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Omegabundle for Xojo 2022 Developer Tools Bundle Now Available

Get the top developer tools and third party components for the Xojo cross-platform development platform at a huge savings

Omegabundle for Xojo 2022 is a collection of the most useful tool sets, add-ons, digital books and components for use with Xojo Inc's Xojo development environment. If purchased separately and not including any additional offers, the total cost would be over $4120. Omegabundle for Xojo 2022 costs $399.99.

Xojo is an award-winning, cross-platform development tool for the Desktop (macOS, Windows, Linux), Web, iOS (iPad/iPhone) and Raspberry Pi. With Xojo, you can create native applications by using drag-and-drop to build your user interface and then one straight-forward programming language to enable the functionality. Xojo is powerful and modern, yet easy to use and learn.

Included Products

  • AprendeXojo GuancheMOS (UPDATED). The toolkit you need for application serialization and validation. Now supports Intel and ARM processors on macOS!
  • Ohanaware App Wrapper (UPDATED). Prepare your application for the Mac App Store or Web Distribution (macOS only app)
  • DMG Canvas (Updated). Drag, drop and design your disk image's appearance and to easily and quickly create a fully assembled disk image ready to ship. (macOS only app)
  • GrafittiSuite Desktop Edition (UPDATED). 61 (up from 55 from 2021!) incredible user interface controls for Xojo that add value and improve the professional appeal of your Xojo applications.
  • XDL Library (NEW) Two new books: Xojo Algorithms Collection and Xojo OOP Collection + 22 new digital articles
  • MBS Complete Plugins for Xojo. 47 plugins that extend Xojo with capabilities you want and need to build professional, native OS applications
  • MBS SQL Plugin for Xojo. The alternative database interface to Xojo. Connect to 14 different database systems, use more without relaying on ODBC.
  • MBS SQLite Extension for Xojo. Adds significant additional functions and support of Regular Expressions in working with SQLite databases.
  • Paradigma Software Valentina Studio Pro (UPDATED). Ultimate reports designer, database administration and forms creation tool that runs on all three operating systems - Windows, macOS, Linux. Select one OS version.
  • Paradigma Software ValentinaDB ADK for Xojo (UPDATED). Embed the ultra-fast, object-relational Valentina database into your applications and deploy royalty free - Windows, macOS, Linux, including Raspberry PI! Also works with local SQLite files and as a client to Valentina Server.
  • Paradigma Software Valentina Reports ADK for Xojo (UPDATED). Generate visually rich reports as graphics, web pages or PDF from your Xojo applications on Windows, macOS, Linux including Raspberry PI! Also works with local SQLite files and as a client to Valentina Server.
  • Paradigma Software Valentina Server Unlimited (UPDATED). 4-in-1 Reports Server, Forms Server along with two database servers: one built on object-relational Valentina Database and the other on SQLite. Report and forms serving works with MySQL, PostgreSQL, MS SQL Server and the included Valentina and SQLite servers
  • xDev Magazine (UPDATED). Get back issues and a year’s subscription to xDev Magazine,  the professional's magazine for developing with Xojo.

xDev Magazine 20.4

The July/August (20.4) issue of xDev Magazine is now available. Here's a quick preview of what's inside:

Hiding a Picture in a Picture (Part 1) by Eugene Dakin
Steganography—the processing of hiding data inside a picture—is a fun science with practical applications. In this new series, Eugene explores doing this with Xojo.

Bundle It by Marc Zeedar
MacOS has a cool feature that lets you turn folders of content into a single file called a bundle (or package). Xojo makes this easy. Marc shows you how.

PDF Pie Charts by Stefanie Juchmes
With the MBS Plugins, you can not only create impressive pie charts, but you can embed them with full vector detail into your PDFs.

Xojo Jigsaw by Marc Zeedar
For years Marc wanted to make his own virtual jigsaw puzzle app, but didn’t know how to go about it. Now he figured out to use Xojo’s new clipping path feature to create a really cool game!

Plus: Topics such as ODBC, programmatically creating desktop controls, debugging tips, and much more!

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.3pr5

New in this prerelease of the 22.3 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/ or from DropBox.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

Four month Russian war in Ukraine

It is already four months since Russia started the invasion of Ukraine. The Russian government sees them as a rival they think they can beat and prevent Ukraine from a prosperous live in the free world. They don't want a puppy government under the control of the Kreml, but their own independent country. Deciding their own fate and who they make treaties with.

