Image Zoom in Container


You remember my blog post Interactive FileMaker Containers are Webviewers?

Today we had more fun with images:



As you see we can zoom in for images in interactive containers using JavaScript and our WebView.RunJavaScript function. And of course we can center the zoomed image or scroll to any position.

Here the function call to switch width and height of the image to nature size:

MBS("WebView.RunJavaScript""ImageContainer";

 

// get image into variable

"img = document.getElementsByTagName('img')[0];" &

 

// remove CSS

"img.style = '';" &

 

// set width and height to 500px

"img.width = img.naturalWidth;" &

"img.height = img.naturalHeight;" )

And to scroll in the center position.

MBS("WebView.RunJavaScript""ImageContainer";

 

"document.body.scrollLeft = (document.body.scrollWidth - window.innerWidth)/2;" &

"document.body.scrollTop = (document.body.scrollHeight - window.innerHeight)/2;") 

This example will be included with next prerelease. Please do not hestiate to contact me for questions or to get a copy by email.


FileMaker Magazin 1/2017


Die neue Ausgabe vom FileMaker Magazin ist da. Im 143. Heft erwartet Sie:
  • Plugin-Installation
    Wie man FileMaker Plugins richtig installiert | Christian Schmitz
  • Wer Backups macht, ist nicht feige, sondern klug
    Automatische Backups mit Historie in FileMaker | Markus Schall
  • Schnell, schneller, FMPerception
    Ein neues Analys-Tool für FileMaker | Jörg Köster
  • Beezwax InspectorPro 6
    Wieso ist ein Analysewerkzeug für FileMaker Datenbanken hilfreich? | Thomas Hirt
  • Per Shellscript scannen
    Dokumentenerfassung ohne Plugin | Gunnar Wehrhahn
  • Portale im Eingabemodus
    Eine einfache Möglichkeit zur Dateneingabe | Rudolf Lehn
  • Erstellen einer einfachen Anwendung mit FileMaker
    Ein Volltextsucharchiv für das FileMaker Magazin und Zeitschriften im PDF-Format, Teil 5 | Burkhard Quenzler
  • Das Problem der Scheinselbstständigkeit
    Vorsicht Falle! | Christoph Kluss
  • Das klingt irgendwie logisch
    Ein Funktionensystem für Logikoperationen auf Bitniveau, Teil 1 | Erich Schmidt
  • FMM Titelwahl 2016
    Favorit gesucht | FMM Redaktion
  • Leserbrief
    Zur Buchbesprechung FMM_201606 „FileMaker 15 für alles und jeden“ | Rainer Maschke
  • Ein Samstagmorgen im Verlag
    Stelldichein bei Sekt & Schnittchen | FMM Redaktion
Zudem Neuigkeiten, Kleinanzeigen, aktuelle Versionen, Adressen, Stammtische und vieles mehr.
Ein Abo sei allen FileMaker Anwendern mit Deutschkenntnissen empfohlen :-)

FileMaker DevCon 2017 with MBS booth




See you in Phoenix Arizona for the FileMaker Developer Conference, 24th to 27th July 2017.
MBS will be present with a booth in the vendor area. If you like to join the conference, be sure to buy your ticket till 28th February for the best price.

A Calendar running in WebViewer in FileMaker


On a recent trip to Switzerland I had a training day and spontaneously we created an example project using a JavaScript based calendar in a WebViewer.
We use a lot of MBS Plugin functions to initialize this and run the JavaScript.

Calendar in FileMaker with MBS Plugin

While we will include it with next plugins in examples, this is only half done. So take the chance to learn and see how you can call JavaScript and catch events.

Next trainings:

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.1pr3


New in this prerelease of the 7.1 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder. PS: Due to an oversight, this pr3 plugin has 2 as version number.

Create PDF with Embedded Links in FileMaker using MBS Plugin


One of our plugin users, Kevin Frank, wrote a nice article on his filemakerhacks blog about using embedded links in a PDF document.

With FileMaker you can create PDFs from your records. Using DynaPDF functions in MBS Plugin you can merge several PDFs, but how to do a table of contents page?
Kevin explains how he uses our plugin to add the clickable links on the first page with the list of topics, so each click jumps to the right page.

Read yourself here: filemakerhacks.com/2017/02/21/pdf-with-embedded-links/

Thanks for sharing and for asking for more functions. You need plugin version 7.0 or later for the example.

Using Apple's Global Service Exchange web service in FileMaker


Quite a few Apple shops use FileMaker and/or Xojo for their development of in-house tools. A common request is to use Apple's webservices to query warranty status. So today I want to show some scripts on how to do this. First of course you have to ask Apple for a GSX login which may require some paperwork. Next you need to white list your static IP for their webservice and get the credentials.
 
