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Latest news about 4D on Silicon

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Since Apple’s first announcement about Silicon, we’ve been keeping you informed through a series of blog posts and this post is no different!

So what’s going on? Well, the first Silicon Macs equipped with the brand new M1 chip are now available on the market. Here are two important pieces of information we need to share with you:

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Move to shareable entity selections smoothly

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In thisย blog post, you discovered the power that shareable entity selections can offer. 4D focuses on data sharing because, in the long run, it leads to performance.

But we’re aware that this strategy might not be your current strategy. We’ve followed the discussions on the forum and understood your comments and feelings.

To soften this step and give you more flexibility and tools, we’ve made some enhancements regarding the nature (shareable or non-shareable) of entity selections.

Before continuing, we highly recommend that you read this blog post and this one so you can make sense of the enhancements described below.

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4D Write Pro – Full text indexation

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“I want to find all of the documents that talk about tango! I need them quickly! Can I do that?”

Ok, but first breathe!

Keyword searches within 4D Write Pro documents simply require adding a new indexing attribute within each document. This isn’t done by default because this type of search is not often necessary so it wouldn’t make sense to systematically increase the size of the documents. However, when it’s needed, this type of index is very easy to build.

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6 practical examples on how to use macros

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4D 18 R5 introduced form macros. They can be incredibly useful, for example, by providing an ideal way to save time on repetitive tasks. In this blog post, we’ll show you some basic examples to learn more about how macros work and the possibilities they offer. All of the following examples are available on GitHub.

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A brand new 4D compiler for Apple Silicon

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In a previous blog post, we introduced you to the new Silicon Macs that Apple is launching at the end of this year, as well as our plans to smoothly transition your 4D applications to them.

These new Macs use a new type of processor: ARM processors from the same family Apple uses in iPhones and iPads. A new processor family means a new instruction set and, for us here at 4D, a new compiler.

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4D View Pro now in 6 languages!

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We know how important it is for both you and your customers to have 4D View Pro spreadsheets in your native language. That’s why 4D v18 R5 now provides a set of five supported languages! In addition to English, we’ve added support for French, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Portuguese!

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4D Write Pro: Decimal point or comma for number alignment?

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Numbers … big, small, very big, very small …ย  No matter their size, it’s always better if they’re easy to read. In most countries and languages, separator characters are usually used to separate thousands (or tens of thousands) and there is always a character to distinguish the decimal part from the rest of the number. When it’s time to align these numbers correctly in documents, “decimal tabulators” are used (which are based on the decimal separator character of the numbers).

But what if the documents contain numbers from different countries and the numbers aren’t formatted in the right way? Let’s take a closer look at this!