4D Write Pro offers many possibilities for both developers and end-users. A wide range of commands and standard actions are available for developers to create advanced and beautifully designed documents, while end-users are offered two feature-rich interface widgets.
Guess what 4D v19 R5 is bringing? Yes, we’ve added a set of features to the interface widget, such as management of line height!
Here are the new features in 4D v19 R5:
Several formatters have been made available for formatting your data in the list or detail form. For example, a boolean field can be represented as a red or green circle. If you think this is very convenient, then you will love the new features in 4D v19 R5.
Let’s imagine an application with a list of our customers, if we need to go to their offices, it would be really handy to be able to tap on the customer’s address to open Google Maps. Unfortunately on the way, you are stuck in traffic. Don’t panic, just tap on the phone number, and you can choose to send a message or call directly to let them know. 🙂
Several other formatters are at your disposal, we let you discover them.
Starting with 4D v19 R5, the ability to associate a variable with a subform has enriched the possibilities of interfaces and communication between forms and subforms. The means of communication are now simplified by two new commands: Say hello to OBJECT Get subform container value and OBJECT SET SUBFORM CONTAINER VALUE.
In our ongoing effort to improve the building of 4D applications, we’ve added a few functionalities to 4D v19R5 that you’ll certainly find useful.
The first one is the ability to remove some of the biggest 4D modules from your applications: CEF, Mecab, PHP, Spell Checker, and 4D Updater. If you don’t need some of these modules, you’ll be able to significantly reduce the size of your applications.
We also changed the final directory when you build a compiled structure, in order to accommodate those using multiple compiled versions of the same structure.
As for our Japanese customers, we have merged the Japanese version of 4D and the international one on MacOS.
Let’s delve into the details.
Tables are an essential part of 4D Write Pro. They evolve regularly by offering new presentation options. For example, a table can be displayed on several columns or pages. The table headers are repeated at the top of each column or page to make it easier for the user to read.
Starting with 4D v19 R5, the table can be enhanced with headers.
Year after year, feature after feature, the diagnostic log has grown into a massive file on busy servers. With 4D v19R5, we included a new database parameter allowing you to choose the log level of the diagnostic log file. It will help you control the diagnostic log size by logging only what you really need.
Web areas can display various types of web content within your forms: HTML pages with static or dynamic contents, files, pictures,… You can choose between two rendering engines for the web area, depending on the specifics of your application:
- the embedded rendering engine
- the system rendering engine
The advantage of the embedded system is the cross-platform portability. No need to adapt to some specifics of a platform. Moreover, it allows you to access 4D methods.
The advantage of the system browser is the security updates that are available right away. There’s no need to wait for the next version of 4D. We recommend it for accessing the public Internet site.
Windows has announced that “Internet Explorer 11 is retiring on June 15, 2022“. So since 4D v19 R5, if you use the system rendering engine, 4D uses Microsoft Edge WebView2. This change allows you to benefit from a modern browser with the latest features and security updates. For example, Microsoft Edge can be used to display PDFs.
4D View Pro is a powerful tool in many fields. Its razor-sharp capabilities enable users to easily store, organize, and manipulate data. 4D v19 R5 brings a new ability to the product.
To make it easier for your customers to set up printing, the Ribbon has now a new addition; it supports print settings with a Page layout tab and a Page setup dialog. This dialog includes tabs for the Page, Margins, Header/Footer, and Sheet, allowing users to manage many options in the VP SET PRINT INFO command.
Here is everything you need to know.
Projects introduced the new directory.json file containing users, groups and permissions. It allows authentication, restrictions, permissions on several parts of the application, through settings or code. Let’s see the new improvements about this file usage in merged server projects.
4D Write Pro documents often contain formulas returning data or calculations depending on the database. Thanks to the use of contexts, associating that data with documents is now child’s play!
In this blog post, we’ll see how the combination of 4D Write Pro documents with data retrieved using ORDA makes the code clear and easy to maintain.