This war is unnecessary and will not help Russia. It brings big pain to the people in Ukraine and as well to all the families in Russia, who see their sons die for this bullshit.

Please put the money where the mouths is. We try to help and sent once again a bigger donation to help people in the Ukraine. Also we will look to reduce our own use of petrol and natural gas. Currently we look into investing into photovoltaics to produce our own power.

Please check if you can help yourself by helping Ukraine or by reducing your consumption of Russia products.

Sending email via gmail

Recently a client had questions on how to send an email using our CURLEmailMBS class via gmail service and our CURLSMBS class. There are a few challenges:

  1. You need to know what server to use. That is easy for google mail and smtp.gmail.com will do it.
  2. You need to know your login credentials. Your account should have 2 Factor Authentication. But you never pass your gmail password to an application directly. You go to the google website, login and then create an app-specific password for smtp. The advantage is that you can disable that password later, if it got stolen and create a new one.
  3. You need to know the port to use. Basically port 25, 465 and 587 all can work. But 25 and 587 connect in plain text and do the TLS upgrade later after discussing the details of the supported encryption variants. For port 465, the first package is encrypted and for that we would tell the plugin to use TLS directly. That is our UseSSL flag, you can set when using port 465. To set the port, please either put in the server, e.g. "smtp.gmail.com:587" or later set it on the CURL object with OptionPort. For gmail the default port 25 works just fine here.
  4. You need to know what TLS version is allowed. For our example we don't need to set an explicit version. CURL now tries TLS 1.3 and falls back to version 1.2 if the server doesn't support it. But you can set a version as minimum.
  5. Since gmail doesn't do plain text, we tell CURL to require SSL with OptionUseSSL = kUseSSLall.

Merge PDFs with page numbers in Xojo

You can use DynaPDFMBS class in MBS Xojo DynaPDF Plugin for a lot of PDF operations. Create PDF from scratch, add content like text, tables, vector graphics, images and place existing PDF content as templates. You can merge, split, encrypt, decrypt, optimize and print PDF documents.

Let's show you how to do merge in DynaPDF with the following method snippet:

Sub Merge() Dim pdf As New DynapdfMBS pdf.SetLicenseKey "Lite" // For this example you can use a Lite, Pro or Enterprise License Dim outFile As folderitem = GetSaveFolderItem(MyFileTypes.Pdf, "Merge.pdf") If outFile = Nil Then Return // cancelled Call pdf.CreateNewPDF(outFile) // we import all content and as pages Dim flags As Integer = Bitwise.BitOr(pdf.kifImportAsPage, pdf.kifImportAll) Call pdf.SetImportFlags(flags) // loop over list to import all files there Dim c As Integer = List.ListCount-1 For i As Integer = 0 To c // we store folderitems for file references in the CellTag here. Dim file As FolderItem = List.CellTag(i, 0) // open file Dim FileHandle As Integer = pdf.OpenimportFile(file, pdf.kptopen, "") If FileHandle >= 0 Then // import all pages Call pdf.ImportPDFFile(pdf.GetPageCount+1, 1.0, 1.0) // alternatively with Pro license, import individual pages 'Call pdf.ImportPDFPage(1) Call pdf.CloseImportFile End If Next // optional edit all pages to have new text for page numbers If CheckPageNumbers.Value Then AddPageNumbers pdf End If Call pdf.CloseFile // open in preview outFile.Launch End Sub

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.3pr4

New in this prerelease of the 22.3 plugins:
  • Fixed PCRE2MatchDataMBS class to not crash with querying StartPosition in an empty matchdata object.
  • Updated Rockey4ND libraries, including Apple Silicon and Linux 64-bit for ARM.
  • Updated to DynaPDF
  • Added more plugin support for Windows.
  • Added SetTemplBBox method to DynaPDFMBS class.
  • Added SetStackSize method to PCRE2MatchContextMBS class.
  • Implemented Constructor taking picture for CVPixelBufferMBS to work on iOS.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/ or from DropBox.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.3pr3

New in this prerelease of the 22.3 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/ or from DropBox.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

News from the MBS Xojo Plugins Version 22.2

In this article I want to introduce you the new functionalities from the MBS Xojo Plugins in version 22.2.


In the Regular Expressions topic there are huge changes. So far we have had the class RegExMBS. This is now deprecated and is no longer being developed, but remains in the plugin and can be used. We now provide the more modern classes:

If you want to learn more about the new functionalities, I recommend you to read our blog article New PCRE2 Plugin for Xojo which deals with the topic in more detail.


