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RAD Studio 11 Alexandria November Patch Available

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Today Embarcadero released a second patch for RAD Studio, Delphi, and C++Builder 11 Alexandria. The patch addresses one significant regression introduced by Patch 1 and improves the support for the latest Apple SDKs on macOS Monterey with a new version of PAServer for macOS.

This second patch, called November Patch, is a cumulative patch including also Patch 1 fixes — and therefore we are retiring Patch 1. This means the November patch can be equally installed on a RAD Studio 11 RTM version or on a system with Patch 1 already. The patch is available to active update subscription customers in the GetIt Package Manager (with a matching alert showing up in the new IDE Welcome Page) and it will be shortly on the my.embarcadero.com download site. Installing this patch is recommended for all RAD Studio 11 customers. The patch readme with the list of publicly reported issues addressed is below in this blog post (and in the patch readme file), which also explains the installation process.

GetIt-Based Installation

As you start the IDE (or at the next Welcome Page refresh), you’ll see the “Patch Available” icon, which is in a different location in the RAD 11 Welcome Page, as you can see below:

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By selecting the icon, or opening the GetIt Package Manager and navigating to the “Patches and Hotfixes” section, you’ll see the following item:

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The patch is delivered as a deferred installation package, which means it is installed after you shut down the IDE (you’ll get prompted to restart, but you can wait until later). Remember you’ll need to accept the UAC Windows prompt immediately after the start of the installation process (which appears as stuck while the UAC prompt get displayed in separate window). Notice also that the  patch is over 850 MB to download, so the download step taking place from the console window (opened as the IDE shuts down) is going to take some time.

It is also expected that some files are not found if your installation wasn’t complete (for example, in case of missing translation files or in case a partial platforms installation).

Once the patch installation process is completed, the RAD Studio IDE restarts automatically. Notice, though, that the macOS version of PAServer updated by this patch needs to be manually installed on your macOS device.

Manual Installation

You can also find the patch in the my.embarcadero.com portal. In this case you have to download the patch ZIP file and install it manually, following similar steps of the automated install. You need to manually close the RAD Studio IDE before you install the patch (you’ll see an error if the IDE is running).

—- RAD Studio 11 November Patch Readme —-

This is the second patch for RAD Studio 11 and it is a cumulative patch including all of the changes and fixes in RAD Studio 11.0 Patch 1. For this reason, this new patch can be equally installed on a system which already has Patch 1, overriding it, or on a new RAD Studio 11 installation.

The patch addresses a regression introduced in RAD Studio 11 Patch 1 and includes an additional update to PAServer for macOS and iOS development on macOS 12.0.1 Monterey. More details are listed below. Installing this patch is recommended for all RAD Studio 11 customers.

Installation via GetIt

If you download the patch via GetIt, it is installed automatically, creating a backup of the files replaced. The download, about 900MB, happens in one of the steps of the console window (so may take some time, depending on your connection speed).

Note that the updated RAD Studio 11.0 PAServer version 13.0.12.1 for iOS and macOS is only copied into the PAServer folder (by default, a folder like C:Program Files (x86)EmbarcaderoStudio22.0PAServer), and you need to copy it over to a Mac and install it manually there. After this step, in the SDK Manager of the RAD Studio IDE you need to delete and redefine the macOS 12.0 SDK and/or the iOS 15.0 SDK (we recommend deleting and importing again any Apple SDK you have already, if you are running PAServer on macOS Monterey).

Manual Download and Installation

This patch is also available in the download portal at my.embarcadero.com. In this case, you’ll find the main RAD Studio 11 November Patch download file, with a batch file you can run or you can manually expand the ZIP file in the respective subfolders of the RAD Studio installation folder. You’ll also have to copy PAServer and install on your Mac and reimport the SDKs as explained above.

Uninstallation steps (for GetIt installation)

  • Open the Catalog Repository installation folder
  • Run patch.R110.hotfix.november_uninstall.bat
  • Only *after* you have cleared the patch, uninstall the package from GetIt

New Quality Portal issues addressed by the RAD Studio 11 November Patch

PAServer related issues

RSP-36094 Cannot compile to macos, no such file
RSP-36068 paserver issue arm osx monterey
RSP-36064 Exception-Klasse 6 when try to run Firemonkey app on macOS Monterey

VCL related issues

RSP-36207 Width of GroupBox on inherited form changes to default
RSP-36077 Delphi 11 Patch 1 Vcl.Forms.pas source code doesn’t match shipped vcl280.bpl
RSP-36004 Patch1 Mangles Forms with BorderStyle = bsNone and bsSingle
RSP-35993 The coordinate value of the component with akBottom becomes strange.

Quality Portal issues addressed by  RAD Studio 11 Patch 1 (the contents of which are included in this patch)

RSP-35800 Windows 11 Menu text with ImageList not readable
RSP-35785 Emoji colors are wrong on iOS
RSP-35778 Scaled forms do not always have commensurate sizes in 11.0
RSP-35716 FontSize and position of labels and components keep increasing in Delphi
RSP-35701 iOS Development for AppStore not possible with XCode 13.0
RSP-35651 #$21..#$5F characters cannot be selected correctly when they are at the end.
RSP-35650 Error when using IME to enter text when selecting
RSP-35518 Fonts in Nested Controls are not Down Scaled in Dpi Unaware Applications
RSP-35473 VCL Styles IDE Bug with selecting controls
RSP-35459 A change in TThread breaks Windows XP compatibility
RSP-35312 Programs built with dpi>96 run corrupted in 96dpi
RSP-35049 DoThemedDrawText: Parameter “Selected” is ignored, leading to wrong text color in menus on Windows 11
RSP-34960 Font height change in DFM if Scaled = False
RSP-34913 VirtualImageList images grow when HighDPI=Auto (Monitor Scale = 200)
RSP-34822 Dynamically created frames are scaled wrong when IDE is in High DPI mode

In addition we also addressed an Access Violation caused by the Welcome Page, some issues related to opening old forms with non-visual components in a High-DPI IDE configuration, and the same issues with emoji colors (RSP-35785) also for Android.


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