An app that I'm working on needed a simple debugging aid to show variable values. Options #1-#3 below didn't quite suit.  Functions in the runtime that give a quick view: fn DebugString( "some message" ) fn DebugNumber( someValue ) fn DebugRect( theRect )  In-your-face alert from which you can choose to continue or stop: stop "In fn Bar(), x is " + str$( x )  Logging to Console.app: DebugStr( "some message" ) CFShow( someCFStringOrOtherCFVariable ) In OS X 10.5, Console.app has a bug that delays the appearance of messages for 30--60 s, making it an unattractive option.  The FB Console window was intended as a replacement for the old FB4 "lite" runtime, in non-GUI applications. Various examples are in FB_5_4_2_Examples > Calculations; see also FB_5_4_2_Examples > Files > Serial port tests. It turns out to make an excellent debug log. All output from 'print' goes to the console, where it can be inspected and copied. The output can be formatted flexibly. '----------- include "ConsoleWindow" print "some message" tab( 25 ); print "x = " x, "y = " y '----------- This works with most GUI apps (it just appears as an extra window). The console copes well with large amounts (100 KB) of text. Its main defect until FB 5.4.2 was that it had a stupid name: include "FBRuntime.incl" The new not-so-stupid form: include "ConsoleWindow" is exactly equivalent. Robert P.