MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.3pr7

New in this prerelease of the 19.3 plugins:
  • Changed NSColorMBS constructor and colorValue property to always use generic RGB for compatibility to Xojo.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version
  • Updated CURL to version 7.65.3.
  • Fixed HTML tags for JSONMBS.ToHTML function.
  • Patched a bug in Optimize method of DynaPDFMBS class.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

DynaPDF Manual online updated

DynaPDF has it's own documentation, which you can find included with our plugin: dynapdf_help.pdf.

In order to read it in a browser and for search engines to soon index it, I put the manual online as a webpage version:


Maybe it helps people. From time to time I can update it with current PDF file.

Embedded links with MBS and DynaPDF in Xojo

Perhaps you have a PDF document and want to add some links to the PDF. You want to add some page links to navigate inside the PDF Document and jump to the right pages or websites. Maybe you want to change the target of a linked url in the document. With the MBS Xojo DynaPDF Plugin for Xojo you can do it in an easy way. Now I want to show you how to do it.

Initialize and load PDF
At first we need to initialized DynaPDF and put, if you have one, the license key in the document:

Dim pdf As New MyDynapdfMBS

Then we call the open dialog for choosing the PDF for import. Next we ask the user where to store the final PDF file. If the saving dialog is canceled (outFile=Nil) the script return.

Dim f As FolderItem = GetOpenFolderItem(MyFileTypes.Pdf)
Dim outFile As folderitem = GetSaveFolderItem(MyFileTypes.Pdf, "PDF with links.pdf")
If outFile = Nil Then Return

Now we create a new and empty PDF at the given file. Pass nil instead to create an in-memory PDF:

Call pdf.CreateNewPDF(outFile)

We subsequently set flags for the import. We want pages (not templates) and get all parts of the pages. By asking to use visible coordinates, our coordinates are relative to pages crop box (if existent) and honors the orientation of the page.

dim flags as integer = Bitwise.BitOr(pdf.kifImportAsPage, pdf.kifImportAll)
Call pdf.SetImportFlags(flags)
Call pdf.SetUseVisibleCoords(True)

kifImportAsPage constant set the import options for import the page as pages and not as a template. With the setting kifImportAll all elements of the source PDF are imported. For example you can only import the bookmarks or all elements except the annotations.

After that we open our import file and import it page wise to our pdf:

Call pdf.openimportFile(f, pdf.kptopen, "")
Call pdf.ImportPDFFile(pdf.GetPageCount + 1, 1.0, 1.0)
call pdf.CloseImportFile

pdf.GetPageCount+1 define the destination page number. We use this to be able to call import in a loop and import new pages after existing ones. (more)

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.3pr6

New in this prerelease of the 19.3 plugins:
  • Updated CURL to version 7.65.2.
  • Added LinuxWebViewMBS.IsLoading function.
  • Fixed geometrySourceWithData function in SCNGeometrySourceMBS class.
  • Implemented WebKit2 support for Linux partially.
  • Updated SQLite to version 3.29.0.
  • Updated DynaPDF to version
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Customer Distribution

for our MBS plugin users, we have this distribution:

Japan: 2%
Australia: 3%
Canada: 3%
France: 3%
Netherlands: 4%
Italy: 4%
Switzerland: 5%
United Kingdom: 6%
Germany: 19%
United States: 33%

and just a few in Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Madagaskar, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Mosambik, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Venezuela.

In general plugin users are living where a lot of people live, who speak some english (to read documentation) and have enough knowledge to do software development and know about Xojo or FileMaker.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.3pr5

New in this prerelease of the 19.3 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

Hotel rooms for European Xojo Conference 2019 in Cologne

Our hotel room contingent "Xojo" will expire in two weeks, about three months before the conference. If you plan to join the conference, but you don't yet have a hotel room in Dorint Hotel, please reserve your room as soon as possible.

Monkeybread Software is pleased to announce the European MBS Xojo Conference in metropolitan Cologne, Germany. We meet in the lovely Dorint Hotel in the center of Cologne. The hotel is in the city center and in walking distance to the main station. Beside our two conference days we have accompanying social programme with our dinner event and optional two training days. For the evenings we have casual get-together in the hotel bar or beer garden.

To give you an update, we have already over 50 attendees signed up from 15 countries:
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We extended our last offer: Save 100 € till 24th July and pay 599 instead of 699 Euro for the ticket (+VAT if needed).

The schedule:

Oct 23rd: Xojo Training in English
Oct 24th: Conference, first day with dinner event
Oct 25th: Conference, second day
Oct 26th: Xojo Training in German

Registration is open. The early bird offer available till 24th July is just 599 Euro plus VAT. Attending the conference costs regularly 699 Euro plus VAT, including food and beverage in the Dorint 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.