You request a certificate from Apple, so you generate a private key. The tricky key is to copy the private key with the certificate into one pem file. This pem file is than used wiht our script. Also please download a standard cacert.pem file with root certificates.
The first script logs into the webservice from Apple. We pass the user id and service account id in the login request. 
 
#Parameters

Set Variable [$path; Value:"/path to files/"]

Set Variable [$userid; Value:"xxx"]

Set Variable [$serviceAccountNo; Value:"yyy"]

Set Variable [$PrivateKeyPassword; Value:"secret password"]

#Build the XML

Set Variable [$xml; Value:GSX::Login XML Template]

Set Variable [$xml; Value:Substitute($xml; "$userId$"; MBS("Text.EncodeToXML"; $userid))]

Set Variable [$xml; Value:Substitute($xml; "$serviceAccountNo$"; MBS("Text.EncodeToXML"; $serviceAccountNo))]

#Start curl session

Set Variable [$curl; Value:MBS("CURL.New")]

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("CURL.SetOptionURL";$curl; "https://gsxapi.apple.com:443/gsx-ws/services/emea/asp")]

#We use a PEM file with private key and our certificate

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("CURL.SetOptionSSLCertType"; $curl; "PEM")]

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("CURL.SetOptionKeyPassword"; $curl; $PrivateKeyPassword)]

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("CURL.SetOptionSSLCert"; $curl; $path & "your.pem")]

#and the usual root certificates

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("CURL.SetOptionCAINFO"; $curl; $path & "cacert.pem")]

#Use TLS v.1.2

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("CURL.SetOptionSSLVersion"; $curl; 6) // TLS v1.2]

#Wait for 10 seconds

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("CURL.SetOptionTimeOut"; $curl; 10)]

#Specify content type and SOAP Action for webservice

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("CURL.SetOptionHTTPHeader"; $curl; "Content-Type: text/xml; charset=UTF-8"; "SOAPAction: \"urn:authenticate\"")]

#Pass XML to CURL

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("CURL.SetOptionPostFields"; $curl; $xml)]

#Run the request

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("CURL.Perform"; $curl)]

#Check result by storing result, debug log and output data in fields

Set Variable [$httpResponse; Value:MBS( "CURL.GetResponseCode"; $curl )]

Set Field [GSX::CURL Result; $r]

Set Field [GSX::CURL Input; $xml]

Set Field [GSX::CURL Debug; MBS("CURL.GetDebugAsText"; $curl; "UTF8")]

Set Field [GSX::CURL Output; MBS("CURL.GetResultAsText"; $curl; "UTF8")]

If [$r = "OK" and $httpResponse = 200]

#on success, get our session id

Set Field [GSX::SessionID; MBS("Text.FindBetween"; GSX::CURL Output; "<userSessionId>"; "</userSessionId>")]

End If

#always clean up

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("CURL.Cleanup")]


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Workshop zum MBS FileMaker Plugin @ Denkform


For our German speaking clients we have a workshop day: In Zusammenarbeit mit der DenkForm GmbH bieten wir eine Schulung zum MBS Plugin an. Am 2. März 2017 (und 7. Dezember 2017) können Sie in Hofheim am Taunus an einer eintägigen Schulung teilnehmen. Lernen Sie die über 4400 Funktionen einmal näher kennen und wie Sie sie effektiv einsetzen. Sammeln Sie Ideen und verbessern Sie ihre FileMaker Lösungen durch den Einsatz unseres Plugins. Das Monkeybread Software Plugin für FileMaker stellt eine vielseitige Erweiterung der eigenen Datenbank dar. Der Kurs bietet nicht nur einen tiefgreifenden Überblick in die Benutzung und Entwicklung, sondern bietet auch die Chance das Plugin günstiger zu erstehen.
  • Einführung in das MBS Plugin
  • Überblick über die Funktionsbereiche
  • Neues im MBS Plugin dieses Jahr
  • Rundgang durch ausgewählte Beispiele
  • Gemeinsames Implementieren von Plugin Funktionen in eine Datenbank:
  • Upload/Download mit CURL auf einen HTTP/FTP Server
  • Ausfüllen eines Formulares auf einer Webseite
  • Bilder bearbeiten
  • PDF Verarbeitung
  • Druckerfunktionen
  • Adressbuch und Kontakte abfragen bei Mac OS X.
  • Fragen und Antworten
Die Teilnahme kostet 99 Euro inkl. MWSt. und Verpflegung. Details und Anmeldung bei der Denkform. Im Anschluss geht es noch zur Pizzeria zum FileMaker Stammtisch Rhein-Main. An jedem ersten Donnerstag im Monat findet ab 19 Uhr der "FileMaker Stammtisch Rhein-Main" statt, zu dem jeder herzlichst eingeladen ist. PS: Die Schulung findet statt.

