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MBS SOAP Kit 2.3 for Xojo With this SOAP Kit, you can parse the webservice description file (WSDL) and generate source code for all the methods, constants and classes defined in your webservice. You add this code to your project together with additional source code provided from MBS. Now you can call the webservice methods like any other method in your code. The new versions adds a new sample project for VAT service of European Union, improves handling of arrays and some keywords. The generated code now contains Clone methods, Copy and Value constructors for easier usage.

Complete SOAP solution for professional Xojo (Real Studio) users

Parses the description of your webservice as WSDL.

Out SOAP Utility generates for you:

Classes for each data type in the WSDL

Modules with constants defined in the WSDL

Modules with methods to call WSDL functions synchronously and asynchronously

Includes shared code for common tasks:

Error handling

Verify WSDL matches between Client and Server.

XML creation and parsing

All source code generated for your application is not locked or encrypted.

Product: MBS SOAP Kit 2.3 for Xojo

Platforms: All

Price: 999 Euro

Website: http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/xojo/SOAP/

New Xojo PostgreSQL Book Published

Eugene Dakin has released a new Xojo book, I Wish I Knew How To... Program PostgreSQL with Xojo Desktop. This book lowers the steep learning curve for this industrial database and PostgreSQL is able to easily handle complex transactional loads and multi-users. There are over 70 working examples that are fully explained in the book text, which has more than 350 pages.

Some of the many topics in the book are:




CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete)


Prepared Statements

Tested on Windows and Mac OS's Desktops

And more...

Product: I Wish I Knew How To... Program XML with Xojo in Windows and I Wish I Knew How to... Program Xojo Desktop and SQLite books

Platforms: All

Price: $8.99

Website: http://great-white-software.com/rblibrary/

ChartPart 4

CULLY Technologies, LLC is proud to announce the updating and the release of ChartPart project to version 4.

ChartPart is a charting tool written completely in Xojo, intended for Xojo developers to use within their commercial or non-commercial applications when they are in need of simple charts and graphs. ChartPart is a subclass of the Xojo canvas control, and creates Bar, Stacked Bar, Line, and Pie charts to be used in Xojo applications.

New features are:

Multiple series, each with multiple values to be charted. Previous versions only allowed one series.

New chart type: Stacked bar

Can now chart negative values in bar, line, and stacked bar chart types.

Series label and location options.

More value label options and options for the location of the labels.

Note: This version breaks backwards compatibility. Please fully test your chart generation carefully.

Product: ChartPart 4

Platforms: All

Price: Free

Website: http://cullytechnologies.com/products/chartpart/

GlucoAide v1.1.5

ToThePoint Software Releases GlucoAide, a Macintosh application designed specifically for people with diabetes. With GlucoAide users can easily track and graph their blood glucose tests as well as track their weight on a day by day basis.

The program allows people with diabetes to keep food and exercise logs along with a handy journal. GlucoAide can store links to diabetes related resources such as websites, documents, folders, email addresses, etc. In addition, diabetes team contact information and medication information can be stored.

Data input is quick and easy. Works with mmol/L and mg/dL. The demo version will run for 20 days after which users will need to purchase GlucoAide from the Apple App Store to continue using it.

Product: GlucoAide v1.1.5

Platforms: OSX

Price: $8.99

Website: http://ttpsoftware.com/thankgoodnessWP/gluco/

Font Sleuth v2.4.4

Font Sleuth is designed to make locating that perfect font for a project as quick and easy as possible. Font Sleuth is not intended to replace sophisticated font management software such as FontExplorer X or Suitcase Fusion 2. Because these font managers have more complex functionality they are priced considerably higher than Font Sleuth.

