apps reduced to the limited iOS feature set.

Enable Webviewer Inspector in any app using WebKit

This tip works fine for FileMaker and Xojo. Even in FileMaker runtimes or Mac applications made with Xojo.

In the Terminal, you set the WebKitDeveloperExtras setting to true.
You can do this in Terminal like this:

for FileMaker 11:
defaults write com.filemaker.client.advanced WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true

for FileMaker 12:
defaults write com.filemaker.client.advanced12 WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true

for Xojo IDE:
defaults write com.xojo.xojo WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true

or for other apps, simply use the their bundle identifier.
You may need to also enable debugging in Safari in the preferences.

The good thing is that you now have the inspector and the console inside the webviewer and you can debug javascript problems.

And you can move the inspector to its own window to inspect the html structure even more easily as you see on the screenshot on the right side.

MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 13.5pr2

New in this prerelease of the 13.5 plugins:
  • Updated DynaPDF to version
Download: Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.5pr2

New in this prerelease of the 3.5 plugins:
  • First plugin version with over 2000 functions!
  • Added Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks functions:
    • Added MediaLibraryBrowser functions.
    • Added UserNotification functions.
    • Added Files.GetTagNames and Files.SetTagNames.
  • Disabled line numbers for data viewer.
  • Changed line numbers so they work if syntax coloring is disabled.
Download at or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 13.5pr1

New in this prerelease of the 13.5 plugins:
  • Added methods for Mac OS X 10.9:
    • Added TagNames/SetTagNames on folderitem class
    • Added methods on NSUserNotificationMBS class.
    • Added NSTimerMBS tolerance property.
    • Added ABAddressBookMBS.kABSocialProfileServiceTencentWeibo
    • Added new events for CLLocationManagerMBS class.
    • Added new SKReceiptRefreshRequestMBS class.
    • Added new NSMediaLibraryBrowserControllerMBS class.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version
  • Fixed CURL on Windows to once again include SSL (broken in 13.4).
  • Fixed bug in SHA1MBS.Result function.
  • Changed ABAddressBookMBS to raise UnsupportedOperationException if addressbook is not available.
  • Added iTunes Library classes.
  • Fixed creashes with CGImageSourceMBS.Create functions.
  • Added nine new Linux WebKit classes for better control of HTMLViewer.
  • Added GMImageMBS.strip.
  • Added OptionTLSAuthPassword, OptionTLSAuthType and OptionTLSAuthUsername to CURLMBS/CURLSMBS classes.
  • Prepared plugins for Mac OS X 10.9.
  • Deprecated InternetConfigMBS class and related classes.
  • Changed QTMetadataItemMBS class to show properties in debugger.
  • Added Listbox.InvalidateCellThreadSafeMBS.
  • Added NSRunLoopMBS class.
  • Added scrollview to NSTextViewControlMBS.
Download: Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Mavericks coming

Actually we expected Mac OS X 10.9 to be released in the next days and not today.
But well, as Apple releases it soon, we will provide new plugins with new features later tonight.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.5pr1

New in this prerelease of the 3.5 plugins:
  • Fixed CURL on Windows to once again include SSL. (broken in 3.4)
  • Added all the missing libXL functions and renamed existing ones (old names still valid).
  • Added String.SoundExGerman.
  • Added Addressbook.personFromVCardTextRepresentation.
  • Fixed crash with geometry functions in GraphicsMagick.
  • Restored compatibility to FileMaker 10 on Windows. This was broken due to using FileMaker 12 only functions which are now loaded on demand.
  • Added SystemInfo.isMavericks function.
  • Fixed bug in CURL.SSLVersion on Windows.
  • Added GMImage.Strip.
  • Added CURL.SetOptionTLSAuthPassword, CURL.SetOptionTLSAuthType and CURL.SetOptionTLSAuthUsername.
  • Added SyntaxColoring.LineNumbers.Disable, SyntaxColoring.LineNumbers.Enable and SyntaxColoring.LineNumbers.Enabled.
  • Prepared plugins for Mac OS X 10.9.
  • Added FileMaker Clipboard Helper application.
  • Added line numbers for Scripteditor and Debugger.
  • Updated Syntax Highlighting to show also colors in FileMaker 12 on the script step list in script editor.
  • Added FM.ExecuteFileSQL function.
  • Added functions to get notifications from Calendar about inserted, updated or deleted events/tasks/calendars.
  • Added functions to get notifications from Addressbook about inserted, updated or deleted persons/groups.
  • Added Addressbook.searchPeopleWithModificationDate and Addressbook.searchPeopleWithCreationDate to find recent changes.
Download at

Using dash if to reduce app size by referencing less plugins

if you build an app using some plugins on the Mac side for accessing Mac only frameworks, you may want to avoid those plugins being used on Windows. So for example if you build the "Show my entry" project, you get this list of DLLs in Libs folder for Windows:


Okay, that may be too much for this as all MBS plugins are used only for Mac here. Now we can put "#if TargetMacOS" around all method's code and the open event. But this has first only the effect that we save MBS_QTImporter_Plugin_18034.dll file. But to really save the DLLs, we also need to make sure there is no method left using the plugins.

