Job Offer: Xojo Developer to work with Light Blue Software


Mr. Tom Catchesides from Light Blue Software is looking for a Xojo developer:

We're looking for a talented Xojo developer to help us continue to improve Light Blue, our business management product for professional photographers and winner of the 2016 Xojo design awards 'best business app' prize.

The initial requirement is for help with completing a specific project, but this has the potential to turn into an ongoing relationship.

Essential skills:
  • Building desktop apps with Xojo.
  • SQLite.
  • Good written and spoken English.
We would also prefer:
  • Experience of PHP and MySQL.
  • Working from a timezone that overlaps office hours with the UK.
The company is based in northern London in case you prefer to work in their office. Else you would probably work from home. Tom has been visiting conference for a couple of years and uses MBS Plugins a lot.

Control AVPlayer on Mac and iOS


We had the question where we can access the playing video in an interactive container on iOS.
The answer is: Yes, we can!

And even on Mac, the same new function AVPlayer.FindPlayers looks for players on the current layout. It returns a list of all the players and you can than use our normal AVPlayer functions. Here a screenshot:


Left side macOS, right side iOS simulator.

So we can get the players on current page and there may be several. You can control the player, e.g. pause/play, query time and duration, change rate or volume. Next you can now use AVPlayer.GetAsset to query the asset for the player. There you can query images for videos, metadata and frame rate.

FileMaker Conference .fmp[x]Berlin 2017


Just arrived in Berlin for the FileMaker Conference .fmp[x]Berlin 2017. See you there!

This conference is organized by Egbert Friedrich and takes place from 1st to 3rd June 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Tomorrow (31st May), you can join us in the Prater beer garden for a nice drink and some shop talk about FileMaker!

Or today at the Xojo meeting.

Xojo Conference planning 2018


You all have time 6th/7th September 2018 for a Xojo conference?

We have a proposal for a hotel conference room in Munich. The Maritim Hotel near the main station can offer us 50+ rooms as well as one or two conference rooms. If we have a lot of speakers and attendees, we could go two track!

We can block 100 rooms and offer an 122 Euro rate for the nights from 5th to 8th September including pool, breakfast and Wifi.
Nearby other hotels in the area offer rooms for less, down to 60 Euro/night.

Walking distance to center of city is just a few hundred meters. So you can walk to Hofbräuhaus, city hall and the famous historic buildings like palace Nymphenburg. And if you like to take a drive in the countryside, you are quickly down to the alps. e.g. take the train up on Wendelstein for a great view.

So anyone has comments? Would this week be a bad choice for some reason?
Most weeks in fall are blocked by expositions, school holidays and Oktoberfest where hotels are quite full. The week early September seems to be great to get hotel room and the chances are good for nice weather.

PS: If someone has a better idea for a location, let me know.

FileMaker Version used


As you may know, we collect some statistics about plugin usage and today I’d like to show the versions of FileMaker used with MBS Plugins:



So we have about half of our users have FileMaker 15. We currently have more users with FileMaker 11 as with FileMaker 16, but that will probably change quickly. As you may expect, we do still support FileMaker versions down to 7 on Windows, but don’t test ancient versions any more (unless someone tells us about an issue).

Xojo Versions used


As you may know, we collect some statistics about plugin usage and today I’d like to show the versions of Xojo used with MBS Plugins:



While over half of the users are on Xojo 2017, there is still a big group of people using 2015/2016 versions. The group with REAL Studio 2012 is still active, but shrunk a lot over time. Over time, it will be a question whether we should continue to support Real Studio with newer plugins.

Enable Web Inspector for WebViewer


In both FileMaker and Xojo we can use WebKit 2 for showing web content and enable the inspector:


For FileMaker 16, you can use WebView.SetPreferences function and set developerExtrasEnabled property to 1. Than you can open inspector via contextual menus.
For Xojo you can use WKWebViewControlMBS control for WebKit 2. There we will have a new property developerExtrasEnabled to enable the inspector in the contextual menu.

Show progress in task bar on Windows


With both FileMaker and Xojo plugins from Monkeybread Software, you can show progress in the task bar:



For Xojo we have the WindowsTaskbarListMBS class to control various things in the task bar. You can show progress and manage tabs there.

For FileMaker we add the Window.SetProgress function. Just call it when you make progress to update the task bar icon.

FileMaker Scandinavian DevCon


We just got the announcement for the FileMaker Scandinavian DevCon:



As of today I know about those events in October:
  • FM Summit, Dutch/English, 9th and 11th October 2017 in Leiden, Netherlands, see fmsummit.info
  • FileMaker Konferenz, German/English, 12th to 14th October 2017 in Salzburg, Austria, see filemaker-konferenz.com
  • FileMaker Scandinavian DevCon, English, 16 and 17th October 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden, see devconscandinavia.se
  • FM Conférence, Français/English, 19th and 20th October 2017 in Rouen, Frankreich, see fmconf.com
  • FileMaker DevCon, Spanish, 20th to 21st October 2017 in Madrid, Spain, see medium.com
If you have another conference, let me know.

