Nickenich, Germany (November 28th, 2017) -- Monkeybread Software releases version 17.5 of the MBS plug-in for Xojo.
The MBS plug-in comprises a collection of several plug-in parts which extend the Xojo (Real Studio) development environment with 2,300 classes featuring over 60,000 documented functions. Our plugins support all three platforms Mac OS X, Windows and Linux with all project types desktop, web and console including 64-bit and ARM targets. Some of the highlights on the 17.5 update:
For the upcoming Xojo 2017r4 release we fixed an issue with MBS Plugins running into DLL limits on Windows. Normally you can only load about 100 DLL files, but our plugin collection contains around 500 DLLs. A small change allows us to load all the plugins into the IDE. We had this fix previously only for 32-bit and now also for 64-bit. All Windows users with Xojo 2017r4 with more than just two or three MBS Plugins must use version 17.5.
We added the possibility to create trial license keys. This is a mode between demo mode (no license) and licensed mode. Trials are time limited and only for testing the plugin without demo dialogs. When trial ends, the plugins fall back to demo mode including any built applications.
For Windows we added the new WindowsPropertiesMBS class. This can be used to configure windows, e.g. to disable touch gestures in full screen mode.
For editing word files, we added functions to append to another word document. For form fields in your document, you can now list those fields, query values and set them.
To better handle time codes in AVFoundation, we added a new class AVTimeCodeMBS. The readTimeCodeObjects method in AVAssetMBS class can read time codes and return you the information.
For DynaPDF we got a few new classes to handle optional content (layers) better. The new replace image functions allows you to swap out an existing image and provide a new one instead. ReplaceICCProfileEx allows you to provide replacement ICC profiles as string in memory.
Our SplitCommaSeparatedValuesMBS function got rewritten and can now detect delimiter automatically (comma vs. semicolon). This allows you to easier parse CSV texts.
CURL functions can now load P12 certificate files on Windows, JSON class handles 64-bit numbers better, XLBookMBS class can now read and write files multithreaded and we got a new help page for Xojo. ECDHEMBS class has more properties, picture.ThresholdMBS makes nice black/white pictures, NSApplicationMBS.nextEventMatchingMask lets you peak into events on the event queue and SQLConnectionMBS.InsertRecord can easily insert records with data in dictionary.
Finally we updated Xcode to version 9.1, CURL library to version 7.56.1, DynaPDF to 220.127.116.11, LCMS library to 2.9, SQLite to 3.20.1 and XL plugin to use LibXl 3.8.1.
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Your client or you yourself may have a FileMaker Cloud server. Beside using it as a way to host FileMaker solutions you can actually do more with that server.
Data Files on FileMaker Cloud
Did you know you can put data files to be delivered by Apache web server into the /FileMakerData/HTTPDocs/httpsRoot folder?
You may need to login via ssh and set permissions on the folder to be writeable for you. Just inside the httpsRoot folder, you can upload any file you like to offer for download:
In this folder you can upload PDF documents or video files and than link them in emails or a WebViewer.
As an example, you can use MBS Plugin functions in a script to write files into this folder:
Now the files there are distributed by Apache Server to all users with the right URL, e.g.
This can greatly reduce the load on your FileMaker server for distributing files as well as allow you to provide files to users without using a FileMaker connection. If needed your solution can also write an .htaccess file to provide a simple password protection to a folder.
Xojo Console Apps
You can build Xojo console apps for Linux 64-bit, upload them to the FileMaker Cloud Server and just run it via ssh. That is no problem and no additional libraries are needed, unless you use a declare or a plugin with dependencies. For example some MBS Plugins for LDAP or SQL connections need additional libraries.
Xojo Web App as Standalone
You can build Xojo Web Apps and run them on this servers in addition to your FileMaker Web Direct solution.
A stand alone server can run there and use a higher port number. To allow the service, you need to login and run the app as daemon, e.g. with a & operator. See Xojo’s deployment documentation for linux for details. For your AWS server, please check security group settings (external firewall) and add a rule to allow the port. Also login to your server via ssh and add a rule to the internal firewall:
This example open port 9001. For me port 9000 is blocked by some other service.
Now you can use your web app with an URL like http://yourname.filemaker-cloud.com:9001/ in a browser.
Xojo Web App with CGI
While stand alone can be more responsive by using web sockets and skipping apache + cgi as extra layers, you may prefer to use apache. The apache Webserver will do the SSL encryption and the CGI script will automatically launch the Xojo app on demand.
First, you need to install perl cgi module:
sudo yum install perl-CGI
And edit httpd.conf in /FileMakerData/HTTPConf to add another load module call:
Further down, you need to uncomment the AddHandler CGI line:
AddHandler cgi-script .cgi
Further down, we also need to allow ExecCGI for the folder, so you add this directory configuration:
Options +ExecCGI +FollowSymLinks +MultiViews
Restart server here to apply changes. I didn’t figure out the command to restart just apache, but if you know, please post a comment.
