PDF Standard Fonts

Thursday 29 January 2015 at 11:09 am
The PDF format defines 14 standard fonts which you can use without embedding those fonts:
Family nameFull namePostScript nameStyle
CourierCourierCourierRegular
CourierCourier BoldCourier-BoldBold
CourierCourier ObliqueCourier-ObliqueItalic
CourierCourier Bold ObliqueCourier-BoldObliqueBold + Italic
HelveticaHelveticaHelveticaRegular
HelveticaHelvetica BoldHelvetica-BoldBold
HelveticaHelvetica ObliqueHelvetica-ObliqueItalic
HelveticaHelvetica Bold ObliqueHelvetica-BoldObliqueBold + Italic
TimesTimes RomanTimes-RomanRegular
TimesTimes BoldTimes-BoldBold
TimesTimes ItalicTimes-ItalicItalic
TimesTimes Bold ItalicTimes-BoldItalicBold + Italic
SymbolSymbolSymbolRegular
ZapfDingbatsZapfDingbatsZapfDingbatsRegular

This is great, because those fonts are always available in DynaPDF independent of what the user has installed. Especially with Xojo applications on linux, where DynaPDF doesn't know where system font files are and you have to use them yourself. Same for Xojo Cloud.

If you want to add your own folder with font files, please use AddFontSearchPath (MBS Xojo Plugin) or DynaPDF.AddFontSearchPath (MBS FileMaker Plugin) function.

With DynaPDF 3.0.34.98 and newer, you can use standard fonts also with unicode encoding.

FileMaker DevCon 2015

Wednesday 28 January 2015 at 7:39 pm
Registration opened today for the FileMaker Developer Conference 2015 in Las Vegas.

Join over thousand other FileMaker developers 20th to 23rd July 2015 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada.
If you have been looking for a reason to go to Las Vegas, well this year you have one for the 20th DevCon anniversary.

Optional you can attend the training day or just watch sessions and meet other developers in the breaks.

Save $800 with the early bird offer until March 31st.

The trouble with buying used licenses

Sunday 25 January 2015 at 5:07 pm
If you need a license for MBS Plugin, please purchase them through an official channel. We sell them in on our website, through Share-It, in the Xojo web store and the K&K Verlag.

Sometimes it happens that someone tries to sell his license. This is legal and possible, but please check with us to be sure the license key is valid and upgradable. And the license key should be named after the seller, so you know we issued it for him. Actually the license agreement always states that you need to have written authorization to transfer it.

But so far some people trying to sell a MBS license are not honest. They got the key somehow, prefer to get cash and the license key of course does not match their name. Please don't buy such a license key.
Having an illegal license does not help you. If this is detected, you have to buy a new license regularly including updates for the past to get back on the right track. Else the lawyers would force you into destroying all your software using the illegal license. This can include that all your customers have to stop using your software, get their money back and of course sue you for compensation.

So please if you got a license key second hand or plan to get one, please contact us to make sure the license key is legal.

How do we know you use an illegal license key?
Well, you may want to come to use and buy an upgrade. Or a good friend of you wants to put you in trouble and reveals your dirty secret. Third, we download a lot of software and scan them for license keys.

Finally as a developer you should yourself know that people need to pay their license to you for you to make a living. So please apply same rules to the tools you use and pay for them.

New bundle offer: FileMaker Server Plugin + DynaPDF Pro

Wednesday 21 January 2015 at 10:49 pm
One popular combination with our MBS FileMaker Plugin is buying it together with DynaPDF Pro license. This way you can automate all the PDF things on a server, either in scheduled scripts, with WebDirect or with FM Pro and Perform Script on Server script step. Use DynaPDF for:
  • Create PDF files on server for invoices, catalogs, receipts, etc.
  • Embed pictures in files
  • Encrypt or Sign PDF files
  • Merge pages from several PDF files in one PDF.
  • Email your PDFs to clients or upload to FTP Server via MBS Plugin.
  • Support PDF/A and PDF/X
  • Extract content from existing PDF, e.g. for indexing and searching in content
  • Build reports and invoices with table functions
  • Add form fields, later query response values from PDFs
  • Embed fonts for best display
  • Include web and page links in PDF.
We offer the bundle now 16% cheaper than normal price.
Please check price on purchase page as it depends on currency and VAT status.

