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Neues MBS FileMaker Plugin 9.0

22. Januar 2019 - Monkeybread Software veröffentlicht heute das MBS Plugin für FileMaker in Version 9.0, mit inzwischen über 5600 Funktionen eines der größten FileMaker Plugins überhaupt. Hier einige der Neuerungen:

Die neuen MapKit Funktionen erlauben Ihnen eine Karte als Steuerelement auf ein Layout zu legen. Wir verwenden dafür das Apple Maps Framework für iOS und MacOS. Sie können Adressen anzeigen und Pins auf die Karte setzen. Mit der Snapshot Funktion rendern Sie Karten als Bilder. Karten können im Standard, Satellit oder Hybrid Modus angezeigt werden, alternative als 3D Überflug.

Unsere CURL Funktionen können Emails von einem IMAP Emailserver laden. Die neue CURL.GetResultAsEMailList Funktion parst die Antwort vom Email Server und gibt eine Liste der Emails als JSON zurück. Jeder Eintrag entält eine URL zum Laden der Email, die eindeutige Nummer der Email, optional den Betreff, Absender und Empfänger Adressen und die Message ID.

Für JSON haben wir neue Funktionen zum Erzeugen von Werten, zum Vergleichen von JSON Objekten und um Werte in einem Array zu finden.

In der Dokumentation finden Sie bei den Funktionen Links zu relevanten Blog Artikeln. Für MacOS können Sie die Anzeige von MBS Plugin Funktionen als Links zur Dokumentation in den Voreinstellungen aktivieren.

Inzwischen verwenden die meisten Mac Anwender FileMaker in der 64-bit Version. Daher ist die 32-bit Mac Version des MBS Plugins nur noch auf Anfrage zu haben. Wir haben außerdem einige reine 32-bit Funktionen entfernt, u.a. QTMovie, QTExport und MovieView Funktionen.

Diese Version hat eine neuere GraphicsMagick Bibliothek mit neuen und verbesserten Funktionen. Auf allen Platformen können wir jetzt Bilder in 16-bit Farbtiefe pro Farbkanal verarbeiten. GMImage.NewFromContainer gibt bessere Fehlermeldungen zurück. Probieren Sie die neuen Funktionen repage, extent, auto orient und resize.

Die SQLite Bibliothek bauen wir mit der API Armor Option für bessere Stabilität. Wir haben Fehler korrigiert für SQL Verbindungen zu MySQL oder Oracle. Neue Voreinstellungen helfen für Verbindungen zu FileMaker über ODBC.

Wir haben neue Pfad Funktionen für Kurzpfade bei Windows, mehr ScriptWorkspace Funktionen, Applescript.DeterminePermissionToAutomateTarget um die Berechtigung für Apple Script zu überprüfen oder anzufragen und zwei neue Funktionen Window.IsMaximized und Window.IsMinimized für den Fensterstatus abzufragen.

Außerdem haben wir die CURL Bibliothek auf Version 7.63.0 aktualisiert, DynaPDF auf, freetype auf 2.9.1, GraphicsMagick auf 1.3.31, iconv auf 1.15, libarchive auf 3.3.3, libexpat auf 2.2.6, OpenSSL auf 1.1.1a, png auf 1.6.36, regex auf 8.42, SQLAPI auf 4.2.4 und SQLite auf Version 3.26.0.

Alle Änderungen in den Release Notes.

PauseOnError in Tulum

There is another PauseOnError conference:

Organized by the SmallCo team, there is an upcoming conference in Tulum (Mexico) for up to 120 FileMaker developers. Between 8th and 11th April 2019, you have the possibility to deep dive into FileMaker and X, where X = javascript, web services, big data, IOT & just about anything else you can imagine. Sounds like integration into other services, databases and devices will be a big topic here!

The next big airport is in Cancun. With direct flights from USA, Canada, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Argentina and many more, this should be easy reachable for most attendees. The hotel shuttle can pick you up from the airport.

