With 4D v15 R2 is available the first preview version of the 4D Developer Edition 64-bit Mac & Windows. This preview includes dialogs that have been fully rewritten, first to migrate to 64-bit but also to provide you with modern end-user dialogs with an improved user experience.
The GRAPH command has been totally refactored to ease the use and customization of your graphs. Moreover it has been enhanced to give you the full control on the various graph properties.
4D v15 R2 includes the first preview version of the redesigned Label Editor which is fully implemented in 4D code.
The new dialog is available in the 4D Developer Edition 64-bit versions (Win & Mac). It can be accessed through the Tools>Labels menu.
The 4D product license activation has been improved in 4D v15 R2.
First activation by entering a single number
When you use a 4D Server, you need additional 4D Client, 4D Write, 4D View, and many others expansions. Then, you receive 5, 10, 20 or more license numbers to enter manually in your product.
Now, in v15 R2, you enter only the 4D Server license number, and your 5, 10, 20 and more expansions are also activated.
When you deploy an application to your customer, either a merged 4D Server or Single User application, 4D usually opens the “Select data file” dialog. This happens because for an updated solution 4D cannot find the position of the last used data file, as you just replaced the old structure. And for a first time usage, 4D does not know where you would like to create the data file – so it asks for the location.
This dialog, as the very first interaction with your application, might be confusing for the customer. And the verification for the data file happens before the On Startup is executed, before your code has a chance to select another file. To avoid this, 4D v15 introduces a new feature, named Default Data.
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This feature is a powerful enhancement for the listbox object, providing you with a mean to define very flexible UIs. An array of objects can now be associated with the column of a listbox so that each cell can have different types of widgets according to the type of data to be displayed.
We have identified a large set of usages of 4D View in customer applications. One of them is an enhanced user interface using advanced lists, such as a property window for instance. Others are using 4D View to have detailed control of list display, requiring a large set of fine details not available in list boxes.
We also saw usage of 4D View as a reporting engine as well as a spreadsheet. As a result, 4D View Pro could not be a single solution or tool to handle all this cases.
Now, you can start 4D v15.0 in a given language while your Mac OS system language is different. For example you want to start 4D v15.0 in Spanish on an English OS X.