4D gives you new possibilities to customize your 4D Write Pro user interface to make it perfectly fit your business application. Instead of using the default 4D Write Pro contextual menu, which is so detailed that it could become unpleasant to use, the 4D developer can create its own contextual menu, with the exact list of actions that he wants to provide.
You want to quickly create a menu bar to manage your 4D Write Pro areas? You want to create your own contextual menu for your end-users ? You would like to create a color mosaic to change the document background? So this feature is made for you – and better, you do not even need to write a single line of code…
We added standard actions to handle 4D Write Pro areas. They can be defined at design phase or by programming. More than 80+ actions are available and to name just some of them: Font style (bold, italic, underline), Font color, Background color, Text alignment (left, center, right, justify…), Borders (style, color, width, radius…), Spellchecker actions…
Something important to notice, when assigned to interface objects, standard actions automatically handle the activation/disabling of the object depending on the context. Easy!
With 4D v16 R2 you can display a graphical horizontal ruler at the top of the 4D Write Pro area ! Thanks to this horizontal ruler, the text can be easily formatted.
Prior to the existence of this graphic ruler, tabulations could only be managed by programming or using the 4D Write Pro interface widget. From now (4D v16 R2 and above), when the ruler is displayed (this is optional) the final user will have the opportunity to manage margins and tabulations easily and graphically.
One common usage of 4D Write was to create documents automatically, such as invoices, reports, orders, based on templates created or designed by the end user.
4D Write Pro v16 will support this usage with the new concept of bookmarks, that can be used to easily build new documents section by section.
Bookmarks can now be created inside 4D Write Pro documents. But what are bookmarks exactly ? A bookmark is a named reference matching a text selection of a 4D Write Pro document.
Several bookmarks can be present inside a single document. Once bookmarks have been created, they can be retrieved as a list of names, then using one of them allows retrieve the range of the corresponding text.
From 4D v16, you can define at design phase the way a 4D Write Pro document will be displayed in a 4D Write Pro area. Without writing a single line of code, you can define several view attributes such as the resolution, zoom, page view mode. Advanced properties are also available to define whether you want to show 4D expressions or values for instance. Again no code to write, just a checkbox and it’s done.
With 4D v16, 4D Write Pro is now providing a higher level of protection regarding the evaluation of 4D expressions in documents.
Developers can now fully rely on 4D for checking the evaluation of these expressions. By doing so, end-user machines and databases will be automatically protected from any possible side effects.
A valid 4D expression can be a field, a variable, a 4D command, a statement returning a value, a project method, and so on.
Starting with 4D v16, “unsafe” 4D expressions will no longer be evaluated and an error will be displayed instead.
With 4D v16, you can improve your database scalability using the new 4D Write Pro commands in preemptive processes.
If you are doing routines for creating or converting documents programmatically – e.g. invoices … you can now do it with preemptive workers as most 4D Write Pro commands are now thread safe!
4D Write Pro is moving forward with 4D v16!
You can now insert headers and footers in your 4D Write Pro documents but also retrieve any existing headers and footers when opening an existing .4w7 document from the 4D Write plugin.
You can define document sections and add headers or footers for all or independently per section. You can have different headers/footers for the right and left page, or for the first page of the section. Of course, headers and footers can be styled as the rest of the document (font, color, margin, padding, borders…) and can contain images as well.
You want to insert your company logo in the signature of all your 4D Write Pro documents when they are being created? Or you want to add a product image for each of your invoices lines?
With 4D v16, it is now possible to insert inline pictures programmatically in your 4D Write Pro document with the dedicated command WP INSERT PICTURE!