I visited PauseOnError conference before in Berlin and Cleveland. Mexico as location has a big advantage and that is immigration. Not everyone can get the Visas for USA or Europe, so it may be easier to get to Tulum for some attendees. And for South American visitors, I expect this to be a cheaper alternative than FileMaker DevCon in Orlando.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.0pr9

New in this prerelease of version 9.0 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Use Apple Maps in your app

With Apple Maps support coming for MBS Xojo and FileMaker Plugin you can even get 3D flyover hybrid snapshots:

This example renders with MapType=HybridFlyover with a camera set to 40.7457172/-73.9941266 coordinate. The distance is set to 3000 meter, the pitch is set to 70 degree and heading is at 28 degree. Please try soon with next prerelease or next week with final release.

Smileys and UTF32

Here a few smileys:


Do you see all 56?
Well, in our plugins we have functions to encode text to HTML and it didn't work for those smileys. The reason is that those are outside the normal 16-bit unicode range. They need 2 characters to encode in UTF-16 format. Most functions in our plugins don't care for this details. Normally it doesn't matter as we pass through texts. But for encoding to HTML we need to process text in UTF-32 well. So plugin needs to decode 16bit character pairs to make sure they are encoded correctly.
After a couple of hours work on our plugin's text handling you can enjoy plugins doing it right!

See Text.EncodeToHTML function in MBS FileMaker Plugin and EncodingToHTMLMBS function in MBS Xojo Util Plugin.

FileMaker Server vs. MacOS Server

If you see an error message in FileMaker Server installer like this, you may need to remove or disable the built-in web server software to be able to install FileMaker Server.

So in order to disable it, you can dig into how to disable services in MacOS. But we found a simpler way. Just move the com.apple.serverd.plist out of the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder and restart the Mac.

We'd prefer to change the ports from either MacOS Server's web server or the FileMaker Server's web server, but both is not supported. As you may guess a lot of code simply expects https at port 443, so they don't even bother to offer you a way to enter a port number.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.0pr8

New in this prerelease of version 9.0 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • Added MapView functions to put map control on the layout for Mac and iOS.
  • Added MapView.Snapshot function to render map images.
  • Manually applied CURL fix: vauth/oauth2: Fix OAUTHBEARER token generation #3377 (for Mac)
  • Fixed bug with inline email text decoding and an extra space character sometimes.
  • Updated to DynaPDF to version
  • Changed Printer.Print to prefer selecting exact match over beginning of text.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

CURL change for email download via IMAP

Last year there was a little change in the CURL library for handling email downloads via IMAP. We used to download the list of email, get the index in the email box and download the email by passing the index with UID parameter in the URL. The first email in the mailbox is 1. If you delete email with ID 1, than the second email moves down to become the new first email.

Now since CURL version 7.62.0 from October, the default fetch is using the IMAP UID command. That means the IMAP server gives every email in the mailbox an unique ID which counts up for every new email coming in. The UID does not change if emails are moved or deleted, so we can address emails on the server much better. Now the new parameter is named UID and the old UID parameter is renamed MAILINDEX.

As you may guess, the old and new UID are not the name values, so existing applications with newer plugin fail to load emails. You can fix your script by changing UID to MAILINDEX. MBS FileMaker Plugin in version 9.0 for FileMaker and MBS Xojo CURL Plugin version 19.0 for Xojo have a mitigation to switch to MAILINDEX if the query via UID failed.

