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MBS FileMaker Plugin 9.2 - More than 5800 Functions In One Plugin


Nickenich, Germany - (May 21st, 2019) -- MonkeyBread Software today is pleased to announce MBS FileMaker Plugin 9.2 for macOS, iOS, Linux and 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, macOS, iOS 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 9.2 has been updated and now includes over 5800 different functions, and the versatile plugin has gained more new functions:

For MacOS Mojave we added new ContinuityCamera functions. Those allow you to start a process where a nearby iOS device is asked to take a picture and return the picture to the Mac. You can use both iPhones and iPads nearby with at least iOS 12. If you have multiple devices, you can show a popup menu to pick one. And you can choose to scan a document, which allows to merge several pictures taken into one PDF document.

If you like our data structure functions, you may enjoy the new Matrix functions. They provide you a 2D array data structure which preserves the data type of the values. You can fill them with SQL in FileMaker and query their content as text if needed.

As you may know we have printer functions for both MacOS and Windows. For MacOS we got a new set of PageSetupDialog functions to script the page setup dialog. You can select options there automatically and even decide to not show the dialog at all. This allows you to set different paper format for print preview or PDF creation.

We added new TextView functions for MacOS, Windows and iOS to create a plugin controlled text field on a layout. This control is independent from FileMaker and doesn't belong to a record or a layout. It features already functions to load and save styled text, RTF and HTML. You can configure it to use the OS provided spell checker.

On MacOS if you press command-R in a text area for entering calculation or custom functions, you can see the ruler and we add more tab steps for you. You can press Command-I to show invisible characters.

For DynaPDF we added a function to convert colors in PDF pages to e.g. gray scales. You can set PDF viewing preferences, e.g. to open a PDF document with showing two pages at a time. DynaPDF.Initialize got updated for iOS to allow use of DynaPDF library or framework.

Our ListDialog functions can show more than one column and show column headers. You can show dialogs for PKCS12 and X509 on MacOS to show details for them.

If you enjoy our MapView functions to use Apple Maps in FileMaker, please check the new functions to calculate directions. You can show routes in the MapView and get them detailed as JSON. You can format and parse distances for the user in localized format.

Our Drag & Drop control can accept RTF and HTML text data and return it to you. Merging Word files can add a page break in-between. Printing with PDFKit has more options to set. GraphicsMagick can return attributes as JSON and Screen.Scale function tells you the scale of a display.

Finally we updated CURL to version 7.64.1, DynaPDF to 4.0.27.80, SQLite to 3.28.0 and Xcode to 10.2. LibXL is updated to version 3.8.5 for MacOS and 3.8.5.1 for Linux and Windows.

See release notes for a complete list of changes.

Neues MBS FileMaker Plugin 9.2


21. Mai 2019 - Monkeybread Software veröffentlicht heute das MBS Plugin für FileMaker in Version 9.2, mit inzwischen über 5800 Funktionen eines der größten FileMaker Plugins überhaupt. Hier einige der Neuerungen:

Für MacOS Mojave haben wir neue ContinuityCamera Funktionen, mit denen Sie ein Foto auf einem iOS-Gerät in der Nähe aufnehmen können. Das Bild wird dann auf den Mac übertragen. Sie können sowohl iPhones als auch iPads in der Nähe mit mindestens iOS 12 verwenden. Wenn Sie über mehrere Geräte verfügen, können Sie ein Popup-Menü anzeigen, um ein Gerät auszuwählen. Sie können auch ein Dokument scannen, um mehrere Bilder zu einem PDF-Dokument zusammenzuführen.

Wenn Sie unsere Funktionen für Datenstruktur mögen, schauen Sie sich die neuen Matrix Funktionen einmal an. Sie bieten Ihnen eine 2D-Array-Datenstruktur, die den Datentyp für die Werte beibehält. Sie können sie in FileMaker per SQL füllen und ihren Inhalt bei Bedarf als Text abfragen.

Wie Sie vielleicht wissen, haben wir Druckerfunktionen für MacOS und Windows. Für MacOS haben wir einen neuen Satz von PageSetupDialog Funktionen, um den Dialog zur Seiteneinrichtung zu skripten. Sie können dort automatisch Optionen auswählen und sogar festlegen, dass der Dialog überhaupt nicht angezeigt wird. Auf diese Weise können Sie verschiedene Papierformate für die Druckvorschau oder die PDF-Erstellung festlegen.

Wir haben neue TextView Funktionen für MacOS, Windows und iOS hinzugefügt, um ein Plugin-gesteuertes Textfeld in einem Layout zu erstellen. Dieses Steuerelement ist unabhängig von FileMaker und gehört nicht zu einem Datensatz oder Layout. Es bietet bereits Funktionen zum Laden und Speichern von formatiertem Text, RTF und HTML. Sie können es so konfigurieren, dass die vom Betriebssystem bereitgestellte Rechtschreibprüfung verwendet wird.

Wenn Sie unter MacOS Befehl-R in einem Textbereich drücken, um Berechnungs- oder benutzerdefinierte Funktionen einzugeben, wird das Lineal angezeigt und es werden weitere Tabs eingefügt. Sie können Befehl-I drücken um unsichtbare Zeichen anzuzeigen.

