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Meetings at Consumer Electronics Show CES 2019 in Las Vegas?


For 2019, I have the chance to visit the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January.
Years ago I visited the Cebit here in Germany, but the CES will be bigger and show more hot new stuff. I hope to see a lot of innovative things to inspire me for future projects.

Anyone else going to CES next year?

In case we may have an extra meeting with developers, I made two surveys:

Survey for Xojo Meeting and Survey for FileMaker Meeting

If you are interested in consulting, training or custom development around our plugins, please contact me for a private appointment.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.4pr9


New in this prerelease of the 18.4 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Use Machine Learning for detecting porn images


Today at the Macoun conference, I visited the session about CoreML and for a nudity scanner. This included the pointer to the following CoreML model to detect nudity in pictures. That's great, if you get pictures from users and you want to know whether they include any porn pictures.

You can download the model here: Yahoo's Open NSFW detector with Core ML as part of an open source project. In the download, please locate the OpenNSFW.mlmodel file and put the path into our CoreML.fmp12 example FileMaker database or the CoreML Xojo project coming with MBS Plugins.



When you run this model with a porn image, you may get an output like this:

{
  "classLabel" : "NSFW",
  "prob" : {
    "SFW" : 0.34505009651184082,
    "NSFW" : 0.65494996309280396
  }
}

for a normal picture of something else, you may get this output:

{
  "classLabel" : "SFW",
  "prob" : {
    "SFW" : 0.97758579254150391,
    "NSFW" : 0.02241421677172184
  }
}

As you see this model has only two classes SFW (safe for work) and NSFW (not safe for work) to categorize images in. For each we get the probabilities and the classLabel for the most likely class.

This can be used in various projects in both FileMaker and Xojo. Whatever image you get to post on social platforms, add to your image database or upload to your CMS, you can pre-check images. Whether you warn the user only, mark them as porn or decline them is your choice.

We are looking forward to improvements in MacOS 10.14 Mojave and iOS 12. Looks like CreateML lets you really easily create new models.

For other models, please check the awesome list of models for Core ML here: github.com/likedan/Awesome-CoreML-Models. There are some really cool models like predicting location of a picture, what type of food you got on a picture or gender classification for names.

MBS Plugin Keynote 2018


At the MBS Xojo Conference 2018 in Munich, I presented the keynote about MBS Plugins to show what's new from us this year. As the recording is not perfect, I recorded it again for you:



If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.4pr8


New in this prerelease of the 18.4 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Videos from MBS Xojo Conference


The good news is: We have videos this time.
The bad news: The camera was not the best one and not properly configured, so we have something to improve for next conference.

Still you can watch the videos and all attendees should have an email with the download link.
Here a few screenshots:





Have fun watching them. If you didn't attend and you like to get a copy, please order here. Be sure that the money will be used for the next conference and especially for better videos.

Omegabundle 2018 ends 10th September


Omegabundle for Xojo 2018 Developer Tools Bundle Announced; Save 89% on Top Tools
Due to request of some buyers who missed first deadline, we extended the offer, but the final end is coming soon: 10th September 2018, which is today.



You can buy it several times, e.g. one for each of your developers. Or buy multiple copies to get more than one OS for Valentina Server.

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Winners at MBS Xojo Conference


As you may know, we always do a raffle on the end of our conferences, so attendees don't run away early.
This year, we got a lot of T-Shirts, a Xojo bag, some Bavarian chocolate and XDevMag coupons.



Congratulations to all the winners!

See you at the next conference: XDC 2019

Women at the MBS Xojo Conference


We are always happy to see more women joining our conferences over the years:



Most IT conferences have nearly no women, so we try to encourage more women to join the conferences.

MBS Xojo Conference, second day


Second day started with Paul Lefebvre presenting on what is new in Xojo 2018r2 and coming in 2018r3 or beyond.



Full schedule on the Conference Website

MBS Xojo Conference started


We are right now in the Xojo Keynote with Geoff Perlman, CEO of Xojo Inc.
Great news about newer APIs, Android progress, Windows changes, MacOS Dark Mode and much more!



Next will be MBS Keynote. Conference Website

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.4pr7


New in this prerelease of the 18.4 plugins:
  • Added new optional MultiplyOnlyOver parameter for MultiplyUInt8MBS and MultiplyUInt16MBS.
  • Added CNContactStoreMBS.CNErrorCodeRecordIdentifierInvalid constant.
  • Added NSAppleScriptMBS.DeterminePermissionToAutomateTarget function.
  • Added authorizationStatusForMediaType and requestAccessForMediaType methods for AVCaptureDeviceMBS class for MacOS 10.14 Mojave. For older MacOS versions we always report authorized.
  • Fixed NSColorMBS.colorValue for new colors on MacOS Mojave.
  • Fixed problem with registration where Win license didn't unlock DirectShow plugin part.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS Xojo Conference in Munich this week


This week we head to Munich for our European MBS Xojo Conference 2018.

Sixty developers from twelve countries are signed up including Xojo CEO Geoff Perlman and Xojo Evangelist Paul Lefebvre.

The schedule:

Sep 4thDayoptional sight seeing tour
Sep 4thEveningoptional get-together with everyone arriving early
Sep 5thDayoptional Xojo training (English)
Eveningoptional get-together with everyone arriving early
Sep 6th9:00 to 18:00First day of conference with keynotes
EveningDinner event in Augustiner Keller
Sep 7th9:00 to 18:00Second day of conference with more sessions
Eveningoptional dinner together



We all look forward to presentations about Android, the new Web Framework other news in the Xojo keynote.