One way to do this, is to put things in a module. Methods and properties in the module are removed before linking if they are not called. So if you have trydate/trylabel/trystring methods in a module and also the "a as ABAddressBookMBS" property, than the linker can remove those for Windows and you have no MBS DLL on Windows for this sample.

Second possible way is to use variant data type. If methods declare parameter as variant instead of ABPersonMBS or ABMultiValueMBS, than the linker doesn't see the reference there. Of course you may want to have your parameter declared in the #if now. So parameter is "vperson as variant" and after "#if TargetMacOS" you write "dim person as ABPersonMBS = vperson". This was the compiler on Linux or Windows only sees variants and not all those plugin class names.

Project files:
see also Reducing app size with #if

New MBS Plugin improvement to FileMaker Script Editor

Take a close look on this picture:

Do you see the difference to current plugin?
Soon we provide first 3.5 beta for you to checkout this new feature.

Welcome to Salzburg

We just arrived in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Salzburg.
See you tomorrow night at the welcome party or at the bar later.

I got a few surprises for our FileMaker developers with the latest plugin version!

PS: 3.5pr1 will probably come later on the weekend, when I have time to build and upload.

OmegaBundle ending 15th October

The OmegaBundle ends 15th October, so you have time over the weekend to think about if you need either the mini or the regular or both bundles.

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks coming soon

The new Mac OS X version is coming soon. You probably read about all the features it has.
For our plugins, we are already looking into the developers tools for 10.9 and adding new features.
From the new features, we already prepared a few like file tags for both our Xojo and the FileMaker plugin.

If you have some wishes, please do not hesitate to ask us by email.
We'll post plugins with Mavericks features as soon as 10.9 is released.

iPhone 5S arrived

Orderd 7th October, predicted with 4 to 5 weeks to delivery.
But I had a premier ticket so I got it today after just three days.
Thanks Deutsche Telekom and Apple :-)

Tomorrow: Filemaker meeting Rhein-Main in Lorsbach

Tomorrow (9th October 2013) 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.

Xojo 2013r3.1

Just earlier today the Xojo 2013r3.1 release was announced.

This is a minor release with just 3 little fixes. I think the important one is the one I reported:
On a non English system like my German one, I could not save a new project in the version control project.

Once again I would be happy if Xojo Inc. hires an engineer in Europe, so they more quickly discover those bugs which only show on non-english systems.

We don't know the release date of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, but we expect there will be some fixes needed in our plugins and Xojo itself. So I am are looking forward to a Xojo release 3.2 or 4 with changes for Mavericks.

And finally please note that if your license expired between r3 and r3.1 you can still use the new version. For releases the original release date counts against your license expiration key.

iCal Database and Zip functions

The last FileMaker Developer Conference in San Diego was great. With over 1200 attendees the biggest event I have been to so far. (beside an exposition)

We had a booth and a lot of people came along to say hello and ask about our plugins. From all the questions, we collected a list of requested features people like to see in the future. The two most requested features have been reading and writing to Zip archives and access to the iCal database.

So in September we used the time to create those features and added them to the plugin for the 3.4 release. We hope you enjoy the new features and if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

See you in Salzburg next week!

MBS Xojo / Real Studio plug-ins in version 13.4

NICKENICH, Germany (October 8th, 2013) -- Monkeybread Software releases version 13.4 of the MBS plug-in for Xojo and Real Studio.

The MBS plug-in comprises a collection of several plug-in parts which extend the Real Studio development environment with 1,800 classes featuring over 48,000 documented functions. Our plugins support all three platforms Mac OS X, Windows and Linux with all project types desktop, web and console.

Some of the highlights on the 13.4 update:

In this plugin we created a new encryption plugin to collect all our encryption function and add new one. We now have improved AES and Blowfish encryption classes. Our new OpenSSL module has functions to digitally sign data and later verify the signature. Also the new ECDHEMBS class helps with key agreement over a network.

