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Issue 8.3

NEWS

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Issue: 8.3 (March/April 2010)
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Formatted Text Control 1.8

True North Software has announced the release of version 1.8 of the Formatted Text Control (FTC). The FTC is a canvas based control for REALbasic that implements word processor capabilities similar to Apple Pages or Microsoft Word. The FTC is useful for implementing reports and general word processing capabilities within your REALbasic applications. The FTC features the following capabilities: - Four display modes including page, normal, edit, and single - RTF support including picture support - A full range of paragraph and character styles - Picture support - Custom object support for adding application specific items - Built in undo management - Many customization options to adapt the FTC to your application - Highly optimized code written in REALbasic for maximum flexibility. Version 1.8 has 16 new features and enhancements including support for pilcrows (the backwards P at the end of a paragraph). This version also address 36 bug fixes. For a more complete list of features and capabilities, see the "FTC User Guide" and "Version History" documents in the demo download.

Product:

Formatted Text Control 1.8

Platforms:

OSX / WIN

Price:

$300 (unencrypted modules, 33% off coupon available on developer's website)

Website:

http://www.truenorthsoftware.com/formattedtextcontrol

MBS REALbasic Updater Kit

The MBS REALbasic Updater Kit helps you in adding an automatic update feature to your application. It features: * Crossplatform update engine for Mac OS X and Windows. * Full Source code access. * Using Sparkle on Mac OS X for updating and our own code for Windows. * Includes all code and help to setup Sparkle for Windows. * Includes script file for Inno Setup engine. (you can use others if you like) * Using digital signatures on Mac and MD5 Checksum on Windows to ensure download integrity. * Includes generator for XML file for your server and code to parse this file and find newer versions. The Updater Kit requires REALbasic 2008 or newer and a license of the MBS REALbasic Complete License.

Product:

MBS REALbasic Updater Kit 1.0

Platforms:

OSX / WIN

Price:

$99 USD or 79 Euro

Website:

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

WSL-Amazon 3

Electric Butterfly, Inc. proudly announces the free open source release of WSL-Amazon 3, the award-winning, cross-platform REALbasic class library for accessing the Amazon Product Advertising API. Version 3 has been updated to work with Amazon's new authentication signature requirement. This HTTPSocket subclass wraps the Amazon Product Advertising API into an easy-to-use library of more than 30 powerful methods and 150 properties with support for their US, UK, German, French, Canadian, and Japanese Amazon stores. Includes extensive search and information retrieval capabilities -- all from within your REALbasic applications! This free open source class library also comes with the project source code for a fully-functional Amazon-powered application, which you can reuse in your own REALbasic projects! Even though REALbasic supports XML and SOAP, the extensive Amazon Product Advertising API can seem daunting and extremely time-consuming to implement, especially with the complexity of Amazon's new authentication signature scheme. WSL-Amazon changes all that with object-oriented REALbasic classes that wrap this large API into time-saving methods and properties. No knowledge of XML or SOAP is needed! WSL-Amazon provides an easy-to-use REALbasic framework for easily accessing the Amazon Product Advertising API. "Why has WSL-Amazon been open sourced? Due to restrictions added to the Amazon Product Advertising API License Agreement back in May 2009, we could no longer offer WSL-Amazon as a commercial add-on, so at the time, we opted to discontinue it," says Electric Butterfly's Dave Wooldridge. "Since then, we've received quite a few emails from developers who were interested in WSL-Amazon because they were having trouble implementing the complicated authentication signature scheme that Amazon.com recently added to their API. Since there seems to be a demand for this code, we decided to update WSL-Amazon to work with Amazon's authentication signature requirement and release this new version as a free open source download for the REALbasic community to enjoy!"

Product:

WSL-Amazon 3

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free (open source)

Website:

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

RB3D GL v0.31

GL is a complete REALbasic-written replacement of RB3D, the (now depreciated) 3D API built into REALbasic. The goal was to not only write as close to a feature-complete implementation of RB3D using OpenGL calls and thus obviating the need for Quesa, but also takes things a step further, allowing one to accomplish things which are now difficult to achieve without resorting to declares. New items for this release: * Ability to take large screenshots (uses same inputs as RB3D's RB3Dspace.GetPicture function). * Initial support for Milkshape MS3D binary import. * Multitexturing now working properly.

