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Tech Tip: Customizing 4D Write 6.0.x vs. 4D Write 6.5.x
PRODUCT: 4D Write | VERSION: 6.5 | PLATFORM: Mac & Win
Published On: March 3, 2000
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4D Write version 6.5.x can be easily customized by selecting the Plug-ins option from the menu bar in User Mode and selecting 4D Write. You can customize several aspects of 4D Write 6.0.x using the Customizer Plus utility, which is included with both 4th Dimension and 4D Server. You can set the following resources for 4D Write 6.x.x:


  • Separators
  • Preferences
  • Templates
  • Translators
  • Styles


Double-click a resource icon in the Customizer window to display the parameter option window. The options are described as follows:

  • Separators

    The 4D Write version 6.0.x Separators resource enables you to define "separator" characters, i.e., characters that delimit text into either words or lines. A word-break character is one at which a word is separated. A line-break character is one at which a line of text breaks and wraps to the next line. There are two tables of separators: the Double-click table and the Wrap Around table. You move between the tables using the menu in the upper right of the window. Specified (selected) characters appear in black in the table. You select or deselect characters by clicking them. The two tables are independent; a character can be selected in one and not the other. 4D Write version 6.5.x predefines the separators:

    • Double-click Table

      If you double-click in a 4D Write area, a selection is created to the right and left of the cursor, extending in either direction to the next separator character (e.g., a space, period or other character). This table specifies the word-break characters for 4D version 6.0.x that are considered separators when you double-click to select a word. 4D Write version 6.5.x allows this without the need to define it.
    • Wrap-Around Table

      This table specifies the line-break characters after which a line of text can be broken, with or without a carriage return. The remainder of the line is placed on the following line. Reminder: Be sure to specify break characters in each table, otherwise, 4D Write will be unable to properly wrap text or select words. Version 6.5.x of 4D Write version 6.5.x wraps text automatically.

  • Preferences

    The 4D Write Preferences resource enables you to define the general options that apply to 4D Write areas.

    • Minimum Size for an Area

      This option enables you to define the minimum height and width (in pixels) of a 4D Write 6.0.x area in a form. When you resize a 4D Write area, if the height or width is less than the defined minimum, the area appears to a button (minimizes). Clicking on the button expands the 4D Write area to a full page (maximizes). 4D Write version 6.5.x defines the minimum size at 400 pixels wide and 550 pixels high.
    • Multiple Print Jobs During Print Merge

      When printing a mail merge document in 4D Write 6.0.x, you can choose multiple printing or linked printing. Multiple printing: The document is opened, printed, then closed. This sequence is repeated for each record in the selection. Linked printing: The document is opened, all selected records are printed, then the document is closed. This method is much faster and is the default for mail merge printing. During a print merge, 4D Write opens the document once and prints the specific fields that change. If you select the Multiple Print Jobs During Print Merge option, 4D Write will open, print and reformat your document for each record in the print merge. If you do not select this option, 4D Write will include all records of a Print Merge in the same print job. 4D Write 6.5.x defaults to the multiple printing option.

    • Default Values for MarginsThe values specified in this option enable you to set the default right and left margins and the default paragraph indentation of your 4D Write 6.0.x document. The values, measured in pixels, are calculated from the right and left page borders. In 4D Write version 6.5.x you choose the File/Page Setup... option from the 4D Write window.

  • Templates

    This option enables you to define the location (server or client) where the 4D Write 6.0.x templates will be saved. By default, templates are saved on the server in the directory (folder) of the database. Likewise, you can define the location (sever or client) from which the templates will be initially loaded. By default, templates are read on the server. To save a template in 4D Write version 6.5.x, you choose the File/Save As Template option from the 4D Write window.
  • Translators

    As with 4th Dimension, this option enables you to change the language used by 4D Write 6.0.x routines in the Method editor. 4D Write version 6.5.x allows you to choose the language from the Tools/Language option
  • Styles

    This option enables you to define the default character style used in a 4D Write 6.0.x area. You can set all typographic attributes of the default style. In 4D Write version 6.5.x you choose the Style option from the 4D write window.