Read And Write Excel Files With FileMaker

Do you already know our LibXL functions for FileMaker, with which it is possible to read, create and edit Excel documents although you don't have Excel installed? This part of the plugin requires an additional LibXL license and you need to attach an additional library to your database. I will show you in this blog article how to make the preparations to use the LibXL functions in your solution.

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MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 12.4pr2

New in this prerelease of version 12.4 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • Added flags for JSON.Import and XML.Import functions to skip table and field creation.
  • Fixed an issue where you couldn't call basic functions like Version or Register if demo mode ended.
  • Improved code to add/remove table occurrence prefixes to skip quoted text.
  • Added XML.GetSaveNoEmptyTags and XML.SetSaveNoEmptyTags functions.
  • Changed JSON.ToXML to better convert arrays.
  • Added json key for PDFKit.GetPDFAttribute function.
  • Fixed a problem in DragDrop functions on Windows crashing if used with text dropping.
  • Fixed per thread storage to properly cleanup and avoid trace functions leak file handles on server if you use per thread trace files.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.com/filemaker/files/Prerelease/, in DropBox folder or ask for being added to the DropBox shared folder.

Price Changes for Claris FileMaker products

Claris just announced a price increase for all of their products going effective on 24th September 2022. All prices are said to raise by 10%.

While pricing adjustments are often unavoidable, it brings the opportunity to buy at the old prices until 23rd September 2022. So if you have a license of Claris FileMaker, please consider to order updates for adding additional years to it. You may pay for a license 3 or 5 years in advance. Even if your license expired in 2023 or 2024, you may be able to add more time now.
  • save around 10% by buying now.
  • save more by ordering multi year licenses.
Also be aware that the around September/October, Claris may be introduce their new pricing for the Claris Studio part of the product. That offer will be more expensive than the existing licenses as the Studio part has an additional cost and you may be able to upgrade.

For MBS Plugin, you can of course also order at current price list and enjoy our multi year offers. Please contact us if you like to order bigger.

Code Folding in Script Workspace for Claris FileMaker

For MBS Plugin 12.4 we implemented a long standing wish from various FileMaker developers: Code Folding.

As you know our plugin highlights matching script lines for If and Loop blocks. So you see what lines belongs to what other line. Now when we detect such a block, we add a little control on the between the line number and the text. You can click that control to hide some lines and later click it again to show them.

When you save the script, FileMaker reloads it or you start dragging a line, all lines show again. Our line hiding is only temporary until something unhides them.

Please try and let us know the if you find issues.

As usual, this feature is macOS only. If you like to see a Windows version, please contact Claris Inc. directly to implement this cross platform in a future version.


MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 12.4pr1

New in this prerelease of version 12.4 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.

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