MBS FileMaker Plugin examples online


Now all out 472 example databases coming with MBS FileMaker Plugin and now available as websites for search engines to index and you to find:

monkeybread.eu/MBS-FileMaker-Plugin-Examples/

When you look through the examples, you see that I stripped some stuff like accounts, privilege sets and custom menus. And all the MBS function names are links to the documentation pages. The documentation lists the examples for each function, so you can see which example implements which function.
Enjoy it and in a few weeks, search engines will show them.

DynaPDF Manual online


DynaPDF has it's own documentation, which you can find included with our plugin: dynapdf_help.pdf.

In order to read it in a browser and for search engines to soon index it, I put the manual online as a webpage version:

monkeybread.net/DynaPDF-Manual/

Maybe it helps people. From time to time I can update it with current PDF file.

Update: We got links from documentation to the DynaPDF manual pages.

Automate creation of Database Design Reports in FileMaker


For a recent project I needed to export over 400 FileMaker databases to html reports. But FileMaker is not really scriptable. With FileMaker 16 you need permissions to use AppleScripts per database and that's not practical for this. While FM.RunDataDesignReport is convenient for inside a solution, it's also not applicable for a lot of databases. So I came to use an AppleScript to control FileMaker and click the right buttons for me: 

tell application "System Events" to tell process "FileMaker Pro Advanced"

set frontmost to true

delay 0.5

-- menu

tell menu bar item "Tools" of menu bar 1

click

click menu item "Database Design Report..." of menu 1

end tell

delay 0.5

-- options

click radio button "HTML 1 of 2" of window "Database Design Report"

if (value of checkbox "Automatically open report when done" of window 1) = 1 then

click checkbox "Automatically open report when done" of window 1

end if

delay 0.5

-- create

click button "Create" of window 1

delay 0.5

-- save

click button "Save" of window 1

delay 0.5

-- close

set frontmost to true

keystroke "w" using command down

end tell

This script can be called when you have a FileMaker database open. It will trigger menu command to open the Database Design Report dialog and click some options save the html report. Works fine here and I successfully created all those reports.


Xojo Stammtisch in Berlin


On my next visit to Berlin, I'd love to make another Xojo developer meeting:

Wer hat Interesse an einem Xojo Entwicklertreffen am 30. Mai 2017 in Berlin?
Nach aktuellem Wetterausblick vermutlich im Biergarten. Zeitlich 18 bis 22 Uhr, beim Biergarten eventuell etwas früher.

Einfach gemütlich zusammen sitzen und über Xojo schnacken.
Gerne zeige ich auch neue Pluginfunktionen oder helfe bei Problemen mit Xojo Projekten. Einfach Computer mitbringen und was zeigen.

Bei Interesse bitte bei mir melden. Dann bekommen Sie die Email zum Treffpunkt.

JSON Functions, MBS vs. FM16


Today I got the question what the difference is between our JSON functions in MBS Plugin and the ones in FileMaker 16. Well, the obvious ones are the fact that our plugin works down to FileMaker 7 on Windows (8.5 on Mac due to missing PPC support), so if you need it for older versions or runtimes, you go with the plugin. But if you use FileMaker 16, the built in functions are free for you and it’s hard to compete with free.

But maybe you want to take a second look on how long you may wait for bigger JSON data sets. We usually use XML and JSON import/export not for 3 records, but for thousands. We automate data exchange with other services and so we need to process 1000s of records. MBS Plugin functions are built for speed, so we prefer to use the JSON reference numbers. Parse the data once, get a number and query it often. The FileMaker functions do not keep the parsed data and do the parsing for each query. With MBS Plugin we can use reference numbers, so even for building large JSON data sets, you can avoid producing text for each step and parse it again to add the next value.

Finally you need to know that JSONGetElement always returns text. This may be fine first, but can get you in serious trouble later. For example if you take this formula:

GetAsNumber(JSONGetElement ( "[ 10, 20.5, 30]" ; 1 ))

The text returned is "20.5", but you need 20.5 as a numeric value. Because if you later want to process it, you may need a number. Now GetAsNumber will take the "20.5" and convert it to 20.5 on a typical US system. But with German localization, we actually get 205. The dot is ignored as the German functions require a comma as decimal separator. MBS Plugin provides values in the correct types like boolean, numbers and text. If you like, use FM.DataType function to check what type a value has.

