We're adapting 4D's documentation to accompany the Continuous Delivery Program for 4D applications. Here’s how it will work.


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Due to popular demand, we are pleased to announce that 4D documentation is now available in PDF format. You can download PDF versions from the Doc Center homepage or directly on our FTP site.

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A major work of the 4D documentation, the “Design Reference” manual is now available in dynamic HTML format in the 4D Doc Center. Completely revised and updated for version 12.1, this manual describes the entire 4D design environment, from the Structure editor to the Application builder, including every major element such as the Form editor and the Maintenance and Security Center.


This manual now enjoys all the benefits of 4D Doc Center interactivity including advanced features like associating custom key words with topics. Also, searches throughout the 4D documentation will be enhanced by including results from this manual. For example, searching for the word “menu” will now return articles describing the Menu editor in the Design environment in addition to commands from the Menu theme of the Language Reference manual.


To access the "v12 Design Reference" now, click here.


We hope that this manual will meet your documentation needs for the 4D development workshop. Please feel free to share with us any remarks or suggestions for improvements.


The Documentation Team

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4D Doc Center is constantly changing so as to better meet the needs of 4D developers.  Already, several new functions are available so that you can customize page display and access to information: you can choose the number of columns displayed, the display of the syntax, the text contrast and you can add your own tags. However, in order to take advantage of all these functions, you will first need to identify yourself.

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The link to the new documentation, which can be activated from 4D's Method Editor or Explorer, and defined by language preferences (see F1 Help) now accepts a language code as a parameter.

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All of the HTML documentation for 4D v11 SQL is now freely downloadable in a static offline version. You'll gain the benefit of instantly displaying the documentation, eliminating the need to be online to look up commands in 4D and other v11 products. On the other hand, you will not be able to take advantage of the live Doc Center's dynamic and personalized features.
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In the 4D Method editor, you can access the HTML documentation for a command by placing the cursor over the command and hitting the F1 key. You can also double-click on the command name in the Explorer. In order for this system to work with the new 4D Doc Center, you will need to change a setting in the Preferences of your 4D application.

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