20 Years Monkeybread Software Party postponed


As you may know we celebrated 20 years of Monkeybread Software in April 2020. Sadly the party had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We moved the date to 2021 and it's now six months till that date. But as the pandemic is getting even bigger over the winter, we don't expect anyone to want a party in April 2021. As airplane travel is limited and most clients invited live outside of Germany, travel may be impossible. We talked to the manager of the venue and decided to postpone the party date to somewhere in the future. We hope this will be before we celebrate 25 years! But for international travel, we may have to decide on a date at least six months in advance.

One thing you should know is that a business event would have to define a hygiene concept and make sure the planned measures would be enforced. But a party with 1.5 meter distance between guests, no hugs and touching, no buffet and wearing masks all day doesn't sound very pleasant. If anything would happen, we would face serious trouble including 4 to 5 digit penalties.

Let's wait until the situation improves, a hygiene concept is no longer needed, flights between Europe and America run normally and masks are no longer are mandatory.

Please stay safe and healthy!

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 10.5pr5


New in this prerelease of version 10.5 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 10.5pr4


New in this prerelease of version 10.5 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • Add a zoom button for inspector palette to scale content to 125%.
  • Updated LibXL to version 3.9.2.
  • Added Matrix.CSVSplit function.
  • Changed SQL functions to better work together with Actual Tech SQL Server ODBC Drivers.
  • Added SystemInfo.CPULoad function.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version 4.0.43.122.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

16 years of FileMaker versions supported


Did you know the MBS Plugin can run on all FileMaker versions from 7 to 19.1.2?

As of today the current 32-bit Windows version can load in ancient FileMaker Pro 7. We don't expect clients to use that, but we know that some still have 32-bit Windows and use FileMaker Pro 18 there to connect to FileMaker 18 and 19 servers.

For macOS we support currently macOS 10.9 and newer. If you need plugins folder older macOS versions or 32-bit FileMaker Pro, please let us know.

And of course we work hard to get our plugin ready for the future. MacOS Big Sur and Apple Silicon are coming sooner than later and we may need to adjust for those.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 10.5pr3


New in this prerelease of version 10.5 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • Updated DynaPDF to version 4.0.43.121. Includes web links for DynaPDF.WriteFText.
  • Fixed printer name matching for Printer.SetDefaultPrinter function.
  • Changed our Database Design Dialog enhancements to hide if the underlaying SQL queries fail.
  • Changed ScriptID display in Script Workspace to hide column if we fail to query script names list.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

DynaPDF WriteFText with links inside


For the next pre-release we include the new DynaPDF library in version 4.0.43.121. The WriteFText function can now create links within the text:

  • to a web site
  • to a named destination within the same PDF.
  • to a named destination within another PDF document

You include \LK[] command in the text as command in your text and then specify the website. Within the brackets you specify 4 to 5 parameters:

  • IsNamedDest (false or 0, true or 1)
  • IsExternalLink (false or 0, true or 1)
  • OpenInNewWindow (false or 0, true or 1)
  • URL or name of a named destination (see DynaPDF.CreateNamedDest())
  • PDF file in which the named destination is located

As you see you can specify booleans either as true/false or 1/0. Whitespace before/after is ignored. To give a few examples:

  • \LK[false, TRUE, false, https://www.dynaforms.com]Test\EK#
  • \LK[0,1,0,https://www.dynaforms.com]Test\EK#
  • \LK[true, true, true, NameOfADestination, test.pdf]Test\EK#
  • \LK[true, true, true, DestName, file name with spaces.pdf ]Test\EK#

You may want to use DynaPDF.SetLinkHighlightMode function before calling DynaPDF.WriteFText to set the highlight mode for clicking the link. You can have a border around the link defined with DynaPDF.SetLineWidth or DynaPDF.SetStrokeColor functions.

It may be good to combine this link feature with underline \ul# and then switch color with \FC[] and the right color. For blue, we use 16711680, which is 255 * 256 * 256 as returned by DynaPDF.RGB funtion:

\FC[16711680]\ul#\LK[false, TRUE, false, https://www.dynaforms.com]Test\EK#\ul#\FC[0]

Looks like this: Test. As you see we pick blue color, underline and the text with link inside. But on the end we turn underline off and set text color to black (0).


In FileMaker use this with DynaPDF.WriteFText or DynaPDF.WriteFTextEx functions. For DynaPDF.WriteStyledText, this won't work as we escape the backslash. So use a placeholder like "$link$", call DynaPDF.ConvertStyledText to convert text and then replace the placeholder with the command above.


In Xojo use this with WriteFText and WriteFTextEx functions in DynaPDFMBS class. If you like to use styled text from TextArea control, please use ConvertStyledText function to get the text converted for WriteFText. Then you can add links after that and before you pass text to WriteFText funtions.


Toolbar Security in FileMaker


Everyone developing a FileMaker solution for macOS should get the MBS FileMaker Plugin and configure the toolbar contextual menu with our Window.ConfigureToolbarMenu function:



As you see, you can configure the toolbar menu to remove the whole menu (mode 1) or hide only the entries to show/hide/configure.
For mode 1 we skipped the screenshot as simply no menu shows up.

If the user is allowed to configure the menu bar, he can enable commands you may have disabled via custom menus and work around your security concept. Like if you disable delete, import, export or print buttons and the user configures the toolbar to restore it.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 10.5pr2


New in this prerelease of version 10.5 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 10.5pr1


New in this prerelease of version 10.5 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

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