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Issue 6.5

NEWS

News

Issue: 6.5 (July/August 2008)
Article Description: No description available.
Article Length (in bytes): 18,966
Starting Page Number: 6
Article Number: 6501
Related Web Link(s):

http://homepage.mac.com/alexrestrepo
http://www.ebutterfly.com/rb/unihelp.php
http://arbp.org/
http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realbasic/Releasenotes.html
http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realbasic/plugins.shtml
http://www.realsoftware.com/download
http://ljensen.com/releasenotebrowser
http://www.yumadev.com/product/download/
http://www.yumadev.com/forum/
http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realbasic/movies/
http://homepage.mac.com/delaneyrm/MPCalcPlugin.html
http://homepage.mac.com/delaneyrm/MPCalcRB.html
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/24399
http://bradrhine.com/pages/maskextractor.php
http://www.tinrocket.com/software/superspritesurface/beta/
http://www.ebutterfly.com/helplogic/
http://www.yumadev.com/blog/
http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realbasic/plugin-chartdirector.shtml
http://www.thezaz.com/blog/announcements/animationkit_20_released.php

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CustomEditField 1.4

Alex Restrepo has updated his CustomEditField to version 1.4. This update adds a couple of features, such as line folding and the ability to have bold, italic, and underlined highlight contexts. Undo was also reworked so it works in "blocks" now, instead of by character.

Product:

CustomEditField 1.4

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free ($100 for source code)

Website:

http://homepage.mac.com/alexrestrepo

UniHelp 3.2

Electric Butterfly announces the immediate availability of UniHelp 3.2, the award-winning help system for REALbasic. UniHelp provides an easy-to-use, feature-rich solution for REALbasic developers who want to add online help to their cross-platform applications. A free update for all registered UniHelp customers, Version 3.2 provides improved compatibility with REALbasic 2008r2. Apple Help Viewer, Microsoft HTML Help, WinHelp.... Why waste precious development time designing and compiling a different Help system for each platform when you can easily use UniHelp for all of them? NO additional plugins or classes needed. Just drag the respective UniHelp components folder into your REALbasic project, create your HTML help pages and customize your configuration settings with the UniHelp Edition of HelpLogic, and that's it -- instant online help for your compiled REALbasic applications that works on Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and Linux.

Product:

UniHelp 3.2

Platforms:

OSX / WIN

Price:

$49 (free for non-commercial projects)

Website:

http://www.ebutterfly.com/rb/unihelp.php

Association of REALbasic Professionals Formed

The Association of REALbasic Professionals was formed at the REAL World developer conference in Austin, TX, in March, 2008. The Association or REALbasic Professionals, or ARBP, is an independent organization whose purpose is to unify the profession by providing continuing professional and educational development and contribute to the community's well being by acting on behalf of its members. Elected as members of the board of directors were Bob Keeney of BKeeney Software, Norman Palardy of Great White Software, Marc Zeedar of REALbasic Developer Magazine, Paul Lefebvre of LogicalVue Software, and Brad Rhine of the Elizabethtown Area School District. Due to REAL Software's subsequent hiring of Norman Palardy, he has stepped down from his position on the board, and has been replaced by Dr. Scott Steinman of the Southern College of Optometry. ARBP aims to launch several initiatives in the coming months, including an extensive membership campaign and members-only discounts on REALbasic products and services, as well as access to exclusive product marketing resources and business opportunities.

Product:

Association of REALbasic Professionals

Platforms:

All

Price:

To be determined

Website:

http://arbp.org/

MonkeyBread Software Plugins 8.3

The MBS plug-in comprises a collection of several plug-in parts which extend the REALbasic development environment with over 1000 classes featuring over 20000 documented functions. The plug-ins require REALbasic 5.5 or newer. Also required are 300 MB hard disc space and around 64 MB of RAM in addition to the requirements of REALbasic and your operation system itself. While all plug-in parts compile on Mac OS 8.x, Mac OS 9.x, Mac OS X (universal), Linux and Windows, each function may depend on additional system requirements to work successfully. Read the complete release notes for this update here: http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realbasic/Releasenotes.html.

