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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!

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Year 17
Issue 17.4 ("100th Issue")
Issue 17.3 ("XDC 2019") Issue 17.2 ("Barchart API") Issue 17.1 ("iOS Success")
 
Year 16
Issue 16.6 ("Munich 2018") Issue 16.5 ("Spreadsheet Databases") Issue 16.4 ("Mojave")
Issue 16.3 ("XDC 2018") Issue 16.2 ("StockScripter") Issue 16.1 ("London 2017")
 
Year 15
Issue 15.6 ("Green Screen Saver") Issue 15.5 ("Touch Bar") Issue 15.4 ("Xojo in Germany")
Issue 15.3 ("Beginner's Guide") Issue 15.2 ("Power Tricks") Issue 15.1 ("Xojo Pi Lab")
 
Year 14
Issue 14.6 ("XDC 2016") Issue 14.5 ("Keyboard Shortcuts") Issue 14.4 ("NSTableView")
Issue 14.3 ("Sunroom") Issue 14.2 ("Cocoa Fonts") Issue 14.1 ("Barcodes")
 
Year 13
Issue 13.6 ("Stay Out of Jail") Issue 13.5 ("Text Messaging") Issue 13.4 ("El Capitan")
Issue 13.3 ("XDC 2015") Issue 13.2 ("Control Animation") Issue 13.1 ("iOS First Look")
 
Year 12
Issue 12.6 ("Cheap Web App Hosting") Issue 12.5 ("Yosemite") Issue 12.4 ("Game Center")
Issue 12.3 ("XDC 2014") Issue 12.2 ("Inefficiencies") Issue 12.1 ("Smart Localization")
Year 11
Issue 11.6 ("Apple About Box") Issue 11.5 ("Weeds") Issue 11.4 ("Blackjack")
Issue 11.3 ("XDC") Issue 11.2 ("PDF") Issue 11.1 ("PDF")
Year 10
Issue 10.6 ("Retina") Issue 10.5 ("Real World 2012") Issue 10.4 ("Extreme Programming")
Issue 10.3 ("Hashes") Issue 10.2 ("Assumption Approach") Issue 10.1 ("Reporting")