Dash help archives for Xojo and FileMaker


For browsing help files, the Dash application is very useful on Mac and iOS.

Here you can click to launch Dash and install our plugin help:
MBS Xojo Plugin and MBS FileMaker Plugin

You can download the archives manually on our website:
FileMaker and Xojo (Real Studio).

You can also add Xojo documentation itself to your dash set, see download in preferences dialog.
For FileMaker you find the docsets for v15 here: FileMaker Dash Docsets

Feedback is welcome.

Worldwide first curl conference in Germany, March 2017


On the weekend of March 18-19, 2017, the first ever curl conference is taking place is Nuremberg, Germany.

Users, developers, binding authors, application authors, curl maintainers, libcurl hackers and other people with a curl interest are welcome!

I will be there and finally meet the curl people. I've been using curl for various projects including Xojo and FileMaker plugins for over 10 years.
Do you also come?

Dialogs with more buttons in FileMaker


Today I presented my MBS Plugin and showed with a lot of other things my Dialog functions. Someone asked how many buttons we can have and they had the wish to show more than three:

So for next plugin version, we can have up to 10 buttons.
Mac and Windows. Want to try? Just email me.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.1pr2


New in this prerelease of the 7.1 MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • Updated DynaPDF to version 4.0.8.21.
  • Added DPI support to various functions returning images.
  • Updated SQLite to 3.17.0 prerelease version.
  • Fixed a problem in Audit which caused a crash if no FieldID was found.
  • Changed Printer.Print to make printer name optional.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

FileMaker Custom function to query a value from other table or file


Today I have a custom function for FileMaker for you. It allows you to query any value in your databases by referring to the record by a field and it's value.
This can avoid complex relations if you just run a little query:

// Custom Function QueryValue

//

// Parameter:

// theFileName: the file name of the database. Empty for current.

// theFieldToQuery: the field name we want to query

// theFieldToMatch: The field to look for (primary field). Can be RowID for record ID.

// theValueToMatch: The value of the match field. Must match in data type

// 

 

Let ( [

// put quotes around field names unless it is RowID

theFieldToMatch = If(theFieldToMatch = "RowID"; theFieldToMatch; "\"" & theFieldToMatch & "\"");

theFieldToQuery = If(theFieldToQuery = "RowID"; theFieldToQuery; "\"" & theFieldToQuery & "\"");

 

// put quotes around the table name

theTable =  "\"" & theTable & "\"";

 

// Now run query

SQLRef = MBS( "FM.SQL.Execute"; theFilename; "SELECT " & theFieldToQuery & " FROM " & theTable & " WHERE " & theFieldToMatch & " = ?"; theValueToSearch);

 

// if no error, get first value

result = If(MBS("IsError"); SQLRef; MBS( "FM.SQL.Field"; SQLRef; 0; 0 ));

 

// if no error, release the recordset from memory

r = If(MBS("IsError"); ""; MBS( "FM.SQL.Release"; SQLRef ))

 

// return result

] ; result )

By using FM.SQL.Field, we get the field in it's original data type. So a container stays a container and a number stays a number. Converting to text would destroy them and cause problems. For example you can use this query to show a picture (container field) of a user if you know the user's login name for the query:

Set Field [Test::Picture; QueryValue(Get(FileName); "Picture"; "PersonID"; $PersonID) ] 

The advantage is that you don't need a relation and you can query it at any time anywhere.  

A special field name is RowID which allows you to query with using record ID. This is internal FileMaker number for a record which you query by Get(RecordID).

Works with current MBS Plugin and FileMaker with FileMaker 11 and newer.


Tip of the day: Connect to MySQL and run a query


With MBS Plugins you can connect to various databases from Xojo and FileMaker.
As you may know we support Centura SQLBase, DB2, Firebird, Informix, InterBase, MariaDB, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, ODBC, Oracle Database Server, PostgreSQL, SQL Anywhere, SQLite, SQLCipher and Sybase. 
 
