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MonkeyBread Software Releases the MBS Xojo Plugins in version 19.5

Nickenich, Germany - (November 12th, 2019) -- MonkeyBread Software today is pleased to announce MBS Xojo Plugins 19.5 for macOS, Linux and Windows, the latest update to their product that is easily the most powerful plugin collection currently available for Xojo. MBS Xojo Plugins have been updated and now includes over 2600 classes and 65,000 documented features, and the versatile plugins have gained more new functions:

We support over 12 years of Xojo versions from 2006r4 to the latest 2019r2 release. Older Real Studio plugins are still available on request. Our SQL Plugin got updated to support newer API 2.0 calls with ExecuteSQL and SelectSQL methods and using RowSet class. We continue to provide the older APIs for use in older and current Xojo versions. To mitigate switching between versions we even provide NativePath for Real Studio and AbsolutePath for Xojo 2019r2 via plugin.

For Windows we developed a replacement for the IPCSocket class in Xojo. With our WindowsPipeMBS class you can create named pipes and exchange data between two processes without going through the network stack (and firewall) and without going through the file system. We even include methods to allow connectivity between a service running in the background and an user application on the desktop.

The classes for JPEG and PNG handling got a major upgrade. We now include JPEG Turbo library. Once activated, you can speed up JPEG compression and decompression by factor 2 to 5 (in our testing). For PNG, JPEG and TIFF classes you can now pass file paths as string instead of FolderItem. PNGReaderMBS class got options to strip or invert alpha channel, read gray images to memoryblock without expanding them to RGB or convert RGB to grayscale images.

We now use SQLAPI in version 5, so a couple of things changed on the SQL Plugin. As each connection can now decide which client library to use, you can now decide per connection whether you use built-in libraries for SQLite, CubeSQL or PostgreSQL or your own library. We offer many database specific commands directly on the relevant SQL connection or command classes. For API 2.0 you can now query RowSet for SQLCommandMBS objects. For CubeSQL we have SendData and ReceiveData methods to send and receive files. SQLPreparedStatementMBS class is updated for changes in Xojo 2019r2.1.

Due to changes in variant handling, use of datetime class and SQLPreparedStatement changes, we highly recommend this update to everyone using Xojo 2019r2 or the upcoming 2019r2.1 version. Changes in the implementation of various functions moving from older to newer APIs make this release a recommended update for everyone targeting MacOS Catalina.

For our WebKit 2.x browser implementation in WKWebViewControlMBS control we now support private browsing. The new WKUserScriptMBS class allows you to add custom user scripts to each website.

We updated ResourceForkMBS class to work on 64-bit MacOS target and added 64-bit Linux support for Rockey2 dongles. Our DynaPDF classes got new methods to handle XFA streams. With ClearStringContentMBS method you can now clear the content of a string to not leak passwords in memory. The map views shown by the plugin can now programmatically change the zoom level.

Finally we updated DynaPDF library to version, LibSSH to 1.9.0, openssl to 1.1.1d, plugin SDK to Xojo 2019r2, Rockey 2 SDK to v2.201r10, V1.41 for Linux, V1.21 for Mac, SQLAPI to version 5.0.1, SQLite to version 3.30.0, zint library to 2.6.7.

See release notes for a complete list of changes.

Upcoming changes for 2020 in MBS Plugins

Subscription or not?

First we got questions for subscription pricing. First we don't sell the plugin licenses as subscriptions. We ask you to keep the license up to date and buy maintenances. And you can buy them for up to 5 years in the future. But we will continue to have a nice kind of licensing, where we do not technically force you to buy the updates.

You can continue to keep the old license with the old plugin files until they break. Please be aware that newer FileMaker / Xojo versions may break them as well as newer versions of the operation system. Looking on security related changes in the plugin and used libraries, it is highly recommended to keep the plugins updated to get latest versions of them.

If you like to see it as subscription, please consider the update price as subscription price. For first purchase, you pay a year to get current version and a year of updates, which defines the purchase price.

Conference Discount

For the conferences we used to offer 20% on everything as discount. This is a great incentive for visiting the conference and buying some of the software you see for a special show price. With yearly licenses, some people tend to only buy at the conferences and that is the direction we don't like.

