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4D Webinar – 4D Write Pro: Create a Lightweight Email Composer

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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:

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4D Write Pro interface widget: Import & Export

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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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4D Write Pro – More control when using formulas

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As a 4D Write Pro user, you’ve most likely used expressions (or more recently, formulas) to automatically fill in certain parts of your documents. These formulas can return “raw” text or images. In the case of text, they may contain line breaks. The question is how should these line breaks be handled when they are processed inside 4D Write Pro documents? This blog post provides the answers … keep reading!

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4D Write Pro – Direct export to PDF!

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What if I told you that with 4D v18 R4 you can export 4D Write Pro documents directly to PDF format (on both macOS and Windows), without needing to install any printer drivers or additional software? Now you can … and that’s not all! You’re also able to set several options for both the form and the content. Keep reading to learn more!

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Use 4D Write Pro documents as input forms

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Do you want to avoid users accidentally modifying a particular 4D Write Pro document (fully or partially)? Are you interested in keeping some parts of a document untouched (e.g., giving users the ability to fill in fields in a non-disclosure agreement while ensuring that none of the information in the document is altered or changed in any way)? If you’re nodding your head, then keep reading! 4D v18 R3 lets you keep parts of your documents protected, or in other words: “non-editable“.

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4D Write Pro: New standard actions for tables, rows, and cells

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4D v18 R3 brings new standard actions to 4D Write Pro. They target tables and their elements (i.e., rows and cells). These actions let you to define a table’s border, a cell’s background color, the vertical alignment of the text in a row, as well as the alignment of the table itself in the document … just to name a few. All standard actions are accessible either through simple buttons, dropdown lists, or menus or through a few short lines of code. Want more? The menus are automatically adapted to the user’s language! Plus, tables, buttons, lists, and menus are automatically activated or deactivated depending on the user’s current selection. This saves developers a lot of time!

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4D Write Pro and formulas

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With 4D v18 R2, 4D Write Pro is able to manage formula objects inside documents. To do so, four new commands have been created: WP Get formulas, WP Insert formula, WP Compute formulas, and WP Freeze formulas. They all can be used with intuitive targets like document, body, headers, etc. And as you may have guessed from the command names, formulas are no longer text expressions but powerful formula objects!

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4D Write Pro documents: a useful new parameter

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4D Write Pro has been designed to create all kinds of documents, from the most simple to the most sophisticated. To achieve this diversity, documents can hold distinct parts, like paragraphs, sections, headers, footers, etc. Once filled in, 4D Write Pro behaves in such a way that all of these parts can be read. However, sometimes some parts must be resized according to their content. This is typically the case for headers and footers whose height can change automatically. This functionality is generally very useful, but sometimes it’d be more practical to set the heights of headers and footers to constant values (even if their content may be truncated and no longer be fully visible).