Multi Year Updates

If you have a license for our plugins, you can renew it at any time and add additional years at current pricing.

While our updates are already discounted at 50%, you can take multiple years and get an additional discount:
  • 2nd year with 10% reduction
  • 3rd year with 20% reduction
  • 4th year with 20% reduction
  • 5th year with 20% reduction
For example a $99 update for 5 years would be factor 4.3 instead of 5, so $425.70 instead of $495 with a $69.3 discount.

Please contact us to let us know you like to order with discount, so we can raise a custom invoice for your purchase.

If you order a multi year update via our web shop for full price, we can extend the MBS Plugin licenses (not DynaPDF or LibXL) with extra months instead of a discount:
  • 2 years -> 1 month extra
  • 3 years -> 3 months extra
  • 4 years -> 6 months extra
  • 5 years -> 9 months extra
This should be about the same level of discount. In any case, please let us know in advance. With ordering now in advance, you can secure current pricing.

And of course we appreciate the trust that customers put into us when they update for several years.

Please note that you may need to depreciate the value of the purchase over multiple years in most countries.

CNContactPickerViewController for Xojo

You may know that our MBS Xojo Plugins contain classes for Contacts for macOS and iOS. And now we add a new CNContactPickerViewControllerMBS class, so you can use the standard picker on iOS to pick a contact.

You subclass the CNContactPickerViewControllerMBS class and fill the events or use addHandler to connect the events to your methods. There is didCancel event in case user presses cancel button and there are events for one (or multiple) contacts selected or contact properties. Depending on which event you implement, the picker will be single or multi selection and may show contact properties.

So let's subclass and fill the events:

Class MyCNContactPickerViewControllerMBS Inherits CNContactPickerViewControllerMBS
Sub didCancel() System.DebugLog CurrentMethodName End EventHandler
Sub didSelectContact(contact as CNContactMBS) MessageBox "Picked: " + contact.givenName + " " + contact.familyName End EventHandler
End Class

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.3pr2

New in this prerelease of the 22.3 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/ or from DropBox.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.3pr1

New in this prerelease of the 22.3 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/ or from DropBox.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

New Feedback web app for Xojo

The last week Xojo Inc. did a very difficult, but brave decision: they throw the half finished web based version of the Feedback app and decided to move to use their own instance of the gitlab bug tracker.

Part of the reason was probably that they got a look into what features gitlab has. Implementing all those nice features themselves would delay that project for another year or two. And any time Ricardo (the new web developer) put into that project would be time not put into the web framework itself.

They wrote their own Xojo application to do the transition to copy most of the information over from the old database and into the gitlab server. That seems to have worked well and all the cases got moved, even all the old ones.

While we hoped a Web based Feedback would improve the Web framework, the move to gitlab will be an improvement. They free time from the project to work on the frameworks itself. And while the web version was in development a couple of issues got fixed in the web framework already.

Xojo Inc will have more web apps in development for their own use. One app is to manage the cloud servers and customers using Xojo Cloud may know it already.

The new website shows much more information than we had in Feedback including better search. You can now see milestones and know which cases are picked to be worked on towards the next release. No promise given of course.

You can review your cases by searching for yourself as author and for your reaction not being thumbs up. That way you can review them and add a thumbs up, which is the new way to measure popularity. Please also do that for other cases you like and turn on notifications via the side panel.

Your can go here: tracker.xojo.com. Login is using your Xojo account with single sign-on and is the same as the Xojo forum.

Xojo Stammtische in Berlin und Hamburg

On my next visits to Berlin and Hamburg, we plan Xojo developer meetings:

Wer hat Interesse an einem Xojo Entwicklertreffen in Hamburg oder Berlin für kommenden Mai/Juni?

Zeitlich ca. 18 bis 21 Uhr. Für Hamburg der 20. Juni und für Berlin der 30. Mai 2022.

Einfach gemütlich zusammen sitzen in einem Restaurant oder Biergarten und über Xojo plaudern.
Gerne zeige ich auch neue Pluginfunktionen oder helfe bei Problemen mit Xojo Projekten. Einfach Computer mitbringen und was zeigen.

Wer dabei sein möchte, bitte bei uns melden!

MonkeyBread Software Releases the MBS Xojo Plugins in version 22.2

Nickenich, Germany - (May 17th, 2022) -- MonkeyBread Software today is pleased to announce MBS Xojo Plugins 22.2 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 3000 classes and 79,000 documented features, and the versatile plugins have gained more new functions:

Our RegEx plugin now contains new PCRE2 based classes to do regular expressions. With full unicode support, just-in-time compiler and a lot of options, this provides much better performance for search and replace in Xojo.