But many people do not need all of the the bells and whistles of a high priced font manager. If what you need is a quick and simple way to choose that perfect font on the fly, along with some basic font management features, Font Sleuth is the answer.

font character display on main window (show/hide with disclosure triangle)

fixed preference saving

improved Group Editor controls

interface tweaks

manual slide show controls added to display window

display window makeover

Product: Font Sleuth v2.4.4

Platforms: OSX

Price: $14.99

Website: http://ttpsoftware.com/thankgoodnessWP/font-sleuth/

MBS Plugins 14.0 Released

The MBS plug-in comprises a collection of several plug-in parts which extend the Real Studio development environment with 1,900 classes featuring over 50,000 documented functions. Our plugins support all three platforms Mac OS X, Windows and Linux with all project types desktop, web and console.

Some of the highlights on the 14.0 update:

The new SSH plugin allows you to remotely login to a computer. For the connection you can let the plugin connect a socket or pass an already connected TCPSocket to the plugin. This plugin is supported on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux and allows better integration into your app than running ssh via shell class.

For Cocoa MBS added a new NSButtonCellMBS class. Various control classes got new events like TextDidBeginEditing, TextDidEndEditing, and TextDidChange. The OpenDialogMBS class now has a Cocoa implementation and for OverlayMBS class the WindowHidden and WindowShown events work now on Cocoa target.

The AVFoundation plugin has been updated for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. This adds more than 400 new functions and 18 new classes. For the events, you can now pass variant tags everywhere. This way you can pass context information to the events. With AVFoundationMBS.WriteCGImageToFile method you can save images in background for even better performance extracting frames from a video.

The SQL Plugin now has been updated to use properties instead of methods, so you see more values in debugger. The new fields and parameters dictionaries in the SQLCommandMBS class allow you to see parameter and field values in the debugger. If you set the new RaiseExceptions property to false, you will not see SQLErrorException, but you can check the Error properties.

For Linux there's support for the window transparency functions. The GTKWindowMBS class can now be used to assign a new Icon to a window. Also some linker issues on Linux with plugins have been fixed and it no longer optimizes away stack frames for better crash reports.

The PictureMBS class now handles 16-bit grayscale images for some operations. The new InputData property in CURL classes allows providing data for upload without using Read event. The GetVariantArrayMBS function allows casting any array of objects to an array of variants. With CallDelegateOnMainThreadMBS method you can run methods on the main thread from any other thread. The VerifyEmailMBS function can check emails for syntax and query if the domain has a valid mailbox server. Finally the SignalHandlerMBS class can set a flag and ignore signals, so you can handle them later, e.g. catch Control-C in a console app and gracefully exit your app.

DynaPDF has been updated to version and can now highlight text with ignoring case and accents. LibXL is updated to version 3.5.4 and the XMP Toolkit to version 5.5.

Product: MBS Xojo and Real Studio plugins 13.5

Platforms: All

Price: $29-$299

Website: http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realbasic/plugins.shtml

DataViewer for Xojo Developers

DataViewer is a collection of objects for Real Studio/Xojo that you can easily incorporate into your own applications to give SQL Query functionality for SQLite and MySQL databases along with Data Export facilities. It is available to purchase for use within your own software or alternatively with Full Source Code. Once purchased their are no restrictions on use.

Connect to any SQLite or MySQL Database

Very small Footprint. < 5Mb

Incorporate Easily into your Own Apps

Objects Window showing Tables and Columns

Drag and Drop from the Objects Window to the Query Window

Double Click Tables and Columns to Copy to Clipboard, Paste into Query

Results Grid can be customised for Font, Size, Stripe Colour and Line Type

Results Grid can Switch between 'Fit to Grid' and 'Show Horizontal Scrollbar'

Auto Highlighting of SQL Keywords (Caps, Bold, Coloured - or Any Combination)

User Definable Keywords List

Each SELECT reports Time Taken

Export Results Data in Tab Delimited, CSV or JSON Formats

Save and Load SQL Scripts

One Click for Record Count, any Table

One Click to Fetch 20 Records for Quick Query

One Click to Fetch All Records

Insert a SQL Template

Reactive Results List - Auto 'Fit to Grid' or 'Show Horizontal Scrollbar'

Results List now inside nside a Tab Control: Future Use

SQL History List - Double Click to Recall

Windows Sizes and Positions Saved on Exit

List View Configurations Saved on Exit

Product: DataViewer for Xojo Developers

Platforms: All

Price: £50 (standard), £150 (Pro with source code)

Website: http://bit.ly/1lZqmdB

Xojo 2013 Release 4.1 Now Available

Xojo 2013 Release 4 contains over 150 improvements, 14 changes and 7 new features, including new framework Crypto functions, new examples and improved debugger functionality to allow for easier debugging of threaded code.