Starting with next conferences we limit discount to new licenses only. Also with more conferences here on the horizon, we may reduce the conferences where we have a booth and just put up some posters and be available for questions.

Conference Sponsoring

We'll continue to sponsor as many conferences as possible and prefer to sponsor those where we can attend. If you have details on a conference we may attend or sponsor, please let us know.

Price Changes

As you know we didn't change prices for ten years, but are always looking on fine tuning them. For Xojo plugins, we continue to de-emphasise buying individual parts and prefer to sell Complete plugin set licenses.

With DynaPDF 5 on the horizon, pricing is expect to change and we allow all existing users to order up to 5 years of maintenance for todays prices.

Last versions for 32-bit on MacOS?

Next year, we may upgrade to MacOS Catalina. That could break our ability to build for 32-bit. In that case version 9.5 for FileMaker or 19.5 for Xojo may be the last ones to support 32-bit on macOS. This is just a warning and you should be on our list for FileMaker MacOS 32-bit version or Real Studio Plugin version if you asked for them before.
As all MacOS versions since 10.7 from year 2011 are 64-bit operation systems, 32-bit is only needed for older OS versions. But we only support MacOS 10.9 or newer, so there is hardly any use for 32-bit plugins.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.5pr8

New in this prerelease of the 19.5 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

AbsolutePath for Xojo

As you may know Xojo deprecated AbsolutePath a few years ago and removed it in Xojo version 2019r2. Now we have projects ranging from old Real Studio versions to latest Xojo versions. I currently have 12 difference Xojo versions installed, three Real Studio versions and two REALbasic versions. We use the QuickLook plugin from us to have each project show version number in the icon.

Recently we added NativePath to FolderItem class for REALbasic and Real Studio. Newer code using NativePath now compiles even in Real Studio. For projects in Xojo 2019r2 we now add AbsolutePath function for FolderItem, so older code using it can still be built. For some projects we even switch between various versions. For example develop on Windows with Real Studio and just use Xojo for building the 64-bit version.

Of course we know that we should get rid of AbsolutePath. But the problem is in compatibility and in the detail. Older projects put file references as AbsolutePath into documents to find related files. Newer versions of the applications now use NativePath or GetSaveInfo functions. But we still want to read old documents with old paths and resolve them. It would be a support nightmare if clients call support about projects not finding their files.

For MBS Plugin 19.5 we add AbsolutePathMBS to folderItem class for all versions of Xojo and Real Studio. We got NewFolderItemFromAbsolutePathMBS function to resolve the absolute path. This even works fine in MacOS Catalina as far as we see.

libjpeg-turbo for Xojo

For our MBS Xojo Images Plugin we added support for libjpeg-turbo. The new JPEGTurbo plugin part encapsulates the libraries for MacOS, Windows and Linux, all built with SIMD instructions for better performance.

In Xojo the JPEGTurboMBS module provides the API pointer, which you can pass via SetAPI functions in JPEGImporterMBS or JPEGExporterMBS classes. Then the next load or save uses the new functions which work with higher performance.

Speed improvements are notable, but of course depend on your test images and computer configurations. We have seen speed increase by factor 2 to 5 here.

Please try the classes soon and report any feedback you have. Included in 19.5pr7 upload.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.5pr7

New in this prerelease of the 19.5 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

20 Years Monkeybread Software Party

Next year in April our company will turn 20 years old.
We'll plan to have a big party here in Germany near our office with over 100 guests.

Invitations are going out this month in several batches.

If you like to join and you miss an invitation, you can contact us and ask whether your invitation got lost.

As people confirm they are coming, we'll add them to the guest list. If we run out of space, we may put people on the wait list.
If you can't make it, please respond soon, so we don't need to contact you again later.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.5pr6