Product:

Monkeybread Software Plugin for REALBasic

Platforms:

OSX / WIN

Price:

200 Euros (complete set); 20 Euros and up (per component)

Website:

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

REALbasic 2008 Release 2

REAL Software, maker of REALbasic, a cross-platform development environment for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux developers, has begun shipping REALbasic 2008 Release 2. The latest version is another delivery on the promise of continuous improvement made by the company. "We had a commitment to our community to continually refine and improve our products," stated Geoff Perlman, President and CEO of REAL Software. "With over 200 fixes in this release and the addition of a new class called Pairs, we are providing a more productive and reliable tool set to our users." Pairs allows developers to easily define key/value pairs and define linked lists. The release also increases functionality to the introspection feature, which was introduced in the February release of REALbasic. The new release includes several new capabilities involving remote debugging and bug reporting that simplifies testing and reduces developer overhead.

Product:

REALbasic 2008 Release 2

Platforms:

All

Price:

$100 (personal); $500 (professional)

Website:

http://www.realsoftware.com/download

Release Note Browser Updated

Release Note Browser lets you type a few characters and see the REALbasic release notes that match them, within or across any combination of versions. This version adds compatibility with the new REALbasic 2008r2 HTML release note format. (Alas, it does not yet have the smarts to detect and resolve duplicated release notes, of which there are a few between the 2008r1 and 2008r2 files.)

Product:

Release Note Browser

Platforms:

OSX / WIN

Price:

Free

Website:

http://ljensen.com/releasenotebrowser

Yuma Beta 8

This release includes builds of the Yuma Enterprise Server for all three platforms and the session feature has been expanded with the ability to expire sessions. A global SetStatus method to set the HTTP status of replies has also been added. The ServerParams values reported in the Yuma Development Server now match those reported by Apache through the Yuma Enterprise Server. Yuma is a new web development tool from Inspiring Applications, Inc. With Yuma, you can embed REALbasic code directly into HTML pages. When the page is requested, that code is executed, and its results inserted into the page before it is sent onto the browser. A Yuma page is compiled the first time it is accessed (or whenever it or any #include files it depends on have changed). This makes Yuma very fast -- significantly faster than PHP or JavaScript -- on computation-intensive applications. Yuma provides access to many of the standard RB framework classes, such as Dictionary, Random, EmailMessage, the XML classes, and more. It also provides all the standard string and numeric functions.

Product:

Yuma

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free (development); $149 (enterprise)

Website:

http://www.yumadev.com/product/download/

Yuma Forum

Inspiring Applications has set a forum for discussion of Yuma development. The forum software itself is written in Yuma, and is only about a week old; there are still a few things on the to-do list, but it's functional and we feel it has some nice improvements already over phpBB. Please give it a try, and feel free to leave us your feedback (perhaps in the "Forum Feedback" group or one of its sub-groups). Yuma is a server-side web development environment for REALbasic programmers, allowing you to embed Yuma code (which is based on REALbasic) into your HTML pages. Yuma is currently in beta.

Product:

Yuma Forum

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

http://www.yumadev.com/forum/

Monkeybread Movies

Monkeybread Software is proud to announce over 30 movies there showing various parts of the MBS REALbasic plugins. All movies are available in high resolution. You can now enjoy the movies on your iPhone, on your AppleTV, or on any computer. The Monkeybread Software plug-in comprises a collection of several plug-in parts which extend the REALbasic development environment with over 1000 classes and featuring over 20000 documented functions.

Product:

Monkeybread Software Movies

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realbasic/movies/

MPCalc Plugin 3.0

MPCalc Plugin provides the functionality of my multi-precision RPN calculator to a REALbasic program. It can handle numbers with up to 30,000 decimal digits. It can also handle numbers whose absolute values lie between about 1e-40000000 and 1e+40000000. As a Universal, Linux, and x86 plugin it can be used to create REALbasic applications which run under Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. Over forty scientific functions are now available. Version 3.0 adds Linux support and Universal support for Mac OS X, but removes Mac OS 9 support.

Product:

MPCalc 3.0

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

http://homepage.mac.com/delaneyrm/MPCalcPlugin.html

MPCalcRB 2.0

MPCalcRB is a multi-precision RPN scientific calculator for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. It can handle numbers with up to 30,000 digits. It can also handle numbers whose absolute values lie between about 10^-40000000 and 10^+40000000. The popup menu selects from three keypads. There are keyboard equivalents for the functions. Over forty scientific functions are now available. MPCalcRB was programmed in REALbasic using my MPCalc plugin and is based on Victor Shoup's NTL.