Xojo 2013 Release 4 Features:

Added an ID to identify threads in the debugger

Canvas and ContainerControls now have a Transparent property

Added new RSA Crypto functions

Added new examples

Directly access Language Reference for language controls

Updated to SQLite 3.7.17

Enhanced web app logging

Product: Xojo 2013 Release 4.1

Platforms: All

Price: Free IDE (deployment of built applications requires a one-time fee, $100-$995, depending on target)

Website: http://www.xojo.com/download

BKeeney Training Day 2014

BKeeney Software Inc. is proud to announce their second annual training day to be held before the annual Xojo Developers Conference (XDC). They'll be holding it in the same location, the Monte Carol Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 25 (the day before the conference starts).

The morning session is devoted to desktop applications and the challenges of Xojo cross-platform applications. The afternoon session is all about web applications and the challenges and solutions to building and deploying them. The BKeeney entire development staff will be there, so you can ask those really hard questions.

Sessions will be recorded so attendees and subscribers to BKeeney Xojo Training videos can view them long after the conference is over. Speaking of training subscribers, all attendees of the training day will receive a complementary three-month subscription to the BKeeney library of 100+ videos.

Advanced registration is good through February 14th, 2014 and after that registration is full price.

Product: BKeeney Training Day 2014

Platforms: All

Price: $350-$450

Website: https://www.bkeeney.com/xojo-training-2014/

BKeeney Software Inc. Acquires Fireye PDF Classes for Xojo

BKeeney Software Inc. has acquired the Fireye PDF classes for Xojo and Real Studio. These PDF classes represent years of quality work and fill a need in the Xojo developer community in regards to the creation of PDF documents. BKeeney Software will spend some time modernizing the classes to conform with the new requirements for Cocoa and rerelease for sale once the work is completed. These PDF classes will also enhance our Xojo-related developer products, particularly Formatted Text Control and BKeeney Shorts.

Asher Dunn, the original developer of the Fireye PDF classes said, "I am happy that my work was highly valued by the community. I think Bob and his staff at BKeeney Software will do a great job maintaining and enhancing the PDF classes for years to come."

All existing customers will receive version 2 for free. An email will be sent to all registered users with instructions on how to upgrade to the BKeeney version. Once a new version is released existing customers will be able to upgrade at a discounted price. At this point, pricing has not been determined.

Product: FireEye PDF classes

Platforms: All

Price: N/A

Website: http://www.bkeeney.com/allproducts/pdf-classes/

TaskTime4 v5.1.2

TaskTime4 is a reliable and versatile time tracking and billing solution.

With TaskTime4 you can track any number of clients and any number of projects for each client. Create invoices that can be emailed, printed, and saved to disk. Since you can have more than one project open at a time it is easy to switch between projects on the fly. Tracking expenses has never been easier.

Features Include:

Create clear, attractive, customized invoices and send with Apple Mail or Entourage

Include fixed rate items

Keep project specific notes of any length and detail.

Apply individual hourly rates to specific sessions

Set a separate currency symbol on a project-by-project basis or globally.

Track the status of each project.

Use the Project Manager to add, delete, rename, merge, and store projects.

Use the Client Manager to add, delete, and edit clients. (Import clients from Mail contacts)

Link documents, applications, folders, and web/email addresses to any project.

Minimize project windows to a small, floating timer controller window.

Set due dates for projects and sync with iCal

Create a variety of reports

Sync data between computers using DropBox

Export data in comma or tab separated format.