New in this prerelease of the 19.5 plugins:
  • Added ClearStringContentMBS function.
  • Added ExecuteSQL and SelectSQL methods for SQL Plugin to support API 2.0.
  • Updated SQLPreparedStatementMBS for changes in Xojo 2019r2.1.
  • Changed ParentID property for iTunesLibraryPlaylistMBS class to 64-bit.
  • Added path variants for CreateMTDebugOutputFile, CreateMTHeaderOutputFile, CreateMTOutputFile and OpenMTInputFile methods in CURLSMBS, CURLNMBS and CURLMBS classes.
  • Added path variants for CreateICCBasedColorSpace, InsertImageEx, OpenImportFile, OpenOutputFile and OpenOutputFileEncrypted in DynaPDFMBS class.
  • Added path variants for copyItem, copyItemMT, linkItem, moveItem, trashItem in NSFileManagerMBS class.
  • Added path property to JPEGExporterMBS and JPEGImporterMBS classes.
  • Added path variant for OpenFile method and new SourcePath property to PNGReaderMBS class.
  • Added path variants for OpenWriteDestination method to PNGWriterMBS class.
  • Added path variants for Create and Open methods for TiffPictureMBS class.
  • Fixed bug in ReadFile function in SmartCardMBS class.
  • Fixed crash in PrintPDFFile method in DynaPDFMBS class with nil PageRect in DynaPDFPrintParamsMBS object.
  • Added click and willValidate methods to DOMHTMLButtonElementMBS class.
  • Added SetInvertAlpha method and InvertedAlpha property to PNGReaderMBS class.
  • Added OriginalColorType property to PNGReaderMBS class.
  • Added AllowGray option to ApplyOptions class.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

SceneKit @ European XDC 2019

Stefanie recorded a new video of her presentation about SceneKit Plugin classes from the European Xojo Developer Conference 2019 in Cologne.

Enjoy the video and see you at the coming Xojo.Connect in USA!

Xojo Developer Magazine 17.6

The November/December (17.6) issue of xDev Magazine is now available. Here's a quick preview of what's inside:

Numbers Please! Part 5 by Markus Winter
Supporting decimals, precision, and exponents.

Xojo In Cologne by Dana Brown
A report -- with photos -- from the MBS Conference in Germany.

Maps (Part 2) by Markus Winter
When example projects fail, it's tough to make progress.

Your First Web App -- Part 3 by Paul Budd
Adding editing, plot lookup, searching, and more.

Big Numbers and Large Numbers by Stefanie Juchmes
Learning how the MBS Plugins support big and large numbers.

Designing for Error Tolerance by JC Cruz
Writing software that anticipates errors.

PLUS: Xojo 2019r2, API 2.0, DateTime, planning, Best of the Web, and more!

MBS Plugins @ European XDC 2019

We got a video from my presentation from our European Xojo Developer Conference 2019 in Cologne.

Enjoy the video and see you at the coming Xojo.Connect in USA!

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.5pr5

New in this prerelease of the 19.5 plugins:
  • Added UsePrivateBrowsing shared property and privateBrowsing property to WKWebViewControlMBS class.
  • Added WVWebViewModuleMBS module with UsePrivateBrowsing shared property.
  • Fixed insertText method in NSTextViewMBS to work for empty texts.
  • Updated ResourceForkMBS class to work on 64-bit.
  • Improved variant handling in plugin and support DateTime data type better.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Android development shown at European Xojo Conference

The highlight everyone waited for happened on the second day:

Geoff Perlman, CEO of Xojo Inc. demonstrated live Android development in a future Xojo version. He changed code, run project in simulator and on device. You can watch a demo video on Youtube. Read more in our forum posting for today and lager on the Xojo blog.

European MBS Xojo Conference 2019 in Cologne about to start

Our conference is about to start. The room is open and awaits attendees:

We start at 9 o'clock and in the lobby before the room, you can find drinks and coffee.

This week European MBS Xojo Conference 2019 in Cologne

This week our conference & training for Xojo starts.

We start today with some sight seeing for our international guests who arrive earlier.
Tonight we have dinner with everyone who is here already.

For all others, please come to the hotel bar tomorrow starting at 18 o'clock. We may offer you a drink and a snack there. Otherwise you can go with a group of people and find a nice restaurant.
We'll stay in the hotel bar to greet people as they arrive.