FeatureMBS JSON FunctionsFileMaker’s JSON Functions
Number of functions596
Available in FileMaker VersionsFileMaker 7 to 16FileMaker 16 only
FileMaker Pro (Advanced)yesyes
Runtime Appsyesno
FileMaker Gonoyes
FileMaker iOS SDKyesyes
FileMaker Serveryesyes
Create arrays and objectsyesyes
Delete elementsyesyes
Formatyesyes
List Keysyesyes
Get/Set Valuesyesyes
Parse once, Query oftenyesno
JSON Import with field/table creationyesno
Return data typesboolean, number or textalways text
Create Array with 2000 entries162ms1792ms
Get Values from Array with 2000 entries195ms2364ms

Your time measurements will vary (and please deactivate Trace log), but in general not parsing and formatting JSON 2000 times in a loop saves a lot of time.
FileMaker's functions are great as a base and certainly help all the beginners getting started with JSON and REST services. If you need more speed or more features, feel free to test our MBS Plugin.
And if you miss something, let me know.

PS: Some of this issues with returning numbers have been improved in 16.0.2 release of FileMaker.

Xojo on sale


We just got notice that Xojo runs a sale for the new website look:

We are celebrating our new look - come celebrate with us! Get a new Xojo license or renew an existing license for 20% off now through Thursday, May 25 (11:59PM CT). Shop now!


So if you need a copy or you need an update within the next two months, get it now!

The MBS Script Step


As you may know FileMaker 16 allows plugins to create new custom script steps. MBS Plugin 7.2 or newer registers a script step called MBS. This step can replace calls with Set Field or Set Variable and is just a convenience option for you to easier find our plugin:



You define the destination. This can be a field or a variable including the number of the repetition. Second option is the name of the function to call. This is either provided as text in quotes or picked from a calculation. The calculation can reference variables and fields, so you can define which function to call with e.g. reading function name from a field.

The next parameters are the actual function parameters. The first four are visible directly in the line, the other ones only if you click the gear. For each parameter you can specify a calculation to query value using fields or variables.

Technically this script step calls the exact same MBS function as before. For us the script step is just a bit of sugar for the script. The plugins can only provide a script step definition on startup and use the given options described in the plugin SDK documentation. We can’t dynamically change the options like presenting a popup menu with components and than a popup with the function in that component. Like CURL and than pick Perform.

As using the new script step breaks compatibility to older FileMaker versions, we will not use it for a few years in our examples until we no longer need to support older versions. But nice to have my plugin finally show up in script step list after 11 years of development. Please try it!

Xojo Developer Meeting in Nuremberg


On my next visit to Nuremberg, I'd love to make another Xojo developer meeting:

Wer hat Interesse an einem Xojo Entwicklertreffen im Juni in Nürnberg?

Einfach gemütlich zusammen sitzen und über Xojo Neuigkeiten, Konferenzen und die täglichen Probleme bei der Softwareentwicklung unterhalten.
Gerne zeige ich auch neue Pluginfunktionen oder helfe bei Problemen mit Xojo Projekten. Einfach Computer mitbringen und was zeigen.

Bitte an der Umfrage teilnehmen und helfen einen optimalen Termin zu finden: 16. Juni
Bei Interesse bitte bei mir melden.

PS: Berliner Stammtisch am 30. Mai.

FileMaker Developer Meeting in Nuremberg


On my next visit to Nuremberg, I'd love to make another FileMaker developer meeting:

Wer hat Interesse an einem FileMaker Entwicklertreffen im Juni in Nürnberg?

Einfach gemütlich zusammen sitzen und über FileMaker Neuigkeiten, Konferenzen und die täglichen Probleme bei der Softwareentwicklung unterhalten.
Gerne zeige ich auch neue Pluginfunktionen oder helfe bei Problemen mit FileMaker Projekten. Einfach Computer mitbringen und was zeigen.

Bitte an der Umfrage teilnehmen und helfen einen optimalen Termin zu finden: 16. Juni
Bei Interesse bitte bei mir melden.

PS: Berliner Stammtisch am 31. Mai.

OmegaBundle 2017 ends soon


The OmegaBundle for Xojo including MBS Plugins is ending 30th May 2017:



If you plan to buy the bundle, please do it soon.

Run FileMaker in different language on your Mac


Sometimes we need to make screenshots or present with FileMaker in other languages and you can have at least eleven languages:



(you know all the languages for the menubars?)

I made a couple of little AppleScript apps to launch FileMaker 16 in another language. So I can double click the French one and another instance of FileMaker Pro launches on my Mac with French localization. Please try and let me know what you think about it.

Download: LaunchFileMakerInDifferentLanguages.dmg

Update: Newer version now for FM 14 and 15, too.

Register now for the 2018 Xojo Developer Conference


Xojo Inc. just announced the start of early bird registration for XDC 2018:

Early registration for the 2018 Xojo Developer Conference is now open! XDC will take place in Denver, CO April 25 - 27, 2018. Featuring sessions on best practices, special interests and other technical topics, XDC will have content for every level of Xojo developer, so you don't want to miss it!

Want to know what XDC is like? Watch our highlights video from the last conference!

Register now!

XDC Pricing:
$799 Early Bird Registration: Now through October 1, 2017
$899 Advanced Registration: October 2, 2016 - February 15, 2017
$999 Late Registration: February 16, 2017 - Conference

XDC will take place at the lovely Magnolia Hotel in Denver, Colorado. We have negotiated a hotel room rate of $172 a night. If you have any questions about XDC, feel free to Dana Brown, Xojo Director of Marketing.