Product:

RB3D GL v0.31

Platforms:

OSX / WIN

Price:

Free

Website:

http://www.jcquan.com/REALbasic/index.html

New RSReport Designer

LehrerOffice is a product of Roth Soft. It is an Office-Software designed for teachers. The cross-platform version, 'LehrerOffice Easy' is written in REALbasic. In order to create, design and print all the required reports, Roth Soft has written a whole set of Report-Classes (RSReport) in pure REALbasic. With RSReport you can create static or dynamic reports in an object-oriented manner, show them in a print-preview, of course print them - and even save them as .pdf. This on both OSX and Windows - without the need of any Plugin or PDF-Converter/Printer. It's all written in pure REALbasic. The following basic drawing elements are available: Elements: Text, Line, Oval, Rectangle, Checkbox, Image, RTF-Text, Triangle. Charts: Line and Bar. With RSReport Designer, you can visually design the reports instead of creating reports only by code. Designed and coded reports can be combined, allowing very complex reports to be created. The Designer can be used and included in your software as: a Window, a standalone app - or embedded as a ContainerControl.

Product:

RSReport Designer 2010.1.0

Platforms:

OSX / WIN

Price:

$86

Website:

http://www.rothsoft.ch/realbasic/rsreport/

fp Plugin 3.1

fp Plugin for REALbasic adds three new data types. They are: BigInteger, BigFloat, BigComplex. Except for available memory, there is no limitation on the size of a BigInteger. So you can multiply a 100 digit integer by another 100 digit integer giving the exact 200 digit integer. 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. It might take awhile, but you can now calculate pi in a REALbasic program to a million decimal places, or more. The power of 10 for BigFloat can range from about -600,000,000 to +600,000,000 as compared to -308 to +308 for a Double. BigComplex is composed of two BigFloats, so it uses BigFloat precision. fp Plugin itself allows you to construct programs which can handle the three data types much like doubles and integers are handled. To a large extent the plugin's data types can be freely used with the +, -, *, and / operators, and can be used in comparisons. And most of REALbasic's functions have been overloaded to take the plugin's data types, where it makes sense to do so.

Product:

fp Plugin 3.1

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

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

CustomEditField update

Alex Restrepo has updated CustomEditField, his EditField replacement class, with a number of bug fixes and a couple of new features like Placeholders and Code block highlighting. It is also significantly faster when loading large texts. The download archive also includes a great sample project by Thomas Tempelmann, using his diff code.

Product:

CustomEditField

Platforms:

All

Price:

$100 (for source code)

Website:

http://homepage.mac.com/alexrestrepo

MBS REAL Server Plugin 0.5

Monkeybread Software releases their MBS REAL Server Plugin in version 0.5, a plug-in to extend the REAL Server and the REALSQLDatabase engines with 22 functions. Version 0.5 adds support for regular expressions. So you can use sql selects with the regexp operator: select * from mytable where myvalue regexp expression. Out plug-in is tested with REAL Server 2009 and works on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

Product:

MBS REAL Server Plugin 0.5

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free until 31st March 2010

Website:

http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realserver/

RB Dev Pack 4.0

Radical Breeze has released the RB Dev Pack 4.0, a suite of components for REALbasic and REAL Studio that provides additional functionality for the development platform. All features of the RB Dev Pack (including RSS feed reading, graphical effects and user interface components) are supported on all platforms that REALbasic supports (Linux, Windows and MacOS X). Components in the RB Dev Pack include: - radRSS (RSS/ATOM feed reader) - radGraphics (Advanced image effects and processing) - radColorBar (Progress-bar style control with multiple appearances and customization options) - radThumbnailView (Image thumbnail browsing) - radLinkLabel (Clickable URL-like control) - radPicView (Zoomable, drag-able, scroll-able picture viewer). No plugins or other third party components are required to fully utilize the RB Dev Pack. RB Dev Pack fully supports the most recent version of REALbasic (2009 Release 5.1).