We posted some instructions for taking subway from central station to Heumarkt on the Xojo Forum:
Subway to conference

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.5pr4

New in this prerelease of the 19.5 plugins:
  • Removed BytesMBS property in Memoryblock class as it's no longer needed.
  • Fixed a crash with empty RecordSet from CubeSQL crashing in debugger.
  • Updated SQLAPI to version 5.0.1.
  • Fixed bug in SQLDatabaseMBS, SQLParamMBS or SQLFieldMBS where Options may have returned nil.
  • Changed SQL connection to CubeSQL to default to scrollable recordsets.
  • Implemented DateTime support for DateDifferenceMBS class, ignores time zones.
  • Updated DynaPDF to library
  • Added CreateXFAStream and SetXFAStream methods to DynaPDFMBS class.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Reading crash reports on MacOS

After the Windows crash report from earlier today where we couldn't do much, here is an example for one where we could help on MacOS.

When you find a crash report in /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports folder (for server software) or ~/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports (for user software), you can try to read where it crashed and maybe avoid that code or fix the data processed by the code to avoid the problem.

The crash report we check today start with this basic info:

Process: fmscwpc [19163]
Path: /Volumes/*/fmscwpc
Identifier: fmscwpc
Version: 0
Code Type: X86-64 (Native)
Parent Process: fmserver_helperd [19089]
Responsible: fmscwpc [19163]
User ID: 503

Date/Time: 2019-09-26 13:32:54.009 +0200
OS Version: Mac OS X 10.13.6 (17G8030)
Report Version: 12
Anonymous UUID: 3BB48127-8D6B-D79A-BCF9-09FEA3400430

As you can read, we have the process name fmscwpc, which is FileMaker Server Custom Web Publishing Client as far as I know. This is the process of FileMaker Server handling requests for WebDirect. It runs here on MacOS 10.13 and you see the timestamp when it happens. When you can reproduce the issue, you may get a few crash reports, so having times may help to distinguish them. (more)

Analyzing crash dump files for Windows

On Windows if an application like FileMaker Server crashes, you'll find a dmp file for the crash. For example in C:\WINDOWS\MiniDump folder. Once you got the file, you wonder how to read it. It seems like the best was is to use WinDbg application from Microsoft.

First you download the Windows 10 SDK, mount the disk image and run the installer. From all the options in WinSDKSetup, you only need the entry for "Debugging Tools for Windows". All the other entries can be unchecked. So instead of installing several GB of data, only 160 MB are installed. (more)

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.5pr3

New in this prerelease of the 19.5 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS Plugins updated for Xojo 2019r2

Xojo Inc. just released the version 2019r2 of Xojo. You can download it on their website.

MBS Xojo Plugins in version 19.4 have been updated to handle changes for API 2.0 in Xojo 2019r2. A couple of plugin classes and functions have updated declarations to make them working with framework modifications. Our SQL Plugin got updated for prepared statement, which now has a SelectSQL function. MacCocoa, MacCF, ComputerControl and Util plugins got some declarations updated for console/web projects.

The Xojo plugin SDK functions for handling FSRef got removed as Xojo now uses CFURLRef internally for folder items. We updated a couple of plugin functions to now use CFURLRef or NSURL ourselves for file references. But as we still have some older plugin functions using FSRef to do work, we ourselves have support functions to create FSRef on the fly from CFURL and other way around. This keeps old code working. But if you use older plugins in Xojo 2019r2, you may see the following functions fail. (more)

Older blog entries:

2019-10-09 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.5pr2
2019-10-03 Three weeks until European MBS Xojo Conference 2019 in Cologne
2019-10-02 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.5pr1
2019-09-26 New Windows Pipe class for Xojo
2019-09-25 Xojo Developer Conference 2020
2019-09-24 One month till European MBS Xojo Conference 2019 in Cologne
2019-09-21 MBS Plugins for Real Studio or REALbasic
2019-09-19 Xojo Stammtisch in Zürich, Schweiz
2019-09-18 Mapview with icons in Xojo
2019-09-17 MonkeyBread Software Releases the MBS Xojo Plugins in version 19.4
2019-09-14 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.4pr8
2019-09-13 Four ways to save picture as Tiff in Xojo
2019-09-12 TagLib to write ID3v2 Tags in Xojo
2019-09-12 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.4pr7
2019-09-11 WIA Error Codes
2019-09-09 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.4pr6
2019-09-07 LZ4 Extremely fast compression for Xojo
2019-09-06 Upgrading our Java Support for Xojo
2019-09-05 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.4pr5
2019-09-03 Xojo Developer Magazine 17.5 Issue


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