We are looking forward to the conference. Feel free to suggest what I could present at XDC :-)

Convert WMF and EMF files to PDF with DynaPDF


Did you know you can use DynaPDF to convert Windows metafile to PDF as vector graphics?

When running on Windows, you can load EMF (enhanced metafile) or WMF and query their size. Than you can decide where to insert them and place them on a PDF page. Of course you can create a PDF page with the size of the WMF bounding box and place your graphic at full size.

If you like to create regularly documents with company logos, you can ask for example to provide them as PDF or WMF and just place them on the document as needed. As your designers when using something like CorelDraw can just export vector graphic as WMF, this is a convenient way to store them on Windows, except directly PDF. Be aware that some applications just embed a bitmap picture in the WMF, which lead to worse quality compared to pure vector graphics.

This requires a DynaPDF Lite license or better. If needed you can use a DynaPDF Pro license to render the PDF to JPEG, PNG or TIFF files.

With GraphicsMagick functions you can convert WMF files to bitmaps, but quality in DynaPDF may be better.

Redirect fmp URL scheme for runtimes


Today we worked with a client on runtimes which had a need to receive FMP URL calls. The FMP URL Scheme is not officially supported for runtimes, but it looks like the functionality is there. We only need to register the scheme with the operation system. FileMaker Pro does the same and register itself as handler for FMP URLs. We do the same for macOS and Windows but point to a different app:

For macOS we just follow the example steps from the Readme coming with MBS Plugins examples in URL Scheme folder. As you can read there, you change the info.plist file of the app. Than you use the URLScheme functions in MBS Plugin to set the default scheme handler. Instead of a FileMaker Pro (which usually is not installed on the clients machines), the runtime will now handle the FMP URLs.

For Windows, the installer for the runtime, registers in the registry the FMP URL scheme and points to the runtime exe file. This requires admin permissions.

In both cases, FileMaker Pro (if installed), won't be the FMP URL handler anymore. So please keep it an option only for clients who need it and have no FileMaker Pro installed!

This can be reverted on macOS by deleting the runtime (or some terminal commands for lsregister). On Windows you can revert it with registry changes or using the FileMaker Pro installer to install over the existing installation.

But the good thing, the webviewer can now use javascript based calendars which trigger actions back to the app via fmp URLs. Technically on Mac our plugin also allows you to use other URL schemes for your solution and handle them by a script trigger. See URLScheme.InstallURLEventHandler

FileMaker Briefing


Über 100 Leute sind dabei beim FileMaker Briefing in der Schweiz:



Fast wie eine FileMaker Konferenz trifft sich hier die FileMaker Gemeinde aus der Schweiz mit Gästen aus umliegenden Ländern zum Stelldichein. Michael Valentin berichtet, was es neues in FileMaker 16 gibt und bei der FIleMaker Cloud.

Zurich, Switzerland


My office view this morning:

For a few minutes, before the boat left Zurich. Today I am in Meilen for the FileMaker 16 Event.
Tomorrow night is the Xojo meeting. If anyone here in Zurich area is interested in joining me, drop me a line.

MBS Xojo Plugins 17.2


Nickenich, Germany (May 15th, 2017) -- Monkeybread Software releases version 17.2 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 Xojo (Real Studio) development environment with 2,400 classes featuring over 62,000 documented functions. Our plugins support all three platforms Mac OS X, Windows and Linux with all project types desktop, web and console including 64-bit and ARM targets.

Some of the highlights on the 17.2 update:

For our Windows users we added new WinUserNotificationMBS classes to show user notifications on Windows 8 and newer. A notification can show a picture and several text lines to notify user about an event when your app runs in background. For macOS we provide similar features using NSUserNotificationMBS class.

For CURL we have new methods to setup queries to Amazon Webservices and we provide an example for AWS S3 download and upload. Our plugin provides the authentication based on AWS4-HMAC-SHA256 for the queries, so you can easily integrate several amazon services. With new socket type functions, you can now let CURL connect to an IP and use the connection like any other socket with reading and writing data. CURL encapsulates all the IP protocols (IPv4 and IPv6), proxies and SSL options for you. Finally we allow you to use the system root certificates on macOS and Windows for SSL verification.

For DynaPDF we got new examples for PDF/A conversion and normalization. This includes new functions to replace missing fonts. New functions for printing allow you to specify more print options and let the plugin show print dialog to print directly to a printer.

The new JPEGMovieMBS class can create movies cross platform using JPEG image files. The resulting files can be played in QuickTime player and VLC.

Finally we updated libarchive to version 3.3.1, LibXL to 3.8.0, OpenSSL to 1.1.0e and 1.0.2k, PostgreSQL to 9.6.2 and SQLAPI to 4.1.11, SQLite to 3.18.0, libtidy to 5.4, DynaPDF to 4.0.11.27 and Xcode to 8.3.2.

