For many years now, 4D Write Pro has made it possible to create simple or complex documents, either via programming using templates or by simply creating new documents from scratch. Starting with 4D v19, both developers and end users will be happy to use the new find (and replace) capabilities of 4D Write Pro. Using not just the interface… but also the code!
Let’s delve into the details!
A couple of months ago, we were happy to announce the ability to export 4D Write Pro documents to Microsoft Word.docx format. Now we’re thrilled to announce that the reverse operation is also possible! Yes, you can now import .docx documents into 4D Write Pro. Let’s have a closer look.
4D Write Pro documents support five types of breaks:
- line breaks
- paragraph breaks
- page breaks
- section breaks
- column breaks
Sometimes, you need to locate a certain type of break to replace it with another, or simply delete all its occurrences in the document. To make this possible, we developed a new function: WP Get breaks.
The 4D Write Pro toolbar and sidebar continue to grow with more functionalities to help you create documents even faster and easier.
With 4D v18 R6, you can :
- increment or decrement text
- copy/paste the ruler
- change the background color of a paragraph
- change the style of a word (uppercase, lowercase, etc.)
“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.
Numbers … big, small, very big, very small … 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!
With 4D v18 R5, we’ve simplified the insertion of soft-hyphens by providing new standard actions, as well as new buttons in the 4D Write Pro Interface widgets.
The two 4D Write Pro Interface widgets continue to be enhanced with more abilities and functionalities in each release. For some of your applications, not all the widget pages are useful. For example, you use 4D Write Pro to format your emails, so you only want to display a few pages to simplify the interface and make the user’s work easier.
4D v18 R5 lets you display only the desired pages. Keep reading to learn how!
Even during the lockdown, 4D continued to foster a sense of community through engaging content, interactive communications, and virtual gatherings such as webinars.
If you haven’t noticed, many of the 4D webinars presented by Will Taylor (Technical Account Manager, 4D US) have been made public on our Youtube channel.
The most recent one is related to 4D Write Pro and how you can create a lightweight email composer:
You asked for a way to import and export different document formats via the 4D Write Pro widget and once again, 4D listened!
In addition to the 4D commands that already allow you to import and export documents in different formats, such as export .docx format with 4D v17 R4 and PDF format with 4D v18 R4. Now, 4D Write Pro can import and export different document formats via the widget from the toolbar and sidebar.
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