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Version: 6.0

Date: 9-2019

Serial Plug-in

http://www.troi.com/software/serialplugin.html

Troi Serial Plug-in gives FileMaker Pro the ability to read from and write to all devices with a serial interface, without the need of a separate application.

Control any device with a serial interface
Troi Serial Plug-in gives FileMaker Pro easy and powerful access to external devices with a serial (RS232) interface:

  • read from and write to the (virtual) serial ports of the computer directly from FileMaker Pro without the need of a separate application
  • native FileMaker script triggering, to get incoming data into the database
  • or directly insert incoming serial data into your database, in the background (without any script triggering)
  • 'Suspend/Resume Serial Port' script step to temporarily suspend the incoming data stream and resume it when you are interested in the data
  • 'Wait for Match' function to wait for a specific text before triggering or inserting
  • open an unlimited number of serial ports and trigger different scripts for different ports.
  • works with all types of serial ports, including those added through an extension card or USB to serial adaptor

Easy troubleshooting!
Troi Serial Plug-in has a great debug function, making setup of databases a breeze for our users. You can troubleshoot by testing the arrival of data at the serial port and you can test script triggering too.

No quitting
Troi Serial Plug-in can be reinitialized without quitting FileMaker Pro. This makes it possible to accommodate new or different serial ports dynamically, for example when you plug in a USB to serial adaptor.

And more...
Another powerful feature is getting the last match string that was received, for example a return character to get the last line that was received.

Suggested Uses

  • connecting to a modem
  • custom switchboard dialing
  • caller ID
  • credit card swiping
  • chip card reading
  • data(base) transfer
  • send commands to control-units and gather data from them
  • weigh goods
  • scan goods with a barcode reader
  • open a cash drawer
  • connect to serial port
  • control the talking fish Billy Bass!

What is new in version 6.0?

Troi Serial Plug-in 6.0 has the following changes:

  • Tested and made compatible with FileMaker Pro 18 and FileMaker Pro 17.0.7.
  • Improved the Open Serial Port script step and the Serial_Open function. You can now easily specify a match string as an optional parameter. In that case the plug-in will wait to trigger a script until the incoming data contains the match string.
  • Added an extra Switches parameter to the Receive Serial Data script step, allowing to specify advanced switches.
  • Significantly improved the Terminal.fmp12 example file, it is now optimized for FileMaker Pro 16 to 18 and demonstrates the more advanced features of Troi Serial Plug-in 6.
  • (macOS) Improved the Open Serial Port script step and the Serial_Open function: when reopening the port existing data still in the buffer of the operating system is now flushed. This prevents receiving stale data.

Troi Serial Plug-in 6.0 also has the following improvements:

  • Renamed the â??Set Serial Dispatch Scriptâ?? step to Set Serial Trigger Script.
  • Fixed a possible crash when shutting down the plug-in or disabling it in the preferences, which could sometimes occur if you had several serial ports still open when stopping FileMaker Pro.
  • (macOS) Fixed a potential memory leak in the Open Serial Port script step and the Serial_Open function. Also improved the Serial_Open function: when a serial port is in use the plug-in now returns the expected error code $$-97 (portInUse) instead of $$16.
  • Fixed a possible crash in the Receive Serial Data script step with the parameter Encoding set to UTF-8: when receiving data which contains an invalid UTF-8 character sequence the plug-in no longer crashes, but will now indicate the invalid UTF-8 characters with the string .
  • Modernized the Regifunc.fmp12 and EasyInstallTroiPlugins.fmp12 example files.

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Troi Serial Plug-in, Developer license Cross Platform (email)

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882.50

804.40

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Last updated : 20-11-2020

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