Training day for MBS Filemaker Plugin - next week!

Thursday 28 February 2013 at 7:08 pm
The people at denkform.de are hosting a training for our MBS Filemaker Plugin. So if you want to spend a day with us learning about our plugin, please join us.

We make a guided tour and show you a couple of highlights and examples. Talk about what you can do and how you do some things. Later we will implement a couple of things in sample databases like the Audit function. Also download and upload with CURL is a good topic. We will look into the webviewer extensions and fill a sample form. Next we will do some image editing and writing a report into a Excel file.
Finally we have plenty of time for questions.

This event is in German (english event is also possible).
We meet 7th March 2013 at 9:30 am in Denkform office. Cost is 70 Euro (+VAT) and you can buy a 5 seat license for additional 70 Euro (+VAT).
You can register on the denkform website. After the event, there is the regular meeting which everyone can join for free and have dinner with us.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.2pr2

Monday 25 February 2013 at 11:32 pm
New in this prerelease of the 3.2 plugins:
  • Fixed a memory leak with ProgressDialog.SetFont on Windows.
  • Changed FM.ExecuteSQLOnIdle to also set values for FM.ExecuteSQL.LastErrorMessage and FM.ExecuteSQL.LastError.
  • Added Socket functions.
  • Added new mode for Files.List for Windows to use more wildcards.
  • Added Webview.GetPlainText and WebView.CopyFormattedText functions.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/.

Create fields in Filemaker database from a Script

Sunday 24 February 2013 at 5:47 pm
Just a quick note: You can create/remove fields form a Filemaker database using scripts. A call like this creates a new field:

MBS("FM.ExecuteSQLOnIdle";"ALTER TABLE TestTable ADD MyField varchar")

We change the table TestTable and add a new field called MyField with type text (varchar).
Also you can remove a field:

MBS("FM.ExecuteSQLOnIdle";"ALTER TABLE TestTable DROP COLUMN MyField")

It is important to use FM.ExecuteSQLOnIdle to avoid a deadlock. So only when the database is not in use (at idle time), you can change it. For next plugin prerelease we updated FM.ExecuteSQL.LastErrorMessage to also report error messages from FM.ExecuteSQLOnIdle.

Personal Training Sessions

Friday 22 February 2013 at 6:14 pm
Today I had a training session with a developer using both Filemaker and Real Studio. Topic was on how to connect to a Filemaker Server from Real Studio Web Edition and do all the database stuff: List tables & records, edit a record, delete a record and update a record.
I can tell you it's just working fine.
Of course it's your decision if you go with (Instant) Web Publishing or Filemaker Go to fill your database on the go. But with Real Studio you can build native desktop clients, web clients and soon iOS clients. Much more customized to your needs than anything from Filemaker.

Need a training?
If you need more than watching Bob Keeney's excellent training videos, you can order your personal training from us. From an hour remote to a multi day meeting in your/our office, there are a lot of possibilities. Just ask and provide a list of topics.

Training day for MBS Filemaker Plugin

Monday 18 February 2013 at 8:46 pm
The people at denkform.de are hosting a training for our MBS Filemaker Plugin. So if you want to spend a day with us learning about our plugin, please join us.

We make a guided tour and show you a couple of highlights and examples. Talk about what you can do and how you do some things. Later we will implement a couple of things in sample databases like the Audit function. Also download and upload with CURL is a good topic. We will look into the webviewer extensions and fill a sample form. Next we will do some image editing and writing a report into a Excel file.
Finally we have plenty of time for questions.

This event is in German (english event is also possible).
We meet 7th March 2013 at 9:30 am in Denkform office. Cost is 70 Euro (+VAT) and you can buy a 5 seat license for additional 70 Euro (+VAT).
You can register on the denkform website. After the event, there is the regular meeting which everyone can join for free and have dinner with us.

WebDav via CURL

Monday 18 February 2013 at 1:54 pm
I can inform you that we just provided one of our plugin users with an example on how to upload to webdav with our CURL plugin. There is nothing special so far. Just make a PUT request to the right URL and CURL will handle the details.
As you can also do GET and DELETE requests, you can also download and delete files.

Works both with Real Studio and Filemaker with MBS Plugins.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.2pr1

Thursday 14 February 2013 at 7:58 pm
New in this prerelease of the 3.2 plugins:
  • Plugins are now compiled with Xcode 4.6 on Mac.
  • Added Syntax Coloring for Script Debugger on Mac.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/.

See you in San Diego for the Filemaker Conference

Wednesday 13 February 2013 at 10:58 pm
Today I signed up as exhibitor for the Filemaker Developer Conference in San Diego, CA.
If you like, join the conference and meet me between 11th and 16th August 2013.
For more details on this conference, check the Filemaker website.

Also we will be in Salzburg for the German Filemaker Conference in October.

MBS FileMaker Plugin 3.1 for OS X/Windows - More than 1400 Functions In One Plugin

Tuesday 12 February 2013 at 11:40 pm
Nickenich, Germany - MonkeyBread Software today is pleased to announce MBS FileMaker Plugin 3.1 for Mac OS X or Windows, the latest update to their product that is easily the most powerful plugin currently available for FileMaker Pro. As the leading database management solution for Windows, Mac, and the web, the FileMaker Pro Integrated Development Environment supports a plugin architecture that can easily extend the feature set of the application. MBS FileMaker Plugin 3.1 has been updated and now includes 1486 different functions, and the versatile plugin has gained more than 100 new functions:

Plenty of new DynaPDF functions allow you to create PDFs from Filemaker with pictures and text. You can include formatting commands in your texts. And images can be embedded in original format or in a scaled down and JPEG compressed format for smaller PDF files. With transparent images and texts you can easily place watermarks on the PDF pages. And if you use our OCR functions in the MBS Plugin, you can have the recognized text added to the PDF on top of the image. This way text is search and selectable.

With our new Twain functions you can talk to various scanners and scan images. Of course you can also enumerate devices and select one. For scanning you can set a few parameters like the resolution and scan with or without user interface. With a script call you receive the image and process it.

For Mac OS X we have new functions to create and resolve bookmarks. A bookmark is similar to an alias file in Finder, but without a file, so you can store it as text in a database field. Using bookmarks you can store find files or folders even after they have been renamed or moved.

For the serial ports, we have now functions to set data bits and baud rate. For PDFKit we have new function to add PDF pages from existing PDF to a new PDF. For database management we have plugin functions to lookup table names and base table names. Also you can query fields for a table name or a base table name.

Also we improved the Audit functions, added a new Webviewer function to find options for select fields in forms, new SMNP functions and much more.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.1pr11

Saturday 09 February 2013 at 1:16 pm
New in this prerelease of the 3.1 plugins:
  • Added several functions for DynaPDF to write text, set font and color.
  • Added OCR.WriteToPDF function.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.1pr10

Sunday 03 February 2013 at 12:06 am
New in this prerelease of the 3.1 plugins:
  • Added new twain functions for setting some scan parameters.
  • Added file functions for NodeID and bookmarks (called Alias in Finder)
  • Added new DynaPDF commands for adding images.
  • Fixed a crash on Files.List function on Windows.
  • Twain image can now be B/W or gray and is no longer expanded to RGB.
  • Improved scanning on Windows with Twain functions.
  • Fixed a memory leak in CURL.SetInputText and CURL.AddInputText.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/.

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