Backup data from within the program

Merge data from team members into one project for billing.

Product: TaskTime4 v5.1.2

Platforms: Mac

Price: $20

Website: http://www.ttpsoftware.com/

RAGE Software Releases EverWeb

Toronto-based RAGE Software today introduces EverWeb, its fully featured website designer for Macintosh. EverWeb builds on the ease of use of Apple's discontinued iWeb website builder. EverWeb brings the familiar iWeb interface with new, modern features such as mobile websites, drop down menus, built in search engine optimization, image slideshows and much more. Using modern HTML5 and CSS3, EverWeb websites are faster, leaner and compatible with all major desktop and mobile web browsers.

Since Apple announced that iWeb would no longer be developed, users have been looking for something as easy to use with new features they need to build modern websites. EverWeb takes all the technical challenges out of designing a website, publishing it online, and attracting new visitors. Using modern HTML5 and CSS3, EverWeb websites are faster, leaner and compatible with all major desktop and mobile web browsers.

With EverWeb, you can use one of the professionally designed templates or start a website completely from scratch. Built in widgets let you add design shapes, social media integration, image galleries, image slideshows, contact forms and more. The built-in HTML Snippet widget lets users add virtually anything to their EverWeb site.

EverWeb comes in two versions. A standalone version that can be used with any web hosting service and costs $79.95 USD. EverWeb can also be purchased with one-click publishing that includes the software, web hosting, and custom email addresses. EverWeb + One-click publishing starts at $99.95 USD.


Platforms: All

Price: $80-$100

Website: http://everwebapp.com/

Two New Xojo Books Published

Eugene Dakin has released two new Xojo books, I Wish I Knew How To... Program XML with Xojo in Windows and I Wish I Knew How to... Program Xojo Desktop and SQLite.

The fist book is over 200 pages and has 50 example programs which cover 15 chapters on XML such as Unwritten rules, Comments, Child sections, XML Documents, Reading, Editing, Writing, XQL (XML Query Language), XSLT, CData, Schema, SOAP, and more. There's also info on connecting databases, displaying data in multiple formats, making the information tailored to the reader, adding security through schemas and more. With Xojo's ability to work on multiple operating systems, using XML adds to the already diverse Xojo


The second book is over 300 pages, greater than 70 example programs which cover over 20 chapters explaining topics such as Joins, Thread and Progress Bar, Transaction, Alias, Encryption/Decryption, CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete), Reports, and much more.

Product: I Wish I Knew How To... Program XML with Xojo in Windows and I Wish I Knew How to... Program Xojo Desktop and SQLite books

Platforms: All

Price: $8.99

Website: http://great-white-software.com/rblibrary/

MBS Xojo Web Starter Kit Reaches 1.1

The MBS Xojo (Real Studio) Web Starter Kit is a starting point for building your Web Applications with Real Studio or Xojo. Version 1.1 is a free update for existing users.

Especially our new Web Signature Kit allows you to easily capture signatures on a tablet device with your web application. You can of course simply use it as a drawing area, too.

New in Version 1.1:

* Added Web Signature Kit project.

* Commented out Print commands. They are useful in standalone, but cause problems in cgi mode.

* Improved code to handle database. Now the app launches when no database is found.

* Added WebLoadBalancing example code

* Added System Information page.

Existing features of our Web Starter Kit:

* Database Support including REALSQLDatabase, MySQLCommunityServer, CubeSQLServer and SQLDatabaseMBS. Other databases can be added easily.

* Simple User Management for Admins and normal users.

* Login Panel.

* Auto login, so people don't need to login each time.

* Collects Exceptions and JavaScript Errors in database and displays them to Admin..

* Allows logging to text file and database and displaying them.

* SQL Console with download of database and query result as CSV file.

* Session management for admin to see what users do..

* Chat Window.

* Creates Backup of database.

* Object browser and memory statistics.

* Messages for Admins to/from users.

* File Browser.

* Shows how to cache images/files to save memory.

* and much more...