New functions for colorspace handling improves reading and writing CMYK pictures with JPEG classes. We improved NSColorSpace and CGColorSpace classes with new properties and methods. Especially if you like to draw into a picture with right colorspace on Cocoa targets.

Improvements to RegExMBS class for regular expressions now allow to use more captures and query information about the compiled patterns. You can disassemble your pattern to debug it and list the named captures.

The GWorldMBS class is updated to create graphics environments in other pixel formats or with existing memory. New functions to copy pixels directly to memoryblock help with fast processing of images. In the same direction point our VLC improvements. You can more easily copy the current frame into a memoryblock.

Also we updated several libraries used by our plugins including a new DynaPDF version and updates for PCRE library.

See release notes for a complete list of changes. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

MBS FileMaker Plugin 3.4 for OS X/Windows

Nickenich, Germany - MonkeyBread Software today is pleased to announce MBS FileMaker Plugin 3.4 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 3.4 has been updated and now includes over 1800 different functions, and the versatile plugin has gained more new functions:

Added Zip and Unzip functions to create and read zip archives. You can add container field content, files on disk or text to archives. For existing archives you can read them from disk or container file, query information, list files and uncompress them.

On Mac OS X we can now edit the calendar database. You can list or edit existing events and reminders. Also you can create new events or reminders from FileMaker using the plugin. This way your solution can populate the calendars on the system with your own events.

For image metadata we can now use the CoreGraphics image source functions. This way we can read EXIF and IPTC data from images and also metadata in JPEG, TIFF or PNG images.

For DynaPDF we have new functions to encrypt PDFs and restrict usage. From existing PDFs you can extract all the embedded images and for easy use of template PDFs, we now have functions to replace text.

Our SQL functions have been updated for FileMaker 12 and future versions. As 64bit is required now for WebPublishing, we ship a 64 bit version of the plugin for the first time. If you like, take a look and try it.

The popular syntax highlighting feature has been improved with a better default rule set. When typing in MBS function calls in calculations we now highlight the function name in red if you have a typing mismatch.

Finally we updated SerialPort and ServerSocket functions with more options.

For more details, please check the release notes. Take the time to check out the plugin and try the more than 200 example databases. Maybe you get some ideas on how to use the plugin in your solutions.

Dash help archives updated

Just updated the archives for the Dash application. Does the auto update work for you?

So here you can click to launch Dash and install our plugin help:
MBS Xojo Plugin and MBS FileMaker Plugin

Feedback is welcome.

MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 13.4pr7

New in this prerelease of the 13.4 plugins:
  • Added new class for DirectShow plugin for format selection: DirectShowVideoStreamConfigCapsMBS, DirectShowAudioStreamConfigCapsMBS, DirectShowVideoInfoHeaderMBS, DirectShowVideoInfoHeader2MBS, DirectShowWaveFormatMBS, DirectShowMediaTypeMBS, DirectShowDVInfoMBS and DirectShowAMStreamConfigMBS.
  • Removed Mac OS Classic only functions: GetFileAttributeMBS, IsFileOpenMBS and IsResourceForkOpenMBS.
  • Fixed bug in EncodingToHTMLMBS with high unicode code points.
  • Added rowSizeStyle and effectiveRowSizeStyle to NSTableViewMBS class.
  • Added controls for some common Cocoa controls: NSSearchFieldControlMBS, NSTextFieldControlMBS, NSTextViewControlMBS, PDFThumbnailViewControlMBS and PDFViewControlMBS.
    Dedicated controls can handle focus better. Please contact us if you need more events/properties.
Download: Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.4pr7

New in this prerelease of the 3.4 plugins:
  • Added Math.InchToPixel, Math.MillimeterToPixel, Math.PixelToInch and Math.PixelToMillimeter.
  • Added DynaPDF.ExtractImages function.
Download at

Xojo Developer Meeting tonight

Instead if Amsterdam city we thought it will be nicer at the beach in Zandvoort.
So if you like to join please email me.
We meet at around 6 pm outside the Best Western Palace Hotel Zandvoort at the beach promenade. From there we can go to one of those beach restaurants and have a great time together.