Product:

RB Dev Pack 4.0

Platforms:

All

Price:

$99/year

Website:

http://www.radicalbreeze.com/

REAL Studio 2010 Release 1

REAL Software, creator of REAL Studio, a cross-platform development tool for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux developers, began shipping REAL Studio 2010 Release 1 today. With this release REAL Software has changed the name of their development tool to REAL Studio. The programming language will continue to be called REALbasic. REAL Studio is available in three editions: Personal Edition, Professional Edition and Enterprise Edition. "The primary reason behind this name change is to make it easier to differentiate between the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) and the programming language itself," commented Geoff Perlman, REAL Software's Founder and CEO. "As an added benefit, the name change better convey's what a professional and powerful development tool REAL Studio is." This release adds 46 improvements and 17 new features including improved ActiveX support. Previously only a small subset of ActiveX controls were supported. Now, most ActiveX controls work and are much easier to work with. All events are supported and auto-complete has also been improved. Also with this release, REAL Studio is available in Korean. REAL Studio is also available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

Product:

REAL Studio 2010 Release 1

Platforms:

Alls

Price:

$995 (REAL Studio), $299 (Pro), $99 (Personal for OSX/Win, free for Linux)

Website:

http://www.realsoftware.com/download

Full Keyboard Access

Provides full keyboard access on OS X. The problem: All/mostly controls in REALbasic have properties like AcceptFocus and TabStop, that could be set by the programmer. But, these properties should be set by the End User, from the OS System Preferences! ( and *not* by the programmer ). This module help you fix this problems, and the Full Keyboard Access on OS X would work as it is expected to do. In this version of Full Keyboard Access, we added an Canvas Mac OS X Help Button, that also works with Full Keyboard Access On!

Product:

Full Keyboard Access

Platforms:

OSX

Price:

Free

Website:

http://seeditmaxi.cachefly.net/rb/downloads/FullKeyboardAccess5.zip

Ben's ListBox Extras 1.4

Bens ListBox Extras is a REALbasic ListBox subclass allows you to easily print the contents of the ListBox, includes better cell formatting and a quick way to add and store hierarchical data. REALbasic 2006r3 or higher is required. This update is free for existing users. Features: - Easily print a high resolution copy of the contents a ListBox including custom headers and footers on each page - Different font and font sizes for the cells and headers - Provides a quick, standard way to add and store hierarchical data (1 row deep) - Allows suppressing mouse clicks in the ListBox Header - Gets the Header Height (note, now provided in RB 2009r1) - Add pictures to any cell and any position in that cell - Custom cell background colors - iTunes like odd/even row coloring - adds in a workaround for REALbasic bug for versions prior to RB 2009r1 to allow drawing the row background color past the last column (like iTunes). - adds Popup Menu type for cells/columns. The CellAction event includes x, y location for the menu - adds RectControls to any cell (these can also be printed) - can set the color of cell text - can set the font and font size per cell - Mac style listbox selection including options for Blue and Gray gradient highlight styles - Resize columns to largest cell text. New Features: - prints users code in the regular Listbox CellBackgroundPaint event - added scaling of listbox cell width to printing width, height is scaled to maintain aspect ratio - added font and graphics scaling to the DPI of output device - rows can now be set to expanded from the AddFolder method. Bugfixes: - first row can be selected properly - Using the arrow keys no longer causes random crashes (was an issue with the FillRectGradient) - No longer crashes when drawing Controls in rows that are not currently visible - Last version to support Carbon PEF builds.

Product:

Ben's ListBox Extras 1.4

Platforms:

All

Price:

$30 (full source code)

Website:

http://www.benandruby.com/bens_software/RBstuff.html

Matrix Plugin 3.2

Matrix Plugin 3.2 adds a second type of dimensioning of the matrices involved in the Singular Value Decomposition (SVD). Matrix Plugin for REALbasic 2008 and later allows you to construct programs which, because of operator and function overloading, can handle real matrices much like doubles and integers are handled. Matrix elements are doubles. A matrix can be entered in standard form in a TextArea and read in by a single instruction.

Product:

Matrix Plugin 3.2

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

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

Shell Alternative

Navdeep Bains has written a replacement class for the Shell after applications started freezing under Snow Leopard. For those who haven't encountered the problem, applications built with REALbasic 2009R4 and earlier will freeze when an asynchronous/interactive Shell instance is closed (either explicitly or via the Shell destructor). This bug was fixed in REALbasic 2009R5. However, he has experienced a new freeze with 2009R5.1 when a process executed via the Shell (in synchronous mode) daemonized. It doesn't happen with every daemon but it is reproducible with this particular binary. No documentation but it should be easy enough to figure out. How "Process" differs from "Shell": - The Shell class creates a new thread for each instance. Process does all its work on the main thread using non-blocking I/O. - The Process class can run a command synchronously with a timeout. - The calls that modify terminal settings don't work properly. The ECHO option isn't disabled for example. This may or may not be important, depending on what your project does. - You have to call "Process.KillAll" in your App.Close event to make sure you don't leave orphaned processes behind. - If your application crashes or the user force-quits, orphaned processes will be left behind. REAL avoids this with the Shell class using some manner of black magic. Kudos to Aaron or whoever is responsible for that code.

