Saturday, July 14, 2012

Harbour MiniGUI Extended Edition 2.1.3 Released on 10th July 2012

Hi All,

The Harbour MiniGUI Extended Edition 2.1.3 setup is published at the following URL:

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

It is a regularly scheduled monthly maintenance release.

There is the following changelog for this build:

2012/07/10: HMG Extended Edition 2.1.3 Published.
* New: Added header files and for compatibility with .FMG
files which were created via the official Ide of Roberto Lopez.
It is now possible to compile a basic examples for the official Ide
without any modifications.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Enhanced: The codeblock of tab's 'On Cnange' event accepts a current page number
as parameter. It allows to create an unified validation of input values
on tab page at this event.
define tab ... on change { |nPage| ValidFunc( nPage ) },
where ValidFunc(nPage) will return a logical value after the validation
of input values on a current tab page nPage.
Based upon a contribution of Rossine <>
(see demo2.prg in folder \samples\Basic\GetBoxValid)
* Updated: Batch file hbmk2.bat for compatibility with a last hbmk2 utility changes.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see hbmk2.bat in folder \Batch)
* Updated: HBPrinter library v.2.34 (see source in folder \source\HbPrinter):
- Fixed: Correction in the C-function rr_GetDefaultPrinter()
for compatibility with Win Vista/Seven.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Updated: PropGrid library v.2.0 (see source in folder \source\PropGrid):
- New: Function GetChangendItem(cForm,CPgName)
- New: Function SaveMemVarible(cForm,CPgName)
- New: PropertyGrid Language translation support.
Contributed by Janusz Pora <>
(see demo3.prg in folder \samples\Advanced\PropGrid)
* Updated: Adaptation FiveWin Class TSBrowse 9.0 in HMG:
- Fixed: Added missed refresh after cursor moving in the method PostEdit().
- Fixed: Wrong BtnTextBox window handle after last changes.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Updated: Harbour Compiler 3.2.0dev (SVN 2012-07-04 15:14):
* Updated: most important differences between Harbour and xHarbour
(see xhb-diff.txt in folder \harbour\doc);
* Updated: HbZipArc library source code (see in folder \Source\HbZipArc).
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(look at ReadMe.txt in folder \harbour)
* New: 'Playing by Drawing' sample. Contributed by Bicahi Esgici <>
(see in folder \samples\Basic\DRAW)
* New: 'Zoom' sample: screen zoomer and color picker.
Contributed by Rossine <>
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\ZOOM)
* Updated: 'Get Directory Recurse' sample:
- Modified: Harbour implementation is based on xHb contrib library instead
of a local code.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Basic\

* Updated: 'Menu for running of the external console programs' sample.
Contributed by Verchenko Andrey <>
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\RunTasks)
* Updated: 'Managing reservations rooms' sample.
Contributed by Pierpaolo Martinello>
(see in folder \samples\Applications\Reservation)

This release is considered stable and ready for production use.

With Best Regards,
Grigory Filatov
[MiniGUI Team]

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