As we reflect on last year, we are thankful for the moments that have brought us together and grateful to our incredible partners and customers.
While we are excited about what 2022 has in store, now is the time to reflect on our shared accomplishments in 2021:
It’s that time of the year where we take a look back at ten of our most-read posts. What a year it’s been! From native silicon support and the remarkable performance enhancements that came with it to a whole new Project mode set of features that will greatly enhance your programming experience.
2021 was filled with important product announcements and a plethora of exciting features! Let’s take a look at the topics that grabbed your attention in 2021:
This fall 2021 comes with several major OS releases: macOS Monterey (macOS 12), Windows 11, without forgetting Windows Server 2022. It is time for a quick sum-up of which 4D release – shipped or upcoming – supports which OS version!
We are pleased to announce a new way to download 4D LTS, Beta Nightly Builds, and hotfixes.
4D now offers a new online portal, where you will be able to find the build you are looking for! Instead of searching through the forum posts for the builds (beta or nightly or hotfix), you can now find them all in one place!
We’re pleased to announce the launch of beta testing for 4D v19 R3! One of the richest feature releases we have shipped so far!
Without further ado, let’s take a look and see what this feature release has in store for you:
- Your business logic will love 4D’s new Computed Attributes in ORDA, Classes, iOS, and Android.
- 4D for iOS with features allowing to interact with native Apple apps and build even more advanced UI’s.
- As for 4D for Android, we’re giving you a way to test your Android app on a real device before releasing it to users.
- 4D Write Pro is shipped with an image setting dialog, the possibility to have different numbers of columns on the same page with continuous section breaks, and additional options to manage formula visibility.
- Out-of-the-box security boost with the support of the bcrypt algorithm for passwords. What’s best, there’s nothing to change in the code. Everything is automatic.
- More news for dark mode enthusiasts. After giving end-users a choice between dark and light mode for the appearance of their applications, it is now the turn of developers to choose between these modes during development on macOS.
- And more (see below)!
We’re pleased to announce that 4D v19 R2 is now available!
Here’s an overview of what this feature release has in store for you:
- 4D for Android (our development platform for Android devices) is now final with 4D v19 R2.
- Speaking of mobile, new features for iOS and Android platforms are now available, allowing you to customize your app’s color, adapt it to dark or light mode, sort its local data, and more!
- 4D View Pro: Analyze data with pivot tables. Import and export CSV files. Manage your sheets by programming. Easily handle page breaks (for printing purposes) from the user interface.
- 4D Write Pro: More display options for inline and anchored pictures. We’ve also made it easier to format the images as background documents, sections, paragraphs, etc.
- More Object-Oriented programming features that will please your developers. Beyond the storage aspect, memory management and speed performance will be significantly enhanced with blob content for object attributes.
- Features that incorporate best practices such as defining a default .gitignore file and managing Byte Order Mark (BOM) and End of Line (EOL).
- Features that enhance your experience as a developer, such as getting access to the details of a class function from the code editor.
- Features that make the end-user experience smoother, such as automatic component signing on Mac.
- And if you’re a software publisher, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve added a feature that prevents the users of your application from seeing (and modifying) the contents of the 4DZ.
In order to help you anticipate testing and running the new operating system with your 4D applications, we want to clarify the support of the different Apple Big Sur configurations on our 4D product lines (including products already delivered and future releases). Please see macOS Big Sur and Apple silicon compatibility status for each release below:
Understanding what users really need has always been a fundamental product management challenge. At 4D, we take this very seriously which is why we’ve decided to revisit the Feature Request section on our forum. The following is a summary of what has been changed and how you can get the most value from it.