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Friday, November 3, 2017

PowerBuilder 2018

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PowerBuilder 2018 - Sneak Preview

      Appeon is now working hard on the new PowerBuilder 2018 release for next year. At this years fall 2017 Elevate Conference, Appeon demonstrated to the attendees the new PowerBuilder 2018 the .NET C# Compiler and new C# Web API target now integrated right inside the PowerBuilder IDE! Appeon has just released a video to the public today so that all PB Developers can have a sneak peak at this new "kool" feature. So you too ... can check out this feature coming to PB2018 next year - click here to view! - and also see PB handle the new .NET Core technology as well in stride!

      If you also missed the amazing Elevate 2017 Conference, Appeon has now published the conference materials online on their website for everyone to access. For a full exposure to what you missed at the conference or a recap of the events from the attendee's perspective, please click here!


Regards ... Chris

PowerBuilder 2017 Universal Edition - MR02 released

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PowerBuilder 2017 - New Maintenance Release (MR02)

    Appeon have announced on October 31, 2017 that a new Maintenance Release (“MR”) #1689 for the Appeon PowerBuilder 2017 Universal Edition is available to download. This MR is targeted for PowerServer Mobile within the PB Universal Edition only and includes important bug fixes plus,  adding support for the iOS 11.x and Android 7.x operating system versions.  

Install the Maintenance Release
  • PowerBuilder Standard and Cloud subscribers should skip this MR. 
  • PowerBuilder Universal subscribers, if you’ve already installed the General Availability (“GA”) version, then you can directly install the new MR from the Downloads section from your User Center on the Appeon website.
  • For PowerBuilder Universal subscribers, if you have not yet installed PowerServer Mobile (PB Edition), you should first download the GA version of PB2017 and then apply MR #1689 from the Downloads section in your User Center.
Update your Apps
  • Make sure that you the re-deploy (full build) of your mobile apps with this latest PowerServer Mobile (PB Edition) once the MR is applied. 

Regards ... Chris

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

PB 2017 - Web Service PDF Generation

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Web Service PDF Generation
(Web Service In-A-Box)
   Software Tool & Die Inc. are pleased to announce the early release of their next Web Service "In-A-Box" series of turn key reusable components. This Web Service facilitates the generation of PDF files in the middle tier using either PB 2017 NativePDF, a 3rd party solution (ie: Amyuni) or a PostScript printer (ie: GhostScript open source) software solution.
  The current problem with the PowerBuilder Classic PDF implementation is that the PB application needs to quite often install & configure the external software or license 3rd party software on every PC where a PB application resides. This may also includes configuring a PostScript printer as well. A very tedious task for a few PC's, let alone when 100's or even 1,000's of PC's are concerned.

   The STD PDF Web Service negates the MS-Windows PC Client install & configuration by isolating the PDF generation software to an IIs application server. The Web Service component utilizes the frameworks PowerShell (aka Command Shell) interface to execute PDF Generation and Storage of the PDF file(s) on an accompanying Web Server. The native, web or mobile application can then make a simple URL request for the PDF file when its ready. The URL request will in turn render the PDF file within the client's local web browser.
   The current Web Service prototype renders the PDF file to the Web Server but, you could adapt the basic code to save the PDF file in a database table, FTP it to the client, etc just to name a few other alternatives. The PDF Web Service leverages the STD Web Service framework to enable the PDF generation. The example PB & Appeon Web/Mobile application utilizes the STD Integrated framework to call the PDF Web Service and then render the generated PDF file in the client's local web browser.
  You can download the PDF Web service, example PB & Appeon Web/Mobile client application by clicking here!
Enjoy ... Chris

Monday, October 9, 2017

PB/IM 2017 - MR01 Download

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PowerBuilder / InfoMaker 2017

Maintenance Release #01

    Appeon has now released the first maintenance update for both PowerBuilder 2017 and InfoMaker 2017 products. If you have an active subscription to either PB2017 or IM2017 you can now download the MR01 software (build 1681) from your Appeon website login's User Center as follows:

  • Proceed to the Appeon website
  • Login using your Appeon login ID & password
  • Proceed to the User Center
  • Select Downloads tab
  • For PowerBuilder, select the PB MR#1681 link
  • For InfoMaker, select the IM MR#1681 link

Note: You must have either Appeon PowerBuilder 2017 Build 1666 or Appeon InfoMaker 2017 1666 already installed in order to apply MR01.

