Thursday, January 21, 2010


CCH: From the HMG Extended Forum

Hi All,

The updated HMGS-IDE 0.9.8 binary and sources are published
at the following URL:

There is the following changelog for this version by Walter Formigoni:

2010-01-18: version 0.9.8
*Added : Missing property TRANSPARENT to control FRAME. Reported by Rogerio Momente <>
*Changed : function addtabpage to prevent bug in array of tooltip.
*Changed : in edition of text properties the focus go direct to textbox.
*Added : error correction feature during compilation with bcc.

Kind Regards,
Grigory Filatov
[MiniGUI Team]

The HMG 1.7 Extended Edition Build 79 - Published

CCH : From the HMG Extended Forum

 Hi All,

The Harbour MiniGUI 1.7 Extended Edition (Build 79) setup is published at the following URL:

and the Lite build 79 at the following URL:

There is the following changelog for this build:

2010/01/21: Build 79 (HMG 1.7 Extended Edition) Published.
* Fixed: Problem with Numeric Inputmask and point handling in the TextBox control
(introduced in the build 76). Reported by Adilson Urso <>.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Fixed: Problems with WHEN block in the Browse control.
Reported by Luis Vasquez <>.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Fixed: Celled Grid Control behaviour. Up and Down arrows allows now to change value
in the column controls ComboBox, DatePiker and Spinner at the editing.
Reported by Sudip Bhattacharyya <>.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Enhanced: Multiline tooltip supports a new global command:
where is the max width of tooltip's string in pixels.
It must be described before the any window's definition.
Contributed by Marcos Antonio Gambeta <>
(see demo4.prg in folder \samples\Basic\Tooltip_

* Updated: Synchronized Extended HMG with Official HMG 3.0.0:
- Fixed: problem with scrollbars update in virtual-dimensioned windows.
- Enhanced: Virtual Grid supports now AllowEdit, ColumnWhen, ColumnValid,
DynamicBackColor, DynamicForeColor and ColumnControls properties.
(see demos in folders \samples\Basic\Grid_8 and \samples\Basic\Grid_9)
* Updated: Adaptation FiveWin Class TSBrowse 7.0 in HMG:
- Fixed: service of key Backspace in the Method KeyChar.
Contributed by Zsolt Fischer <>
- Fixed: 1st statusbar item issues in the no celled TBrowse.
Reported by Krzysztof Stankiewicz <>
* Updated: HbSQLite3 library source code (see in folder \Source\HbSQLite3):
- updated for using SQLITE3 version 3.6.22
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demos in folders \samples\Advanced\SQLITE and \samples\Advanced\SQLITE_2)
* Updated: The main batch file supports a new Harbour 2.0 libraries names.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see Compile.bat in folder \Batch)
* Updated: MPM and MPMC utilities for compatibility with Harbour 2.0 changes.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folders \Utils\MPM and \Utils\MPMC)
* Updated: Harbour Compiler 2.0.0 (SVN 2009-12-22 22:00):
* New: Added HbWin contrib library (see in folder \harbour\Lib).
* Changed: Harbour libraries were renamed to standard SVN names.
Requested by Viktor Szakats (harbour.01
* Updated: HBMK2 utility source code (see in folder \Utils\hbmk2).
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(look at ReadMe.txt in folder \harbour and WhatsNew.txt in folder \harbour\doc)
* Updated: HMGS-IDE v.0.9.8. Project Manager and Two-Way Visual Form Designer.
* Updated: mpmc.prg for compatibility with Harbour 2.0 libraries renaming.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>.
Contributed by Walter Formigoni <>
(look at changelog.txt in folder \Ide)
* New: 'TGif class' sample. Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>.
- New: command @ , ANIGIF [ OF ] PICTURE ;
Based upon a sample Minigui\Samples\Advanced\AnimatedGif by Petr Chornyj.
Warning: It needs the standard non-optimized animated GIFs for proper work of class
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\tgif)
* Updated: 'ActiveX Preview' sample is based upon the WinXP PictureViewer ActiveX.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demo6.prg in folder \samples\Basic\ActiveX)
* Updated: 'Multiple Combined Search Box' sample.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\CombinedSearchBox)

This release of MiniGUI is considered stable and ready for production use.

Your comments/feedback are welcome!

Best Regards,
Grigory Filatov
[MiniGUI Team]

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