Friday, February 24, 2012

The Harbour MiniGUI Extended Edition 2.0.7 Release on 14th Feb 2012

Hi All,

The Harbour MiniGUI Extended Edition 2.0.7 setup is published at the following URL:

and the lite MinGW-based archive is placed at the following URL:

There is the following changelog for this build:

2012/02/14: HMG Extended Edition 2.0.7 Published.
* Fixed: Correction in the function _GetFocusedControl() for BtnTextBox and GetBox controls.
Problem was reported by Sasha Savov>.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Fixed: Missing moving the BtnTextBox and GetBox controls into Tab container (introduced
in the build 2.0.6).
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Fixed: Wrong position of the captions in the Tab control with the simultaneous use of
'Bottom' and 'BackColor' clauses (ownerdraw style).
Problem was reported by spanish user <>.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demo.prg in folder \samples\Basic\TAB)
* Enhanced: The Image control may determine an image file size when 'Height' and 'Width'
properties were not defined at the determination.
Requested by Simon Norbert <>.
Based on the function hb_GetImageSize() contributed by Andi Jahja <>
(see demo in folder \samples\Basic\IMAGE_2)
* Updated: Slovak language translation in h_init.prg.
Contributed by Gyula Bartal <>
* Updated: HBPrinter library v.2.28 (see source in folder \source\HbPrinter):
- Updated: Czech and Slovak language translations.
Contributed by Gyula Bartal <>
* Updated: PropGrid library v.2.0 (see source in folder \source\PropGrid):
- Changed: Property item type 'numeric'/'integer' accepts only numeric characters;
- Changed: Property item type 'double' has an optional InputMask in simple form '999 999.99';
- Changed: Improving the operation of the command ENABLE / DISABLE item through Id.
Contributed by Janusz Pora <>
(see demo3.prg in folder \samples\Advanced\PropGrid)
* Updated: Adaptation FiveWin Class TSBrowse 9.0 in HMG:
- Fixed: last row sticking at cursor moving through database at some cases.
Based upon a contribution of Krzysztof Stankiewicz <> and
Christian T. Kurowski <>
- New: Added class var for assignment of the background of the SELECTOR Header.
Usage: oBrw:nClrSelectorHdBack := GetSysColor( COLOR_BTNFACE )
Contributed by Simon Norbert <>.
- Updated: Czech, Slovak and Hungarian language translations;
- Updated: Added warning in the method ExpSeek when Alias() != ::cAlias.
Contributed by Gyula Bartal <>
* Updated: Harbour Compiler 3.1.0dev (SVN 2012-02-09 13:49):
* Updated: AdoRDD library source code (see in folder \Source\AdoRDD).
(see demo in folder \samples\Basic\Adordd)
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(look at ReadMe.txt in folder \harbour)
* New: 'WAIT WINDOW in FoxPro' sample.
Based upon a code contributed by Antypenko Alexander <>
(see in folder \samples\Basic\WAIT_WINDOW_

* New: 'WebCam Preview' sample:
- WEBCAM control was defined as user component via simple command
@ , WEBCAM [ OF ] ;
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\WebCam_2)
* Updated: MsgEdit sample:
- Changed: function hb_GetImageSize() was moved to minigui core.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Basic\MsgEdit)
* Updated: 'UPX shell' sample: minor changes.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Applications\UPXshell)

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

Best Regards,
Grigory Filatov
[MiniGUI Team]

P.S. Happy Valentine's Day! ;-)))

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