Training day for MBS Filemaker Plugin

The people at are hosting a training for our MBS Filemaker Plugin. So if you want to spend a day with us learning about our plugin, please join us.

We make a guided tour and show you a couple of highlights and examples. Talk about what you can do and how you do some things. Later we will implement a couple of things in sample databases like the Audit function. Also download and upload with CURL is a good topic. We will look into the webviewer extensions and fill a sample form. Next we will do some image editing and writing a report into a Excel file.
Finally we have plenty of time for questions.

This event is in German (english event is also possible).
We meet 8th May 2014 at 9:30 am in Denkform office. Cost is 70 Euro (+VAT) and you can buy a 5 seat license for additional 70 Euro (+VAT).
You can register on the denkform website. After the event, there is the regular meeting which everyone can join for free and have dinner with us.

Other dates for similar events are: 7th August 2014 and 6th November 2014.

Festung Ehrenbreitstein

Today we visited Festung Ehrenbreitstein, the fortress in Koblenz, a nice place for a dinner event at our Xojo conference.
Will be nice with going up by cable car, welcome with fortress beer, guided tour and show with cannoneer, buffet dinner and there will even be a live public concert there that night!

Some pictures:

Xojo Meeting in Wiesbaden

We plan a local Xojo meeting in Wiesbaden:

14th May 2014, from 19 to 22 o'clock
4D Consulting, Scharnhorststrasse 36, 65195 Wiesbaden.

Topics are current Xojo version and last Xojo conference.
We'd be happy to meet you there if you have time to join us.

IP in menubar version 4.4

A few minutes ago I uploaded IP in menubar in version 4.4 to our website.

Changes in Version 4.4:
  • Updated for Retina.
  • Code signed.
More details on the website for IP in menubar

FileMaker Magazin - MBS Artikel

For our Germans 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.

Training and Conference Dates

We have this year conference and trainings in both German and English available:

22nd May 2014Xojo TrainingGerman
22nd May 2014Xojo Meeting for DinnerGerman and English
23rd May 2014Xojo TrainingGerman
17th Sep 2014Xojo TrainingGerman
18th Sep 2014Xojo Conference English
19th Sep 2014Xojo Conference English
20th Sep 2014Xojo TrainingEnglish

Maybe you want to join one of our events?
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

PS: Please note that Konstanz is a city south in Germany close to Swiss border next to the Bodensee, a big lake. Koblenz is located in west Germany at the river rhine somewhere between Frankfurt and Colonge.

Problems with Xojo apps loading every library

I wrote about he problem before: Security Hole in every Xojo / RealStudio app

For me it's an annoying problem. Every few weeks, I have a client with trouble related to this. Apps restored from backup or merged with a bad installer sometimes have older and newer dylibs from different plugins versions. There are a ton of reasons why people end up with a situation where we have extra dylibs and those cause problems.

Feedback cases 30401 and 2089 ask for improvements in that direction.

If you like to play, we have something for you: A little msgbox plugin will show a msgbox when you drop it into the Frameworks folder of a Xojo made app. This even works for the Xojo IDE itself.
Download test plugin:

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 4.2pr4

New in this prerelease of the 4.2 plugins:
  • Changed Variable checks in scripts to ignore variable names which end with three dots.
  • Changed Process.IsFrontMost to work on Windows, too.
  • Added Process.FrontProcessName and Process.FrontWindowTitle.
  • Updated CURL to version 7.36.0
  • The internal function to find Webviewer on Mac OS X in the front window now ignores the debugger window.
  • Reduced memory footprint of WebView.GetSourceData function.
  • Updated XCode to version 5.1.1 and rebuild everything.
  • Added JSON.GetArrayItemsAsList.
Download at or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 14.2pr4