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August 24, 2019
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Choose spelling dictionary in FileMaker automatically
20:10:00
If you like to use dictionary in another language, you can now control the dialog to select dictionaries. You can use our new FM.ChooseDictionary function to set the dictionary. Once the function run, you can use FM.GetDictionary to get the curren... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Two months till European MBS Xojo Conference 2019 in Cologne
11:29:00
Just two months left before our conference & training for Xojo starts. Order a conference ticket now for 100 Euro off and get a room at the conference hotel. A few spots are still available in August! Monkeybread Software is pleased to announce... [More]
August 23, 2019
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.4pr3
12:11:00
New in this prerelease of the 19.4 plugins: Improvements for next Xojo version. Notarized the disk image for MacOS Catalina. Patched ChartDirector to load fonts on MacOS Catalina. Fixed bug in GraphicsMagick font mapping with font names containin... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.4pr3
12:08:00
New in this prerelease of version 9.4 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Notarized the disk image for MacOS Catalina. Added SpeechRecognition functions. Rebuild CURL code for Windows to fix issue in pr2. Updated to Xcode 10.3. Added error check to Encry... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Playing with SpeechRecognition
10:38:00
With MacOS 10.15 Catalina Apple includes some new classes for Speech Recognition. We started with a Xojo plugin to use the classes and do speech recognition: We add this new SpeechRecognition classes for our plugin: SFVoiceAnalyticsMBSSFTranscripti... [More]
August 22, 2019
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Sponsoring European FileMaker Conferences
17:45:00
This year we sponsor six FileMaker events for October 2019: Metti le ali al tuo sviluppo FileMaker 2019 Conférence FileMaker FileMaker Konferenz FileMaker Conferentie FM DevCon 2019 FileMaker Spanish DevCon 2019 Beside hosting our own conferenc... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Create two page PDF document in FileMaker
11:10:00
You want to convert a single page document to a two pages side by side document or even more pages per page with FileMaker? With the help of the MBS FileMaker Plugin and our DynaPDF functions you can do it. You find an example database in the examp... [More]
August 21, 2019
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MapKit in FileMaker Screenshot
20:29:00
Here is a nice screenshot we made to show you what you can do with MapView functions in MBS FileMaker Plugin: As you see we can show maps in 2D and 3D, normal and satellite, render snapshots, add pins and plan routes. For MacOS and iOS and all wi... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Windows DLL Loading errors
09:01:00
When you try to load a DLL on Windows via our plugins, you may get back an error message on failure. Error 126: The specified module could not be found. You passed an invalid path to the DLL or you tried to load a DLL and it refers to another DLL... [More]
August 20, 2019
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Connect to Oracle via MBS Xojo SQL Plugin
09:57:00
We recently had a client asking how to connect to Oracle database with MBS Xojo SQL Plugin. So first install Instant Client. For that download it, unzip the folder and put it somewhere you like to have it, e.g. in a C:\Oracle folder. Next you need t... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Read HEIC or HEIF image files in FileMaker
09:30:00
If you need to read HEIF or HEIC image files (High Efficiency Image File Format) in FileMaker on Mac or iOS, please check our Container.ReadImage function in MBS FileMaker Plugin: Set Variable [ $path ; Value: "/Users/cs/Desktop/IMG_3552.... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Under the Radar Podcast
08:50:00
Once again Xojo Inc. sponsors an episode of the Under the Radar podcast. Originally pointed to by Paul Lefebvre's tweet, I quickly subscribed as they talk about various topics for independent app developers and those episodes are very interesting. ... [More]
August 19, 2019
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
Combine PDFs 5.4
15:26:00
Monkeybread Software today is proud to announce Combine PDFs 5.4, an update to their popular PDF merge and split tool for Mac OS. With a focus on ease-of-use, Combine PDFs is a lightweight utility which allows anyone to merge PDF files and images in... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.4pr2
11:33:00
New in this prerelease of version 9.4 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Added Vision functions for text recognition, barcode detection and image classification on MacOS and iOS. Rewrote BlueThermProbe functions. Changed Syntax colorizing to not draw in... [More]
  (Blog: Monkeybread Software)
MBS Xojo Plugins, version 19.4pr2
11:04:00
New in this prerelease of the 19.4 plugins: Improvements for next Xojo version. Changed Variant to NSObject conversion to make NSColor for Xojo colors. Enabled MimeTypeToFileExtensionMBS and FileExtensionToMimeTypeMBS for console apps. Added Se... [More]
June 14, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
We've Moved
15:12:00
The new Xojo blog is live! Join us now at http://www.xojo.com/blog to learn the latest and greatest about Xojo, cross-platform development, and technology.... [More]
June 06, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Save the Date for XDC 2014!
07:35:00
Save the date for the 2014 Xojo Developer's Conference, to be held March 26-28 at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas!  More information coming soon. ... [More]
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Real Studio is now Xojo!
07:29:00
We have some big announcements! 2013 Release 1 is now available for download and is definitely our biggest release ever! Our IDE has had a major makeover, giving it a very sleek and modern look and making it faster and much more intuitive t... [More]
May 16, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Using Twilio to answer phone calls
06:00:00
In a previous post, I wrote about how to use Twilio to send an SMS message. This time, I'm going to show you how you can use Twilio in conjunction with a web app to answer phone calls made to your Twilio phone number.First, you will want to have a Tw... [More]
May 15, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Calling a SOAP web service
16:21:00
SOAP web services, although not as common as they once were, are still readily available on the web. And they can be incredibly easy to use with your apps.Here is a quick example of how you would use a SOAP web service to get the conversion rate betw... [More]
May 14, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Connecting to Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server
17:00:00
Some of the most common questions I get from new users relate to using databases with Real Studio. We've got lots of tips and tricks on how to connect in our Documentation and videos too.  In addition to having it's own RealSQLDatabase for ... [More]
May 10, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Using Twilio to send an SMS message
13:43:00
I've been asked from time to time if it is possible to send an SMS message from your application. SMS stands for Short Message Service and is also commonly referred to as a Text Message or just a Text. SMS messages can contain up to 160 characte... [More]
April 30, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Coming Soon - New Pricing (Recap)
07:52:00
As we approach the June 4th Xojo ship date, we are receiving an increasing amount of questions about the new pricing.  It has been a while since we posted the information so here's a recap:Starting with 2013 Release 1, the IDE itself will be fre... [More]
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Why native controls are important
07:40:00
9to5Mac is reporting that iOS 7 will sport a new user interface. It's said to be flatter and simpler. If this is true, it almost certainly means that controls will have a new look as well. This reminds me of when Apple shipped Mac OS X with its new A... [More]
April 29, 2013
  (Blog: RS Blog)
Best computer for cross-platform development
12:57:00
Today The Telegraph has a post about a study showing the MacBook Pro is the best computer for running Windows. I've heard this before and don't doubt it for a moment. Apple makes the best computers in terms of quality. They are certainly not the chea... [More]

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