Product:

Shell Alternative

Platforms:

OSX

Price:

Free

Website:

http://www.bainsware.com/downloads/process.zip

RegExRX 1.0

MacTechnologiesConsulting has released RegExRX, a regular expression editor with many features designed to help in the development and storage of regular expressions. Based on the PCRE library, RegExRX will allow a user to craft patterns that are compatible with most regular expression flavors and will let them easily copy those patterns to other languages like Perl, Ruby, PHP, and REALbasic. RegExRX is a complete tool meant for novices and experts alike. Some of its features include: - Search and Replace modes. - Color-coded tokens in both the "search" and "replace" patterns. - Live matching against source text. Live replace too, where applicable. - Insert menus with almost every acceptable token and a description of what they do, including constructs for various groupings, conditionals, lookarounds, and POSIX expressions. - A "Match List" that shows all matches, with subexpressions, and represents invisible characters like a space or return with their token equivalents ("\s" or "\r"). - Stats on both the source text and replaced text so you can tell exactly where you are and what characters are represented at all times. Helps avoid errors caused by invisible characters. - Linked scrolling among the source text, the replaced text and the Match List. - Save regular expressions in documents for reuse. - Open as many windows as desired. - Multiple levels of undo. - Link your sample source text to a file for easy reloading. - Support for free-spacing mode. - Full Unicode support, including a chart of all UTF-8 characters. - A fluid interface that lets you resize each panel freely. - Copy the find and replace patterns in ready-to-paste code for Perl, PHP, Ruby, AppleScript, and REALbasic. MacTechnologies Consulting also provides several ready-to-use sample regular expressions in a separate, free download. These samples include finding e-mail addresses, validating dates, removing duplicate lines, and more.

Product:

RegExRX 1.0

Platforms:

OSX

Price:

$20

Website:

http://www.mactechnologies.com/index.php?page=downloads

REALbasic Pastebin Site

GryphonClaw has announced their Pastebin website for REALbasic code. The REALbasic Pastebin website is specifically designed for highlighting REALbasic code. Features: Line Numbers - show line numbers on pastes. Private pastes - optionally make the paste private (not show up in the list of all pastes). Password Protection - If you elect to make your paste private, you can add a password to it to add another level of protection.

Product:

REALbasic Pastebin Site

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

http://code.gryphonclaw.net/

ARBP Summit DVD

Did you miss the ARBP/Inspiring Applications REALbasic Colorado Summit this past September? If you did, you can now order the official Summit DVD from the ARBP web store. The Summit DVD contains all the conference proceedings, presentations and projects from the 2009 REALbasic Colorado Summit. The Summit DVD contains video recordings of 9 sessions from the Summit (totaling more than 8 hours of video), including: * Reports Tool, Options and Techniques, Bob Keeney (BKeeney Software) * Cocoa and Reporting Features in REALbasic, Geoff Perlman (REAL Software) * SQLite Power Tools, Ryan Vail (Inspiring Apps) * OO Database Framework and Introspection, Seth Verrindering (BKeeney Software) * Profiling and Performance Tuning, Joe Strout (Inspiring Apps) * Version Control and Why it Rocks, Aaron Gerber & Mathias Gran (Inspiring Apps) * Business Roundtable, Bob Keeney (BKeeney Software) * Building REALbasic Plugins, Christian Schmitz (MonkeyBread Software) * Usability and Design Techniques, Jay Crain (Inspiring Apps)

Product:

Association of REALbasic Professionals REALbasic Summit DVD

Platforms:

All

Price:

$50 ($25 for ARBP members)

Website:

http://www.arbp.org/

http://www.arbpmembers.org/

MacOSList

MacOSList is a so-called iTunes-like list. This is a work in progress or beginning. It was done to present a prototype to a client for a bigger project. There is work remaining. It has no version number and supports a minimal set of functionality. It can: - Implement a color scheme and behaviour inspired by iTunes. - Displays an icon (16x16) on the left side of the item name. - The Code can cancel a selection made by the user. Further information is available inside the example project in the Window1.MacOSList1.BuildSourceList() & Window1.MacOSList1.SelChange() events.