Register here. Attending the conference costs regularly 699 Euro plus VAT, including food and beverage in the Maritim Hotel as well as an accompanying social program.

Sessions are to be held in English. Our conference is conceived as a networking event for the Xojo community. The conference is an ideal opportunity for sharing your thoughts and your own development experience with fellow users and developers. If you like to hold a presentation, please contact us as soon as possible.

PS: OmegaBundle includes a transferable coupon to save 100 Euro on the registration fee.

Omegabundle 2018 ends 10th September


Omegabundle for Xojo 2018 Developer Tools Bundle Announced; Save 89% on Top Tools
Due to request of some buyers who missed first deadline, we extended the offer, but the final end is coming soon: 10th September 2018.



You can buy it several times, e.g. one for each of your developers. Or buy multiple copies to get more than one OS for Valentina Server.

Read More

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.4pr6


New in this prerelease of the 18.4 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

xDev Magazine Issue 16.5


The September/October (16.5) issue of xDev Magazine is now available. Here's a quick preview of what's inside:

**Reports Revisited** by Ulrich Bogun and Martin Trippensee
Xojo's built-in reporting gets flack for not being full-featured, but it's more powerful than you think. Ulrich and Martin have figured out a way to hack it for better reports!

**An Excel Database** by Paul Budd
Should you use Excel as a database? Probably not. But you can, and there are times (like when you aren't in control of the decisions), that it's useful to be able to use SQL to query a spreadsheet.

**Give Yourself to the Dark Side, Part V** by Sam Rowlands
Sam's article a few issues ago on "Dark Mode" sliders was derailed by Apple's changes with MacOS Mojave, so he's back to revise his methods.

**Refactoring a Controller Module, Part 2** by JC Cruz
Jose continues his explanation on how to refactor a controller module to support other models without breaking existing code.

*PLUS*: Progressbars, connecting to databases, Xojo 2018r2, hierarchies in a data mart, HavIBeenPwned, and more!

Meet Marc Zeedar, publisher of the xDev Magazine at the MBS Xojo Conference in Munich.

Live barcode detection with Xojo for MacOS


As you may know we have the AVFoundation classes to capture video from camera including functions for live getting a picture. You can pass that picture to CIDetectorMBS class to detect faces, QRCodes, texts or rectangles. Now we got a new option to have the detection running on a preemptive thread to keep the Xojo app more responsive:

We get live image in background thread, pass it to detector and get you the captureOutputDidOutputSampleBuffer event with detected features as parameter. This way you can do live detection with high performance.

If you need more, you can always get current frame on Mac & Windows and pass yourself to TesseractMBS class or zxingMultiFormatReaderMBS class yourself to detect text or barcodes.

Coming soon in next prerelease of MBS Xojo Plugins 18.4.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.4pr5


New in this prerelease of the 18.4 plugins:
  • Changed ID used in code signatures to match the ID in the info.plist of the plugin dylibs for Mac App Store checks.
  • Changed plugins to load LDAP framework dynamically instead of linking to it directly.
  • Updated Growl Windows code to work better with 64-bit and TCP mode. WindowsGrowlMBS class is now cross platform.
  • Added filter methods to NSViewMBS.
  • Added AVPlayerMBS Playing property.
  • Added more convenience functions for Contacts classes: allContacts, AllFetchKeys, unifiedContactsMatchingPredicate, unifiedContactWithIdentifier, unifiedMeContact for CNContactStoreMBS class and new CNContactFetchRequestMBS constructor.
  • Updated LibXML2 to version 2.9.8.
  • Added CNContactStoreMBS.groupsByName and CNContactStoreMBS.groupsForContact functions.
  • New BitRotateMBS function is now threaded, so it will use 2 to 4 threads to do work faster.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

HTMLViewer JavaScript communication for Xojo


The MBS Xojo Plugins provide various functions for HTMLViewer to use JavaScript in Xojo applications. Here a few details on the various ways to run JavaScript in the HTMLViewer in Xojo.

So we have WebViewMBS class (WebKit 1.x), WKWebViewControlMBS control (WebKit 2.x), Internet Explorer methods on HTMLViewer, ChromiumBrowserMBS class for Chromium Embedded Framework and LinuxWebViewMBS class for WebKit on Linux. (more)

NSProgressIndicator with colors in Xojo


Please take a look on the following progress indicators:



The example project for this applies CoreImage filters to the standard control to change it's colors.
Coming with next MBS Xojo Plugin prerelease. Or email us, if you like to try today.

Older blog entries:

2018-08-23 Playing with LibXSLT
2018-08-21 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.4pr4
2018-08-18 Why you need the Migration Assistant to move to a new Mac
2018-08-16 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.4pr3
2018-08-16 Line Wrap for Textarea in Xojo Mac applications
2018-08-15 New MacBook Pro tested
2018-08-14 AVCaptureVideoDataOutput improvements
2018-08-10 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.4pr2
2018-08-08 Omegabundle 2018 for Xojo extended
2018-08-07 Xojo 2018 Release 2
2018-08-06 MBS Xojo Conference in Munich next month
2018-08-01 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.4pr1
2018-07-28 Omegabundle 2018 for Xojo ends 30th July
2018-07-22 Xojo Developer Meeting for Dallas
2018-07-17 MBS Xojo Plugins 18.3
2018-07-16 Upcoming Xcode changes
2018-07-15 Xojo Developer Meeting for Dallas
2018-07-15 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.3pr7
2018-07-13 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.3pr6
2018-07-12 MBS Xojo Conference in Munich starts in only eight weeks

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