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DynamicStructure v1.1.0 Available from Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.

Updated 4D Plugin Provides Unprecedented Access into Structure

Vero Beach, FL - Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002: Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., today announced the immediately availability of DynamicStructure v1.1.0. As an authorized distributor for DynamicStructure worldwide, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., is now offering this free update to the popular 4D plugin.

With this release of DynamicStructure, all owners of the plugin now receive for free the oEd Explorer component. oEd Explorer is a 4th Dimension component that provides a replacement for the native Explorer in the Design Environment. oEd Explorer organizes all methods, including database methods, project methods, form methods and object methods, into a fully hierarchical display for easier access. The organizational schema completely respects Insider groups and component structures for simpler reference and a greatly eased development environment in 4D.

DynamicStructure is a plugin that lets 4D developers dynamically get and set properties and contents of objects in the structure. It is a very powerful tool useful to all 4D developers. DynamicStructure allows for functionality never before possible in 4th Dimension, from automatic documentation to dynamic manipulation of objects. DynamicStructure covers a lot of features that can not be accessed currently with the 4D language or any other tool available to the 4D market.

DynamicStructure is compatible with the following 4D versions and operating systems:

4D 6.7.x: version 6.7.2 minimum;

  • - MacOS 8.6 and MacOS 9.x;
  • - Windows 98/2000/NT/XP;
  • - MacOS X in Classic mode.

4D 6.8.x;

  • - MacOS 9.1 and above;
  • - Windows 98/2000/NT/XP;
  • - MacOS X.

New in Version 1.1.0

  • Bug Fixes:
    • ds_GetObjectComments did not always return the correct text if the comment contained styles.
    • ds_GetStyleSheets sometimes returned "garbage" when the chosen font was "System Font" or "Application Font".
    • ds_GetObjectMethodIDs did not return information about variables or fields included in a group, and did not differentiate between process and interprocess variables.

  • New Features:
    • ds_GetObjectComments and ds_SetObjectComments accept an additional parameter: a BLOB for the style of the comment, if there is one. This style can be used with 4D Write, via the clipboard.
    • ds_GetObjectMethodIDs accepts an additional optional parameter: an array (synchronized with previous ones) holding the number of the page where the variable/field is.
    • ds_SetStyleSheet: it is possible to set the style sheet to "System Font", "Application Font" or "Small System Font" using special chars under 6.7.
    • ds_GetStyleSheets and ds_SetStyleSheet accept additional parameters on Mac OS X and 4D 6.8 to use new stylesheets.

  • New Routines:
    • ds_GetPluginNames returns a list of every installed plugin, including ones in the Mac4DX or Win4DX folder.
    • ds_GetPluginRoutines returns a list of a plugin routines.
    • ds_GetFormObjectMethodIDs works similar to ds_GetObjectMethodIDs but limited to a single form.
    • ds_Preferences Allows the developer to change the behavior of DynamicStructure on slow computers.

  • Documentation Updates:
    • ds_GetFormInfos: minWidth, maxWidth, minHeight, and maxHeight parameters were inadvertently reversed in parts of the 1.0.0 documentation.
    • The pdf documentation has been indexed
    • Thanks to Art Wallace of Softworks AG, for building the HTML documentation.

DynamicStructure v1.x Features

  • - Get a list of project methods;
  • - Create, rename, and open project methods;
  • - Get and set the contents (the code!) of project methods;
  • - Tokenize and execute tokenized 4D code;
  • - Get a list of forms;
  • - Duplicate forms;
  • - Get and set events forms respond to;
  • - Get and set form rulers, menubar, and methods (the code!);
  • - Get full form properties (e.g. sizing, platform, spacing, etc.);
  • - Get and set table trigger states;
  • - Set table names, deletion control, color, and position;
  • - Set field names, type, color, properties, and attributes;
  • - Get and set default window image;
  • - Get and set menu titles, menu item titles, and associated project methods;
  • - Get and set all global database properties;
  • - Get and reassign default methods (e.g. On Startup, On Web Connection, etc.);
  • - Get and set style sheets and all properties of style sheets;
  • - Get and set filters;
  • - Get all lists names;
  • - Get and set user modifiability of lists;
  • - Get list of components;
  • - Get and set all object comments;
  • - Get and set tips;
  • - And much more!

Pricing and Availability

License Price
Developer License, Initial, Single Platform (includes 10 deployment licenses)
   includes oEd Explorer for Free
Developer License, Initial, Cross Platform (includes 10 deployment licenses)
   includes oEd Explorer for Free
Developer License, Additional within Company, Single Platform (includes 10 deployment licenses)
   includes oEd Explorer for Free
Developer License, Additional within Company, Cross Platform (includes 10 deployment licenses)
   includes oEd Explorer for Free
Deployment 10 Pack, Initial, Cross Platform $260.00
Deployment 10 Pack, Additional within Company, Cross Platform $135.00
Deployment Unlimited, Single Application, Single Platform $1315.00
Deployment Unlimited, Single Application, Cross Platform $1970.00

If you have any questions about what licensing is required for your particular situation, feel free to visit the Contact Us page to reach the friendly sales representatives at Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., located at:


Information about DynamicStructure is available directly at:


Information about oEd Explorer is available directly at:


Developers Everywhere Are Talking

"GREAT! ... When a method using POST KEY needed 2 or 3 _hours_, (to update methods) DynamicStructure does the same in less than one minute... Amazing!"

 - Frederic Copin, 20020427
      beta tester

About Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.

Based in Vero Beach, Florida, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., provides software development, consulting, hosting, and colocation services. Founded in 1997, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., develops and supports a wide variety of software development tools and services to aid in the creation of custom applications and web sites for the Macintosh and Windows platform. For more information, please visit our home page at http://www.deepskytech.com/.

For more information contact:

Steven G. Willis
President, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.

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