Product:

MacOSList

Platforms:

OSX / WIN

Price:

Free

Website:

http://www.edlr.fr/realbasic/framework/MacOSList.zip

Fraction Plugin v. 2.0

Fraction Plugin v. 2.0 is now compatible with REALbasic 2009. Fraction Plugin for REALbasic allows you to construct programs which can handle fractions much like doubles and integers are handled. Fractions are represented by two integers as num/den. Exact calculations using rationals are now possible using REALbasic. You can use the arithmetic operators +, -, *, / with any combination of fractions and integers. And fractions can be compared with fractions or integers in if statements.

Product:

Fraction Plugin v. 2.0

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

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

RBDevZone Podcast

LogicalVue Software has announced the availability of the RBDevZone Podcast. The RBDevZone Podcast is an enhanced audio podcast that focuses on REALbasic topics. Each weekly episode covers the latest REALbasic news and discusses a single REALbasic-related topic. Hosted by LogicalVue Software, RBDevZone is a free community site for REALbasic developers. At RBDevZone you can find REALbasic tutorials, articles, sample code and much more. LogicalVue Software is a software consulting firm that specializes in creating software solutions using REALbasic.

Product:

RBDevZone Podcast

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=338965075

http://www.rbdevzone.com/feed/podcast/?format=m4a

MBS Plugins 9.7

The MBS plug-in comprises a collection of several plug-in parts which extend the REALbasic development environment with 1,200 classes featuring over 26,000 documented functions. This release adds two new plugin parts. One to integrate the mobileMe (.mac) features into your application and another one to control the CUPS printing engine on Mac OS X and Linux. This way you can print files on a printer directly. Also we added several new Cocoa classes including a better integration in the future Cocoa REALbasic target. For compressions we not only have the zlib compression engine, but now also the BZip2 engine. The plug-ins require REALbasic 2006r4 or newer. Also required are 500 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 X (universal), Linux, and Windows, each function may depend on additional system requirements to work successfully. Plugin licenses are available for components or for the complete collection. If you buy a current license, you will get free updates for one year. After that year, you can update your license to cover an additional year.

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

RBScript Open Source Site

Steve Garman has started a new open source site for RBScript which he hopes will become a center for the sharing of RBScript context

classes and useful scripts or snippets. Currently it consists of a single project with a couple of mini-projects inside it. One demonstrates a context that allows access to reading/setting data in ListBoxes and ProgressBars but will later be extended for lots more types of RectControl. The other mini-project showcases a Date class which does many of the things we expect from a RB Date object. The code has been minimally tested on Windows and Linux but not on any Mac platform. Steve is eager for code or scripts to share in the project and asks that you email him about getting your code added as he hasn't quite decided exactly what checkin access any new members will have to the repository. Currently snippets of script code such as class definitions are currently held in constants mostly because it's a nice easy place to edit them. He hopes to later have a separate scripts directory where simple text files can be added. He also points out that the project currently uses EditFields and asks that if you check in code not to resolve them to TextFields and TextAreas as he'd like to leave them there for backward compatibility until Cocoa comes out.

Product:

RBScript Open Source Site

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

http://code.google.com/p/rbscriptjottings/

Ramblings on REALbasic Book

Aaron Ballman has edited and updated a compilation of over 200 of his best blog entries, including new content that's never been seen before, into a new book. In it you will find tips and tricks for REALbasic that are not available in any other source. Weighing in at around 550 pages, Ramblings on REALbasic covers topics such as the REALbasic language, design patterns, user experience, and Windows-specific technologies.