Regards ... Chris

Friday, October 6, 2017

Elevate Conference - Presentation Downloads

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Elevate Conference

Presentation Slides

    Appeon have now released a copy of all the presentation materials from this years Elevate 2017 PowerBuilder Conference held in Charlotte, NC, USA this past September.

     If you attended the Elevate conference, then you can access the various presentation materials as follows:

  • Proceed to the Appeon website
  • Login using your Appeon login ID & password
  • Proceed to the User Center
  • Select Conference Management
  • Select My Documents

Download & Enjoy!

Regards ... Chris

Friday, August 25, 2017

PowerBuilder 2017 - MS-Windows Explorer

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Windows O/S Explorer

    Software Tool & Die Inc. is please to announce the release of its new MS-Windows O/S System Explorer utility all written in PowerBuilder 2017! This utility demonstrates the power of using the STD Integrated Framework plus MS-Windows SDK calls to locate every running application, process, service, etc running in the entire operating system. The latest release contains the following upgrades ...
  • Migrated the code base to Appeon PowerBuilder 2017
  • Updated the STD Integrated framework to the latest release (2017R2)
  • Added 32bit M-Code compilation
  • Added 64bit P-Code compilation.
  • Fixed small resizing issues
Win 32/64 WinExplorer running on W10

     This release is also already ready for deployment as a Web Browser based application utilizing the Appeon Web software. With the combination of the STD Integrated  Framework plus Appeon - the MS-Windows Explorer application will now function in either the Internet Explorer, Opera, FireFox, Chrome or Edge web browser.

WinExplorer running as a Web App on MS-Edge!

     Unlock the "Power" in PowerBuilder and download this free PB Classic utility application. Check out the prowess of the Integrated framework assisting the Windows Explorer application - click here to download!

Enjoy ... Chris

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Appeon PowerBuilder 2017 - Script Commenter

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STD Foundation Classes

New Script Commenter Application released!

     Software Tool & Die Inc. today are very pleased to announce a new Script Commenter (2017R1) application for the new Appeon PowerBuilder 2017 IDE. This latest release of the Script Commenter application is also using the latest STD Integrated Framework (2017R2 - July 17, 2017) - which now supports 64bit deployment ...

PB 2017 IDE using the Script Commenter!

         The STD Script Commenter is a significant enhancement to the way a PB developer works productivity wise by easily allowing code comments to be added to any object classe in the current object painter's PowerScipt or declaration areas! The Script Commenter is based on the original commenter application by R.C. Sizer but has been totally refactored. The latest release includes the following new features ...

  • Migrated the App code from PB 12.1.x to PB 2017 build 1666.
  • Optimized the code that searches for the IDE frame window.
  • Created new Project objects for 32bit P/M-Code & 64bit P-Code deployment.
  • Updated the STD framework to release 2017.2.0.76 (2017R2) ... July 17, 2017.

Mapping the Script Commenter in the PB 2017 IDE

    The new Script Commenter is designed to work with any Unicode version of PowerBuilder (v10.0 through 2017). It can be activated in any PB IDE by creating a toolbar short-cut icon and assigning to the EXE as follows:

app path\ScriptCommenterXXX.exe  header
  - or -
app path\ScriptCommenterXXX.exe  block
  - or -
app path\ScriptCommenterXXX.exe  inline
  • where XXX = Compiled type 32M, 32P or 64P 

     The values added as a header, in-line or block comment are located in the "Comment_Block.ini" file. This file can built based on the values found in the "Comment_Template.ini" file and is customizable by the PB developer!

    You can download the new STD Script Commenter application from the STD Framework's website by clicking here and get more productive!


Note: The previous PB 12.1 Script Commenter version is in the Archive sub-folder.

Regards ... Chris