Scheduled in Feedback

Recently we had the discussion where Xojo is going in the future. One way to learn that is to check the Feedback application for what's reported there. Within something like 30000 feedback cases, it's difficult to find something. But well, here are 20 scheduled cases. This means that each item has been assigned to an engineer and be scheduled to ship in one of the future releases of Xojo. Maybe interesting to know what Xojo engineers work on?
  • 3215: Allow compilation using the command-line
  • 3353: 64 bit Applications Support
  • 3851: Viewing Custom Controls in WIndow Editor.
  • 7836: [WEB] [Cocoa] Feature request: NSTableView support
  • 9053: [IDESubmitted] Report: Group Header 'Repeat on New Page' Option
  • 9054: [IDESubmitted] Report Option: Need field option for Supress Repeated Values
  • 9205: [WEB] Report Feature Request: Margin Guides
  • 9206: [WEB] Report Feature Request: Pagination Features
  • 9433: Ability to build iOS (iPhone/iPad) applications
  • 10311: Support HTTP 1.1
  • 10701: Add ability to Export PDFs
  • 12645: WebCheckBox doesn't support single control edit mode
  • 13417: Need a WebComboBox
  • 16046: Add WebStyledText class to support styling text (with links) for WebTextField, WebTextArea, WebLabel, WebButton, WebLink, etc.
  • 16671: Support building desktop applications for OS X with LLVM
  • 17424: WebMapViewer: Add Directions
  • 18399: Make the HTMLViewer on Windows use the most recent version of Internet Explorer that is installed
  • 18541: WebMoviePlayer Lacking Simple Stop Method
  • 20384: Support Drag and Drop for web applications
  • 22898: Need way to set WebListBox SelectedRow Color
  • 24074: undeprecate REALPictureClearCache
We recommend everyone to use Feedback. At least sign in and put your 5 favorite cases in the top case list.

Xojo Developer Meeting in Amsterdam

Due to a spontaneous trip to the Netherlands, I can offer an evening event for Amsterdam in the next two days.
So is someone interested in meeting with Xojo and Real Studio developers?

The date is: 4th October 2013.

If you like to join, please send email, so I can reach you for the exact time and place. Suggestions are welcome.

You noticed the difference in calculations?

With latest plugin, it will highlight if you have a typo in a MBS function call right in the calculation editor.
The name turns red (or whatever color you defined for wrong brackets) and turns back to the default text color if you type the name right.
We think this is a good addition. The plugin has the list of functions anyway and we know you just typed the MBS with a string following it. So we just put the pieces together.
Have fun and see you at the next conference in Salzburg or San Antonio.

MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 13.4pr6

New in this prerelease of the 13.4 plugins:
  • Added GWorldMBS.CopyToMemory.
  • Added copy and credential methods to NSURLCredentialMBS class.
  • Added VLCMediaPlayerMBS.CopyToMemory method.
  • Fixed an alignment bugs in data structures with DateDifferenceMBS class. You only saw it if you cross compile.
Download: Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS Xojo Web Starter Kit in version 1.1

Nickenich, Germany (October 1st, 2013) -- Monkeybread Software releases version 1.1 of the MBS Xojo Web Starter Kit

The MBS Xojo (Real Studio) Web Starter Kit is a starting point for building your Web Applications with Real Studio or Xojo. Version 1.1 is a free update for our existing users.

Especially our new Web Signature Kit allows you to easily capture signatures on a tablet device with your web application. You can of course simply use it as a drawing area, too.

New in Version 1.1:
  • Added Web Signature Kit project.
  • Commented out Print commands. They are useful in standalone, but cause problems in cgi mode.
  • Improved code to handle database. Now the app launches when no database is found.
  • Added WebLoadBalancing example code.
  • Added System Information page.
Existing features of our Web Starter Kit:
  • Database Support including REALSQLDatabase, MySQLCommunityServer, CubeSQLServer and SQLDatabaseMBS. Other databases can be added easily.
  • Simple User Management for Admins and normal users.
  • Login Panel.
  • Auto login, so people don't need to login each time.
  • Collects Exceptions and JavaScript Errors in database and displays them to Admin..
  • Allows logging to text file and database and displaying them.
  • SQL Console with download of database and query result as CSV file.
  • Session management for admin to see what users do..
  • Chat Window.
  • Creates Backup of database.
  • Object browser and memory statistics.
  • Messages for Admins to/from users.
  • File Browser.
  • Shows how to cache images/files to save memory.
  • and much more...

You can use the Kit as a foundation of your new web application or simply copy the parts you need to your own web application. This Kit is the result of putting together all the goodies we developed in the last two years for various web applications. Things we believe everyone could need in their own solution. And of course in the next years, we will add more functions depending on user requests.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.4pr6

New in this prerelease of the 3.4 plugins:
  • Streamlined error handling. You can now call IsError function to know if last function returned an error.
  • Improved Syntax Highlighting. Invalid MBS Function names are now highlighted with red color like wrong brakets.
  • Added new UnZipFile functions to read zip file.
  • Added new ZipFile functions to write zip file.
  • Added more Calendar functions.
Download at


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