New in this prerelease of the 14.2 plugins:
  • Added more WebPreferencesMBS properties.
  • Added barcode functions to write SVG/Postscript files.
  • Added QTTrackMBS.FileAlias function.
  • Added NSServiceProviderMBS class (to handle Mac OS X Services in Cocoa apps).
  • Added MaxMBS and MinMBS functions to MemoryBlock class.
  • Updated CURL to version 7.36.0
  • Added CIImageMBS and CGImageMBS functions to retain/release and query retaincount.
  • Warning: CIImageMBS.RenderPicture leaks on Mac OS X 10.9 currently. Looks like a leak in Apple's code.
  • Fixed bug in CURL's SetOptionHTTPHeader function when passing array with empty strings.
  • Fixed DatabaseRecord.BooleanColumn with using SQLDatabaseMBS.InsertRecord method.
  • Changed properties currentTime and numberOfLoops to be settable in AVAudioPlayerMBS class.
  • Improved internal string access to avoid extra conversion if text encoding is undefined.
  • Added movie.GWorldHandleMBS property.
  • Updated XCode to version 5.1.1 and rebuild everything.
  • Changed SQLCommandMBS.Fields to return dates correctly in the dictionary.
  • Changed properties in SQLConnectionMBS and SQLDatabaseMBS to not change error code in debugging, so you can see right error messages in debugger.
  • Fixed possible crash with invalid zxingResultMBS object.
  • Added more events to NSColorPanelMBS class.
  • Added example for accessing files with secured bookmarks in sandboxed apps.
  • Fixed bug in CFBookmarkMBS module with CFURL.
  • Fixed bug in SHA512MBS.HashText.
  • Added recursive parameter for NSViewMBS.subviews.
  • Deprecated DNSServiceDiscoveryDomainEnumerationMBS, DNSServiceDiscoveryBrowseMBS, DNSServiceDiscoveryResolveMBS and DNSServiceDiscoveryRegisterMBS. They'll be removed once we go to 64bit. Use DNSServiceBaseMBS and subclasses instead.
  • Fixed crash in DNSServiceBaseMBS destructor.
  • Fixed memory leak in CIContextMBS constructor taking picture.
Download: Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Happy Easter 2014!

With such a nice weather in Germany, we spend some time with family.

Picture from hiking through hills and vineyards in Moselle river valley. And on the right side you see the castle, the Reichsburg Cochem.

Wir wünschen frohe Ostern

Happy Easter - Buona Pasqua - Feliz Pascua - Joyeuses Pâques

CURL update coming

We update CURL to version 7.36.0. The current feature matrix is:
Mac OS X Windows Linux
dict yes yes yes
file yes yes yes
ftp yes yes yes
ftps yes yes yes
gopher yes yes yes
http yes yes yes
https yes yes yes
imap yes yes yes
imaps yes yes yes
ldap yes yes yes
ldaps yes no yes
pop3 yes yes yes
pop3s yes yes yes
rtsp yes yes yes
scp yes yes yes
sftp yes yes yes
smtp yes yes yes
smtps yes yes yes
telnet yes yes yes
tftp yes yes yes
Supports async DNS no yes no
Supports GSS negotiate no no no
Supports IDN no no yes
Supports IPv6 yes yes yes
Supports Kerberos 4 no no no
Supports large files yes yes yes
Supports LibZ yes yes yes
Supports NTLM yes yes yes
Supports SPNEGO no yes no
Supports SSL yes yes yes
Supports SSPI no no no
If you need a feature listed here with no, please contact us.

Xojo meeting in Bremen, Germany?

Next week I visit clients in Bremen, so how about having a xojo meeting for dinner?

Here is a survey for best time/date:

If we have a couple of people interested, we can look for a meeting place and reserve a table.
Topics can be Xojo Release 2014r1, MBS Plugins and of course the conferences.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 4.2pr3

New in this prerelease of the 4.2 plugins:
  • Updated to OpenSSL 1.0.1g.
  • Added Container.GetResolution function.
  • Changed Trace command to show DPI values in container as readable numbers.
Download at or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 14.2pr3

New in this prerelease of the 14.2 plugins:
  • Updated to OpenSSL 1.0.1g.
  • Added JoinDataMBS and JoinStringMBS functions.
  • Added NSBitmapImageRepMBS.imageRepWithCGImage function and remove constructor taking CGImage.
  • Improved StringHandleMBS class to avoid crashes in low memory situation. Now raises OutOfMemoryException.
  • Changed Commit/Rollback on SQLDatabaseMBS class to do commit.
  • Changed NSNotificationMBS to have more properties instead of methods.
  • Added IKImageBrowserViewControlMBS control.
  • Fixed DynaPDFMBS functions to handle color correct without swapping red and blue: HighlightOnAllPages, HighlightOnCurrentPage, SetFillColor and SetStrokeColor.
  • Fixed problem in EncodeToHTMLMBS function.
Download: Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Xojo Desktop License in MacHeist Bundle

You may not like the idea of such a bundle, but it seems like the MacHeist bundle may give us another 10000+ people with Xojo licenses.
If you need one, get the bundle. Maybe cheaper for some than an update, or if your license expired a good way to get a new one.
(and a second license would give you a second account and more voting power on the Feedback app)

I already got one and recommended it to a couple of friends. For $20 instead of $300, this is a good chance to take a look into Xojo.