For newer projects we recommend to do the lookup of the emails in the mailbox with UID FETCH and get the emails with unique IDs. Next we recommend to use BODY.PEEK instead of just BODY to avoid emails being marked as read automatically. When switching to BODY.PEEK you can remove workarounds which removed the seen flag. And you can include options like INTERNALDATE for the date of the email and/or RFC822.SIZE for the email size:


As you see we include a few headers fields in this sample query.
The result looks like this:

From: Christian Schmitz
Subject: Hello World
Message-Id: <6F3B718F-8427-4EFB-B291-106A8ABFC1AA@monkeybreadsoftware.de>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 19:42:05 +0200
To: test@macsw.de


Now you can parse that easily. But for our FileMaker plugin we made a new function CURL.GetResultAsEMailList to parse the list and return as JSON. The JSON looks like this:

    "Index":   1,
    "UID":   103,
    "Size":   2091,
    "InternalDate":   "06-Apr-2018 19:42:11 +0200",
    "URL":   "imap://imap.macsw.de/INBOX;UID=103",
    "Flags":   ["Seen"],
    "Subject":   "Hello World",
    "Message-Id":   "<6F3B718F-8427-4EFB-B291-106A8ABFC1AA@monkeybreadsoftware.de>",
    "Addresses":   [{
        "Type":   "from",
        "Email":   "testing@monkeybreadsoftware.de",
        "Name":   "Christian Schmitz"
      }, {
        "Type":   "to",
        "Email":   "test@macsw.de",
        "Name":   ""
    "Date":   "06.04.2018 09:42:05"

This JSON contains all the parsed values. We convert the date to the timestamp for FileMaker into local time zone. The subject lines and names are decoded if needed. For each email we include the URL to the email for easier download. Please try the new functions for UID fetch and let us know how you like them.

MapKit Framework for Xojo

After weeks of work, the new MapKit plugin for MacOS is done. We have all the features included and got a few example projects for you. One example shows the MapKit control, one to search for local items and one to get directions.

The classes include support for
  • Showing map with standard, hybrid or satellite.
  • Adding annotations like pins or lines
  • Adding overlays like colored areas.
  • Using customized renderes for overlays
  • Get directions for routes
  • Calculate expected time of arrival.
  • Format distances as localized text
  • Do local search query for finding items
  • Show suggestions for auto complete for local search
  • Control camera for fly over
  • Render snapshots of maps
  • Show user location

FileMaker Conference dotfmp.berlin 2019

Did you sign up for FileMaker Conference dotfmp.berlin 2019?

This conference is organized by Egbert Friedrich and takes place from 6th to 8th June 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

As the conference is in english, this is your chance to meet people from around the world at a conference in Europe. And for a lot of people it's easier to get to Berlin than to cross the atlantic and deal with US immigration officers.

dotfmp is an effort of various leading European FileMaker Developers. It is meant to bring all kinds of higher level developers together to share knowledge, educate and challenge each other.
dotfmp starts at the 5th June 2019 in the later afternoon with a relaxed "Beer and Sausages" in one of the most famous Berlin Beergarden. The session days itself last from 6th until 8th June with various socializing events in the evenings. Additionally we offer support on 10th June to see more from Berlin and its surroundings.
dotfmp is a 3 Day-Unconference, Meetup, Hangout or Barcamp. It is an informal and self-organized effort to meet on a personal base.
dotfmp takes place in one of the most famous spots in Berlin. The GLS Campus is located in a vibrant area with a very short walking distance to all the famous restaurants.
We feel there are far too few possibilities to talk to, learn from, and hangout with fellow developers in a relaxed and informal environment. And we'd like to share work and get feedback from people chewing on similar challenges.

If you like to join the conference and present something, please register soon.

FileMaker Stammtische im Januar

Im Januar gibt es mindestens noch die folgenden FileMaker Stammtische: Herzliche Einladung an alle FileMaker Entwickler bei einem Stammtisch vorbeizuschauen!

Wir versuchen in Karlsruhe und Bonn vorbei zu schauen.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.0pr7

New in this prerelease of version 9.0 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Schedule Notifications with MBS Plugin in iOS

First you need to add MBS FileMaker Plugin for iOS to your FileMaker iOS SDK app project as you can watch in following video on our website: FileMaker iOS SDK and MBS Plugin

Next you need to copy MBSInit.framework to the Frameworks folder. In Xcode in the project settings, please add MBSInit.framework there to the list of libraries to link to. See the following screenshot with our two MBS files in the files list on the left and the MBSInit framework in the link list in the middle:

This makes sure the MBSInit framework is loaded at start of the application and initializes the notification system. Once your app runs, you'll see the following dialog asking for permissions:

If you click allow, UNNotification.AuthorizationGranted function will return 1 and UNNotification.AuthorizationError will be empty. If you like, query device token with UNNotification.RemoteNotificationsDeviceToken and than pass this token to the server for push notifications.