Product:

Book: Ramblings on REALbasic

Platforms:

All

Price:

$50

Website:

http://ramblings.aaronballman.com/book

Dataflow/Graphical Programming Framework

John Balestrieri of Tinrocket, LLC is releasing the first version of a REALbasic framework for creating, editing, and running dataflow programming systems--also known as graphical programming systems. Here's a screenshot of the framework running in a REALbasic application (http://cargobay.tinrocket.com/Rb/Dataflow/Media/Screen-shot-2009-09-23-at-11.16.49-PM.jpg). This is a similar type of system that's used in other software packages, such as Apple's Quartz Composer, Cinema 4D's Xpresso, and Prograph CPX. The need for this software arose from another project John is working on where he needed to patch together several image processing modules in GUI environment. This seemed like the best solution. Now he can now layout and edit the interconnection of modules. When a node is selected in the editor view, a page-panel reveals the configuration options for that node. He's releasing this framework hoping that others will find it useful as well.

Product:

Dataflow Programming Framework

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

http://cargobay.tinrocket.com/Rb/Dataflow/Dataflow_DR25.zip

UltimateSlider 2.0

Karen Atkocius has released the source for UltimateSlider 2.0. This Slider Subclass is a re-write of code she wrote and released almost seven years ago when new to REALbasic. It's main purpose was to provide an event that signaled the end of moving the thumb during LiveScroll, something the RB slider does not support. This useful when you wish to give the user some live numeric or visual feedback of the slider's current value but perform a final action that takes too long to perform while the user is actually moving the slider. This version provides a ChangeFinished event that is called when the Mouse button is released after dragging the thumb. This event should not break any existing code as for a "dead" scroll (LiveScrollChangeFinshed = false), the ValueChanged event is still called normally, and then the event immediately afterwards. That event order ensures the same code would work for both live and "dead" scrolls. This class also supports using the MouseWheel to change the slider value on all platforms (it's not normally supported on the Mac in the RB Framework). Also now holding the shiftkey down when the arrow key results in PageSteps instead of LineSteps for the delta. The big change with mousewheel support is that the ChangeFinished event will also fire when user stop moving the MouseWheel for a set time period, unless you turn it off.

Product:

UltimateSlider 2.0

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

http://mysite.verizon.net/vzezdg8x/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/UltimateSlider2_RBP.zip

PictureEffects 6.7

Einhugur Software has released a breakthrough update to the PictureEffects plugin, now supporting use of up to 8 CPU cores at once, allowing REALbasic to compete with best speeds of Image processing that is out there. The PictureEffects is a REALbasic plugin to do picture manipulation on 32bit images. The plugin is supported on MacOS Classic, MacOS X, Win32 and Linux target platforms. Main features: Red Eye Reduction, Brightness, Contrast, Sepia, Color Filter, NTSCColorFilter, Hue, Saturation, Lightness, Desaturate, Gamma, Blend, Rotate, Diffuse, Interlace, Flip Horizontal, Flip Vertical, GrayScale, Invert , Sharpen, Smooth, Blur, MotionBlur, Gaussian Blur, Edge Detect, RankOrderFilter, Emboss, Pixelate, Mean Removal, Invert,Contrast Stretch, Equalize, Replace Color, Custom 3x3 matrix filter, Oil Paint, high quality Bilinear Scaling, Stretch, Polar Coordinates, Shape Distort, Barrel Distort, Twirl, Wave, Water Drops, Surface Wave, PageCurl, TrimPicture, Create Chroma masks, Render Clouds, Render Wood, Render Marble, Render Textile, Render Labyrinth, Map, ChannelMixer and a IProgressHandler Interface support for every filter. The PictureEffects also supports masking for most of the effects. The following effects have been accelerated on MacOS X, Windows, and Linux platforms to make use of up to 8 CPU cores: Rotate, Brightness, Contrast, Sephia, Color Filter, Grayscale, Desaturate, Hue, Saturation, Lightness, Invert,Invert,Contrast Stretch, Equalize, Replace Color,Gamma , Blend, Flip Horizontal, Flip Vertical, Sharpen, Smooth, Blur, Edge Detect, Emboss, Interlace, Mean Removal, Custom 3x3 matrix filter, Map, ChannelMixer, TrimPicture, Create Chroma masks, Render Clouds, Render Wood, Render Marble, Render Textile, Render Labyrinth, Shape Distort, Bilinear Scaling and Stretch.

