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MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.0pr9


New in this prerelease of version 8.0 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Circle crop images in FileMaker with MBS Plugin


Once again a client asked for some help with image editing in FileMaker. An imported picture should be scaled to a given size and than be cropped to a round image. Of course there are no round images, just images with alpha channels to give the illusion the image may be round.

We created the following example script to first read in the image from a container field. We create a temporary image with transparent background of the source size and composite the existing image into that. Next we scale it to the requested size. 

Next we create a new image where we draw the cirlce for the mask and we apply this mask to the scaled down image. Next we compose this image into our final image to apply the mask and write it to a container as PNG image file: 

# Read in source image

Set Variable [ $SourceImage ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.NewFromContainer"; Clip Image::Input ) ] 

Set Variable [ $sourceWidth ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.GetWidth"; $SourceImage) ] 

Set Variable [ $sourceHeight ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.GetHeight"; $SourceImage) ] 

# Scale to dest size

Set Variable [ $sourceSize ; Value: If($sourceWidth > $sourceHeight; $sourceHeight; $sourceWidth) ] 

Set Variable [ $destWidth ; Value: GetAsNumber ( Clip Image::Width ) ] 

Set Variable [ $destHeight ; Value: GetAsNumber ( Clip Image::Height ) ] 

Set Variable [ $destSize ; Value: If($destWidth > $destHeight; $destHeight; $destWidth) ] 

Set Variable [ $tempImage ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.New"; $sourceSize & "x" & $sourceSize; "transparent" ) ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.CompositeXY"; $tempImage; $sourceImage; -($sourceWidth-$sourceSize)/2; -($sourceHeight-$sourceSize)/2; 1) ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.Scale"; $tempImage; $destSize & "x" & $destSize ) ] 

# Build mask

Set Variable [ $clipImage ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.New"; $destSize & "x" & $destSize; "transparent" ) ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.SetFillColor"; $clipImage; "black" ) ] 

Set Variable [ $radius ; Value: $destSize/2 ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.DrawCircle"; $clipImage; $radius; $radius; 0; $radius ) ] 

# Apply mask

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.CopyChannel"; $tempImage; "Opacity"; $clipImage; "Opacity") ] 

# Create destination image

Set Variable [ $destImage ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.New"; $destWidth & "x" & $destHeight; "transparent") ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.CompositeXY"; $destImage; $tempImage; ($destWidth-$destSize)/2; ($destHeight-$destSize)/2; 1) ] 

Set Field [ Clip Image::Output ; MBS( "GMImage.WriteToPNGContainer"; $destImage) ] 

# Memory cleanup

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.Destroy"; $SourceImage) ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.Destroy"; $tempImage) ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.Destroy"; $destImage) ] 

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "GMImage.Destroy"; $clipImage) ] 

 
As you see this is a multi step approach and looks complicated, but sometimes you need to prepare an extra image for the mask (or alpha channel) you like and compose things together as needed.

You can extend this and draw some text on top, some border around or watermark it with a logo. 

PS: Looks like MBS FileMaker Plugin has more GraphicsMagick functions than FileMaker has built-in functions for calculations.


Prices for FileMaker Developer Conference 2018


As stated in the FileMaker community, registration will open in February. The training on Monday 6th will cost $399. Keynote will start later that evening, probably at 6pm and is followed with the welcome reception.
Prices for the conference are $1299 Early Early Bird - through March 15, $1399 Early Bird - through May 31 and $1499 USD Standard.



August 6-9, 2018 | Gaylord Texan Resort | Grapevine, Texas

This is a fantastic conference hotel with 1500 rooms, 10 restaurants, several pools indoor and outdoor. And as may know this was my guess for the conference hotel.

Registration starts end of February 2018. Rooms can be reserved on the hotel website ($189 +tax per night). As you can cancel rooms and they may run out of them, you better reserve now a room and block the week in your calendar! See you there at the MBS booth.

FileMaker und Xojo Stammtisch in Passau


On my next visit to Passau, I'd love to make another FileMaker & Xojo developer meeting:

Wer hat Interesse an einem FileMaker Entwicklertreffen im März 2018 in der Nähe von Passau?