PS: Currently we are working on print support for DynaPDF.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 5.0pr8

Tuesday 20 January 2015 at 11:28 pm
New in this prerelease of the 5.0 plugins:
  • Added WebView.GetIcon function.
  • Fixed window functions so you can pass once again 0 for the front window. Broken in earlier prerelease.
  • Fixed bug with Trace on Windows. (introduced in pr5)
  • Fixed bugs for future FileMaker version.
  • Updated Bonjour SDK on Windows to newer version.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Smileys and UTF32

Saturday 17 January 2015 at 8:58 pm
Here a few smileys:

😀😁😂😃😄😅😆😇😈😉😊😋😌😍😎😏😐😑😒😓😔😕😖😗😘😙😚😛
😜😝😞😟😠😡😢😣😤😥😦😧😨😩😪😫😬😭😮😯😰😱😲😳😴😵😶😷

Do you see all 56?
Well, in our plugins we have a function to Encode Text to HTML and it didn't work for those smileys. The reason is that those are outside the normal 16bit unicode range. They need 2 characters in UTF16. Most functions in our plugins don't look for such things. And normally it doesn't matter as we pass through texts. But for encoding to HTML we need to handle UTF32 well. So plugin needs to decode 16bit character pairs to make sure they are encoded correctly.
So after a couple of hours work on our plugin's text handling you can now enjoy plugins doing it right!

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 5.0pr7

Thursday 15 January 2015 at 11:47 pm
New in this prerelease of the 5.0 plugins:
  • Updated Text.EncodeToHTML and Text.DecodeFromHTML to handle UTF32 correctly and encode smileys well.
  • Improved trace output to show special characters correctly (e.g. umlauts).
  • Changed parameter functions for SQL to also accept parameter by index with # as prefix.
  • Fixed a bug with SQL connections not freed correctly.
  • Fixed bug for SQL ODBC plugin functions to return error messages without garbage text in-between.
  • Changed SQL Plugin to default to Scrollable = false for cursors. You can enable it if you need.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version 3.0.38.108.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 5.0pr6

Tuesday 06 January 2015 at 1:56 pm
New in this prerelease of the 5.0 plugins:
  • Fixed a bug with DynaPDF table handling. Reference counting was broken in earlier prerelease.
  • Fixed bug in DynaPDF string handling introduced in earlier prerelease.
  • A changed in C++ linker in newer XCode version made problems with merging classes which should not merged. This caused deadlocks on server. (introduced in pr2)
  • Fixed a bug in ServerSocket.SendQuery which can lead to a crash in case of a timeout.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Use SQLCipher with MBS SQL Plugin functions

Saturday 03 January 2015 at 5:35 pm
If you are interested in encrypted SQLite databases with SQLCipher, you can use their library with our plugins.

You simply get a copy of their library, either the commercial or the open source one. For open source, I built my own copies today for Mac and below you can download them. When you use my SQL plugin functions, you normally set option to point to libsqlite.dylib file. But instead to this file, you point to the libsqlcipher.dylib file. Now you run as first command "PRAGMA key = 'passphrase';" to pass in your password for the database. All following calls should run normal and the file is encrypted.

This is not the same encryption as used by Xojo. They use the SQLite Encryption Extension from Hwaci - Applied Software Research (see hwaci.com/sw/sqlite/)

Download my built library: sqlciphermac.zip

MBS Filemaker Plugin, version 5.0pr5

Thursday 01 January 2015 at 1:58 pm
New in this prerelease of the 5.0 plugins:
  • Fixed a bug with RichText.SetFormattedText function.
  • Added PrintDialog.SetPrintType, PrintDialog.SetPaperName and PrintDialog.GetPaperName function.
  • When passing parameters, the plugin now more often return back the wrong value, so you can easier find a case where you passed wrong parameter.
  • When looking for front window, we now better ignore floating palettes like Data Viewer on Mac.
  • Added Webview.Scrollbar.getHorizontalMaximum, Webview.Scrollbar.getHorizontalPosition, Webview.Scrollbar.getVerticalMaximum, Webview.Scrollbar.getVerticalPosition and Webview.Scrollbar.set for Mac.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

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