Für DynaPDF haben wir eine Funktion zum Konvertieren von Farben in PDF-Seiten in z.B. Graustufen. Sie können die PDF-Anzeigeeinstellungen festlegen, z.B. um ein PDF Dokument mit zwei Seiten gleichzeitig zu öffnen. DynaPDF.Initialize wurde aktualisiert, damit iOS die DynaPDF-Bibliothek oder das Framework verwenden kann.

Unsere ListDialog Funktionen können mehr als eine Spalte und Spaltenüberschriften anzeigen. Sie können Dialogfelder für PKCS12 und X509 unter MacOS anzeigen, um Details für diese anzuzeigen.

Wenn Sie mit unseren MapView Funktionen Apple Maps in FileMaker verwenden, dann können Sie jetzt Routen planen. Sie können die gefunden Routen im MapView anzeigen und als JSON detailliert abfragen. Entfernungen können Sie formatieren für den Benutzer oder aus Benutzerausgaben auslesen.

Unser Drag & Drop Steuerelement kann RTF- und HTML-Textdaten akzeptieren und an Sie zurückgeben. Beim Zusammenführen von Word-Dateien kann ein Seitenumbruch eingefügt werden. Drucken mit PDFKit hat mehr Optionen zum Einstellen. GraphicsMagick kann Attribute als JSON zurückgeben und die Screen.Scale Funktion den Maßstab einer Anzeige angibt.

Schließlich haben wir CURL auf Version 7.64.1, DynaPDF auf 4.0.27.80, SQLite auf 3.28.0 und Xcode auf 10.2 aktualisiert. LibXL ist auf Version 3.8.5 für MacOS und 3.8.5.1 für Linux und Windows aktualisiert.

Alle Änderungen in den Release Notes.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.2pr8


New in this prerelease of version 9.2 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin:
  • Updated DynaPDF to version 4.0.27.80.
  • Added Calendar.Initialize function.
  • Updated LibXL to version 3.8.5.1 for Linux and Windows.
  • Changed SystemInfo.MACAddress for Windows to look for Ethernet port first, than for Wifi and than for other adapters.
  • Changed SystemInfo.HardDiscSerial for Windows to make sure to ignore removable media.
Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

FileMaker DevCon ISTANBUL


Cabitas, a FileMaker Business Alliance Partner in Turkey, and Winsoft, the provider of various localized versions of FileMaker, host a FileMaker developer conference in Istanbul. Please join the first devcon in Istanbul to connect and collaborate with other developers, experts, and advocates.



Monkeybread Software is happy to sponsor the event and maybe even present in a future year.
Sign-up on the website: filemakerdevcon.ist

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.2pr7


New in this prerelease of version 9.2 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

New column names in an Excel document


If you want to export data from your FileMaker solution regularly as Excel document, perhaps you want to change the column headers every time. Maybe because you have a long grown database and the column names do not fit anymore. Maybe you work in an international company and need the column names in different languages. Perhaps you changed the column names manually so far, but now is the time to automate it. In huge databases this can be a very annoying task and waste a lot of time. I want to show you one way to make this automatically for your database with the help of the MBS FileMaker Plugin and LibXL. 

In this example we load the previously exported Excel file, change the column names and save it with the optional saving dialog. 

  

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FileMaker Stammtisch in Wien


Wer hat Interesse an einem FileMaker Entwicklertreffen im Juni in Wien?

Einfach in gemütlicher Runde treffen in einem netten Restaurant und beim Abendessen was über FileMaker reden. 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. So ungefähr einen Abend im Bereich von 23. bis 28. Juni.
Treffpunkt steht noch nicht fest.

Bei Interesse bitte bei mir melden.

Termin steht fest: 26. Juni 2019

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

FileMaker Magazin - MBS Artikel


Wir haben die Artikel zum MBS Plugin aus dem FileMaker Magazin gesammelt hier online gestellt: FileMaker Magazin Artikel.

Wir empfehlen allen FileMaker Anwender ein Abo vom Magazin und den Kauf der alten Ausgaben. Das FileMaker Magazin ist eine exzellente Quelle von Informationen, Anleitungen und Profitips.


Three months till FileMaker Developer Conference 2019


Just three months left till the FileMaker Developer Conference in Orlando. Please join about 1500 other FileMaker enthusiasts and learn what's new in FileMaker 18 and coming up on the roadmap. As conference sponsors Monkeybread Software got a booth and a vendor session to present the latest features of the MBS Plugin.



Sign up for FileMaker DevCon 2019 before June 7th to save $200 on the ticket. Sign up as group with 3 or more to get a discount on the tickets. Don't forget to add training day and reserve a room as long as rooms are available.

See you in Orlando!

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.2pr6


New in this prerelease of version 9.2 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.2pr5


New in this prerelease of version 9.2 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

List Dialogs with headers


And after adding multiple columns to our ListDialog functions, we got the wish for a header, so we added that, too. Here a screenshot from MacOS:

You just need to call ListDialog.SetColumnCount for the number of columns, then one call to ListDialog.SetColumnHeader function for each title. Finally add text rows with tabs as separator. The list can be filled easily with a SQL query if needed.