Einfach in gemütlicher Runde treffen in einem netten Restaurant und beim Abendessen was über FileMaker und/oder Xojo schnacken. Vielleicht habt ihr ja auch Fragen und Probleme, wo ich helfen kann?

Zeit wäre ca. 18 bis 22 Uhr, so dass man auch später kommen oder früher gehen kann.

Bei Interesse bitte in die Liste eintragen.

Falls sonst noch Bedarf an Schulung, vor Ort Entwicklung oder FileMaker/Xojo Hilfe besteht, bitte wegen Terminfindung bald melden.

Farm Time, The Mini Movie


FileMaker Inc. started a new ad campaign #FarmTime to promote the FileMaker brand:

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.0pr8


New in this prerelease of version 8.0 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

FileMaker Stammtisch in Hamburg


On my next visit to Hamburg, I'd love to make another FileMaker developer meeting:

Wer hat Interesse an einem FileMaker Entwicklertreffen am 27. oder 28. Juni 2018 in Hamburg?

Einfach in gemütlicher Runde treffen in einem netten Restaurant und beim Abendessen was über FileMaker schnacken. Vielleicht habt ihr ja auch Fragen und Probleme, wo ich helfen kann?

Zeit wäre ca. 18 bis 22 Uhr, so dass man auch später kommen oder früher gehen kann.

Bei Interesse bitte in die Liste eintragen.

Falls sonst noch Bedarf an Schulung, vor Ort Entwicklung oder FileMaker/Xojo Hilfe besteht, bitte wegen Terminfindung bald melden.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.0pr7


New in this prerelease of version 8.0 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

FileMaker Developer Meeting for Denver


Due to the Xojo Developer Conference, we will come to Denver, Colorado in April 2018.
So let's organize a FileMaker developer meeting!
Anyone interested?

Currently we'd like to know if there is interest for a dinner meeting or more?

Please fill the survey.
Dates is around 20th to 28th April 2018 on one of the evenings.

For a dinner, we would just meet in a restaurant and chat. If we get a bigger group, maybe get a separate room and with a screen and projector, so you an show something if you like.

If you are interested in some private consulting or training, let me know and we can arrange an appointment.

Disclosure Triangle in Button Setup dialog


The normal button setup panel in FileMaker 16 looks like the left picture here:



With MBS Plugin we optionally change the colors to be more black/white and make the panel resizable. This looks like this for version 7.5 in the right panel.

The disclosure triangle for the panel is difficult to see, so for the upcoming version 8.0, we color it light gray:



We highlighted the triangle in the right screenshot. Enjoy!

The dialog is localized and may look different depending on your language. But as we know the plugin function work independent of the texts, so it should work fine in any language.

FileMaker Developer Meeting for Stockholm


Due to the CURL conference, we will come to Stockholm in April.
So let's organize a FileMaker developer meeting! Anyone interested?

Currently we'd like to know if there is interest for a dinner meeting or more?

Please fill the survey.
Dates is around 12th to 16th April 2018 on one of the evenings.

For a dinner, we would just meet in a restaurant and chat. If we get a bigger group, maybe get a separate room and with a screen and projector, so you an show something if you like.

If you are interested in some private consulting or training, let me know and we can arrange an appointment.

MBS Booth for FileMaker Developer Conference 2018


Today we signed up for a booth for the upcoming FileMaker DevCon 2018. Please come by and say hello.



August 6-9, 2018 | Gaylord Texan Resort | Grapevine, Texas

This is a fantastic conference hotel with 1500 rooms, 10 restaurants, several pools indoor and outdoor. And as may know this was my guess for the conference hotels. As FileMaker DevCon grew to 1600 attendees, you need big facilities. FileMaker loves to use the Apple rates in Marriott hotels and as you may know there are not many huge hotels available for such a great event.

Registration starts end of February 2018. Rooms can be reserved on the hotel website. As you can cancel rooms and they may run out of them, you better reserve now a room and block the week in your calendar! See you there.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.0pr6


New in this prerelease of version 8.0 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • Fixed bug search for FileMaker 15 to redraw table when editing search text to give instant search results (failed only in FMP15).
  • Added Socket.LocalPort and Socket.LocalIP functions.
  • The preferences dialog now warns if you run a beta version after release.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

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