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InspectorPro 6

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InspectorPro 6

Highlighting insight, performance and collaboration

Wow! InspectorPro 6 is finally here. Can’t even believe it. It was such a massive undertaking. Lots of great new things and many improvements. Really proud of this release. In the immortal words of the late Steve Jobs… “This is our best version ever”. The focus has been to deliver something that is truly useful. We hope this version helps you make informed decisions about your solutions.

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FileMaker Collaboration, Performance & Insight with InspectorPro

FileMaker Collaboration Performance and Insight with InspectorPro
 

FileMaker Meetups: Seattle, Portland, Santa Clara & LA

Beezwax’s Vincenzo Menanno is hitting the road this week to visit our FileMaker colleagues across the West Coast, talking about “FileMaker Collaboration, Performance and Insight with InspectorPro”. Vince will be presenting our latest research, development and product offerings to FileMaker Developer Meetups in Seattle, Portland, Santa Clara and Los Angeles. If it weren’t a 4-day work week, who knows what other cities we’d be visiting!

Here’s a schedule of events, dates and times — and a Big Thanks to Meetup organizers for your help in hosting Vince’s presentations.

We have a number of surprises up our sleeves that we can’t wait to show. If you’re a FileMaker Developer in any of these metropolitan areas, we hope to see you there!

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Version 0.84 of bBox for FileMaker Now Available

Optimized for FileMaker 15, the new version of bBox includes 160 examples

We are pleased to release another update to bBox, v0.84 of our free utility plug-in to extend FileMaker solutions to other programs, code libraries, and OS X functions including Python, Ruby, AppleScript, Perl, Bash/sh, XPath, and SQLite.

bBox FileMaker Plug-in logo

This version has the following changes:

  • added function descriptions (FileMaker 15 only)
  • was returning wrong error code if problem reading output from POSIX commands (Bash, Curl, etc.)
  • new “no wait” option for Bash, Curl, and Sort to run processes asynchronously
  • new bBox_PythonEval for quick & easy calls with larger Python scripts or classes

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Version 0.83 of bBox Now Available

Optimized for FileMaker 15, the new version of bBox includes 160 examples

We are pleased to release another update to bBox, v0.83 of our free utility plug-in to extend FileMaker solutions to other programs, code libraries, or OS X functions (Python, Ruby, AppleScript, Perl, Bash/sh, XPath, SQLite).

bBox FileMaker Plug-in logo

This version has the following changes:

  • fix for double-byte UTF-8 characters in text causing truncated output
  • three new examples (and three retired)
  • updates to 32 examples

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Version 0.82 of bBox Now Available

We are pleased to release another update to bBox, v0.82 of our free FileMaker utility plug-in.

bBox FileMaker Plug-in logo

I last posted about version 0.80. Some of the changes since then are:

  • XPath returns error messages with bBox_LastError
  • XPath can now return results with no nodes
  • XPath no longer attempts to register the same namespace multiple times
  • Python now returns compilation error messages with bBox_LastError
  • ExecuteSQL now clears error after a successful call
  • SQLite engine now has fmevaluate function

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Installing xhtml2pdf on OS X

Xhtml2pdf is a cross-platform Python module that allows easy conversion of HTML or XML to PDF files. Its dependencies, ReportLab & Pisa, also have a host of very useful functions, including programmatically creating or modifying PDF content & creating barcodes.

Of particular interest to us here at Beezwax is using it to work around the lack of PDF generation functions when running server-side FileMaker scripts. But the steps below should be useful for even non-FileMaker folks who wanted to use xhtml2pdf on their system. The install instructions are not hard, but due to a few minor complications, definitely not obvious to someone unfamiliar with Python’s package management tools.

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bBox 0.80 Now Available

Its been almost a year since we’ve mentioned bBox on this venue, but we are now pleased to announce that version 0.80 is publicly available.

A short version of what is new since its last mention:

  • new SQLite3 functions
  • enhancements to bBox_ExecuteSQL function
  • improvements to XPath error logging
  • XPath updated to libxml2 version 2.9.3
  • additional error results with POSIX commands (shell, grep, etc.)
  • fm.run method added for calling a FileMaker script from Python
  • additional data type handlers & bug fix for bBox_FileWrite

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FMAjax and FileMaker Web Viewers

With everything that we’ve learned with our last post, Communicating with a Web Viewer in FileMaker, it makes sense to wrap up the functionality into a FileMaker module and JavaScript library.

FMAjax is a JavaScript library and accompanying FileMaker module which includes functions to facilitate communication with a web viewer without reloading the page. It helps you call FileMaker scripts from a web viewer app and return data to the Web Viewer. These solutions work across Mac, Windows, and iOS, on both hosted or local files. FileMaker 13.0v2 or later is required.

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Enable WebKit debugger in FileMaker Web Viewer

If you are having difficulty getting your HTML, CSS, or JavaScript to render in a FileMaker Web Viewer, you may have a struggle ahead of you trying to find the problem, and no good way to debug it. In comparison, most web browsers have debug facilities that can help developers find problems in their code.

It turns out if you are using Mac OS X you can get the same facilities found in Safari to debug your code that’s running in a FileMaker Web Viewer.

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Using InspectorPro 5 with FileMaker Pro Advanced 14

FileMaker 14 is here, and while the Database Design Report (DDR) hasn’t changed, here’s a “Getting Started’ walkthrough for using InspectorPro with the latest version of FileMaker Pro Advanced.

To  generate a DDR, go into your FileMaker solution and select ‘Database Design Report’ under ‘Tools’.

Generating DDR 1

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