Altura-free version of 4D Windows 64-bit is on the way

On the way to provide Windows 64-bit version of the 4D product line we reached a major milestone, an Altura-free version. Altura is a library to emulate MacOS functionality on Windows, which was used to help plug-in developers to provide their products on Windows.

Although internally 4D for the most part did not use Altura any longer for a while, it was still deeply integrated to provide the functionality for 3rd party plug-ins.

4D Developer Edition and 4D Volume Desktop v16 Windows 64-bit will be the first Altura-free versions. This is giving 3rd Party plug-in developers an occasion to finalize their updates and test their products. Of course, the removal of the Altura library will introduce some compatibility breaks with older plug-ins.

Because of this major change 4D Developer Edition and 4D Volume Desktop 64-bit will still be delivered as preview versions. 4D Internet Commands is currently not supported in these versions.

The complete 4D product line will become final as 64-bit products in upcoming R-releases.

Please note that 4D Server v16.x 64-bit Windows is absolutely not impacted at all, it still allows the usage of Altura based plug-ins for compatibility reasons (which will change with future 4D v16 R-releases and 4D v17).

Caroline Briaud
• 4D Product Team Leader •Caroline joined 4D SAS in July, 2013 as an Engineering Manager responsible for new features definition. Caroline helped the Engineering team to put in place the R-release concept, with the new development process definition and its application within 4D’s engineering teams.Caroline is now leading the 4D Product team, mainly made up of Product Owners which are representing the customers within Engineering.Caroline started her career as a software developer in the mobile phone industry. She specialized in program management with an American company in an international context spread across US, India and China.