One often requested wish for our FileMaker plugin is a way to schedule script calls. So for the upcoming plugin version we got functions to scheduling. You can schedule:
Start a script
Executing some SQL.
Evaluating an expression.
for the schedule you can do that when
a wait time is over
a certain point in time is reached
a certain time of day is reached
the user is idle for some time
The whole system is very flexible. Each schedule you create provides an identifier which you can use late to query/modify the schedule and of course to cancel them.
The schedules to do SQL or evaluate can optionally also perform a script with the result being the script parameter. The reason is that some operations in SQL can't be done while a script is running and the database is open. But you can check the result in the script called after SQL performed.
Nickenich, Germany - (May 19th, 2015) -- MonkeyBread Software today is pleased to announce MBS FileMaker Plugin 5.1 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 5.1 has been updated and now includes over 3100 different functions, and the versatile plugin has gained more new functions:
We added new plugin functions for markdown processing. Markdown is a markup language with plain text formatting syntax designed to be converted to HTML. Using our plugin you can process markdown text and create HTML.
Our new Dictionary commands allows you to pack various parameter for a script call in a dictionary. You pass this dictionary to the called script and there extract the variables with just one MBS call. This preserves data types for all transferred variables like containers.
The MBS Plugin offers for some time now various functions for the clipboard. Now in this version are functions to put file paths on the clipboard and to query them. For example an user can copy files in Finder or Explorer and run a script to import those files into the database.
The menu functions now allow you to specify font details for menu entries. You can set font, color, size, italic, bold or underline. To create menu you can now use a text definition for our quick menu function.
If you know SQL, you can use our FM.InsertRecordQuery function to easily copy records from one table to other table. An SQL query can query data from various tables and insert the result in another table. With the FM.InsertRecord function you can now add a record to a table with one function call. And the new FM.SQL functions allow you to query values from a SQL query result with native data types.
Using MBS FileMaker Plugin and our DynaPDF functions, you can process a report generated by FileMaker and put a letter paper behind each page. Our example database (in next prerelease) shows you how to do this.
You can use two PDFs for letter paper, one for first page and second one for other pages. The letter paper PDFs can be stored in container fields or files on disk. You can have either one PDF for both pages or two PDFs, one for each page. Your script can even dynamically switch for each report to use different PDFs depending on the company branch, customer language or other criteria.
The only important thing is to have the report draw no background in the PDF which would hide the underlaying letter paper content. Of course we could add more plugin functions to remove unwanted background from a PDF for such a processing.
(The watermark goes away if you purchase a license of the DynaPDF Pro library and our plugin.)
Just a quick note: We changed the MBS FIleMaker Plugin's Drag & Drop features to accept promised file drops. This allows you to receive picture file drops from the new Photos app from Apple. Normally FileMaker will not accept them, but you can now create a drop area using the plugin and process them. Enjoy!
Details about FileMaker 14 are coming out and there is one big problem for a lot of users here. Runtimes are now listed as deprecated.
"APIs, technologies, or features to be deprecated
As FileMaker Pro evolves, the list of APIs and technologies it supports may change. FileMaker recommends that you migrate your solution to use other APIs, technologies, or alternative features of the product, because the deprecated features may be deleted from this or a future version of the product.
It is very amazing that just after first release of a 64-bit version, they mark 32-bit as deprecated. Could easily be that FileMaker 15 ships 64-bit only!
Why do we care about runtimes?
Runtime can be used to make free demo copies of solutions for people to test and evaluate.
Solutions for single users which cost much less than a FileMaker Pro license.
Kiosk demos or self running demos of solution.
All the catalogs on DVD for giving away for free.
Small business solutions which normally start very small with a runtime and later go to Pro/Server when business grows.
If FileMaker Inc. really cancels the runtimes, a lot of FileMaker developers can no longer stay in business as they can't migrate everyone to FM Pro. Not to forget that FileMaker just raised a few prices on their price list.
There can be a hope that they offer something like FileMaker Go for Mac and Windows to fill the gap. So FileMaker Go for desktop with a database file and you have more or less the runtime back.
Just today FileMaker 14 was released. The big change for me is 64-bit. Our plugin has been ready for 64-bit for a long time, as the Server used 64-bit before. Now it's 64-bit for everyone and you should make sure you have current plugins for best results.
If you use our SQL, Twain, LibXL, DynaPDF and other functions relaying on library files, be sure to have those in 64-bit, too. If you don't have TAPI driver in 64-bit, you should keep your solution running as 32-bit.
For the syntax coloring in FileMaker, the MBS Plugin can still overwrite FileMaker's colors and provide much more flexible rules for colors. Like red color if a called script is missing or checking calculation syntax to highlight wrong brackets.
With MBS FileMaker Plugin 5.0, everything should work already as we tested a lot with beta versions. With 5.1 we will probably fix a few minor things we'll encounter in the next days. If you like to try, use our 5.1pr7 release: Prerelease Download
Enjoy the new version, test it and please email us if you see an issue.
Just today I verified again that our calendar functions do work on a server. But you need to install the server to run with a local user account, because the server will see the calendars of this account only. Normally you would install FM Server with the user account fmserver, but that one has no calendars!
Once server runs with normal user account, it can access calendars. Enjoy!
We are less than 30 days away from the upcoming dotfmp conference where you can meet me:
Berlin, Germany - 6 February 2015
We are pleased to announce the 3rd edition of THE pan-European Unconference for FileMaker Developer, .fmp[x]Berlin 2015.
Taking place from 4 − 6 June 2015 in the Hotel Upstalsboom Berlin, some of the finest brains of the European Software-Developer community will be meeting on a personal basis to exchange ideas and share knowledge.
This high-level content, all about the latest versions of the FileMaker Platform, will be accompanied by some special features that are not available elsewhere!
In terms of award-giving, unconference regulars will be pleased to know that the omnipresent 'dotfmp award for the longest journey’ will be better than ever. This not-to-be-taken-too-seriously event will continue to offer prizes and merriment. It will be joined by the "dotfmp Certification Exam for FileMaker Pro 2”, a nostalgic trip harking back to the beginning of software development. And, last but not least, the "Developer Passport” will honour the efforts of the most-dedicated developers in a very different way!
All this is framed by a very special supporting program. Starting on Wednesday 3rd, there will be the chance to hangout in one of the oldest beer gardens in Berlin. Delegates will be able to visit specialty restaurants on Friday 5th and to enjoy a Thuringian Barbecue on Saturday 6th. Closing, on Sunday, 7th is left free for sight-seeing to the many famous sights places and sights in Berlin.
.fmp[x]Berlin has been growing by 25% each year and has become an inherent part of the yearly schedule of the most important developers across the world. As such, this is the first time we have to limit the seats to a maximum of 80 attendees. In order to secure a place at this high-level event in one of the most exciting cities, register on the website now!