New in version 11.5 of MBS FileMaker Plugin

In this article we want to introduce you the new functions from the MBS FileMaker Plugin in version 11.5.

Text

Let's start with the two functions that are new in the Text functions. With the function Text.Concat we create a text that writes all texts specified in the parameters one after the other. No space is set between the individual texts. Let's have a look at the sample. We have entered the words banana, orange and pineapple in the parameters of this function.

Set Variable [ $Concat ; Value: MBS("Text.Concat"; "Banana"; "Orange"; "Pineapple") ]

In the dialog box we see the text we get back.

The second new function is Text.List. It too will accept as many text parameters as we want. It creates a list from these text parameters. The individual parameters are then the elements of the list. Set Variable [ $List ; Value: MBS("Text.List"; "Banana"; "Orange"; "Pineapple") ]

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Thanksgiving Sale

For this year's Thanksgiving in America, we offer again discounted licenses for our MBS Plugins for FileMaker and Xojo.
Please use coupon code BlackFriday for our web shop to order new licenses with a 20% discount. This includes DynaPDF and LibXL.

Order MBS FileMaker Plugin     Order MBS Xojo Plugins     Order LibXL

If you have special needs, you can email us to get an invoice or Paypal payment link directly. We know some people need to wait till next week to order, so the offer is valid till Tuesday.

Second if you have purchased previously an individual MBS Xojo Plugin part from the Complete Set within the last two years, but not the whole set, we offer you an upgrade to the Complete set for the update price. Please consider to get the whole collection of over 40 plugins instead of just one plugin.

See also Xojo Thanksgiving Sale, piDog sale, xDev Magazine and xDevLibrary sale.

Claris Engineering Blog

Please check the Claris™ Engineering Blog with a lot of interesting articles. Just recently they added one for a security fix in FileMaker Server 19.4:


Black Friday coming soon

As you may know Americans love to shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year Black Friday is 26th November. About half our customers are in North America, so we are happy to offer you a discount if they buy this weekend. Our offer will go live in the next days and should be available in time.

We plan to offer coupon code BlackFriday for the web shop with 20% off for new licenses of MBS Plugins, DynaPDF and LibXL.
Updates are already offered with discount (usually 50%) compared to new purchases and and our academic prices already have a discount, too. If you like, you can email us to get an order link for all licenses you need or provide an invoice if needed. Especially if you like to use Paypal for payment, we can provide a link with discount or write a custom invoice.

Order MBS FileMaker Plugin     Order MBS Xojo Plugins     Order LibXL

As usual the discounted offer allows you to buy whatever licenses you may need in the next year. Especially if your license expired in 2020 or before, this is a great chance to get up to date!

If you need a license from Xojo Inc. or their third-party store section, you may to check the Xojo store on the weekend. Everyone interested in a license for the current version 2021r3, should go and buy one. With a current license for iOS (Mobile) or Xojo Pro, you can enter Android testing.

You have a question? Please don't hesitate to contact us by email or phone. We may help to point you to the right offer.

Christmas Funding Drive for The FM Soup

As you may know the FileMaker Soup is a community organized forum for English speaking Claris FileMaker developers to support each other. The forum is run by a non-profit organization of volunteers elected by forum members.
Currently the Soup runs a Christmas Funding Drive to gather the $1500 CAD to run the forum for another year.



MBS just donated money to fund the forum for 2 months by donating $250 CAD.
We hope a few more users of the forum can make a donation, even if it's just $20 and donate via Simplyk.

MBS FileMaker Plugin 11.5

Nickenich, Germany - (November 16th, 2021) -- MonkeyBread Software today is pleased to announce MBS FileMaker Plugin 11.5 for macOS, iOS, Linux and Windows, the latest update to their product that is easily the most powerful plugin currently available for Claris FileMaker produce line. As the leading database management solution for Windows, macOS, iOS and the web, the Claris FileMaker Pro Integrated Development Environment supports a plugin architecture that can easily extend the feature set of the application. MBS FileMaker Plugin 11.5 has been updated and now includes over 6600 different functions, and the versatile plugin has gained more new functions:

For this release we rewrote our WebView functions to work with WebViewers using Microsoft Edge/Chromium as engine. To use the new plugin functions, you need the upcoming FileMaker Pro in version 19.4. On the way we got a WebView.ShowDevTools function to show the inspector and new preferences for WebView.SetPreferences function. If you still need Internet Explorer, you can use WebView.CreateWithControl function to create a plugin based WebViewer with this older engine.

Our new WebHook functions allows you to run a tiny web server right in FileMaker Pro, Server or iOS SDK based app to catch callbacks from web services. Whether your phone systems, the door bell or your git server sends a web request to notify you about an event, our plugin may receive the request and trigger a script. We support TLS 1.2 with your own SSL certificate and various options.

