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Tech Note: Automatic Drop of External Files into 4D
Published On: May 14, 2009
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Dragging and dropping external information into 4D is quite easy. Objects on a 4D form such as Picture Variables, Web Areas, Text Variables and the like have draggable and droppable properties that are rarely utilized in today’s 4D solutions. This technical note explores what happens when certain types of documents and information are dropped into each of these areas. Useful tips and techniques are discussed along the way so that incorporating such areas into your solutions will be as painless as possible.

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Commented by Luis on June 12, 2009 at 9:04 AM
You can extend the concept discussed in this Technical Note to an interface object that can parse text information being dropped and distribute the parsed results to different fields in the database. A good source of information may be blocks of text containing specific data that the user does not need to type. Simply drag and drop into a "container" that takes care of finding what's required and puts the formatted information in the appropriate fields.