Here an example script for FileMaker using MySQL: 
 

#Start a new connection

Set Variable [$Connection; Value:MBS("SQL.NewConnection")]

#Tell plugin where MySQL library is (put it where you like)

Set Variable [$result; Value:MBS("SQL.SetConnectionOption"; $Connection; "MYSQL.LIBS"; "/Users/cs/Desktop/libmysqlclient.dylib")]

#Connect to a mysql database:

Set Variable [$result; Value:MBS("SQL.Connect"; $Connection; "192.168.11.51@Server_Config"; "user"; "password"; "MySQL")]

If [$result  ≠  "OK"]

#Connection failed

Show Custom Dialog ["Error: " & $result]

Set Variable [$result; Value:MBS("SQL.FreeConnection"; $Connection)]

Halt Script

Else

#Create a query:

Set Variable [$Command; Value:MBS("SQL.NewCommand"; $Connection; "SELECT * FROM Server_Config where ServerName=:Name")]

#If you use parameters, you can fill them here

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("SQL.SetParamAsText"; $Command; "Name"; "MacMini")]

#Execute it

Set Variable [$result; Value:MBS("SQL.Execute"; $Command)]

If [$result  ≠ "OK"]

Set Field [MySQL Query::Result; $result]

Show Custom Dialog ["Error: " & $result]

Else

Set Variable [$lines; Value:""]

Set Variable [$fieldcount; Value:MBS("SQL.FieldCount"; $command)]

Loop

#call FetchNext to get the next record

Set Variable [$result; Value:MBS("SQL.FetchNext"; $Command)]

Exit Loop If [$result  ≠ 1]

Set Variable [$line; Value:""]

Set Variable [$i; Value:1]

Loop

#We query field names and values to show them later

Set Variable [$v; Value:MBS("SQL.GetFieldAsText"; $command; $i)]

Set Variable [$n; Value:MBS("SQL.GetFieldName"; $command; $i)]

Set Variable [$line; Value:$line &  $n & ": " & $v & ¶]

Set Variable [$i; Value:$i+1]

Exit Loop If [$i > $fieldCount]

End Loop

Set Variable [$lines; Value:$lines & ($line & ¶)]

End Loop

Set Variable [$lines; Value:$lines & ¶]

Show Custom Dialog ["Result from Query:"; $lines]

End If

#Cleanup

Set Variable [$result2; Value:MBS("SQL.FreeCommand"; $Command)]

End If

Set Variable [$result2; Value:MBS("SQL.FreeConnection"; $Connection)]

 
As you notice some database types like MySQL, PostgreSQL, DB2, Oracle, Firebird and others need a client library. We point the plugin to load the client library which must match the bit number from FileMaker or Xojo. Once we are connected, we can run several queries over the connnection and usually keep it open while the application does its work.

English MBS Plugin training in Netherlands


The people from FileMaker Developers Nederland organize regularly FileMaker meetings in Netherlands. They asked me to offer some insight into the MBS Plugin, so we invite to an MBS Event for Saturday 11th March 2017 to de Schakel, Utrecht:

Wat zou FileMaker zijn zonder de plugin van Monkeybread Software? Deze plugin biedt FileMaker ongekende uitbreidingsmogelijkheden voor een aanvaardbare prijs.

De dag wordt ingeleid en begeleid door Christian Schmitz, de maker van de plugin. Zijn nieuwe versie 7 omvat Inmiddels ruim 4400 functies verdeeld over 169 groepen. De functies zijn grotendeels Windows, Mac en FM Server compatible.

Tijdens de dag gaan we aan de slag met CURL (o.a. email, ftp), file-manipulaties, Restful API, SQL en functies die grappig en handig zijn.

Daarnaast zal Christian de verbeelding stimuleren door een vooruitblik te geven op nieuwe functies. Uiteraard is er gelegenheid voor vragen.

Voor een lunch wordt gezorgd, daarna is een borrel op eigen kosten.

Het evenement vindt plaats in Vleuten nabij Utrecht en is goed bereikbaar met auto (gratis parkeren) en openbaar vervoer. Om de onkosten te dekken vragen we voor deze Meetup €50,= excl BTW.

Deelnemers moeten eigen laptop meenemen en zelf zorgen voor installatie van de laatste versie van de MBS Plugin.

in English:

Where would FileMaker be without the plugin from MonkeyBread Software? This plugin offers an unprecedented array of functions for a very reasonable price.
Our MeetUp event will start with an introduction by Christian Schmitz, who created the plugin. The new version 7 offers an impressive 4400 functions, in 169 groups. Many of them are cross-platform and even support FileMaker Server.

During the day, we will get our hands on CURL (including e-mail communication, FTP), file and folder manipulation, use of the plugin for RESTful programming and SQL, among other things.
Christian will be around to answer questions and we hope he will also gives us a glimpse of future developments as well.

The Event will be held in Vleuten near Utrecht. The location is easily accessible by car and public transport. To cover the expenses, we charge a fee of €50,- pp. excl. VAT, which includes the lunch.
Participants are invited to bring their won laptop and take care of the installation of latest version of the plugin themselves.

This is an English speaking event and I hope to see a lot of people from Netherlands or areas around. Sign up on Meetup or contact the organizer Hans Erik Hazelhorst.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.1pr1


New in this prerelease of the 7.1 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

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