For DynaPDF we have a new DynaPDF.GetPDFVersionEx and DynaPDF.GetInPDFVersionEx functions to provide details on the PDF version of an import or the working PDF. We improved our DynaPDF.ConvertStyledText function for styled text to better handle fonts and do double underlined text. The new DynaPDF.AddButtonImageEx2 function lets you pass image data directly from a container value to a button control on a PDF.

Our hotkey functions got rewritten for macOS to allow local hotkey which don't interfere with global ones. Great to define custom hotkeys for use in the Script Workspace.

The FileMaker enhancements for macOS in our plugin learnt some new tricks: The relationship graph search now initializes on first click to let you open the dialog quicker. We can now have tags to colorize specific words in a calculation and have comments color in special color based on the first word. When you show script IDs, we optimized the performance for users with script folders.

We implemented WebView.CallFunction for macOS and iOS in addition to Windows. For MapKit we got MapView.CoordinateForPoint and MapView.PointForCoordinate functions to translate between on screen points and coordinates on the map. The new XML.ItemRefs function helps to achieve higher performance when walking through array style XML data.

Finally we updated CURL library to version 7.79.1, DynaPDF to 4.0.63.161, LibXL to 4.0 and SQLAPI to 5.1.7.

See release notes for a complete list of changes.

Neues MBS FileMaker Plugin 11.5 - Über 6600 Funktionen in einem Plugin

16. November 2021 - Monkeybread Software veröffentlicht heute das MBS FileMaker Plugin für FileMaker in Version 11.5, mit inzwischen über 6600 Funktionen eines der größten FileMaker Plugins überhaupt. Hier einige der Neuerungen:

Für diese Version haben wir unsere WebView Funktionen neu geschrieben, um mit WebViewern zu arbeiten, die Microsoft Edge/Chromium als Engine verwenden. Um die neuen Plugin-Funktionen zu nutzen, benötigen Sie den kommenden FileMaker Pro in Version 19.4. Auf dem Weg dorthin haben wir eine WebView.ShowDevTools Funktion zum Anzeigen des Inspektors und neue Einstellungen für die WebView.SetPreferences Funktion. Wenn Sie noch den Internet Explorer benötigen, können Sie die Funktion WebView.CreateWithControl verwenden, um einen Plugin-basierten WebViewer mit dieser älteren Engine zu erstellen.

Unsere neuen WebHook Funktionen ermöglichen es Ihnen, einen winzigen Web-Server direkt in FileMaker Pro, Server oder iOS SDK-basierten Anwendungen zu betreiben, um Rückrufe von Webdiensten abzufangen. Ob Ihre Telefonanlage, die Türklingel oder Ihr Git-Server eine Web-Anfrage sendet, um Sie über ein Ereignis zu informieren, unser Plugin kann die Anfrage empfangen und ein Script auslösen. Wir unterstützen TLS 1.2 mit Ihrem eigenen SSL-Zertifikat und verschiedenen Optionen.

Für DynaPDF gibt es die neuen Funktionen DynaPDF.GetPDFVersionEx und DynaPDF.GetInPDFVersionEx, die Details zur PDF-Version eines Imports oder des Arbeits-PDFs liefern. Wir haben unsere DynaPDF.ConvertStyledText Funktion für gestylten Text verbessert, um besser mit Schriftarten umgehen zu können und doppelt unterstrichenen Text zu erzeugen. Die neue Funktion DynaPDF.AddButtonImageEx2 ermöglicht die direkte Übergabe von Bilddaten aus einem Containerwert an ein Button-Control in einem PDF.

Unsere Hotkey Funktionen wurden für macOS umgeschrieben, um lokale Hotkeys zu ermöglichen, die nicht mit globalen Hotkeys kollidieren. So können Sie eigene Hotkeys für die Verwendung im Script-Arbeitsbereich definieren.

Die Verbesserungen für Entwickler in FileMaker selbst in unserem Plugin haben einige neue Tricks gelernt: Die Beziehungsdiagrammsuche wird jetzt beim ersten Klick initialisiert, damit Sie den Dialog schneller öffnen können. Wir können jetzt Tags verwenden, um bestimmte Wörter in einer Formel einzufärben und Kommentare in einer speziellen Farbe basierend auf dem ersten Wort einfärben. Bei der Anzeige von Skript-IDs haben wir die Leistung für Benutzer mit Skriptordnern optimiert.