Please also check system settings for your application for whether notifications are allowed. Especially if you want more than just text, you may need to allow sound or badges:

Once you got the notification system initialized, you can show a local notification with a script. The following example script creates a new notification, sets title and body texts, a time interval and schedules the notification.

# Create a new notification
Set Variable [ $notification ; Value: MBS("UNNotification.New") ]
# Set Title and Body
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS("UNNotification.SetTitle"; $notification; "Hello") ]
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS("UNNotification.SetBody"; $notification; "Greetings from FileMaker") ]
# Set a time interval trigger
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS("UNNotification.SetTimeIntervalTrigger"; $notification; 60; 0) ]
# and schedule
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS("UNNotification.Schedule"; $notification; "test") ]

The notification shows while application is in background:

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

FileMaker Magazin - MBS Artikel

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 exzellente Quelle von Informationen, Anleitungen und Profitips.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.0pr6

New in this prerelease of version 9.0 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

FileMaker calculations with MBS Plugin help links

We got a new options in preferences for the MBS Plugin to make all function names clickable links within calculations:

Coming soon in next prerelease.

Merry Christmas

Frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

Franziska, Sebastian, Michael, Monika & Christian Schmitz

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.6pr5

New in this prerelease of version 8.6 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

SQLite Manager and Doctor updated

Not sure if you noticed, but the SQLiteManager app and the SQLiteDoctor app have been updated recently by SQLabs.

For editing SQLite database manually, SQLiteManager is my favorite tool. Supports also CubeSQL database server and encrypted databases. And SQLiteDoctor has been very useful for us once to rebuild a broken SQLite database. We than exported with SQLiteManager the newer records created since the last backup.

Both are updated for 64-bit with a couple of bug fixes and enhancements, including HiDPI support for Windows.

FileMaker Konferenz 2019 in Hamburg

Vom 16. bis 19. Oktober 2019 findet die zehnte deutschsprachige FileMaker Konferenz in Hamburg, Deutschland statt. FileMaker Anwender und Entwickler können ihre Teilnahme ab März buchen. Anmeldungen bis zum 21. Juni 2018 erhalten einen Frühbucher-Rabatt auf die Konferenzpauschale.

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

Die Veranstalter vom Verein FM Konferenz erwarten auch 2019 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 2019 wieder eine MBS Plugin Schulung bzw. Workshop. Hat da jemand Interesse?

Older blog entries:

2018-12-21 MBS Booth at FileMaker Developer Conference 2019
2018-12-18 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.6pr4
2018-12-17 Use of TAPI functions in MBS FileMaker Plugin
2018-12-15 ROWID in FileMaker SQL Commands
2018-12-13 Ask for permissions to control applications with AppleScript in FileMaker
2018-12-13 Three weeks till year's end
2018-12-12 FileMaker based iOS App to the App Store
2018-12-12 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.6pr3
2018-12-11 FileMaker Go 17.0.4 now available
2018-12-05 FileMaker updates with support for macOS Mojave
2018-12-05 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.6pr2
2018-12-01 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.6pr1
2018-12-01 Birthday of our video page
2018-11-30 Links from documentation to blog entries
2018-11-27 MBS FileMaker Plugin 8.5 - More than 5500 Functions In One Plugin
2018-11-27 Neues MBS FileMaker Plugin 8.5 - Über 5500 Funktionen in einem Plugin
2018-11-26 MBS Workshop @ Denkform
2018-11-24 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.5pr9
2018-11-22 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.5pr8
2018-11-19 Windows on ARM in 64-bit


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