Product:

MPCalcRB 2.0

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

http://homepage.mac.com/delaneyrm/MPCalcRB.html

Amalgam Plugin 2.0

Amalgam plugin constitutes the blending of pictures, window elements and responsive widgets. This allows the building of novel graphical user interface elements independent of the limits the OS imposes on the developer. Amalgam provides an overlay to existing REALbasic windows and controls, and is seamlessly integrated. Amalgam is alpha aware, and the base class "Drawable" provides a simple API to accomplish many different scenarios, complex or less complex in nature. "Drawbar" can function as a window container for multiple "Drawables", allowing the creation of a custom window, such as the window found in GarageBand. On Windows it is not difficult to create a metal looking window or you could even design window elements that can poof away, disappear, or magically move, based on your own coding or animation with the use of multiple pictures.

Product:

Amalgam Plugin 2.0

Platforms:

OSX/Win

Price:

$100 (for commercial development)

Website:

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/24399

PNG Mask Extractor

PNG Mask Extractor is a small utility for Mac OS X and Windows that extracts the mask data from Portable Network Graphics files, generating mask files suitable for development projects or environments that don't natively support PNG's alpha channel transparency.

Product:

PNG Mask Extractor

Platforms:

OSX/Win

Price:

Free

Website:

http://bradrhine.com/pages/maskextractor.php

SuperSpriteSurface 2.0 Beta

SuperSpriteSurface is a class framework for REALbasic that provides a savvy, modern alternative to REALbasic's built in SpriteSurface control. There are dozens of new features in version 2, but the main ones folks have been clamoring for are Windows builds, Mac Universal builds, and Mach-O Carbon builds.

Product:

SuperSpriteSurface

Platforms:

OSX/Win

Price:

Free

Website:

http://www.tinrocket.com/software/superspritesurface/beta/

HELPLOGIC 1.5.1

Electric Butterfly, Inc. proudly announces the immediate availability of HelpLogic 1.5.1 for Mac OS X, the award-winning help authoring solution for cross-platform developers. With HelpLogic you can easily create help systems for your software and web sites from a single source. HelpLogic's innovative design removes the development headaches usually associated with help authoring, providing an ideal solution for cross-platform software developers, web site designers, and documentation writers. Save time with the integrated Workshop, Visual TOC Builder, HTML Editor, and Link Manager to quickly generate Web-based Help, Apple Help, Microsoft HTML Help, UniHelp, and PDF.

Product:

HelpLogic

Platforms:

OSX/Win

Price:

$99

Website:

http://www.ebutterfly.com/helplogic/

Yuma Blog

Inspiring Applications, Inc. have created a blog for Yuma news, tips, and other information about their new REALbasic-based web-development platform. That is now the place to watch for further beta announcements, so subscribe to the RSS feed or check it now and then to see what's new in the Yuma world. The blog software is written in Yuma, too. Inspiring Applications will be releasing the code soon, which you can use on your own site if you wish, or just read to learn good Yuma coding techniques.

Product:

Yuma Blog

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

http://www.yumadev.com/blog/

MBS REALbasic ChartDirector

Monkeybread Software is proud to announce that with the new ChartDirector plug-in you can create professional charts in your application. Synthesize Charts using Layers: Layering architecture enables you to synthesize the charts you want using standard chart layers. Comprehensive Chart Types: Pie, donut, bar, line, spline, step, trend, curve-fitting, area, scatter, bubble, box-whisker, finance, gantt, vector, polar, radar, rose ... Even includes meters and gauges. Unparalleled Customizability: Object oriented API allows you to customize every chart details. Markup Text Support: Embed icons and use multiple fonts and colors in the same piece of text. Decorate your charts with professionally looking text and labels. Full Unicode support. No external DLLs. Per developer royalty free license for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

Product:

MBS REALbasic ChartDirector

Platforms:

All

Price:

200 Euro

Website:

http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realbasic/plugin-chartdirector.shtml

AnimationKit 2 Released

This new version of AnimationKit allows simpler use, and graphic-based animations. More details are available on the website. Fair warning though: the upgrade will break existing code -- there was no way around this. The included readme has been rewritten to describe all the changes and how to use them.

Product:

AnimationKit 2

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

http://www.thezaz.com/blog/announcements/animationkit_20_released.php

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