Wir haben WebView.CallFunction nicht nur für Windows, sondern auch für macOS und iOS implementiert. Für MapKit gibt es die Funktionen MapView.CoordinateForPoint und MapView.PointForCoordinate für die Übersetzung zwischen Punkten auf dem Bildschirm und Koordinaten auf der Karte. Die neue Funktion XML.ItemRefs hilft, eine höhere Leistung beim Durchlaufen von XML-Daten im Array-Stil zu erreichen.

Schließlich haben wir die CURL-Bibliothek auf Version 7.79.1, DynaPDF auf 4.0.63.161, LibXL to 4.0 und SQLAPI auf 5.1.5 aktualisiert.

Alle Änderungen in den Release Notes.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 11.5pr7

New in this prerelease of version 11.5 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/, in Dropbox folder or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Recursive Folder Copy Script

If you need to copy a folder with files recursively to another location, you may just call our Files.CopyFile function. Beside the function having file in the name, it does copy folder hierarchies. But sometimes you need to do something special, like only copy some files (e.g. hidden ones), skip over errors or not copy all folders. For this case we can write a script to do the copy process recursively and allow you to customize it.

 

First we show you the calling script, which passes source and destination path as part of a JSON object:

 

# CopyFolder in file FileOperation

 

Set Variable [ $SourcePath ; Value: FileOperation::SourcePath ] 

Set Variable [ $DestPath ; Value: FileOperation::DestinationPath ] 

Set Variable [ $json ; Value: "{}" ] 

Set Variable [ $json ; Value: MBS( "JSON.AddStringToObject"; $json; "SourcePath"; $SourcePath ) ] 

Set Variable [ $json ; Value: MBS( "JSON.AddStringToObject"; $json; "DestPath"; $DestPath ) ] 

Perform Script [ Specified: From list ; “CopyFolder Recursive” ; Parameter: $json ]

Set Variable [ $$result ; Value: Get(ScriptResult) ] 

Show Custom Dialog [ "done" ; $$result ] 


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Extract and analyze images with DynaPDF

Did you know that you can extract and analyze images from a PDF file with DynaPDF? For this you can use the function DynaPDF.GetImage. In the parameters you can specify which information you want to get for an image. You can choose between the following values:

BufSize The size of the image buffer in bytes.
BufSize The size of the image buffer in bytes.
Buffer The image data as JPEG or FILE.
Picture The image as a picture container. Either JPEG or TIFF.
Filter The format of image:
Required decode filter if the image is compressed. Possible values are dfDCTDecode (JPEG), dfJPXDecode (JPEG2000), and dfJBIG2Decode. Other filters are already removed by DynaPDF since a conversion to a native file format is then always required.
OrgFilter The image was compressed with this filter in the PDF file. This info is useful to determine which compression filter should be used when creating a new image file from the image buffer.
BitsPerPixel Bit depth of the image buffer. Possible values are 1, 2, 4, 8, 24, 32, and 64.
ColorSpace The color space refers either to the image buffer or to the color table if set.
NumComponents The number of components stored in the image buffer.
MinIsWhite If 1, the colors of 1 bit images are reversed.
ColorCount The number of colors in the color table.
Width Image width in pixel.
Height Image height in pixel.
ScanLineLength The length of a scanline in bytes.
InlineImage If 1, the image is an inline image.
Interpolate If 1, image interpolation should be performed.
Transparent The meaning is different depending on the bit depth and whether a color table is available.
If the image is a 1 bit image and if no color table is available, black pixels must be drawn with the current fill color. If the image contains a color table, ColorMask contains the range of indexes in the form min/max index which should appear transparent. If no color table is present ColorMask contains the transparent ranges in the form min/max for every color component.
Intent The rendering intent. Default is none.
MetadataSize Length of Metadata in bytes.
ResolutionX Image resolution on the x-axis.
ResolutionY Image resolution on the y-axis.
Metadata Optional XML Metadata stream as text.
ICCProfile ICC Color Profile of the colorspace (can be empty).
MaskImage If set, a 1 bit image is used as a transparency mask. Returns index of that image.
SoftMask If set, a grayscale image is used as alpha channel. Returns index of that image.
FillColor The current fill color. An image mask is drawn with the current fill color.
FillColorSpace The color space in which FillColor is defined.
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MBS @ FMTraining.TV

Check out the FMTraining.tv website. Richard Carlton and his team do a daily free live stream about FileMaker to watch. And they have a huge library of FileMaker training material to watch and learn all about the Claris FileMaker product family.

A few days ago Christian Schmitz from Monkeybread Software joined a live episode to talk a bit about the MBS FileMaker Plugin. Watch it on YouTube.

We talk a bit about what's new in MBS FileMaker Plugin in the upcoming version 11.5 and answer user questions.

Do you like this video?

