Tuesday, May 26, 2020

FBDK 8.2 Release

Today's release of FBDK 8.2 contains two new features:
  1. Support for Simple EC States, ECCs, and FBTypes. This experimental feature, which has been proposed for inclusion in the Third Edition of IEC 61499-1, replaces the previously proposed "Transient EC States".
  2. Multi-line comments to enable you to generate HTML documentation with more extensive "Hover help" in figures.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Expanded "Hover Help"

The FBDK is now capable of including "Hover Help" for internal variables, LD rungs, Service sequences and primitives in generated HTML documents in addition to its previous capabilities. See the expanded examples at the FBNavigator home page and the updated instructions at

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

FBDK 8.0 Release

Release 8.0 of the FBDK/FBRT is now available at https://www.holobloc.com/fbdk8/ (the numbering is to emphasize that it requires JDK 8 or higher).
Please be sure to read https://www.holobloc.com/fbdk8/whatsnew.htm for a description of several new and useful features (and one important caveat).

Friday, November 2, 2018

Network Setup for FBDK+FBRT

A new set of guidelines is available for setting up network and firewall parameters for ease of launching distributed systems and remote devices with the FBDK and FBRT: https://www.holobloc.com/doc/fbdk3/networking.htm.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

FBDK 3.3 Release

In addition to clickable documentation links, the FBDK now generates hoverable pop-up documentation (derived from comments in the XML document) for graphical elements in the PNG diagrams produced using the "Save as HTML" function. For a user-oriented overview, see the FBNavigator home page, and for instructions on producing the HTML documentation, see  https://www.holobloc.com/doc/fbdk3/howtodoc.htm.

If you are already using FBDK 3.2, this update will auto-load at startup; otherwise, you can follow the instructions at  https://www.holobloc.com/fbdk3/index.htm.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Security Upgrade and FBDK 3.2 release

The holobloc.com website has been upgraded to use the HTTPS (secure HTTP) protocol for all served documents.

This has required an extensive update to the FBDK to convert its use of HTTP to HTTPS for auto updates, help pages, etc.

For additional details of new features in FBDK 3.2 see https://www.holobloc.com/fbdk3/whatsnew.htm