See release notes for a complete list of changes.
Currently you can buy this plugin collection as part of the 2017 Omegabundle.

MBS FileMaker Plugin 7.2


Nickenich, Germany - (May 15th, 2017) -- MonkeyBread Software today is pleased to announce MBS FileMaker Plugin 7.2 for macOS, iOS, Linux and 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, iOS 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 7.2 has been updated and now includes over 4600 different functions, and the versatile plugin has gained more new functions:

Our new plugin is optimized for FileMaker 16 and provides all the usual features in the latest version of FileMaker. The script workspace again shows the syntax highlighting and allows to search scripts. We added a new MBS script step, so you can easily use plugin functions in your scripts. Of course you can continue with using Set Variable as before and keep compatible to FileMaker 15. You can even yourself define custom script steps in FileMaker using expressions to evaluate with our plugin.

Included with the new plugin version is a plugin for iOS. This is a brand new plugin and allows you to try over 2000 of our functions already for your own solutions built using the FileMaker iOS SDK. We will need to check in the next months how iOS performs and which functions can help you the most. Most of the Webviewer functions already work on iOS, including the preferences functions to enable the developer extras.

For macOS we added a new preferences dialog. There you can toggle all the enhancements we offer for the FileMaker script workspace. And you can enter your license key for storing it in the preferences file with FileMaker. In the script workspace we added new zoom controls, so you can increase font size for your scripts. For popupmenu controls in FileMaker, you can now copy the values via our contextual menus. For calculation dialogs, you can now define a minimum font size, so you easier read them when presenting.

For Windows you can now send emails via the local email client application. This includes sending emails with attachments via Outlook or Thunderbird. Using our new Registry functions you can add, edit and delete registry entries directly from FileMaker.

For CURL we have new functions to setup queries to Amazon Webservices and we provide an example for AWS S3 download and upload. Our plugin provides the authentication based on AWS4-HMAC-SHA256 for the queries, so you can easily integrate several amazon services. With new socket type functions, you can now let CURL connect to an IP and use the connection like any other socket with reading and writing data. CURL encapsulates all the IP protocols (IPv4 and IPv6), proxies and SSL options for you. Finally we allow you to use the system root certificates on macOS and Windows for SSL verification.

For our Windows users we added new WindowsUserNotification functions to show user notifications on Windows 8 and newer. A notification can show a picture and several text lines to notify user about an event when your app runs in background. For macOS we provide similar features using UserNotification functions.

You can now show the character palette to enter emojis, set/get valuelists as xml from/to clipboard (see CTs FileMakerSnippetStorage.fmp12), new iOSDevice functions, better barcode creation, better Speak command and more.

Finally we updated LibXL to version 3.8.0, OpenSSL to 1.1.0e and 1.0.2k, SQLAPI to 4.1.11, SQLite to 3.18.0, DynaPDF to 4.0.11.27 and Xcode to 8.3.2.

See release notes for a complete list of changes.

The winners @ MBS Xojo Conference


Tradition at every MBS Conference has been to raffle a few things:



This year we had a record of 17 things to raffle including T-Shirts, XDevMagazine year books, British chocolate and Xojo bottles.

PS: Source code of the raffle app is included with MBS Plugins, so you can check yourself how fair or unfair the raffle is.

Xojo Stammtisch in Berlin


On my next visit to Berlin, I'd love to make another Xojo developer meeting:

Wer hat Interesse an einem Xojo Entwicklertreffen am 30. Mai 2017 in Berlin?

Einfach gemütlich zusammen sitzen und über Xojo schnacken.
Gerne zeige ich auch neue Pluginfunktionen oder helfe bei Problemen mit Xojo Projekten. Einfach Computer mitbringen und was zeigen.

Bei Interesse bitte bei mir melden.

FileMaker Magazin - MBS Artikel


For our German speaking users:

Wir haben die Artikel zum MBS Plugin aus dem FileMaker Magazin gesammelt hier online gestellt: FileMaker Magazin Artikel:

Wir empfehlen allen FileMaker Anwender ein Abo vom Magazin und den Kauf der alten Ausgaben. Das FileMaker Magazin ist eine excellente Quelle von Informationen, Anleitungen und Profitips.


MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.2pr6


New in this prerelease of the 7.2 MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • Fixed an issue with item handling, broken in earlier 7.2 version.
  • Fixed issue with registration in iOS Simulator.
  • Fixed an issue with using OS debugger with Xojo app and MBS registration.
  • Added -fPIC flag for iOS.
  • Added more parameter for Text.EncodeToHTML to decide how to encode entities.
  • Fixed problem in Text.EncodeToHTML where it did not ignore low ascii characters.
  • Fixed crash in Audit.ClearCaches.
  • Fixed issue with Audit when using extra fields with empty decimal value.
  • Fixed variable check to handle custom script steps like Set Variable.
  • Improved preferences dialog for FileMaker 13.
  • Added PDFKit.AddImageFilePage function.
  • Added BringWindowToFront parameter to Twain.Acquire function.
  • Reduced memory usage for PDFKit.AddImageFilePage and PDFKit.AddImagePage.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.2pr6


New in this prerelease of the 17.2 plugins:
  • Fixed a bug with SignalMBS. Maximum index is 31.
  • Added point functions to zxingResultMBS class.
  • Fixed an issue with using OS debugger with Xojo app and MBS registration.
  • Added DynaPDFMBS.GetSysFontInfo and GetSysFontInfos with name option.
  • Fixed a bug in resolution switching in DisplayMBS to better find best resolution.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.de/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Beware of changes in FileMaker 16


The new version of FileMaker offers a lot of great new features. Card style windows, copying value lists, new functions, a REST API and much more.

But you need to verify whether your solutions works fine with the new release before you upgrade. This includes checking whether all layouts still work the same. Scrollbars went away, so windows are a bit smaller or show a bit more content. The zoom controls are gone, so you may need to make your own if users miss them. Some things layout differently now in FileMaker Go 16 compared to 15.

On Windows having no parent window around your layout windows causes changes. Some scripts don’t work anymore and need to be updated for that situation. For your users you should always have a menubar in one of the visible windows available. Because if you hide all menu bars, there is no way to use the menus.

Next some things under the hood changed. WebViewer now uses a newer WebKit version on Mac with a different API. When I first got a preview of FileMaker 16, all my plugin functions for web viewer failed. Over time I got most working again, but still there are major things missing. For example WKWebView does hardly any printing. A couple of Cocoa developers run into this and I did not get it to print for my plugins. Better not move to FM 16 if you need WebView printing or PDF generation.

For using fmp URL there is a new permission setting in security dialogs. You need to enable it for your solution to continue to use this feature as before.

The new version include external script steps defined in plugins. While this is a nice addition, I will currently not use them until we no longer need to use FileMaker 15 and older. The script steps show as missing steps in older versions and only a DDR may show the ID of the missing plugin.

If you are FBA or VLA, please check the changes in the agreements. FBA members in the US must now have a General Liability Insurance.

Nevertheless FileMaker 16 is a big step forward for FileMaker and offers a ton of new features, fixes hundreds of old bugs and certainly helps to grow the community!

See also: FileMaker 16.0.1 data integrity disclaimer

Update: Erweiterte Version der Geschichte auf Deutsch in FileMaker Blog.

Survey about European MBS Xojo Conferences 2018


We are checking options for another Xojo related conference in 2018.

Again we look for a place in Germany, but this time we consider whether we go to Munich instead of Koblenz. Munich could be a city where people may go for additional days for some sight seeing and entertainment. Munich will definitive be more expensive as the hotels have higher rates, unless we stay far outside. But if we go there, we need to make that decision soon to reserve the space in advance to get good rates.

Date could be somewhere in September/October/November 2018 as spring is taken by Xojo Inc. for their Xojo Developer Conference in April 2018.

If you have time, please fill this survey with just 10 questions. Please leave name/email for further questions. For additional comments, please email us or comment here. Please don't do the survey twice. Thanks.

MBS FileMaker Plugin for iOS Update


MBS Plugin 7.2 will contain the iOS plugin for the FileMaker iOS SDK.

To use it you need to be member of FDS so you can download the new SDK. You need to install Xcode and learn how to build an iOS app with FileMaker SDK. Next you may need to become a member of the Apple Developer program. Than you can setup certificates to actually run your iOS app on your iPhone and test it.

Next you want to add our plugin. As FileMaker includes the plugin as-is, we include a little Split application. The plugin comes with 32 and 64bit code for Mac and iOS. You can use it in the simulator and on the devices. This one can split the plugin into the various combinations like 64-bit only or a ARM only plugin. Be aware that the ARM only plugin does not work in simulator.

For some things like push notifications, we need the MBSInit.framework being added to the frameworks in the project, so the app includes it and loads it early at startup. We currently only need this to receive push notifications via MBS Plugin.

On Licensing you need a MBS license for either iOS specific or ProDevelopment in general. The normal seats, runtime and server licenses won’t help here. You can order a license in the store.

Linking the plugin in the app seems to be a problem with some of the issues we saw with iOS SDK. Like if you drop in the plugin, you may see it in the final app in both the Frameworks and the Plugins folder. But two copies is definitive a mistake! We think the one in Frameworks folder is not right. Next you may want to check what platforms the plugin supports. For shipping an app, you should not include code for Mac simulator. The feature request to have the iOS SDK strip the plugins to only ARM targets was denied.

To test plugin, I recommend to have a layout where you can simply put in an expression and evaluate it. This way you can put MBS Calls there and see what is happening. The MBS("Trace") command is also recommended to log all calls and see what is going on in the iOS app.