You can use the Kit as a foundation of your new web application or simply copy the parts you need to your own web application. This Kit is the result of putting together all the goodies we developed in the last two years for various web applications. Things we believe everyone could need in their own solution. And of course in the next few years we will add more functions depending on user requests.

The Web Starter Kit requires Real Studio 2012 or newer and a license of the MBS Xojo (Real Studio) Plugins. The Kit uses a couple of plugins.

Product: MBS Real Studio Web Starter Kit

Platforms: All

Price: $149

Website: http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realbasic/WebStarterKit/

Xojo Web Application Hosting

1701 Software, Inc. is proud to announce the general availability of our Xojo web application hosting services!

We use Xojo every day to build beautiful web based applications for our customers. We decided we could help the community at large by providing a service that understands the needs of Xojo apps.

Many people have gone searching for the web host who understands what makes Xojo special and unique. Many have become frustrated with poor support, inadequate libraries, incompatible versions, or restrictive policies that make shared hosting a nightmare. Going to a VPS is a wonderful improvement but requires a lot of time and patience as you learn the Linux command line and various server tools.

Now you can rely on a webhost that gets you. We offer fully managed private VPS servers that are optimized for Xojo. Everything out of the box is ready to run your Xojo app. In fact we install an example app on your box as soon as it's ready to go to demonstrate the speed. We use the latest technologies like solid state disk drives which make your apps fly. You can even choose from North American or European datacenters as we know many Xojo users hail from across the pond.

Last but not least the price is affordable. Our basic no frills developer plan is $15/month and includes 512mb of ram. If you require MySQL, PostgreSQL or email hosting you should look to our business plan at $25/month which gives you 1024mb of ram. Both plans offer two months free on a yearly payment schedule. Both plans allow you to host as many domains, Wordpress blogs, and Xojo apps as you like.

Product: Xojo Web Application Hosting

Platforms: All

Price: $15-$25/month

Website: http://www.1701software.com

fp Plugin 7.3

fp Plugin 7.3 adds the function fpPowerMod which can raise a square matrix to a very large integer power modulus an integer which also can be very large.

Using a custom fp multi-precision engine, fp Plugin for Xojo adds six new data types, BigInteger, BigFloat, BigComplex, BigFraction, BigPoly, and BigMatrix. Except for available memory, there is no limitation on the size of a BigInteger.

BigFloat is a multi--precision floating point number. You can set both the internal precision and the decimal output precision for BigFloat, with no limitation except for available memory.

BigComplex is composed of two BigFloats.

BigFraction represents num/den where num and den are BigIntegers.

BigPoly represents a polynomial with BigFraction coefficients.

BigMatrix represents a matrix with BigFraction elements.

fp Plugin itself allows you to construct programs which can handle the six new data types much like doubles and integers are handled. To a large extent the new data types can be freely used with the +, -, *, and / operators, and can be used in comparisons. And most of Xojo's functions have been overloaded to take the new data types, where it makes sense to do so. The added 7th data type is ComplexVector, which holds an array of complex numbers. Additional functions use the Laguerre method to find for a polynomial all its roots (complex or real) to any chosen precision.

Product: fp Plugin 7.2

Platforms: All

Price: Free

Website: http://delaneyrm.com/fpPlugin.html

Ohanaware improves App Wrapper with added support for Xojo

App Wrapper is the tool that Ohanaware use to package their applications for the Mac App Store & their web site. App Wrapper is a simplified approach to performing meanial tasks that are required in order to distribute applications for Apple's Mac App Store and OS X Mountain Lion. Version 2.2 now includes a new Icon editor and several bug fixes.

Version 2.2 of App Wrapper includes a new Icon Editor, allowing more control over icon generation and updates the icon code to the latest version. It also improves support for Xojo 2013r2 and an improved version editor, not to forget numerous bug fixes.

App Wrapper simplifies the process of Code Signing, Sandboxing, Compressing applications (via OS X Installer or Zip file), generating Retina Compatible High Resolution icons, and Help Documentation preparation. Reducing the time required to prepare applications for distribution via the Mac App Store or OS X Mountain Lion.

