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Play videos with 4D

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We’re in the visual and interactive content era. It’s becoming increasingly more and more prominent. Take a look at digital community statistics and you’ll discover that YouTube is the second most popular social network.

At some point, most web developers want to include videos in their sites and coincidentally, databases frequently contain links to videos (either hosted locally or on the web). This post shows you two ways to include videos in your 4D applications.

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Ready-to-use toolbar example for 4D Write Pro

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You’d like to use 4D Write Pro, but don’t have the time to create a toolbar from scratch? We’ve created a sample application with a ready-to-use toolbar, including two icon families, so you can choose the toolbar style you prefer (flat design or classic). And on top of that, we also added a complete menu bar! Check it out and reuse it for your own applications!

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Rearrange the object entry order in a single click

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When working on a form, it often happens, for a reason or another, that you insert new objects within a group of existing objects in your form. In that scenario, the resulting object entry order often becomes illogical, and would let the user enter information in an awkward manner. This is where you need to restore the entry order to a logic one, and it can be a tedious task…

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Fresh icons for Form Wizard

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Sometimes little things can have a big impact … and it turns out that these little things we call icons are kind of important when it comes to today’s interfaces. That’s why 4D v16 R5 comes with a fresh set of icons available with the Form Wizard. These simple, flat and modern icons adapt perfectly to the macOS and Windows platforms.

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Full size background pictures with 4D Write Pro

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There are common user stories where there is a need to have a background image fill the entire printable area, such as paper-folding lines or a watermark. It’s also sometimes required by a company’s graphic charter.

Thanks to a newly added style for background images, it is now possible to create background pictures filling the full page in 4D Write Pro! You can control this attribute, by either the 4D language or standard actions, or even by using the 4D Write Pro widget.

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Help tips on list boxes!

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Help tips or hints are very useful, as they simplify the user interface and help users understand objects that sometimes aren’t self-evident. 4D supports help tips in most areas and inputs when hovering the pointer over them, but that was not the case with a list box object.

With 4D v16 R5 we have added the possibility to display a help tip on a list box cell thanks to the enrichment of two commands.

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Automatic row height in list boxes, a new 4D View Pro feature!

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Starting with 4D v16, you can set a different row height for each row in your list box. So with a few lines of code, you have a list box with rows that conform to the content. With this 4D v16 feature, we gave full control to the developer to precisely define the height for every single row of the list box.

With 4D v16 R5, we’ve decided to go further, and provide you with a fully automatic mode. It’s now possible to display lists in a gorgeous interface without any programming. You only need to set a few properties in the list box, and 4D does the rest for you. It’s magical, fluid, and again … not a single line of code!

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Display your dashboard on a big TV screen

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Today, big screens are everywhere. At the airport or train station for arrival/departure. In production areas for failure/success or production numbers. In call centers for activity or calls in queue. In stock exchange for a ticker.

Your first thought could be to use a normal computer, macOS or Windows, with a “27” or 30” screen. Expensive, but easy to do. But besides the high price, you need to run a 4D app, launch it, update it, all just to display a picture?

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How to use Google Charts with 4D

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According to neuroscientists, we respond better and faster to a visual form than any other type of representation. That’s why graphs and charts are clearly a key to a better understanding of data.

So if you’re looking to display bar charts, histograms, or pie charts which are modern and fully compatible with the leading browsers, but also more suitable for the way the human brain processes information, Google Charts is one possible answer. The available chart types in Google Charts is varied: from the classical bar/column/pie charts, Google Charts also offers elaborated graphs such as Treemap, Candlestick and Gauge charts.