For our SQL Plugin, we got new functions for SQLite to dump databases to string and file. We can query the internal connection handle for SQLite and use it for the dump. For SQLDatabaseMBS and SQLConnectionMBS we got options to decide about quoting of table and field names. You can now use DateTime for binding values to timestamp fields.

The WebView2ControlMBS control can now do Copy, Cut, Paste, SelectAll, ClearSelection and Print operations directly.

The Windows User Notifications classes got a rewrite and with that a few new properties and methods. We work on new Bluetooth classes for Windows and a few of them are included here.

For those interested in using ZStandard compression, we got a ZStdMBS class. The WordFileMBS class got a new Tags function to list all available tags.

On MacOS you can now render pictures of NSViewMBS class to get a screenshot, even if it is not visible directly. We added more properties for SUAppcastItemMBS class for Sparkle users.

The DynaPDF library has been updated and tested to work with ZUGFeRD 2.2 / Factur-X 1.0.06. We improved the character spacing for graphics class when used with PageGraphics in DynaPDFMBS class.

Finally we updated CURL library to version 7.83.1, DukTape to version 2.7, DynaPDF to, pcre2 to 10.40, openssl to 1.1.1n, SQLite to 3.38.5, and Xcode to 13.3.1.

See release notes for a complete list of changes.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.2pr7

New in this prerelease of the 22.2 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/ or from DropBox.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

XDC Developer Retreat 2022

Since the last Xojo conference in London had to be postponed and then cancelled, we are happy to see that there will be a conference in Nashville later this year:

Xojo Developer Retreat 2022, 19th and 20th September 2022.

Since a few people are still cautious to travel (although restrictions got lifted a lot), the event will be a bit smaller with only 2¼ days and less planned attendees.
Please reserve the days from 18th to 21st September in your calendar. You may want to use the weekend to come to Nashville earlier to enjoy the city and then join the get-together on Sunday evening. Two days of conference follows with a special developer adventure on the second day. Yes, instead of lots of sessions in a ballroom, Dana organized something different this time. I bet you'll enjoy it! Be sure sure to stay the night on Tuesday, so you can enjoy the dinner and travel home a day later.

You can either stay in the conference hotel ($269 USD/night) or maybe better get a cheaper hotel outside and drive daily to downtown for the conference. Or maybe you like to share a room when traveling with your colleague?
Since the conference hotel allows you to cancel, it may be good to reserve a room and later rebook it or cancel, when you find a lower rate.

Students, please contact Dana to get a discount. And if you have an interesting topic to present on, please also don't hesitate to contact Xojo.
Sign-up until 15th May, so you can benefit from the lower $499 USD rate for the conference.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.2pr6

New in this prerelease of the 22.2 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/ or from DropBox.
Or ask us to be added to our shared DropBox folder.

MBS Xojo ChartDirector Plugin Birthday

Just 15 years ago we added the ChartDirector Plugin to our MBS Xojo Plugin collection.
Thanks to Mr. Jason J. Campbell for asking me to add a charts plugin and thanks to Peter Kwan from Advanced Software Engineering Limited for his support over the years and the excellent co-operation.

PS: ChartDirector is also the engine used by FileMaker Pro internally for the chart generation as you can see on the included DLLs.

Older blog entries:

2022-05-06 xDev Magazine 20.3
2022-05-05 Iterate with PCRE2
2022-05-04 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.2pr5
2022-05-02 New PCRE2 Plugin for Xojo
2022-05-01 Upcoming changes for MBS Plugins
2022-04-28 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.2pr4
2022-04-27 Apple MapView In Xojo
2022-04-26 XDC Anywhere - MBS Xojo Plugins
2022-04-25 XDC ANYWHERE 2022
2022-04-24 Two months of war in Ukraine
2022-04-22 Safe on Xojo license with updating now
2022-04-21 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.2pr3
2022-04-14 Upload email to Sent folder via IMAP
2022-04-13 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.2pr2
2022-04-10 Using MBS SQL Plugin with PostgreSQL
2022-04-08 MBS Xojo ChartDirector Plugin Birthday
2022-04-06 Xojo 2022r1
2022-04-01 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 22.2pr1
2022-04-01 Company's 22nd Birthday
2022-03-31 Xojo Stammtische in Berlin und Hamburg


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