Friday, April 12, 2013

HMGS-IDE 1.2.0 binary (and sources) Released on 4th April 2013

Hi All,

The updated HMGS-IDE 1.2.0 binary (and sources) is published at the following URL:

FYI You can update your IDE also via clicking 'Update' menu item in the main menu 'Help'.

2013-04-04: version 1.2.0
*Changed : heavy rewritten hbmk2 build functions and redesigned hmmk2 output form. Contribution of Pete <>
*Fixed : PROCEDURE NewForm() was fixed to avoid of overwriting existent form in the case it is selected. Contribution of Pete <>
*Changed : IDE Interface: grouping rearrangement, to make better sense. Contribution of Pete <>
*Added : ANIMATEBOX enhanced to handle BORDER property. Contribution of Pete <>

Thanks a lot to Pete!

Kind Regards,
Grigory Filatov
[MiniGUI Team]

Harbour MiniGUI Extended Edition 2.2.1 Released on 10th April 2013

Harbour MiniGUI Extended Edition 2.2.1 setup is published at the following URL:

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

There is xHarbour-based archive also at the following URL:

There is the following changelog for this build:

2013/04/10: HMG Extended Edition 2.2.1 Published.
* Enhanced: The StatusBar control supports now a PROGRESSITEM clause:
Based upon a contribution of Janusz Pora <>
(see demo in folder \samples\Basic\Progress_

* Enhanced: The Toolbar[Ex] control supports an optional 'Customize' clause.
This allows the creation of the customizable toolbar.
Based upon a contribution of Janusz Pora <>
(see demo in folder \samples\Basic\ToolBarEx_2)
* Enhanced: The GetBox control supports an optional 'NOMINUS' clause.
Contributed by Simon Norbert <>.
* Changed: The some PagerBox control internal functions are defined as
pseudo-functions now.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Changed: The internal functions _DestroyImageList() and IL_DESTROY() are
defined as pseudo-functions now.
They are a wrappers for the C-function ImageList_Destroy().
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Changed: The function RC_CURSOR() is defined as pseudo-function now.
It is a wrapper for the C-function SetResCursor().
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Changed: The section was added to application manifest for
proper privileges request in Win Vista/Seven UAC.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see Windows7.Manifest in folder \Resources)
* Enhanced: Added a new option to batch\Compile.bat file:
- /W switch generates Harbour compiler warnings.
Contributed by Kevin Carmody <>
* Updated: HbSQLite3 library:
- update for using SQLITE3 version (from
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demo in folder \samples\Advanced\SQLITE_2)
* Updated: WinReport library (see source in folder \Source\WinReport).
This version is considered as Beta release.
Contributed by Pierpaolo Martinello

(see demo in folder \samples\Advanced\REPORT_INTERPRETER)
* Updated: Adaptation FiveWin Class TSBrowse 9.0 in HMG:
- Fixed: Blocking of activation of edition by character key via :bUserKeys.
Usage: oBrw:bUserKeys := {|nKey,nFlags,oBrw| if(nKey>30.and.nKey<255 wbr="">nKey)}
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
- New: Added array for correction of edit cell position.
Usage: oBrw:aEditCellAdjust[3] := -2 // correction of cell width
- New: Added variable lNoMinus in TSColumn class.
Usage: oBrw:aColumns[4]:lNoMinus := .t.
Contributed by Simon Norbert <>.
* Updated: MPM utility:
- Fixed: bug at compiling of C-source code only.
Contributed by Kevin Carmody <>
(see in folder \Utils\MPM)
* Updated: Harbour Compiler 3.2.0dev (r2013-03-29 19:31):
* Updated: HbODBC library source code (see in folder \Source\HbODBC).
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(look at ReadMe.txt in folder \harbour)
* Updated: HMGS-IDE v.1.2.0 Project Manager and Two-Way Visual Form Designer.
Contribution of Pete <>
* New: 'Bos Taurus: Open multiple image files with SCALE feature' sample.
Based upon a contribution of Bicahi Esgici <>.
Adapted for Minigui Extended by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\BTExplore)
* Updated: 'Download Manager with MultiThreading' sample:
- added error checking at downloading.
Based upon a contribution of Artyom Verchenko <>
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\Downloader)

There are the following last minute changes by Kevin Carmody in this build also:

- changed to in the MiniGui batch files
- BATCH\MakeLibOpt.bat - corrected help text, accepts target library locations
other than Harbour or MiniGui
- BATCH\MakeLibEnd.bat - supports MakeLibOpt.bat
- SAMPLES\Advanced\TaskBarNotifier\MakeLib.bat - converted to standard MakeLib.bat
- SAMPLES\Advanced\UnRar\MakeLib.bat - converted to standard MakeLib.bat format,
added Borland path to impdef and implib

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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