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The 4D 2004 product line offers a full range of products that can be used individually as components, or together as a fully integrated, Web and Web service enabled database development solution. Every 4D product includes a cross-platform RDBMS and an integrated Web development and data publishing tool.

From the enterprise/IT world, to custom development to end-user solutions, the 4D family of tools addresses the needs of any business or organization.

What's New

Version 2004.8 This maintenance release contains a number of bug fixes, and will be the last for the 4D 2004 product line.


Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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Mere Mortal Member IconReview+2
Mere Mortal

4D 2004 rocks. You can have a true client/server database up and running in a day. And with a little more effort, you can give it exactly the interface you want. Even a web interface.

The database engine is rock-solid. You're not going to lose any data here. It also includes great automated backup features and a separate repair utility that can usually resurrect your data if it gets clobbered by system or hardware glitches.

Check out www.Mere-Mortal-Software.com for an example of a shareware product I created with 4D 2003.

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Version 2004.3
Anonymous Member IconReview

4D 2004 is a good product ... but with now only 200 project méthods in standard edition (299 Euro), the good name should be "4D Test Edition" and not "4D standard Edition" !!!

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Version 2004
Anonymous Member IconReview

4D is an awesome product.

The company that creates/distributes it is not.

The upgrade costs are very high.

4D advertises this product as an 'internet' database, however, you have to pay an additional $899 in order to use the product on the internet. Try finding that info easily at the 4D web site.

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Version 2003.4
Anonymous Member IconReview

4D is the best mid-range database on the market. It's unbelievable. If you're the IT Manager of an SME business, this is the database to use.

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Version 2003.3
Anonymous Member IconReview

4d offers no unicodes support for international languages!!!

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Version 2003.2
Anonymous Member IconReview

4D is a fantastic product. If you can imagine it, you can most likely do it with 4D. It is fast to develop with, and has an extrememly helpful developer community.

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Version 2003.1
BastiBense (developer)

We are using it for our company database. Now we are most probably going to port that database to a combination of PHP/mySQL and SOAP, using Client applications which automatically update themselfes.
The weak points of 4D are: 1) no object orientation, 2) *badly* structured window management, 3) bad recovery tool (often corrupts data), 4) *extreme* costs when buying or updating - 12 clients around 10.000 euros on every update.
Yeah, it makes running executables for Mac OS 9, X and Win32, but who really wants such a bad structured application running an old database engine and a very very bad GUI engine? Me not anymore.

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Current Version (2004.x)


Downloads 8,449
Version Downloads 1,588
Type Internet / Servers
License Demo
Date 08 Jul 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free
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