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4D Write Pro – Say hello to Vertical ruler

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We’re pleased to announce that a new feature has been added to 4D Write Pro. In page mode, a vertical ruler can be displayed on the left side of the page! This lets you graphically manage the vertical margins. And if your document contains headers or footers, the spaces between them and the body of your document can be modified easily thanks to this ruler.

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Bootstrap and 4D transformation tags

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Do you need to access your 4D data from a web page but don’t have a designer in your team? Are you uncomfortable designing the pages yourself because deep down you believe that it’s full of complicated and unwritten rules? Well, have you ever thought about Bootstrap?
In this blog post, we’ll look at how to take advantage of Bootstrap’s framework to design web pages in no time! We’ll also provide you with a database example to see how it can be combined with 4D transformation tags.

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4D Write Pro and the UI widgets

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4D Write Pro has no default interface because it’s meant to be embedded in your application. Therefore, it needs to fit your user interface design and provide just the right amount of features for your use case(s). We decided to provide you an easy way to create your own interface with Standard Actions. Since starting from scratch is not always easy, we’ve made widgets available that you can use directly. Better yet, if you’re a partner, you can even customize them (i.e., remove features, change the order/organization of tabs, buttons, etc.)!

In this blog post, we’ll go through the interface possibilities offered by 4D Write Pro.

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New look for file and folder dialogs on Windows

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The dialog boxes created by Select folder and the dialog box opened by 4D have now been updated with the latest version of Windows File Explorer. The overall user experience is improved, as you can now easily select your file or folder from different sources such as your computer, network or even your OneDrive account!

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4D Write Pro: A new bar is born!

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We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce in 4D v17 R2 the birth of a new element in the 4D Write Pro Family: a new toolbar for 4D Write Pro!

Thanks to a design on point, the user experience is even better for creating documents. 

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4D View Pro: New options for an enhanced user interface

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UI is all about personal preference, and 4D View Pro gives you two new options to enhance yours.

Two properties have been added to the Property List in the new Appearance section. They allow you to tailor your 4D View Pro documents with a new user interface. The first property, User Interface, allows you to switch between two different display modes: Toolbar and None. The second property, Show formula bar, is a checkbox to hide or show the formula bar. 

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SDI mode and list boxes enhancement with 4D v17 – KEISUKE from the 4D Summit 2018

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The User Experience is an important step in the design process. However, you don’t often hear about it until something goes wrong! 4D v17 can provide multiple tools to help you design applications that adapt to your users’ needs, starting at the early stages of conception. Thus, delivering an interaction that’s robust and more intuitive. User Experience was a key topic during the 4D Summit 2018. In addition to the List Boxes, another major feature was presented: The SDI mode. The #1 requested feature on Windows.

Watch the UX video from the 4D Summit 2018 featuring Keisuke Miyako where he presented all the advances of list boxes and the newly added SDI mode.

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4D Methods editor with dark theme

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Humans have different taste preferences. For instance, some people prefer white over all other colors, while others find black to be more majestic … hence any new color trend tagged as ‘the new black’!

In order to accommodate different preferences, 4D enables you to personalize the method editor theme!

In the 4D preferences dialog, you can set several parameters for the editor such as the color of the background or each type of code element (i.e., commands and comments). 

Thanks to these different options, you can completely customize the method editor to your taste. Whether you’re a fan of light or dark themes, 4D’s got you covered!

Here’s what a dark theme looks like:

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How to create a generic form with dynamic forms

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Imagine that your database contains several tables of types or categories. These tables are very simple, often with only an identifier and a text field. For demonstration purposes, let’s say it’s a shoe management database. To qualify the products, we need to define their type, color, pattern, material, season and so on.

It’s cumbersome to manage each of these tables in a list form and an input form and associated methods. In this case, the use of a generic form is essential to avoid duplication and simplify maintenance.

And that’s where dynamic forms and JSON pointers are come in handy!