Finally you can upload your Xojo web app to a subfolder in /FileMakerData/HTTPDocs/httpsRoot/ and start it. Permissions must be correct: directory writeable, config.cfg writable and cgi and app itself be executable. But otherwise it should just work as like any other web deployment.
By having both FileMaker and Xojo apps on the same server, allows us to intermix both for building solutions. Using one server for both instead of two is a great cost saving. FileMaker 16 platform allows rapid database app design and provides REST Data interface as well as functions based on CURL to query services. With Xojo we can build custom services to run on the same machine and do things like pushing data from/to FileMaker. We’ll see what great solutions can be build by combining Xojo with FileMaker here in the future.
PS: Please note that you put files in folder "/FileMakerData/HTTPDocs", but your app needs to access the files using the "/opt/FileMaker/FileMaker Server/HTTPServer/htdocs/" path.
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Still my favorite screen saver. Have you tried it?
Nickenich, Germany - Monkeybread Software today is pleased to announce the release of Transparent Screensaver 2.4, an update to their popular screensaver utility for Mac OS X. The utility adds a variable transparency overlay screensaver to the list of screensavers in Preferences. With the screensaver running at 50% the effect is one of dimming the desktop and all open windows; 0% is black; 100% is completely transparent. With the screen lock option engaged, the user can continue to view their iMessage Buddy List, iTunes Library, or any open process or window, while waking their computer from screen saver mode is password protected.
If the user wishes to remain logged in to their computer, but prevent others from using it, he can lock the screen. This is done in System Preferences - Security - General. By selecting "Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver," password authentication will be necessary to leave screen saver mode. With Transparent Screensaver the user can continue to view the desktop and all open windows while the computer remains inaccessible to others, screen locked.
Transparent screensaver dims screen
Screen may be locked in transparent screensaver mode
Screen may be monitored while computer is inaccessible in screen saver mode
Prevents burn-in, maintains privacy, and protects security
Simple to use and install utility
Version 2.4 makes Transparent Screensaver Retina compatible. The utility is self-installing after download, allows variable transparency from 0% to 100%, supports a variable screen update rate of 0 to 30 frames per second, and includes two additional screensavers: pure white and pure black. Although screen burn-in (permanent damage to a monitor from continuous display of a single image over many hours) is less of a problem with modern LCD screens than CRTs, Apple still provides an optional screensaver function when there has been no input for three hours or less. At 50% or less transparency, Transparent Screensaver provides both protection from burn-in and the ability to monitor a locked screen.
"MBS Transparent Screen Saver is an ideal solution to privacy, security, and burn-in issues in Mac OS X," stated MBS CEO Christian Schmitz. "It incorporates all the benefits of a screensaver, while preserving screen visibility."
Mac OS X 10.5 or later including macOS 10.13 High Sierra
Pricing and Availability:
MBS Transparent Screensaver 2.4 for Mac OS X is currently available as shareware, which is free to test for 30 days. A license is available from MBS for 15 US Dollars, or 10 Euro. Review copies are available on request. This update is free for all registered users.
For over ten years I use my own email sending applications to send newsletter to a group of email addresses. I recently talked with other Xojo developers and maybe some of them like to use this application for their own needs. Please note that this app is developed over 10 years, most settings are hard coded and the app and code is not necessarily pretty.
But here are features:
You can copy & paste a list of emails addresses with tab separated name and possible info text to the text area on the left. Than you can put in plaintext in the textarea in the middle. There is a also a tab panel to include html if you want. But I send 99% of my emails with plain text only. You can pass a subject list in the textfield on the top. The debug checkbox allows you to send email to yourself to test. The paste button allows you to paste email text with subject line as first line to the fields.
On the right you have the log listbox with messages from sending. On bottom left you can add an attachment. You also enter on the bottom the sender email addresses. As you are Xojo developers, you can enter your defaults in the Xojo IDE of course. Send button starts sending emails. The delay checkbox allows you to send emails with a delay, so you are not marked as spam sender by too many emails per minute.
The application uses the MBS CURL Plugin to build emails and send them. We use the CURLSMultiMBS class to run several CURL connections in parallel and get emails send quickly. But we also use this multi interface to prepare thousands of emails and push them as needed to be sent.
Please modify send method (and other places) to match your needs. This includes putting your name everywhere, your smtp credentials and server, your email address, the recipient for debug sending and a few other things. The email can contain %name% for the name of the recipient as well as %text% for some extra text parameter in the email recipients list.
The application writes a few log files in the app folder for emails sent including all the CURL debug output. When email sending fails, you will see we reduce the recipient lines on the left to the ones failed. Usually we than try it again to see if they go through second time.
During the London conference we got a few ideas for sessions:
Screen Layout best practice
Intuitive design of applications
Weak areas of Xojo and best practice to handle them
Xojo Versions, why you may use one version over the other for a project
GDPR, the new data protection rules in Europe and best practices
Brexit and how it affects your business as UK/EU developers
Tips to optimize projects for performance
Beginner Session to introduce Xojo to people new to the platform. (This could be put in a separate room and run in parallel to a advanced topic)
Maybe someone likes to volunteer and present about them?
Or you have more great ideas?
