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NeoBook 5.7 Update Released

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NeoBook 5.7 Update Released

Postby Neosoft Support » Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:01 pm

NeoSoft Corp. has released NeoBook version 5.7.

The version 5.7 upgrade patch can be downloaded from the following website:

Follow the instructions to download and apply the update patch.

NOTE: If you registered NeoBook 5 before February 1st 2008 then you will need to purchase a new registration code in order to use version 5.6 or higher. If you purchased NeoBook 5 after February 1st 2008, then this upgrade is free. Registered users of NeoBook 5.0 through 5.5.4 can purchase a new registration code for $25.

This update contains the following:


 Images can now be assigned to main and tray menu items. Smaller images (20 x 20 pixels) work best, but menu images can be as large as 64 x 64 pixels. Transparent PNG images are recommended, but any image format supported by NeoBook can be used. When importing non-transparent images, NeoBook will prompt you to select a color to serve as the transparent portion of the image.

 Added support for the following icon sizes:

16 x 16 x 4bit (16 colors)
32 x 32 x 4bit
48 x 48 x 4bit
16 x 16 x 8bit (256 colors)
32 x 32 x 8bit
48 x 48 x 8bit
16 x 16 x 32bit (16 million colors + alpha channel)
32 x 32 x 32bit
48 x 48 x 32bit
128 x 128 x 32bit *

* This icon may be replaced with a compressed 256 x 256 x 32bit icon provided that the compressed size is 67,624 bytes or less. The 256 x 256 icon must be compressed or it will not be compiled.

 Popup menus (Menu and MenuEx actions) are now drawn in the same style/theme as the main menu.

 The Menu and MenuEx actions now provide options to specify the width (in pixels) and the number of items to display before adding a vertical scroll bar to the menu.

 Added global variables [HTTPAgent] and [HTTPReferrer] which can be used with the InternetGet, InternetPut and DownloadFile action.

 The Math action can now be used with formulas that contain currency symbols and thousands separators (as defined in the Windows Control Panel). Before performing the calculation, the Math action will remove these characters from the formula. Previously, including any of these characters in a formula would result in an error.

 Added Gain Focus and Lose Focus action events to the Text Entry Object.

 It’s now possible to trigger publication keyboard shortcuts when a Web Browser object has the input focus.

 Popup hints used to display the contents of large variables now appear beside instead of on top of the Debugger window.

 Compiled exe files are now compatible with digital signature utilities like SignTool.

 Added an option to the plug-in SDK to create hidden actions - simply set the action’s description to “HIDDEN” (in English).


 The FileList action now correctly returns only files that exactly match the specific filter. Previously, using a filter like “*.txt” would return *.txt, *.txt2, *.txt_backup, etc.

 Corrected a problem that caused the BrowserExecScript action to incorrectly identify the script language which would sometimes result in the script failing to execute.

 The FocusObject action now works with objects on “FixedPos” custom windows.

 CPU usage for popup menus and sticky notes has been greatly reduced.

 The Suspend action now works properly when used with the PlaySoundFile and PlayVideoFile “Wait” option.

 A picture object placed on the master page containing a file name variable based on the current page number or title will now correctly update itself when changing pages.

 InternetPos, InternetGet and DownloadFile can now be used with secure (HTTPS) servers.

 A picture object containing a tiled image that is either one pixel high or wide will no longer crash the Page Properties dialog.

 A playing AnimatedGIF can now be stopped from any page not just the page where the GIF resides.

 Clicking the right mouse button while dragging or sizing an object with the left mouse button no longer causes an access violation error.

 Web Browser object content (buttons, etc.) are now drawn using current Windows theme.

 The GetObjectInfo action’s “Caption” option can now be used with ListBox and ComboBox objects.

 Corrected a problem that prevented grouped objects from being programmatically enabled or disabled under certain conditions.

 Corrected a problem that prevented the Math action from correctly calculating exponents with negative values.

 Eliminated excessive CPU usage when a compiled screen saver is selected from within the Windows Control Panel.

 And several other minor fixes.

*Items in Blue were added after the v5.7 beta test was released.
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Postby HPW » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:13 pm

Thanks for another great update!
And thanks for adressing even small problems/details.

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Postby Jay-Bird » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:15 pm

Yes, thank you so much!

Take a break! Thats a lot of updates and fixes...

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Postby Alex » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:11 pm


Excellent, thanks.

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Many Thanks !

Postby carlos torres » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:22 pm

Dear NB Team

To many thanks for your time and effort!

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Postby Boo (Gulf Breeze) » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:29 pm

Your professionalism rocks! Thanks!
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Postby Gaev » Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:20 pm

Makes ...
... NeoBook is the BEST (Rapid) Application Development software I have had the pleasure of using... ever.
... even bester !!!

Wish there was a NeoWeb product for building Web based Applications just as rapidly :) :wink:
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Postby Wrangler » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:52 am

Thanks for the update, Dave!
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Postby luishp » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:12 pm

Congratulations, good job!
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Postby David de Argentina » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:20 pm

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the update.

I just recompiled a program with NeoBook 5.7.0

I get this:


This is the aspect of the same program compiled previously with NeoBook 5.6.4


Same program. Diferent version of NeoBook.

The grid is on a rectangle.

Could you check what's wrong on NeoBook 5.7.0 ?

Thanks in advance,
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Postby Skywalker » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:56 am

Great Job!! (as always)

Perfect to A T 4 Me :)

Thanks Dave!
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Postby HPW » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:37 am

David de Argentina,

what grid is it?
A DbPro grid?
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Postby David de Argentina » Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:18 am

Hi Hans-Peter,

Take a look of this:

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Postby Neosoft Support » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:22 pm

David de Argentina,

I think it's a bug in the grid plug-in. Probably, the default color for the cell background is undefined and the plug-in is pulling up some random value. The grid runs inside the plug-in so the color is controlled from there. You can set the cell background color from within your sample pub and it works correctly.
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