Finally I have to remember that this is a brand new target. While the plugin has been in development for some months, we got it to compile and run in the iOS SDK apps here. Works fine in Simulator and on iPhone in testing. Over the next months, we will have to refine it and get more functions working, fix all the issues we may see and hope for improvements in FM’s iOS SDK.

Deutsche FileMaker 16 Launch Events


Jetzt wo Filemaker 16 verfügbar ist, können wir endlich ohne NDA darüber schreiben, was es bei den FileMaker Events nächste Woche zu sehen gibt: FileMaker 16. Bei zwei Events haben Sie Gelegenheit sich die Neuerungen im Detail von Michael Valentin vorstellen zu lassen:

16. Mai 2017
ab 17 Uhr im Restaurant Löwen, 8706 Meilen (am Zürichsee) in der Schweiz
siehe fmnext.ch

18. Mai 2017
ab 18 Uhr bei der Denkform in Hofheim (Taunus) in Deutschland
siehe denkform

Ich freue mich euch auf beiden Events zu sehen und vielleicht noch was zum MBS Plugin zu erzählen.
Anschließend noch gemütliches Beisammensein.

After the conference is before the conference


We had a great Xojo conference in Berlin last week. Thanks everyone helping.
  • Record attendees with over 80 people signed up.
  • Great hotel right in the center of West Berlin
  • Next to a big train station, so easy to reach.
  • Great sessions with great speakers!
  • Over 100 beers and 25 wine bottles were consumed on the Thursday evening.
  • Had 6 ladies at the conference, a new record.
  • 20% of attendees have been visiting XDC in USA before.
  • Had a lot of young people at this conference. Including two students who won free tickets.
  • The brewery is a great place to visit although next time I need to order bus for later time.
  • Hotel bill arrived and everything is fine.
  • I am collecting slides and we will put them up on the website soon. You’ll receive a download link than.
  • Videos will follow later.
Planning for next conference has already begun. I will make a survey again as I need to approximate on the head count to plan for. Munich with same number of people seems to be doable with the same ticket prices. With less people a bit higher. Now I have to find out which weeks would be available in the hotels. Oktoberfest, school holidays and some expositions play into that. Let me know if you know a specific week wouldn’t work for you (and others).

On the long run we may continue with two conferences, one in spring in USA and one in fall in Germany, so attendees from both continents can fly over Atlantic and stay extra days for vacation and sight seeing.

Welcome FileMaker 16


FileMaker Inc. just released FileMaker 16, it’s latest version of the FileMaker product family for database based business solutions.

Our MBS Plugin has been in testing with various beta versions the last months and a couple of issues have been resolved. You can download latest 7.2 beta from our plugin and use it today. We currently look with the final release of FileMaker 16 for issues, so we can release our 7.2 release next week.

With FileMaker 16 the WebViewer moves from older WebKit 1.x to the newer 2.x version. The newer WebKit APIs use a separate process to render webpages which makes it more secure. And they provide newer JavaScript version, higher performance and a lot of new WebKit features. FileMaker 16 uses WKWebView control to implement it and our plugin detects that on runtime. With 7.1 and 7.2 we rewrote all WebView functions, so they can either use the old or newer API depending on which WebKit version is used. Some features are no longer possible due to the rendering going on in another process.

Second big change is the script workspace which got a couple of internal changes for our plugin. The syntax coloring has been updated for 7.2 to work in FileMaker 16.

Third we got iOS support for our plugin for FileMaker’s iOS SDK. The new version can be used with plugin and MBS Plugin for iOS is included in the 7.2 download. Of course a lot of functions will not be available for iOS, e.g. there is no serial port on an iPhone. But over 2000 functions in our plugin should work well on iOS including things like Barcode creation or encryption functions.

As with the Linux version, the iOS version will grow over time. Please try it and let me know if you run into any issues. We add new features for iOS later this year. Already you can try notifications on iOS with a lot of options. This should work with local and remote notifications.

Everyone should try FileMaker 16, but before deploying it, find time to test all features of your solution and make the required changes. Than later this summer when you updated your scripts, layouts and plugins, you can start deploying it.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.2pr5


New in this prerelease of the 17.2 plugins:
  • Updated Tidy plugin to use libtidy 5.4.
  • Added valueForKey methods to CNContactMBS and CNGroupMBS classes.
  • Changed NSUserUnixTaskMBS properties for file handles to be writable.
  • Improved DynaPDF examples for PDF/A conversion and added one for Normalization.
  • Added DynaPDFMBS.ReplaceFont functions.
  • Changed license check for DynaPDF to allow text extraction in Lite version.
  • Added constants for CURL for TLSv1.3 and HTTP/2.
  • Added XLBookMBS.MoveSheet and data validation methods for XLSheetMBS class.
  • Updated LibXL to version 3.8.0.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.de/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.2pr5


New in this prerelease of the 7.2 MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • Added controls to preferences dialog for Mac to enter license key to store it on that Mac.
  • Added option to Dictionary.SetVariables for creating global variables.
  • Changed license check for DynaPDF to allow text extraction in Lite version.
  • Added option for Barcode.Generate to allow white on black for barcodes.
  • Added DynaPDF.FileLink function.
  • Added constants for CURL for TLSv1.3 and HTTP/2.
  • Added XL.Book.MoveSheet function.
  • Updated LibXL to version 3.8.0.
  • Improved AVRecorder so it sees more devices on Mac.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Xojo Stammtisch in Zürich


On my next visit to Zurich, I'd love to make another Xojo developer meeting:

Wer hat Interesse an einem Xojo Entwicklertreffen am 17. Mai 2017 in Zürich?