As I make conferences for the community, you are welcome to join and do great presentations. In Berlin I was quite happy to have so many presenters that I could reduce my own part to only one session. A thing that did not work for London, where I had to make three sessions myself to fill the schedule.
The next Xojo conference in Europe will be the MBS Xojo Conference in Munich in September 2018. See you!
For 2018 we change a few little things on the pricing/licenses.
For our FileMaker plugin we add a new tier 100 seats and move up the price for unlimited seats in a company. To secure old pricing, you can update in advance in 2017.
For updates we will only accept update order until 12 months after a license expired. We usually recommend to extend maintenance at the time the license expires. If you miss that 12 month deadline, you have to buy a new license. There may be a transition period where we remind all people with expired licenses to update.
We already implemented trial licenses and use those to give new users a way to try the plugin for a month without getting warnings about missing license keys. This allows better testing, especially on projects with server software.
For 2018 we plan to offer the option to get subscriptions for the plugin. Which simply means that Paypal or Share-It or we directly will automatically bill you for updates unless cancelled. Simply a way to make ordering easier and not miss to update in time. The license will be perpetual as usually and continue to work, even if you cancel the subscription.
Some clients already have maintenance contracts. They define what licenses get automatically issued and billed as well as what support service is included. If you like to get such a contract, you can contact us.
Plugin business is growing nicely over the years. For 2018 we may be finally at the point where we can add staff. So I am looking forward to get another C++ developer and maybe someone for writing tutorials. This may be a lot of work to make some processes available to be run by several people instead of just one or two, but I hope this will get sorted out quickly.
On the trip in the UK the main political topic has been Brexit. Nobody knows yet what the conditions for my sales to the UK will be in 2019 as well as how much value the pound will have. But to secure todays pricing, you can order MBS Plugin licenses and updates for up to 5 years in the future.
Due to changes in Xojo 2017r3, all Xojo customers must upgrade to 17.5 plugin (for 64-bit DLL fix).
All FileMaker users need to upgrade to recent plugin version if they plan to use next FileMaker version. While older versions may work, we fixed issues and I would hate if you waste time debugging them once again. FileMaker Cloud should only be used with 7.5 and forward (Linux linking problem got fixed).
As usually with 60000+ functions in Xojo and 5000+ functions in FileMaker, it is unlikely you may find a bug. But some fixes like the boolean return value issue on FileMaker may affect hundreds of functions. So please do yourself a favor and stay current. If you find a problem, please try the latest version to check if your problem was fixed already.
The MBS Xojo conference is running well currently and presentations run here all day. We had presentations from David Cox, Trisha Duke, John Dear, mMarc Zeedar and me.
Yesterday we had a training day for Xojo with a nice group. We looked into using dictionaries and threads, using helper tools with shell class, using controls for iOS, Web and Desktop projects and much more.
Later that evening we went to the Jimmy's restaurant for an excellent dinner.
If you are in London, interested in Xojo and you like to join dinner tonight, please send me a message.
The next Xojo conference in Europe will be the MBS Xojo Conference in Munich in September 2018.
Please join us there!
When you do queries to a SQL database, you should know that in worst case, there ia a request over the network for fetching each record. So everytime you call MoveNext or FetchNext methods, the database driver may go and request the next record from the database server. This can be quite time consuming if you need 10000 rows and you do 10000 network roundtrips, each with a few milliseconds.
But you can ask our SQL functions to do prefetching and get more records in advance. For example you can use a prefetch size of 100 records. On the first record query, you get the network request to get 100 records. Than your 2nd to 99th query return immediately with data in practically no time.
The picture on the right side shows how long record fetching takes in milliseconds on a test application. The batch size is 10, so getting 10th, 20th and 30th record takes each 70ms, which all the records between take only a small amount of time.
We have a Xojo training day on 9th November 2017. We talk a close look on Xojo and show you in little projects how to work with advanced Xojo language features, databases, sockets and threads. Please bring your own ideas and topic wishes to be added to schedule.
On 10th November 2017, we meet with Xojo developers from all over UK to talk about Xojo on our conference day. We have a few nice sessions in the pipeline for you. We will soon add more sessions, so keep an eye on the schedule. If you like to speak, please contact us soon.
If you like to join the events, please register with us. More than 20 people from 7 countries are already registered for this event and we also hope to see a lot of people for the dinner on the evenings. We still can add a few seats for training, conference or just the Thursday dinner. Interested?
If you like to attend a bigger conference, check out the MBS Xojo Conference planned for September 2018 in Munich.
We may limit who can get a trial and filter out the requests looking like spam.
But otherwise I'd expect a lot of people would like a free trial. Please understand that trial keys are not intended for deployment of solutions as keys expire. Our regular keys don't expire and can be used forever with the plugin versions released before a given date.
You can also explicit register for newsletter, so you know about new releases and events.
When you run a touch screen with Windows and make your Xojo app full screen, you may want to disable the edge gestures. Microsoft defines properties to be set for a window where you can use the option PKEY_EdgeGesture_DisableTouchWhenFullscreen to disable this.