64-bit is the way where everybody needs to go. 64-bit allows you to take advantage of the power of the 64-bit machines and of the latest native system features for your business application.
With 4D v16 R2, 4D has reached a major milestone as 4D Developer Edition and the 4D Volume Desktop Windows 64-bit are now released as “Final” and are thus ready for production.
Start early, use it now and share your feedback through in the beta version forum from 4D Forums!
Removal of Altura legacy library
Similar to Carbon for macOS, 4D used a legacy library named Altura on Windows. Many years ago, Altura was very important for migrating 4D and 3rd party plug-in code from Mac to Windows. While 4D itself does not need Altura anymore, it still supports it for legacy plug-ins and, as a result, uses it in many places to keep old plug-ins working.We have now removed it completely which is allowing us to use some modern technologies that were not possible before, such as SDI windows.
Multiple instance support
It is possible to run multiple instances, or copies, of the same 4D Developer Edition 64-bit on their PC without having to install the application twice.
The first method is to right-click on the application icon in the taskbar, and then left-click on the application name in the pop-up menu that appears. This will open a second instance of 4D Developer Edition as if it were being launched for the first time.
A quicker way to achieve this same result is to simply hold the Shift key on your keyboard while left-clicking an open application’s icon in the taskbar. You will see a second copy of 4D Developer Edition appear on your desktop.
Integrated Web rendering engine
Additional information can be found in the documentation in 4D Doc Center.