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Create a BLOB attribute in an object

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With the introduction of classes in the 4D environment, the need to store your data in objects, and especially blobs, has increased. That’s why 4D v19 R2 lets you encapsulate blobs in objects.

Beyond the storage aspect, since the blob object is a reference type, your performance in terms of memory occupation and speed will be greatly improved.

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Invisible Characters on Stage!

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Best practices in IT sometimes change, and the management of certain invisible characters in text files is one example. End of Line (EOL) characters have evolved, especially for version control systems integration purposes. In the same way, the Byte Order Mark (BOM) on Unicode text files is less and less used.

With 4D v19 R2, 4D has evolved smoothly to follow these best practices, giving you more flexibility along the way.

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4D for Mobile: Colorize your apps without a struggle

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Our mobile products (4D for iOS and 4D for Android) were both built with simplicity in mind, allowing you to build apps easily, in a few clicks.

That also includes a crucial step: choosing a main color for the app. That’s why, since the introduction of 4D for iOS, the main color of your mobile application was defined by the dominant color of your application’s logo.

With 4D v19 R2, we’re giving you a feature that lets you easily define the main color of your iOS and Android app, by selecting it from a color picker fully integrated into the project editor.

Here’s how:

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gitignore and 4D: a useful feature for Git users

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Project mode allows you to easily track changes with Git, the most popular version control system. But often, you don’t want to track all the files of your project in the Git repository. 4D now offers you the possibility to define what not to track in your new projects.

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4D View Pro .CSV: New import/export format

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Delimited files such as “.csv” or “.txt” are commonly used formats for importing or exporting data. Because delimited files can be generated and manipulated easily, more and more data published on the Web is tabular data, usually published as comma-separated values.

A good way to format this data and show it to your customers is to use 4D View Pro.

In 4D v19 R2, using the VP Import document and VP Export document commands that support delimited text file formats such as CSV, you can easily display that data for your clients.

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4D Write Pro – New image formats

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Starting with 4D v19 R2, inline as well as anchored images inside 4D Write Pro documents will benefit from new formatting types.

We’ve also made it much easier to format the images used as background of documents, sections, paragraphs, etc.

Let’s find out more about these enhancements.

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Go Mobile with 4D: Generate Android and iOS apps from a Single Project

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We are pleased to announce that 4D for Android is available with 4D v19 R2.

Many features are already available, and with each new release, we’ll enrich the possibilities so that 4D for Android’s features match those of 4D for iOS.

What’s best is that the same mobile project can generate both native iOS and native Android apps. We made sure to provide very similar user experiences on both platforms while still respecting their standards. 

how to extend your application and go mobile

The mobile project editor is fully integrated into 4D. You can design and build native iOS and Android apps quickly and easily without programming. If you want to go further, you can open the generated application with Android Studio or Xcode and customize it with Kotlin or Swift.

The other big advantage of a native application is that you can access the data even when you’re offline. 

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4D v19: Evolution of Client/Server Application Building

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On Mac, application signature has become a standard, and since Big Sur, you can’t even run unsigned applications. In the past, we published a workaround to build client-server applications running on a Windows server and accepting connections from Mac clients. With the release of 4D v19, we have updated the application building in 4D to handle this case. Here is how you can build a single platform or a cross-platform application in v19.

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4D for iOS: Sign In With QR Code

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As app users, we don’t pay much attention to the sophisticated authentication technologies that secure our applications. But they are essential to help prevent malicious people from usurping our identity. That’s why the authentication process that is included in 4D for iOS is so important to us. But many 4D for iOS users have been asking for more, and specifically, for new modern ways to login.

The new SignInWithQRCode login form template lets users log into their apps by scanning QRCode, and grants access directly to already authenticated users.