Saturday, June 21, 2014

Harbour MiniGUI Extended Edition 2.3.6 Released on 14 June 2014

Hi All,

Harbour MiniGUI Extended Edition 2.3.6 setup is published at the following URL:

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

There are also an optional xHarbour-based archive at the following URL:

and donationware xCC-based self-extracting archive for distribution at

There is the following changelog for this build:

2014/06/11: HMG Extended Edition 2.3.6 Published.
* Changed: The C-functions SetArrowCursor() and SetWaitCursor() are
defined as pseudo-functions.
They are a wrappers for the C-function SetWindowCursor().
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demo in folder \samples\Basic\CURSOR)
* Changed: The internal C-function ReleaseControl() is defined as pseudo-function.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
* Modified: The C-function GetWindowRect() supports a second parameter as numeric value.
nRet := GetWindowRect( hWnd, /*@*/ aPos | nSwitch ),
where nSwitch have the following values:
1 - function returns Window Row of specified handle hWnd;
2 - function returns Window Column of specified handle hWnd;
3 - function returns Window Width of specified handle hWnd;
4 - function returns Window Height of specified handle hWnd.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demo in folder \samples\Basic\DropDown)
* Changed: The C-functions GetWindowRow(), GetWindowCol(), GetWindowWidth() and
GetWindowHeight() are defined as pseudo-functions.
They are a wrappers for the updated C-function GetWindowRect().
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demo in folder \samples\Basic\FormStorage)
* Updated: MiniPrint library (see source in folder \Source\MiniPrint):
- Updated: Unified definition of hotkeys in the three forms.
Borrowed from HMG official version 3.3
(see demo in folder \samples\Basic\miniprint)
* Updated: 'Bos Taurus' Graphics Library (see source in folder \Source\BosTaurus).
Based upon a contribution of Claudio Soto <>.
Adapted for Minigui Extended by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demos in folder \samples\Advanced\BosTaurus)
* Updated: HbXml library source code (see in folder \Source\HbXML).
Borrowed from HwGui v2.18 by Alexander Kresin <>.
Adapted for Minigui Extended by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demo in folder \samples\Advanced\XMLDEMO)
* Updated: HbSQLite3 library:
- update for using SQLITE3 version 3.8.5 (from 3.8.5dev).
Upgrading from the previous version is recommended.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demo in folder \samples\Advanced\SQLITE_2)
* Updated: Harbour Compiler 3.2.0dev (r2014-05-23 17:01).
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(look at ReadMe.txt in folder \harbour)
* New: 'MiniPrint Demo' sample. Borrowed from HMG 4 project.
Adapted for Minigui Extended by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demo2.prg in folder \samples\Basic\miniprint)
* New: 'Usage of FreeImage DLL for images from file and resource' sample.
This sample is required a library FreeImage.Dll from
Based upon a contribution of Vladimir Chumachenko <>
(see in folder \samples\Advanced\FreeImage_2)
* Updated: 'Charts ADO' sample: minor change.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see in folder \samples\Basic\Charts)
* Updated: 'ToolBar container' sample:
- Fixed: Windows problem of overlap between ToolBar Bottom and StatusBar.
Contributed by Grigory Filatov <>
(see demo1.prg in folder \samples\Basic\CONTAINERS\TOOLBAR)

It is a regularly scheduled maintenance release.

This release is considered stable and ready for production use.

With Best Regards,
Grigory Filatov
[MiniGUI Team]

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