See also conference website, Things to do in Cologne beside our conference and European Xojo Conference FAQ.

SMTP Server Settings

Sending Emails with various servers can be a challenge. In this blog article we like to collect the settings needed for using our SendMail functions in FileMaker or CURLEmailMBS class in Xojo to send emails. As you see we always prefer to use encryption.

Bei checking certificates, we can detect and avoid giving our password to a transparent proxy. And we enable TLSv1.2 for all here and require encrypted connection. It's important to test and verify this, as I once run into a hotel reading my emails to count them and prevent spamming. (more)

RecordSet to JSON and back

Today I want to show you two useful methods to convert from a RecordSet in Xojo to a JSON string and back. We combine BuildRecordSetMBS function (in MBS Xojo SQL Plugin) with JSONMBS class (from MBS Xojo Util Plugin) and the new Convert method helps a lot!

Here the function RecordSetToJSON:

Function RecordSetToJSON(r as RecordSet) As String // adds data in recordset to a JSON Dictionary Dim FieldNames() As String Dim Values() As String // Query list of field names Dim c As Integer = r.FieldCount For i As Integer = 1 To c Dim d As DatabaseField = r.IdxField(i) FieldNames.Append d.Name Next // get all fields from all records into values array While Not r.EOF For i As Integer = 1 To c Values.Append r.IdxField(i).StringValue Next r.MoveNext Wend // make new Dictionary with the values and field names Dim j As New Dictionary j.Value("FieldNames") = FieldNames j.Value("Values") = Values // Convert to JSON Dim v As Variant = j Dim json As JSONMBS = JSONMBS.Convert(v) // return as JSON string Return json.toString End Function

TextInputCanvas for GTK3 and 64-bit

As you may know there is an open source project called TextInputCanvas. It provides some better text input events to Xojo apps using custom text control like the Formatted Text Control.

We just rebuild a copy to avoid problems with code signing on MacOS.

You can load a copy on my plugin download page.

This plugin is build with my plugin build system, so it has MBS in the name and includes libraries for Mac, Windows and Linux including ARM, so you can use it in all projects. If you find a bug related to the GTK3 or 64-bit port, please tell me.

A speciality of MBS Plugins with GTK is, that we built plugins to link dynamically to GTK and use either GTK 2 or GTK 3 depending on the Xojo version. This should help to have just one set of plugins to work with Xojo 2013 up to 2019r2.

European Xojo Conference Planning Update

Planning a conference is hard. You have a couple of variables from hotels and restaurants like conference room rent, delegate rates, hotel room rates, costs for buffets and refreshments. Sometimes you have to commit to a minimum number of attendees to get a nice room, which may lead to pay extra unused seats. A restaurant may impose a minimum revenue so you can be the only group that night. The big unknown left is how many attendees you have.

In Berlin we had 80 people attending the conference. The room was nice and big with possible space for over 100 attendees. We planned last year for Munich with 2 conference rooms. Just in case we got more people and would like to have two tracks. Six months before the event, we cancelled the second room as we only had around 30 people on the list that early. It doesn't make sense to have two tracks and only 20 people in each room.

For our Cologne event we planned a nicer conference with a ballroom and a lot of space to host even over 100 people. We started planning the schedule for two tracks and invited speakers.

Sadly the attendee numbers don't add up as much this year. We are just about 50 people and far away to fill two rooms for running with two tracks. The contract with the hotel allows to cancel 4 months in advance and we are have reduced to half of the space. We informed the speakers and attendees that we move all sessions in one room and reduce sessions to about 45 minutes each. The improvement for you is that you can now listen to all sessions. We still plan to record them and if you have to make a call or talk to someone in the foyer while a session, you can later watch it.

If you like to help the conference planner, please commit early for the conference and sign-up as early as you can. Don't wait for the last months as the conference size is reduced or enlarged months before the conference takes place. Such a conference is usually planned a year in advanced and adjusted about 4 to 6 months before to make sure we don't have too many empty seats.

xDev 17.4

The July/August (17.4) issue of xDev Magazine is now available. Here's a quick preview of what's inside:

Numbers Please! Part 3 by Markus Winter
What is a number? And just how do you tell a program to detect a number?

TextField with Warning Sign by Markus Winter
For his Numberfield, Markus needed a new control with a warning sign.

Husband + Wife + Xojo by Richard and Trisha Duke
Richard looks back on 30 years in the computer business.

Creating Barcodes in Xojo by Stefanie Juchmes
With the MBS barcode plugin, you can create over 80 types of barcodes.

Curves Ahead by Marc Zeedar
Predicting the future is tough. All we really know is that everything will change.

Your First Web App by Paul Budd
Never created a Web App? Now is your chance!

PLUS: Computed properties, WWDC, Xojo Podcast, Client Communication, WeakRefs, Best of the Web, and more!


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