FileMaker Konferenz 2018 in Malbun

Die Anmeldung zur FileMaker Konferenz 2018 ist eröffnet.

Vom 17. bis 20. Oktober diesen Jahres findet die neunte deutschsprachige FileMaker Konferenz in Malbun, Liechtenstein statt. FileMaker Anwender und Entwickler können ihre Teilnahme ab sofort buchen. Anmeldungen bis zum 23. Juni 2018 erhalten einen Frühbucher-Rabatt auf die Konferenzpauschale.

Die Veranstalter vom Verein FM Konferenz erwarten auch 2018 rund 180 Entwickler, Anwender, IT-Fachleute und Entscheidungsträger aus Wirtschaft, Bildung und Verwaltung. Rund um über 25 Fachvorträge und Workshops wird es viel Zeit zum Vernetzen in den gemeinsamen Pausen und beim Abendprogramm geben.

Eventuell gibt es auch 2018 wieder eine MBS Plugin Schulung bzw. Workshop. Hat da jemand Interesse?

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.1pr4

New in this prerelease of version 8.1 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • Fixed SQL.InsertOrUpdateRecords function (broken in pr2).
  • Fixed Trace.AreErrorNotificationsEnabled.
  • Added timeout for ImageCapture.OpenDevice in case no answer comes from driver.
  • Added WebView.CreateOnPopover function.
  • Changed XML.GetPathValue to return CDATA section as text if possible.
  • Improved Sendmail functions to not encode subject, email names or attachment names, if it contains no special characters in more cases by reducing the characters which trigger encoding.
  • Added option to preferences to block ESC key on Touch Bar and use Option-ESC instead.
  • Changed preferences dialog to shrink on smaller screen resolution and allows scrolling through options.
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WebViewer on Popover with MBS Plugin

You like to get a custom webview on a popover?

Popover with Webview

With next MBS Plugin, you can put a WebKit 1.x web view on the Popover and load whatever you like.
The WebView.CreateOnPopover function will place the web view there until you close it later with WebView.Close.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you like to try the new plugin on the weekend.

The ESC key on the Touch bar

Do you have a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar?
If yes, how often may you have pressed ESC key in FileMaker unintentionally?

Well, to keep you sane and not loose valuable custom functions by pressing ESC accidentally, we got a new option in MBS Plugin preferences dialog for you:

So optional the MBS FileMaker Plugin 8.1 and newer will be able to block ESC key presses without modifier keys. And if you press option key, we remove the flag for the option key from the event and pass it though to FileMaker. So ESC alone is blocked, but Option-ESC goes through as if you pressed ESC.

The feature only takes effect on MacBook Pros with TouchBar, only inside FileMaker application, only if enabled, and only if you use the internal keyboard.

If you like to try this today, please get in touch.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.1pr3

New in this prerelease of version 8.1 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • Changed SendMail functions to replace NULL characters with space in email texts to avoid truncation of texts.
  • Updated LibXL to version 3.8.2.
  • Added DynaPDF.List and GMImage.List functions.
  • Improved CURL.SetupAWS method to work better with Amazon S3 and also with Dell ECS.
  • Added new Move cursor for DragDrop.SetCursor.
  • Updated LibTiff to version 4.0.9 including support for BigTiff format.
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FileMaker, Inc. Launches New Events Web Pages

FileMaker Inc. announced on the community their new events page:

FileMaker, Inc. has created a dedicated web page highlighting upcoming in-person and virtual events submitted by FileMaker partners and enthusiasts around the world. Upcoming workshops, trainings, user group meetups, trade shows, and webinars can all be found in this new area in the Learn section of FileMaker’s website.

See upcoming events in your area and submit your own event by going to

Additionally, we will send out event notification emails periodically to help drive attendance. Manage your FileMaker email subscription here.

It's a great move to provide a gathering point for events. I do hope all the conferences and local meetings end up being there, so people can easily find them.

Currently, the events page lists over 190 events including 108 trainings, 44 workshops, 5 conferences.

See also MBS FileMaker Events page and our MBS Xojo Events page.

SMTP Server Settings

Sending Emails with various servers can be a challenge. In this blog article we like to collect the settings needed for using our SendMail functions in FileMaker or CURLEmailMBS class in Xojo to send emails. As you see we always prefer to use encryption.

Bei checking certificates, we can detect and avoid giving our password to a transparent proxy. And we enable TLSv1.2 for all here and require encrypted connection. It's important to test and verify this, as I once run into a hotel reading my emails to count them and prevent spamming. (more)

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.1pr2

New in this prerelease of version 8.1 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Using ExecuteSQL with Parameters is important

Today we got a problem with SQL. It’s not the usual SQL injection worries, but more the convenience of building SQL statements containing values, which causes problem.


We see a lot of SQL queries to lookup values, but people love to include the


MBS( "FM.ExecuteFileSQL"; Get(FileName); "SELECT Name FROM Contracts WHERE ID=" & $ID )


Now if ID is a text, but $ID contains the number 1234, this causes an error: 


[MBS] ERROR: FQL0018/(1:32): An expression contains incompatible data types.

You would need to use quotes at least:


MBS( "FM.ExecuteFileSQL"; Get(FileName); "SELECT Name FROM Contracts WHERE ID= '" & $ID & "'" )


Although you don’t see the double quotes having single quotes easily here. This may work, until someone includes a single quote in that variable.


When you use parameters in the query, you can avoid this:


MBS( "FM.ExecuteFileSQL"; Get(FileName); "SELECT Name FROM Contracts WHERE ID = ?"; 9; 13; $ID )


You can pass parameter as text or number even if it does not the match the field type. FileMaker will converted the data type automatically to match.