Product:

PictureEffects 6.7

Platforms:

All

Price:

$199 (for all plugins), $45 (upgrade)

Website:

http://www.einhugur.com/

instaplaylist 1.0

Bains Software, a longtime developer of Mac software, is proud to announce the release of their first iPhone app: instaplaylist. instaplaylist is the universal remote for music. It allows users to quickly create a playlist of YouTube music videos from their iPhone or iPod touch and enjoy them on any computer on the same WiFi network. The videos play on the user's computer while they control playback from their iPhone. Videos continue to play even if the user exits instaplaylist or turns off their iPhone. With a tap of their finger, the user can: Play/pause, Jump to the previous/next video, Add and remove videos, Reorder their playlist, Adjust the volume, and more. No software installation is required. instaplaylist is compatible with any computer (Mac or PC) with a modern browser installed. Minimum requirements: WiFi network, iPhone or iPod touch with OS 2.2.1 or later, and Computer capable of visiting YouTube.

Product:

instaplaylist 1.0

Platforms:

iPhone

Price:

$0.99

Website:

http://www.bainsware.com/instaplaylist/

http://www.itunes.com/app/instaplaylist

RB Code Reports 2.0

RB Code Reports provides software metrics for your REALbasic application. It gives you a way to objectively evaluate the maintainability of your project and improve its performance. It analyzes your project and produces a set of reports including the Statistics, Optimizations, Cyclomatic Complexities, Warnings, Signatures, and Spell Check reports. You can use these reports to clean up and optimize your code and show you what methods need to be refactored.

Product:

RB Code Reports 2.0

Platforms:

OSX / WIN

Price:

$24.95 (new); $12.50 (upgrade)

Website:

http://www.truenorthsoftware.com/rbcodereports/

VB Migration Assistant

REAL Software, creator of REALbasic, announced the availability of their new VB Migration Assistant to help developers migrate their applications from VB to REALbasic. Using the VB Migration Assistant developers can more easily port their code to REALbasic, instead of using the tedious copy/paste method. The VB Migration Assistant allows users to map VB controls to specific REALbasic controls and move forms, classes and modules to a REALbasic project. Further, the Migration Assistant copies over all of the code and comments it out, which allows users to convert code one method at a time. The VB Migration Assistant works with VB5 and VB6 projects, and is available for download now.

Product:

VB Migration Assistant

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

http://www.realsoftware.com/download

Property Listbox v1.0

Jérémie Leroy announces the release of the Property Listbox Control. This Custom Control based on a ListBox, acts like REALBasic's Property Listbox displayed on the right in the Project and Window Editor tabs. This XML-driven control is used to display and edit a list of properties. The Property Listbox is one of the first available Listbox that has a real auto-complete feature. Cells can take up to 10 different types (More can be added): TypeDefault; TypeNormal; TypeCheckBox; TypeEditable; TypeList; TypeEditableList (with Autocomplete option); TypeColor; TypeFolderItem; TypeRadioButton; TypeRating. Each Cell can have its own Helptag.

Product:

Property Listbox v1.0

Platforms:

OSX / WIN

Price:

$50

Website:

http://pagesperso-orange.fr/JeremK/products.html#customcontrols

RB Linux Maker 1.0

"RB Linux Maker" (RBLM) is program designed to simplify the creation of Linux shared libraries which in turn are installed in a REALbasic (RB) rbx plugin. If you are developing an RB plugin you will typically start developing on the Mac under XCode and then port it to your Windows environment to build the Windows DLL. Then comes the Linux build and you have to build with gcc and makefiles. This is not a terribly difficult thing to do if you are experienced with gcc, makefiles, and the unix environment, but creating makefiles can be a tedious thing to do especially if you have nested folders within your source code folder. The idea behind this program is to bypass the use of makefiles and use this program to dynamically build your shared library with the least hassle. When you run RBLM, it scans your source code folder and looks for "c" and "cpp" source code files and compiles them using "g++". It also builds a list of include file locations within your source code folder and puts those paths in the command to compile the file. So this means you can rearrange your code without having to worry about changing include paths. After it compiles all the source files it found, it then links those object files into a shared library.

Product:

RB Linux Maker 1.0

Platforms:

LIN

Price:

Free (open source)

Website:

http://www.truenorthsoftware.com/realbasic/rblm/

Spell Check Utilities 2.3

True North Software has announced the release of version 2.3 of the Spell Check Utilities (SCU). The SCU builds off the Wintertree Sentry Spell Checker Engine (SSCE) by providing the glue code, in the form of a plugin, to access the SSCE routines in REALbasic. The problem with many spell checking solutions in the REALbasic market place is that they use platform specific built-in services to provide spell checking. This is fine if you want to build for only one platform or the other, but becomes a hindrance when you want to create a cross platform application that behaves exactly the same for every platform. The SSCE is a fast, professional, cross-platform spell checking engine and has many features and benefits. Version 2.3 now supports Linux.