PS: And remember: Even for a Mac bundle, a Desktop license covers Mac, Windows and Linux.

XojoScript Errors

Today I had a job with XojoScript and wanted to have a textual message for the error.
So I joined some information from the documentation and the xojoscript plugin's interface to build a list of errors and their documented error message.

The function looks like this and I think it's very useful:
Function ErrorToText(error as XojoScript.Errors) As string Select case error case xojoscript.Errors.Syntax // 1 return "Syntax does not make sense." case xojoscript.Errors.TypeMismatch // 2 return "Type mismatch." case xojoscript.Errors.ParserStackOverflow // 5 return "The parser's internal stack has overflowed." case xojoscript.Errors.TooManyParameters // 6 return "Too many parameters for this function." case xojoscript.Errors.NotEnoughParameters // 7 return "Not enough parameters for this function call." ... end Select End Function

Download includes enumerations, text from wiki and the complete function:

Thoughts on the 14.1 plugin release

For the Xojo journal I wrote a few comments to the last plugin release. Maybe you missed them:

When Mac OS X 10.8 was released, I checked what is new and maybe worth to make a plugin. So I found new frameworks like EventKit, Social and Accounts and made plugins for them. But half way I tried them and noticed that they are 64bit only. Now with 10.9 I checked again and found the MapKit framework from Apple to be 64bit only. As you may know the 64bit support in Xojo will come not before Q1/2015.

Luckily I found an open source MapKit framework which replicates the APIs from Apple, but uses Google's service. That's fine for me as I can later add a switch to use either 64bit Apple framework or the open source framework with Google. So for now you can use maps in your Cocoa Mac apps with Google. Much better than simply loading maps in htmlviewer.

When Xojo cloud was released I was curious to see what apps run on the server. As you may know we have no shell access, so I needed a plugin to check for me what is running. And voilá we got a new LinuxProcessMBS class to list the processes and some details.

The reason for the new proxy functions is simple: Some admins in big companies want to have all traffic go through proxies and use PAC files to define what goes through proxy and what direct. Now I never understood while we should use a proxy like this. If they'd use a transparent proxy, no configuration would be needed at all and they could still filter content and monitor what people do in the office.

But to allow Xojo made apps to use proxy configuration scripts, we added classes for Mac and Windows. They provide details on the configured proxy for the system and also help with running those javascript code in PAC files.

In the SQL plugin we got improvements every few months. This time we had a simple idea to fix an issue with prepared statement parameters. Whenever the SQL changes with a new additional parameter, the indexes would change. So now we can name those placeholders and fill them in bind command with names. That is very useful and less trouble for you and me.

MBS Xojo / Real Studio Plugins, version 14.2pr1

New in this prerelease of the 14.2 plugins:
  • Fixed several background tasks to execute events on main thread instead of a xojo thread. This should avoid ThreadAccessingUIException.
  • Fixed a bug in NSApplicationDelegateMBS.restoreWindowWithIdentifier event handler.
  • Updated XCode to version 5.1 and rebuild everything.
  • Added NSXPCConnectionMBS, NSXPCListenerMBS and NSXPCListenerEndpointMBS classes.
  • Fixed QTImporter so it initialize QuickTime internally and works again on Windows with Xojo 2014r1.
  • Added tag property to CLGeocoderMBS methods and CLGeocodeCompletionHandlerMBS.Completed event.
  • Improved GameKit plugin, so all tag parameters are now variants.
  • Fixed CGImageMBS.CreateImageWithHandle.
  • Added SQLNumericMBS.NumericWithCurrency and SQLNumericMBS.CurrencyValue.
  • Updated DynaPDF library to version
  • Improved NSColorPanelMBS class.
  • Fixed bugs in NSTextContainerMBS class.
  • Added NSAlertMBS class.
  • Changed our ThreadSafe functions for updating controls to detect if the window of the control was destroyed and not perform the command to avoid crashes.
  • Added HTMLViewer.IEZoomMBS function.
  • Deprecated BarcodeScannerMBS class. Please use newer zxing clases for that.
  • Fixed CURLMBS OpenMTInputFile functions to handle huge files on Windows better (over 2 GB).
  • Fixed CrashUglyMBS function.
  • Fixed FormatDateMBS function.
  • Fixed a crash with SANumericMBS constructor when passing empty string.
  • Updated GraphicsMagick to version 1.3.19 for Mac/Linux.
  • Added SQLDatabaseMBS and SQLConnectionMBS Scrollable properties to define if internal command objects are created for scrollable cursors. Default is true.
  • Fixed a bug with SQL plugin's exception handling and executing SQL commands in background threads (MT methods).
  • Added SQLNumericMBS shared methods to create SQLNumericMBS objects.
  • Changed properties on SQLNumericMBS class to be settable.
  • Updated LCMS2 library to version 2.6 final.
Download: Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Update: Recompiled as pr2 to fix some issues with registration.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 4.2pr1