Coming soon for next MBS Plugin 9.2 prerelease.

List Dialogs with multiple columns


Just today our ListDialog functions got support for multiple columns in a list dialog. Here a screenshot for MacOS:

and one for Windows:

You just need to call ListDialog.SetColumnCount for the number of columns you need and then add text rows with tabs as separator. So it can be filled easily with a SQL query if needed.

Coming soon for next MBS Plugin 9.2 prerelease.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.2pr4


New in this prerelease of version 9.2 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

FileMaker meeting for Miami


Due to XDC, we'll come for a visit to Miami in early May. As usual I like to meet other developers beside the visited conference and like to organize a meeting for local FileMaker developers.

FileMaker developers are invited to join the local FileMaker meet-up group.
The dinner meeting is 30th April 2019 at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant in Miami.

Please add yourself to the group on the meetup website.

If you are interested in private time for consulting, training or discussion MBS or FileMaker topics, we can of course schedule a meeting. Please contact me directly if you are interested.

FMnext III in Meilen, Schweiz


Am 11. Juni 2019 veranstaltet die Medio-Ingeno AG einen FileMaker Event in Meilen am Zürichsee:

FMnext III

Zahlreiche FileMaker Vorträge am Abend rund um FileMaker, Empfang und einem unterhaltsames Special am Ende.
Bitte den Termin vormerken und frei halten.

Five reasons why you should attend a conference


While we interact a lot with each other in your development community via forum, social media and tons of emails, we should not forget the importance of being in a live face-to-face setting with others. Being active in the developer community can bring many benefits. There is power in being connected to other developers who are active in the same area. It can be easy to skip meetings and not come to the annual conferences, but soon you may have skipped them for several years. Joining the forums is not enough, you need to be active and post regularly. But to build personal connections, you need to join the conferences and meet the persons behind the forum avatar. (more)

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.2pr3


New in this prerelease of version 9.2 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Windows Font Dialog


We have some new functions for you related to the Windows standard font dialog.

For FileMaker, the new TextView.ShowFontPanel function can show the font dialog and let user change the font settings. For MacOS, the function will show the system font panel, which allows you to adjust font information asynchronously.

For Xojo, the new TextArea.WinShowFontPanelMBS function can show the font dialog for a text area. Please use NSColorPanelMBS class and NSTextViewMBS usesFontPanel property for MacOS. The panel floats and allows to change font information for current text area.

In both cases, the dialog shows with current font selection, than user can change them and the new font settings are applied to the current selection in the text.

Changes are coming to next prerelease of our FileMaker and Xojo Plugins. If you like to test today, please email us.

Local FileMaker Meetings in California


Due to WWDC, I'll come for a visit to California in June. As usual I like to meet other developers beside the conference and like to join local meetings for FileMaker developers in Los Angeles and San José area.

13rd June 2019 @ DIGFM

Database Interest Group for FileMaker: The user group hosted at FileMaker Inc. headquarters in Santa Clara, California. It's like a free DevCon in monthly doses. Meets 2nd Thursday of the month: 1:30pm, Meet & Greet; 2:00pm, Presentation

FileMaker, Inc (The Wedge), 5201 Patrick Henry Dr., Santa Clara CA 95054

see FileMaker Community and website

14th June 2019 @ FMDiSC

FileMaker Developers in Southern California started in March of 1999 with a small group of FileMaker Pro developers getting together once a month to exchange development tips and ideas. Meets 2nd Friday at 9:30am

184 Bimini Pl, Hollywood/Korea Town CA

see meetup.com/de-DE/FMDiSC-FileMaker-Developers-in-Southern-California/ or website

Please sign up for the groups and let them know if you like to join the meetings. Exact times may change and if you are registered, they may remind you with an email.

If you are interested in private time for consulting, training or discussion MBS or FileMaker topics, we can of course schedule a meeting. Please contact me directly if you are interested.

Older blog entries:

2019-04-15 FileMaker meeting for Miami
2019-04-11 New JSONMBS methods for Xojo
2019-04-11 Combine MBS functions to automate processes in FileMaker
2019-04-10 See invisible characters in FileMaker calculations
2019-04-09 Looking for memory leaks
2019-04-09 PauseOnError started
2019-04-08 Scan document on iPhone or iPad
2019-04-05 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.2pr2
2019-04-03 Continuity Camera for FileMaker
2019-04-02 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.2pr1
2019-03-31 CURL Conference 2019 in Prague
2019-03-31 Required keys for info.plist file on Mac and iOS
2019-03-31 Encoded Polyline Algorithm Format
2019-03-30 Using system SSL Certificates in CURL
2019-03-28 Reasons for FileMaker Pro users on MacOS to install MBS Plugin
2019-03-28 SetFrontMost for Windows
2019-03-26 Anmeldung offen für FileMaker Konferenz 2019 in Hamburg
2019-03-24 New Team Website
2019-03-22 Drag & Drop to a popover coming for next MBS Plugin
2019-03-21 WWDC 2019

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