4D for Mobile: What’s new in v19 R5

With every release, the list of 4D for iOS and 4D for Android features is growing bigger. And this feature release is no exception. Without further ado, let’s see what 4D v19 R5 has in store for you:


For 4D for Android and 4D for iOS Editor

  • Goods news! The interface of the editor is fully compatible in dark and light modes.


For 4D for Android (already available in 4D for iOS):

  • Turn your application into a barcode scanner to fill in a text input,
  • Allow to sign directly in the application delivery, an intervention report, an estimate,
  • Interact with different applications by touching a field on the screen:
    • an address to automatically display a map showing the location,
    • a phone number to call or add to contacts,
    • a mail to open the mail app,
    • a URL to open an URL in the default web browser.
  • Create your own Kotlin formatters for your specific needs.


Here is a table summarizing all the features available in 4D for Android or 4D for iOS. Plus, the features planned in our roadmap for 4D for Android.



Android iOS

Build native apps

A native app provides access to all platform and device-specific features.

Offline support

Have up-to-date data at hand… even when you’re offline.

User management

Use authentication to determine the identity and legitimacy of the person trying to log into your app.

Filter data

Restrict access to data depending on the user. Only the data that the user is authorized to access is available.

Data formatters

Format your data, for example, to represent numerical data in currencies or percentages.
You can create your own formatters to convert strings, booleans, or integers to images or display object fields in your mobile application in human-readable format or JSON format.

Multi-criteria search

Run search operations based on multiple fields and display filtered content in your generated app.

Personalize your application

Extend the capabilities of your app by creating templates
Use your own icons for more personalized and more beautiful apps. 
Define the dominance of your app by using the color of your logo or selecting a color.

Pull to refresh

It’s possible to force a refresh at any time.

Debug your apps

Debug your generated apps on your device.

N to One relation and One to N relations

Display the relative data to a record in list and detail forms.

Custom Input Controls

Create a choice list from a table field or a JSON file.


Computed attributes in a list, detail form, and actions

Display computed attributes such as full name in your list or detail form.

Online actions

It’s possible to modify an entity or entity selection in online mode.

Offline actions

Declare CRUD or custom actions for tables, selections, or entities, and they’ll automatically be displayed at the right place, even when offline.


Capture Images

Add or replace pictures by selecting them directly from your library or using your camera.

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Bar Code or QR Code

Scan a Bar or QR Code directly from your mobile application to fill an input text.

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Display Location

Allow your users to touch an address on screen to automatically display a location map.

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Accept Signatures

Extend the capabilities of your app by including forms that use signature areas.

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Interact with other apps

Add value to your app by using formatters to interact with other native apps (e.g., call or add to user contact, open the mail app, open an URL in the default web browser).

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Create your own Kotlin or Swift formatters

For your specific needs, you can create your own Kotlin or Swift formatters.

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Push notifications, deep linking… Planned

Stay tuned for more updates! Meanwhile, join the discussion on the 4D forum and let us know your thoughts about the new features.


Vanessa Talbot
• Product Owner •Vanessa Talbot joined 4D Program team in June, 2014. As a Product Owner, she is in charge of writing the user stories then translating it to functional specifications. Her role is also to make sure that the feature implementation delivered is meeting the customer need.Since her arrival, she has worked to define key features in 4D. She has worked on most of preemptive multi-threading new features and also on a very complex subject: the new architecture for engined application. Vanessa has a degree from Telecom Saint-Etienne. She began her career at the Criminal Research Institute as a developer for the audiovisual department. She has also worked in media and medical fields as expert in technical support, production as well as documenting new features.