Friday, December 14, 2012

Harbour MiniGUI Extended Edition 2.1.8 (Christmas Edition) Released on 12th December 2012

Hi All,

The Harbour MiniGUI Extended Edition 2.1.8 (Christmas Edition) setup is published
at the following URL:

and a full MinGW-based self-extracting archive is placed at the following URL:

There is the following changelog for this build:

2012/12/12: HMG Extended Edition 2.1.8 (Christmas Edition) Published.
* Fixed: Program crash at xHarbour-based build when you change the value in
a Pictured GetBox by painting the old value with the mouse and then
overwriting, replace with a new value (introduced in the build 2.1.7).
Problem was reported by Jan Costiander <>.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
Requested by Fernando Maciel <>.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demo in folder \samples\Basic\mdi_4)
* Changed: The client area of form is refreshed automatically if a codeblock
of 'On Paint' event is defined for this window.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Changed: Positioning of a caretpos to first char in the Getbox when user
mouse click in the middle of this control.
Contributed by Alfredo Franceschetti <>
(see demo in folder \samples\Basic\GetBox)
* Enhanced: Added 'VCENTERALIGN' clause (optional) for vertical aligning of
text in the LABEL control.
Based upon a contribution of Russian user SergKis
(see demo in folder \samples\Basic\MAINDEMO_(
* Updated: PRG-code was formatted by Harbour contrib hbformat utility with
the following exceptions:
- h_windows.prg provoked hbformat crash;
- h_edit.prg and h_edit_ex.prg were leaved with original formatting.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Updated: C-code changes for compatibility with older xHarbour versions.
Warning: It will required a presence of the proper header file
hbverbld.h in the xHarbour's \include folder.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Updated: C-code of FOLDER control was modified for the correct positioning
of the buttons, depending on the version of Windows.
Contributed by Janusz Pora <>
(see demo in folder \samples\Basic\Folder)
* Updated: HBPrinter library v.2.36: updated 'Print Options' dialog's look.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see source in folder \source\HbPrinter)
* Updated: MiniPrint library: updated C-code casting.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see source in folder \Source\MiniPrint)
* Updated: PropGrid library v.2.0 (see source in folder \source\PropGrid):
- Fixed: Item type LIST: did not work properly saving without leaving items.
Contributed by Janusz Pora <>
* Updated: Harbour Compiler 3.2.0dev (SVN 2012-12-04 14:14):
* Updated: HbSQLite3 library source code (see in folder \Source\HbSQLite3);
* Updated: HbODBC library source code (see in folder \Source\HbODBC).
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(look at ReadMe.txt in folder \harbour)
* New: 'Bos Taurus' Graphics Library v.1.02 (see Doc folder for details).
Contributed by Claudio Soto <>. Samples were
adapted for Minigui Extended by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\BosTaurus)
* Updated: 'CheckBox events' sample.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Basic\Checkbox)
* Updated: 'HPDF Print' sample is based upon the Haru Free PDF library:
- New: Added optional clause ANGLE to HPDFPRINT MULTILINE command.
- Fixed: STRIKEOUT and UNDERLINE options also works in MULTILINE command.
Contributed by Janusz Pora <>.
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\PDF_PRINT)
* Updated: 'WebCam Capture' sample (look at avicap.txt for description).
Based upon a contribution of Marcelo Brigatti <>.
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\WebCam)
* Updated: 'Managing reservations rooms' sample.
Contributed by Pierpaolo Martinello
(see in folder \samples\Applications\Reservation)
* Updated: 'Code_ReIndent' sample by Joe Fanucchi <>.
Based upon a contribution of HMGFORUM's user
(see \Utils\Code_ReIndent\Indent.prg)

There is a last minute update in this build also:
* Updated: WinReport library (see source in folder \Source\WinReport).
Contributed by Pierpaolo Martinello>
(see demo in folder \samples\Advanced\REPORT_INTERPRETER)

It is a regularly scheduled monthly maintenance release.

This release is considered stable and ready for production use.

With Best Regards,
Grigory Filatov
[MiniGUI Team]

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