Next, lets assume you have a variable containing a number and you make a query


Set Variable [ $x ; Value: 123.45 ] 

Show Custom Dialog [ MBS( "FM.ExecuteFileSQL"; Get(FillName); "SELECT Name, Price FROM Items WHERE Price= " & $x; 9; 13 ) ]


If $x is a number, it will be converted by FileMake to a text. Or it is a text already with some user entered number. Now if the field is empty, you get a syntax error, because your SQL ends in a = character. But you may have noted that the number is passed directly here without parameter. So a German user typing "123,45" with comma as decimal separator will cause a SQL error. SQL always uses dot as decimal separator, so the query fails in Germany with comma, but works in USA.


Show Custom Dialog [ MBS( "FM.ExecuteFileSQL"; Get(FillName); "SELECT Name, Price FROM Items WHERE Price = ?"; 9; 13; $x ) ]


Using parameters helps you to avoid problems here and this works for any locale. If needed, you can use GetAsNumber() to explicit convert text to number and use localized decimal separators to get a numeric value.


So please use parameters for SQL statements.

Windows Scripting

We do support running Windows scripts with both JavaScript and VBScript with our plugins for Xojo and FileMaker:

In Xojo, you can use the WindowsScriptMBS class. It allows you to add code, evaluate some expressions and run functions with parameters. Errors are reported and you can even define a timeout.

In FileMaker the WindowsScript functions to do the same. Our examples show how to use various scripts to use OS functions in FileMaker.

Microsoft did not port the ScriptControl to 64-bit, so by default the plugin functions only work properly in 32-bit. But the open source Tablacus Script Control 64 does work in 64-bit with our plugins. The source code is available here:

Of course nowadays you can do a lot of things directly instead of using VBScript. But if you have existing scripts, it may be convenient to use the plugin functions to run it.

Drop area for Windows in FileMaker

For years people asked for our DragDrop functions to work on Windows too.
Due to a few technical difficulties, the feature was in development for a year and put on hold several times. But last week we found the missing piece for the puzzle to get it working.

So for next prerelease, the DragDrop functions will work on Windows, too. A few little details, will be different. First we accept currently text and file drops. The image view used for drop destination needs a picture as on Widows we can't have it transparent. But that is normally not a problem as we just add a picture there with a note to user for the drop area.

Drop data can be text, file paths or file data. So some files like the files from explorer come usually by file paths. But attachments from Outlook (as seen in video), come as file descriptor with on demand data. So there is actual file, but the data comes directly from the application initiating the drag operation.

If you like to try, download the 8.1pr2 version or contact us for a early copy of the plugin.

The Status of our PHP support

As you may know we provide PHP support in our Xojo and FileMaker plugins. You can load a precompiled PHP library, get/set variables and run PHP code. That is useful for reusing existing PHP code in your solutions. There is a wide variety of uses including processing JSON or XML, doing SOAP or REST requests for various web services, calculating hashes or tokens for authentication or using the same functions in Xojo/FileMaker for encryption as in the PHP code running on your website for the counterpart.

We added PHP support a long time ago. At least 9 years ago for Xojo (called REALbasic at that time) and later for FileMaker in the year 2012 with version 2.9, about 5 years ago. The code is mostly identical for both and even allows to call back to the host application. In Xojo you can call an event in your Xojo code. In FileMaker you can trigger scripts, use evaluate and SQL to query your database. It works quite well for a few customers. (more)

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.1pr1

New in this prerelease of version 8.1 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • For XML.SetPathValue and XML.SetPathXML you can now specify [] (Without index) to add new node on the end.
  • Added LastSettings option to PDFKit.GetPrintSetting function.
  • Added XML.SetPathXML function.
  • Added ReturnValues parameter for JSON.GetArrayItemsAsList function.
  • Improved idle time detection for touch screens.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version
  • Improved Java loading code on Mac to find automatically newest Java version and load it.
  • Improved Java loading code on Windows to find JRE 9.
  • Improved Files.Launch to better handle passing flag as text.
  • Added option for second and third primary keys to SQL.InsertOrUpdateRecords.
  • Prepared plugin for next FileMaker version.
  • Updated CURL library to version 7.58.0.
  • Added support for SQL Anywhere API v1 in addition to v2.
  • On shutdown, the plugin now closes progress dialog, frees notifications and drag & drop areas to avoid later callbacks to unloaded plugin which would crash. Usually only happend when you had such a thing in use and updated plugin.
  • Updated SQLite to version 3.22.0
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FileMaker Stammtisch Ulm

Am 8. Februar treffen sich interessierte FileMaker Entwickler in Neu-Ulm zum Austausch von Neuigkeiten, Erfahrungen und Tipps & Tricks.

Diesmal bin ich dabei, also eine Gelegenheit sich über das neue MBS Filemaker Plugin 8.0 zu unterhalten bzw. über FileMaker Konferenzen.

Wo: Ristorante Pizzeria Capri, Maximilianstraße 28, 89231 Neu Ulm
Wann: 8. Februar 2018, ab 19 Uhr
Kosten: Nur die eigenen Getränke und Abendessen

Anmeldung am Besten beim Swen Bauer und Fabrice Ricker. Die können euch dann auch in Zukunft über weitere Termine informieren.

Würde mich freuen Euch dort zu sehen.

Falls sonst noch Bedarf an Schulung, vor Ort Entwicklung oder FileMaker/Xojo Hilfe besteht, bitte wegen Terminfindung bald melden.

PS: Noch sind Plätze zur MBS Schulung frei bei der Denkform am 1. März, anschließend FileMaker Stammtisch Rhein-Main.


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