4D Inc. has announced the release of 4D v6.8 Academic Standard Edition. The software has been re-engineered and is now native for Mac OS X. If you’re currently using the 6.7 Academic Standard Edition you can migrate to the new version without changing any code, and best of all, it’s totally free for academic institutions and non-profit companies — you can download it from
the 4D Web site.
The 4D v6.8 Academic Standard Edition includes an integrated TCP/IP network component, a new contextual menu interface, and more. The new 4D built is Carbonized for OS X, features new commands and constants and sports easier plug-in administration too.
Even better, v6.8 improves security by protecting component code and features interface enhancements like dockable floating toolbars under Mac OS X, support for Apple Viewer for online help, and Aqua interface support. For a complete list of what’s changed in this new version, hit
4D’s Web site.
4D president and CEO Brendan Coveney calls the release a reaffirmation of his company’s fundamental commitment to academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations located in the U.S. and English-speaking Canada.
“The release of 4D v6.8 Academic Standard Edition gives the academic and not-for-profit world an even stronger tool with which to create effective solutions which handle any data management challenge,” said Coveney. “At 4D, Inc. we believe providing the educational world with powerful software and academic materials is essential to the future of technology.”
4D noted that the Academic Standard Edition is a full production version with no limitations in its functionality. Included is the 4D Application, 4D Runtime, and additional utilities. The company’s Academic Program also makes available free lesson plans, example databases which help to illustrate relational database design and theory, and more.