Tip of the day: Play video in interactive container

Wednesday 31 July 2013 at 4:39 pm
For normal containers, we already have MovieView functions. With those functions you can for example play movies inside the container.
But with an interactive containers, Filemaker 12 actually uses a web view. There our MovieView functions will not work. But the Webviewer functions work.

MBS( "WebView.RunJavaScript" ; "movie"; "document.getElementsByTagName('video')[0].play();" )

This line will play the video. The container field on the layout must be named "movie" and we simply play the first video there. Of course you can also use other javascript video functions. like calling pause() function or querying duration or currentTime properties.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.4pr1

Monday 29 July 2013 at 7:29 pm
New in this prerelease of the 3.4 plugins:
  • Added GMImage.WriteImages function.
  • Fixed a bug with SQL.GetFieldName and index = 0.
  • Fixed XML.Query function to also return string, number or boolean.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/.

MBS FileMaker Plugin 3.3 for OS X/Windows - More than 1600 Functions In One Plugin

Wednesday 24 July 2013 at 2:44 pm
Nickenich, Germany - MonkeyBread Software today is pleased to announce MBS FileMaker Plugin 3.3 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 3.3 has been updated and now includes over 1600 different functions, and the versatile plugin has gained more new functions:

Our new plugin has a lot of new function for DynaPDF. Especially for handling huge PDF files like producing a 1000 page document. Also we now allow loading PDF pages as template and placing them several times on a new PDF. Finally we have methods to save your PDF and sign it with a digital signature.

For our encryption methods we have a new hash function called Hash.PBKDF2.HMAC to create encryption keys based on a password. And you can choose between MD5, SHA1, SHA256 or SHA512 as hashing algorithm.

Our ServerSocket functionality is improved to allow queries from Filemaker Go and from Javascript. This way we can for example trigger scripts in Filemaker Pro from a database on an iPad running Filemaker Go. Or even from a webviewer running inside Filemaker Pro on Windows using Internet Explorer 10.

A new function helps to verify if email addresses are right. We check the syntax of the email address and optionally also verify that a mail server exists for the domain.

And we have improvements for Addressbook, SerialPort, Container, Drag & Drop, Window, Twain, Container and SQL access functions.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.3pr7

Friday 19 July 2013 at 8:39 pm
New in this prerelease of the 3.3 plugins:
  • For TCP Sockets you can now more reliable get the remote IP/Port information.
  • Improved socket handling, so we get Error Script called if socket is disconnected from the other side.
  • Added DynaPDF.SaveAndSignFile function.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/.

The Internet Explorer 10 Problem

Saturday 13 July 2013 at 3:35 pm
As you may know we have the WebView.InstallCallback plugin function to register the window.status setter to call a Filemaker script in a webviewer from javascript. This is a very useful function for a lot of solutions.

But with Internet Explorer version 10 and newer, Microsoft optimized the security model. Or in other words, we can patch the stuff as much as we want, but the javascript methods no longer call the patched functions.

So we need another solution. And we found one in the last days. We can use our new ServerSocket functions. So the plugin is told to wait for incoming requests and performs them. The website itself sends via Javascript a XMLHttpRequest to our plugin. This way we can once again launch scripts from Javascript. And this works also with Mac OS X and Webkit.

So please check 3.3pr6 plugin with the ServerSocket functions and the new example.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.3pr6

Friday 12 July 2013 at 9:30 pm
New in this prerelease of the 3.3 plugins:
  • Added DynaPDF.FlushPages function and path parameter to DynaPDF.New for creating huge PDFs.
  • Added example for sending commands from webviewer to Filemaker which works with Serversocket and with IE10.
  • Added Mac version of Window.GetClassName function.
  • Added Window.List function.
  • Added Trace.Off function.
  • Added flags parameter to ServerSocket.Start.
  • Added Twain.ClearCancelScript, Twain.ClearNotificationScript, Twain.GetUIVisible, Twain.SetCancelScript.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/.

MonkeyBread Software Releases the MBS SQLite Extension in version 1.2

Thursday 11 July 2013 at 11:22 am
NICKENICH, Germany (July 10th, 2013) -- Monkeybread Software releases version 1.2 of the MBS SQLite Extension.

The MBS SQLite Extension is a multifunctional extension to any SQLite powered application. You can use it as:
  • a plug-in for Cube SQL 4.0 from SQLabs or newer.
  • a plug-in for Studio Stable Database Server 2.0 or newer.
  • an extension to SQLiteDatabase class in Xojo
  • an extension to REALSQLDatabase class in Real Studio
  • a plug-in for the REAL Server from REALsoftware
  • an extension for SQLite which you can use in all SQLite based database applications like SQLiteManager application (from SQLabs).
New in Version 1.2:
  • Added Xojo support.
  • Added NthFieldRevMBS function.
  • Added InstrMBS and InstrRevMBS function.
Our SQLite Extension gives you over 50 new functions for SQLite:
  • Additional mathematical functions like Round or Pow.
  • Functions to save blob values in files outside the database.
  • Functions to calculate checksums on blob values on the server.
  • String functions like SoundEx or accents removing for your text searches.
  • Regular Expressions in queries.
  • UUID generation
Our SQLite Extension supports Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.
Example projects for Xojo and Real Studio are included for SQLiteDatabase, REALSQLDatabase, REALSQLServerDatabase and CubeSQLDatabase classes.

You can test the extension for free up to 10 minutes per launch in a demo mode. Licenses are available for 99 Euro per developer with one year of free updates. If you have feature requests for additional functions, please send us an email.

Filemaker meeting tonight in Koblenz, Germany

Wednesday 10 July 2013 at 10:18 am
If you like, join us at 7pm in the Weindorf Restaurant in downtown Koblenz (next to mercure and civic center).

Treffen Sie andere Filemaker Entwickler aus der Region um 19 Uhr im Weindorf in Koblenz, direkt neben der Stadthalle am Rhein.

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 3.3pr5

Wednesday 03 July 2013 at 12:16 pm
New in this prerelease of the 3.3 plugins:
  • Added SerialPort.LastError function to query last system error code for serial port functions.
  • Fixed a bug with syntax coloring and curly brakets.
  • Fixed a bug with Path.FilemakerPathToNativePath function on Windows.
  • Added more DynaPDF functions.
  • Added DragDrop.GetTag, DragDrop.GetWindowRef and DragDrop.SetTag.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/.

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