The year ends and it was a great year for us. We had two conferences hosted in Germany this year. First in May in Essen with ASH and second in November in Frankfurt on our own. We also participated in other events like the Filemaker Conference in Hamburg.
With our plugins, we had several transitions this year:
On the Real Studio plugin, we had quite a few transitions:
First we had to move 400 plugin parts from CodeWarrior to Visual Studio 2008. Also a few plugins which had already been with Visual Studio 2005 had to move to 2008 version. That change had a few side effects and it needed a few releases to fix them all. One benefit is better code output.
Next we moved to Mac OS X 10.7 for compiling on Mac. For this move we now use Xcode 4 for the Mac Intel plugins and a copy of Xcode 3 for the PPC parts. Works well and we can support PPC a little bit longer.
The transition to Cocoa is also huge. We updated a lot of functions to support Cocoa like our methods for the window class. For others we simply updated documentation and hint to newer Cocoa classes.
The biggest transition so far are the new alpha channel pictures. So far we updated dozens of plugin parts to support new alpha channel pictures. At least like the old ones and ignore the alpha channel. But of course in the future we'll have to thing a lot how to handle mask and alpha channel for each of them. This is really difficult to support more than 20 combinations of Real Studio versions, platforms, picture class flavors and color depths.
On the Filemaker plugin we moved from Visual Studio 2005 to 2008 and from Xcode 3.x to Xcode 4.x. That was really a smooth transition and the only side effect is that we dropped PPC target.
On our plugins, we'll continue our work to release a new Filemaker plugin soon with new CURL and CUPS functions. And for Real Studio we'll have a 12.0 version coming to update several plugin parts and a couple of new functions, especially with LCMS2, WMI and a new class for directory watching on Windows.
We wish you and your family a happy new year 2012! And see you soon on an event in your area
Recently a client asked how to map addresses to geo coordinates in Filemaker. He had a web service doing it and wanted to script it in Filemaker with our plugins.
The website is findlatitudeandlongitude.com. If you go there, you see a form where you can enter an address, press a button and have the coordinates shown on the right as longitude and latitude.
In order to script this website in Filemaker, you can load it in our Form utility application (included in Plugins download). There you see there is a form named load_location with a text field "loc". Our form utility shows you the Filemaker calculation line to fill text inside: MBS( "WebView.SetFormInputValue" ; WebViewerRef; "load_location"; "loc"; Value )
Now of course we need a web viewer in Filemaker and give it a name. We use "web" in our examples as the name. So in the examples it's MBS( "WebView.SetFormInputValue" ; "web"; "load_location"; "loc";Latitude Longitude Lookup::Address ).
Well, I hope this example helps you. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask questions. Or simply ask us for a kick start help for your website. And don't forget that this breaks as soon as the website changes the layout.