New in this prerelease of the 4.2 plugins:
  • Updated XCode to version 5.1 and rebuild everything.
  • Added AppleScript property functions.
  • Reduced memory footprint for PDFKit.GetPDFText function.
  • Added DynaPDF.FlattenAnnots and DynaPDF.FlattenForm.
  • Fixed problem in Hash.MD5 function.
  • Added functions for GZipFile compression and decompression (.gz files)
  • Changed all functions to return error messages and no longer error codes. Please use MBS("Error") to check if last function returned an error.
  • Changed PDFKit.Print to not scale down PDFs by default and added option to force scaling up/down to fit paper.
  • Changed UnZipFile.ReadToFile to output files bigger than 1 GB.
  • Changed ZipFile.WriteFile function to read file in block, so we can zip huge files (more than 1 GB).
  • Fixed PDFKit.ResetPrintSettings function.
  • Added Webview.setZoom function to zoom webviewer on Windows.
  • Fixed CURL.OpenInputFile functions to handle huge files on Windows better (over 2 GB).
  • Added sheet functions for dialogs.
  • Fixed bug in Process.IsRunning.
  • Updated GraphicsMagick to version 1.3.19 for Mac.
  • Fixed problem with GraphicsMagick.Frame functions when passing parameters.
Download at or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Xojo Training Days in Konstanz, Germany

For our German speaking customers, we offer training days:

Für unsere deutschsprachigen Xojo Entwickler bieten wir dieses Jahr auch wieder eine Schulung an. Am 22. und 23. Mai 2014 im Viva Hotel in Konstanz. Lernen Sie neues über Xojo kennen, vertiefen Sie ihre Kenntnisse und tauschen Sie sich mit anderen Entwicklern aus. Das genaue Schulungsprogramm hängt natürlich davon ab, ob iOS am Tag der Schulung verfügbar ist in Xojo und welche Wünsche die Teilnehmer haben. Bitte bringen Sie Ihre Fragen mit.

Herzlich sind Sie auch eingeladen am 22. Mai abends vorbei zu schauen zu einem Xojo Stammtisch.

Das Programm aktuell:

21. Mai
ab 18:00 Abend vorher, Gemütliches Beisammensein.

22. Mai
ab 9:00 Xojo Schulung: Xojo Grundlagen für Einsteiger um Umsteiger.
ab 18:00 Xojo Stammtisch. Jedermann ist herzlich willkommen andere Xojo Entwickler kennen zu lernen.

23. Mai
ab 9:00 Xojo Schulung: Xojo für Fortgeschrittene

Treffen Sie andere Xojo bzw. Real Studio Entwickler und lernen Sie neues kennen aus Ihrer Lieblingsentwicklungsumgebung.

Für die Schulung haben wir folgende Themen im Angebot:

* Einführung in Xojo, Rundgang durch die Entwicklungsumgebung.
* Entwicklung einer Beispiel Anwendung mit Datenbank sowohl mit Desktop als auch für das Web.
* Programme ausliefern: Web Apps installieren, Build Scripte nutzen, Programme signieren.
* Anpassung von Web Anwendungen an Mobile Geräte.
* Client/Server Anwendungen entwickeln
* Falls iOS verfügbar ist bis zur Schulung: iOS App Einführung
* Und vieles mehr nach den Wünschen der Teilnehmer.

Mehr Informationen und Anmeldung auf unserer Webseite.

Die Veranstaltung findet statt, da sich schon einige Teilnehmer gefunden haben. Es sind aber noch einige Plätze frei.


The pan-European Unconference, Barcamp, Meetup, Hangout… for FileMaker Developers.
Berlin, 2. - 4. June 2014


Last year I visited this unconference in Berlin and enjoyed it. Maybe a chance for you to meet FileMaker developers from all around Europe?

FileMaker Meeting in Lorsbach (Taunus)

The regularly Filemaker meeting is again this Thursday:

FileMaker Stammtisch, 3rd April 2014, 7pm
Restaurant Linde von Lorsbach - Alt Lorsbach 21 - 65719 Hofheim

See you there!


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