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Build an enduring classic

The standalone, single-user desktop application. It's been around as long as the graphical user interface. And it will be around for a long time to come.

As trends and fashions come and go, standalone applications continue to make up the majority of software out there. 4D gives you an integrated suite of tools to create the most useful, powerful, and elegant apps around… And what it takes to run them.

 

The new frontier

4D has proven time and again a reliable and enduring platform for standalone software. 

 

Then, with the advent of client/server computing, 4D successfully tackled that arena, using the unique premise that your existing application and code could easily and seamlessly be adapted for the client/server world.

 

Many users, one mass of data

In many environments, you'll have a group of people – anywhere from two to two thousand! – who need to do the same types of work with the same pool of data.
Client-server
Connecting a client to 4D Server can be as
simple as a click... or more advanced

With the client/server model, the people in question use the client (the front-end with the user interface you created in 4D) to create, manipulate or otherwise interact data on the server (the back-end you programmed, taking advantage of 4D’s database).

 

Cost isn't just about price

A good price always makes customers happy. But reducing costs by cutting corners on internal resources, R&D and service also reduces value. So cost isn't the main indicator of value.
Relax, you can afford it.
Less worry about cost means more time to do
what you do best... And enjoy your peace
of mind.

At 4D, we provide value. A lot of it.

 

Grow, change, adapt.

Businesses grow, change and adapt. Solutions built on 4D do the same.
Growth
Everything we offer is designed with your
business and your solution's growth in mind.

At 4D, we often talk about what users can do with a new feature and end it by saying, “…with minimal code changes!”  

 

We say this because it’s true.

 

Truly cross-platform

4D has long been known for its cross-platform capabilities. But to us, cross-platform is more than about compatibility. It’s about seamless integration.
A world of compatibility
A single development effort can span a

Developing your 4D app is as easy as 1-2-3!

(And sometimes 4...) Design a full-featured interface, write powerful code, and integrate numerous technological standards to build a complete and functional application in just a few steps.

Design Environment

Visually design your application. 4D’s full-featured development environment lets you logically build your app from start to finish, from structure to user interface.

 

4D's intuitive design environment

Languages

Whether you prefer SQL or 4D’s own intuitive language; develop in English or French; have an interface in German or Japanese... 4D speaks your language.

 

Get Even More

From the get-go, you can use 4D to create runtime, standalone, and client-server applications. You can even serve web applications with 4D's built-in web server. But for those who want to do even more, we offer a variety of options to further expand on your vision.

4D's powerful plug-in architecture means you can add 4D View and 4D Write for spreadsheet and word processing capabilities to your apps, respectively. Countless third-party plug-ins are also available, many of them made by and freely shared in the 4D Community. 

Speaking your language

In programming and spoken languages, 4D is fully multi-lingual.

 

A huge benefit of 4D’s longevity in the database and application development sector is its highly-evolved programming language. It’s powerful enough to create some of the most complex, high performance solutions in the world, but so easy that it’s used at numerous universities to teach programming to budding young developers. 

 

Set the standard

It's our mission to enable you to quickly develop business solutions that are intelligent, powerful, and ready for the future.

 

Numerous standards

We talk a lot about cross-platform and inter-system compatibility as a way for your 4D-based solutions to integrate well with others and to stay up-to-date with the latest technology.