Please let Richard know and send him your wishes or ideas for future live broadcast as well as topics for training videos. And check out the FileMaker Training bundles as well as their new book for FileMaker, updated for 2021.


MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 11.5pr6

New in this prerelease of version 11.5 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/, in Dropbox folder or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

FileMaker Konferenz 2022 in Hamburg

Vom 22. bis 24. Juni 2022 findet die elfte deutschsprachige FileMaker Konferenz in Hamburg, Deutschland statt. Das JUFA Hotel Hamburg HafenCity liegt direkt neben dem Ausgang der U-Bahn Station HafenCity Universität, nur drei Stationen vom Hauptbahnhof via U4, so dass sich die Anreise per Bahn empfiehlt. FileMaker Anwender und Entwickler können ihre Teilnahme bald buchen.

Diesmal gibt es einen öffentlichen Zeitplan:

November/DezemberSprecher und Sponsoren gesucht
1. Januar 2022Anmeldung beginnt via Xing
12. MärzStichtag für Absage bei zu wenig Anmeldungen
21. JuniOptionaler MBS Schulungstag
22. Juni1. Tag Konferenz
23. Juni2. Tag Konferenz
24. Juni3. Tag Konferenz

Bei früheren Konferenzen wurde der Tag für den Start der Anmeldung und der Tag für die mögliche Absage nicht veröffentlicht. Bitte im Januar anmelden und bis zum 12. März nur stornierbare Buchungen für die Reise machen oder erst danach die Reise buchen.

Möchten Sie Sponsor oder Sprecher werden?
Aktuell sucht der FMK Verein Vorschläge für interessante Vorträge.

Die Veranstalter vom Verein FM Konferenz erwarten auch 2022 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.

Gibt es Interesse an einem MBS Plugin Workshop am Tag vor der Konferenz?

Wir planen einen Schulungstag für den 21. Juni 2022. Anmeldung bei uns.

Die Teilnahme kostet 199 Euro inkl. Verpflegung und MWSt., 149 Euro bei Anmeldung bis zum 12. März. Falls die Konferenz abgesagt wird, fällt die Schulung automatisch aus.


WebPreferences for WebView2

Our way to add Microsoft/Edge support for FileMaker continues, the WebView2 control. It will be in MBS FileMaker Plugin 11.5 and the work for our users once FileMaker 19.4 ships, probably later this year.

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Upcoming FMTraining Live Broadcast

There are more sessions coming up today and next week with Russell Watsons showing his fmCheckMate databases.

And as you see, we got another MBS Q&A session in there for Friday. See you at fmtraining.tv/#LIVE!

Sessions are live broadcasts to Twitch, YouTube and Discord.


MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 11.5pr5

New in this prerelease of version 11.5 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • Fixed an issue with duplicate plugin warning on macOS.
  • Removed field picker feature, which is no longer needed.
  • Added wildcards for Plugin.SetFunctions functions.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version 4.0.62.160.
  • Fixed a problem with decimal data type for Firebird in our SQL functions.
  • Fixed bug in WebView.PrintToFile and WebView.Print functions to make it work for WebKit 2.
  • Added XL.Sheet.GetCellPicture function.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/, in Dropbox folder or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Adventures in emulation

When I started on a Mac around 1996 with a Performa 6200, I was always fascinated of emulation. I did quickly get Real PC, a software to emulate an Intel 286 CPU at that time on System 7.5. Mainly to continue to do some Turbo Pascal work there. But in 1998 I moved to REALbasic (now Xojo).

In March 2002, I made this screenshot showing some emulation within emulation inside an emulated PC:



Why? Because it's an achievement to get it to work!

We have macOS 10.1.3 running on a PowerPC Mac. Then there is macOS Classic layer running to run older macOS applications and one of that is SoftPC Professional. Inside that DOS is running. We also have Virtual PC software for MacOS X running there with a Windows 98 emulation. Then inside that it runs Basilisk II with a macOS System 7.5.3. And inside that one, we run Real PC to emulate another DOS.
  • Virtual PC translates Intel CPU instructions to PPC.
  • Basilisk II translates 68k CPU instructions to Intel.
  • Real PC translates Intel CPU instructions to 68k.
Amazing to get this to work for this screenshot.

Nowadays we still use a lot of emulations or virtualization. A great way to compile code or test applications for other operation systems without carrying a second laptop computer. We virtualize Linux 32 and 64bit variants in VMWare as well as several Windows versions. As the CPU architecture is the same, it is virtualization. Above we have PowerPC apps emulate an Intel CPU to run Intel software. We also virtualize ARM versions of Windows and Linux on a M1 MacBook with Parallels software. And inside the Windows ARM running there, we run Intel based software like FileMaker Pro.

What story do you have to share?

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