Code signing is required for both the Mac App Store & OS X Mountain Lion. App Wrapper's Code signing engine is capable of code signing helper apps, frameworks, plugins & AppleScripts. Sandboxing is required for the Mac App Store. App Wrapper 2 features a new GUI interface to simplify the specification of Entitlement keys and their values. It includes tools to help validate a Sandboxed application and to track down Sandbox violations.

App Wrapper can add High Resolution ICNS files to the application bundle, or it can generate High Resolution ICNS files from almost any transparent image. App Wrapper also features a 'Document Icon Maker' that can generate (AHIG conforming) High Resolution ICNS files using the Application icon and a simple identifier. App Wrapper uses High Quality scaling to retain as much detail when generating icons at smaller sizes. When creating Retina compatible applications, App Wrapper can generate HiDPI ICNS files (dependant on the specified Minimum OS).

App Wrapper can add a Help folder or Help file into the application bundle, and add the correct keys to the plist. Also featured is a Help Validator which will check the help documents for simple XHTML errors, broken links, missing images and other common errors.

App Wrapper features functionality to add importable and exportable UTIs to an application, it includes a function that can generate a matching UTI from a document type. This enables developers to easily add support for "Document Packages".

Many required plist keys can be specified using the App Wrapper interface. For more advanced plist editing, App Wrapper includes a simple plist editor.

App Wrapper features GUI options for configuring the Apple About Box. Included in the App Wrapper help is code for Real Studio developers to use, that will display a genuine Apple About Box.

App Wrapper automatically saves the settings, restoring them when the application is re-opened in App Wrapper.

App Wrapper was made with Xojo (formally known as Real Software's Real Studio) and App Wrapper was used on itself, to generate a Retina compatible icon, validate and include the help, configure the about box, codesign the bundle and then to create the Zip compressed file.

Product: App Wrapper 2.2

Platforms: OSX

Price: $49.99

Website: http://www.ohanaware.com/appwrapper/

ZirconKit for Xojo

Everybody who has written a custom control knows every single one of them needs some common work to get going. The ZirconKit Foundation is a free open source set of classes designed to make custom control authoring easier. The ZirconControl class is an automatic zero-flicker canvas that also handles retina scaling and appearance notification, to name a few. Also includes methods for drawing focus rings, adjusting color brightness, drawing stretched and patterned pictures, and detecting full keyboard access. If you're writing a custom control, this is a good foundation to build from, and there is plenty more room for this package to grow.


Built on ZirconKit, this is an iOS replica switch control. This control is fully animated -- with the ability to turn the animation off -- and very customizable. Supports custom captions, colors, positioning, and sizing. And, for the record, this is not the same control as used in the Xojo IDE. Built from scratch, this control supports Retina displays, animates nicer, and is more flexible than the Xojo IDE control.

ZirconSwitch is available as a free demo. The control will fully function in debug builds, but will be completely invisible and inoperable in built applications. A licensed version can be purchased for $10, and allows use in an unlimited number of applications under development by the purchaser. Both demo and licensed versions ship as encrypted classes.


ZirconBreadcrumbs is a massively flexible path control. It can be fully themed to match any application, supports Retina displays, and supports both icons and captions per cell. Displaying filesystem navigation -- or any navigation for that matter -- is a piece of cake now.

ZirconBreadcrumbs is available as a free demo. The control will fully function in debug builds, but will be completely invisible and inoperable in built applications. A licensed version can be purchased for $25, and allows use in an unlimited number of applications under development by the purchaser. Both demo and licensed versions ship as encrypted classes.

Product: ZirconKit / ZirconSwitch / ZirconBreadcrumbs

Platforms: All

Price: ZirconKit (free), ZirconSwitch ($10), ZirconBreadcrumbs ($25)

Website: http://thezaz.com/blog/2013/08/announcing_zirconkit_for_xojo.html

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