Einfach gemütlich zusammen sitzen und über Xojo schnacken.
Gerne zeige ich auch neue Pluginfunktionen oder helfe bei Problemen mit Xojo Projekten. Einfach Computer mitbringen und was zeigen.

Bei Interesse bitte bei mir melden.

FileMaker Events diesen Monat


Viele wissen ja schon, was da auf uns zu kommt. Die Ankündigung für jährliche FileMaker Updates bei der DevCon lässt vermuten, dass jetzt jedes Jahr im Mai was neues von FileMaker kommt.

Michael Valentin von FileMaker Deutschland tourt wieder durch's Land und stellt vor, was es neues gibt. Aktuell stehen zwei Termine fest:

16. Mai in Meilen bei Zürich
18. Mai bei der Denkform

Ich selber komme zu beiden Events und zeige gerne, was es neues beim MBS Plugin gibt.

Woman at the MBS Xojo conference


Our conference not just got a record number of attendees, we also got a new record on the number of ladies to joining us in Berlin:



Thank you for attending and see you again next year!

MBS Xojo Conference group photo


The conference is going great and we are close to the end. Here a picture of attendees:


Even as approximately 10 missing as it's always difficult to keep the crowd together, it's great assembling of Xojo developers.

MBS Xojo Conference started


The conference just started and Geoff Perlman holds his keynote about what is new in Xojo world:



If you are in Berlin right now, email me and join us for dinner on Friday :-)

New Preferences Dialog for MBS FileMaker Plugin


We got a new dialog for Mac in the preferences to toggle all the syntax highlighting options:

The dialog provides links to download and release notes webpages, shows the version numbers and allows you to toggle the settings.
Please try it in the next release.

MBS Xojo Conference about to start


The room is prepared and the conference can start soon:

So see you later today at the bar and tomorrow morning in Senator room for the keynote!

FileMaker Magazin 201702


Das neue FIleMaker Magazin ist da:

FileMaker Cloud

Beginn einer neuen Ära
Ein Ausflug nach Wolkenkuckucksheim?
Dr. Volker Krambrich

Hole (Cloud)
Was meldet die Cloud eigentlich bei
„Hole“-Funktionen?
Christian Schmitz

Gewusst wie

Datensätze sperren
Wenn ich arbeite, haben die anderen Pause
Klaus Kegebein

Erzwungene Ordnung, optimiert
Verbesserung der Eigenen Funktion „BOM Liste“
Arnold Kegebein

PDFs per Script zusammenfügen
Mehrseitige Scans erstellen
Gunnar Wehrhahn

Workshop

Das klingt irgendwie logisch
Die Anwendung des Funktionensystems für Logikoperationen
Erich Schmidt

Ausschnitte
Portale zur Datenauswahl, Bearbeitung und Neuanlage von Datensätzen
Gerhard Schwingenschlögl

Auswahl per Tastensymbol
Ideal nicht nur für mobile Anwendungen
Robert Kaiser

Einsteiger

Erstellen einer einfachen Anwendung mit FileMaker
Ein Volltextsucharchiv für das FileMaker Magazin und Zeitschriften im PDF-Format
Burkhard Quenzler

Und natürlich: Editorial | FileMaker Stammtische | Plugins und Tools | Kleinanzeigen | Neuigkeiten

xDev Magazine Issue 15.3


The May/Junel (15.3) issue of xDev Magazine is now available. Here's a quick preview of what's inside:
  • Binary Serialization by Sam Rowlands
    How to convert data objects into binary files and back again.
  • To Proxy or Not To Proxy... by Mark Strickland
    Mark shares how he used the NGINX web server to solve his Xojo web app problem.
  • Beginner's Guide to Xojo by Marc Zeedar
    New to Xojo? Here's the ultimate guide, a broad overview with the critical details you need to know to start using Xojo like a pro.
  • Sharing Data for Health, Part 1 by JC Cruz
    Once you've got a health app created, you may need to share that data with other applications and services. Here's how you do that.
  • The Problem With Abandonware by Marc Zeedar
    iOS is becoming a field of abandoned apps and Apple's forced move to 64-bit is only going to make the situation worse.
Plus: Xojo 2017 Release 1, Best Backup Practices, InnoSetup, and more.

Meet Marc Zeedar at the MBS Xojo Conference in Berlin, 4th/5th May 2017.

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