Product:

Spell Check Utilities 2.3

Platforms:

All

Price:

$500

Website:

http://www.truenorthsoftware.com/spellcheckutilities

TextList Class 1.0a1

EdLR Softs released TextList, its first Open Source class. TextList is a class that simplifies the process of creating fixed width column list. It may be useful to format data output for a console application. It mimics the ListBox behavior. So, if you're familiar with this control it should be easy to populate it, to modify or delete data. But this is not a RectControl. This is not a control at all. Thus you can use it in a console app. Once you're done building your list, just use the ListBox.FormattedString to get the result as a string. Of course, this string is meant to be displayed/printed with a fixed width font. This is an alpha release since there is a lot of room for improvements and new features. We are mainly looking for feedback about where this class could be helpful for you.

Product:

TextList Class 1.0 alpha 1

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free (open source)

Website:

http://www.edlr.fr/realbasic/framework/TextListClass_v1a1.rbp.zip

Remote Mouse Released

Custom Solutions of Maryland released Version 1.0.0 of Remote Mouse, a utility to use the little white remote that may have come with your computer to move and click your mouse. A single click on one of the remote's buttons move the cursor 5 pixels up/down/left/right. Multiple-click on the same buttons move the cursor Step Sizes where the Step Size is set from the menu bar. The User may try Remote Mouse in Demo Mode for ten launches before registration is required.

Product:

Remote Mouse

Platforms:

OSX

Price:

$10

Website:

http://customsolutionsofmaryland.50megs.com/remotemouse.htm/

SEEdit Maxi II 2009.09

SEEdit Maxi II is an XHTML editor for Macintosh. With SEEdit's fast and powerful Editor Toolbox insertion of code and classes is always just one click away. SEEdit's handy advanced Tag Editor also handles CSS classes and Javascript functions. Other powerful features to assist professionals and hobbyists alike include: Tidy Checker for standards-compliant code; the Quick CSS Tool for rapid CSS development; extensive Multi-language support and Auto Complete. New in this build: Improved User Interface, Improved Quick FTP, Improved Text Auto Complete, Minor Fixes.

Product:

SEEdit Maxi II 2009.09

Platforms:

OSX

Price:

$29

Website:

http://seeditmaxi.cachefly.net/

RSReport 2008.2.2

With RSReport you can create static or dynamic reports in an object-oriented manner, show them in a print-preview, of course print them -- and even save them as .pdf. This is on both OSX and Windows (Linux should work, too -- but has never been tested and used) -- without the need of any Plugin or PDF-Converter/Printer. It's all written in pure REALbasic. The following basic drawing elements are available: Text, Line, Oval, Rectangle, Checkbox, Image, RTF-Text, Triangle. Charts:Line and Bar. Requires REALbasic Professional 2008r4 or newer. New in this version: Closing the Preview cancels the report-build-process; CRSRText.RotateAngel only supports given constants, falls back to non-rotated for unsupported angles; Elements contain methods to place and mesure width/height in Inches.

Product:

RSReport 2008.2.2

Platforms:

All

Price:

$86 (free to try)

Website:

http://www.rothsoft.ch/realbasic/rsreport/

DataPlotClasses

The open-source DataPlotClasses includes the following enhancements: Added ByRef DPoint as integer to Trace.Contains to return the index of the Datapoint that contains the passed coordinates. If no point was found, DPoint is -1. Added DPoint as integer as passed arguments to all trace mouse events in Figure, i.e. Figure.MouseDownTrace, Figure.MouseOverTrace, and Figure.TraceClick. Added xVal and yVal as return values to the Figure.BoxClick and Figure.TraceClick events. Added several MouseDown events to Figure, i.e. Figure.MouseDownTrace, Figure.MouseDownBox, Figure.MouseDownGraph, Figure.MouseDownFigure. Renamed the examples more appropriately and included a new example that demonstrates the concept of adding/inserting/dragging/deleting of datapoints using the mouse.

Product:

DataPlotClasses

Platforms:

All

Price:

Free

Website:

http://opensource.the-meiers.org/

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