October 23, 2000. San Jose, CA.

4D v6.7 Moves to New Level of Database Development

4D, Inc., publishers of the 4th Dimension RAD/RDBMS Environment and WebSTAR
Server Suite 4.3, announced today the release of the much anticipated 4D
version 6.7. The next generation of 4th Dimension has made standard
development easier, web development faster, and database repair
capabilities have been improved significantly.

Among the list of key features enhancements 4D v6.7 now; supports
components and HTML tags, allows direct transport between platforms, and
has made vast improvements to 4D Tools making 4D a more practical solution
for the larger databases. One of the greatest benefits to 4D v6.7 is the
time factor. The feature enhancements are designed to reduce development
time and maximize the code that developers do generate. 4D also has a few
new algorithms and minor feature enhancements that result in general speed
improvements within the database.

“4D SA has produced yet another world class release with 4D version 6.7,” said
Steven G. Willis, president, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc. “The new SSL
support throughout the 4D v6.7 product line will help developers provide
the security that their clients are demanding now and the native CGI
implementation and improvements to the web tags will dramatically expand
the online options developers can offer clients looking for web enabled

“With the release of version 6.7, 4D Inc. has once again shown their
dedication to improving the 4th Dimension product line. The performance
enhancements, especially the ones made in the internal web tools is a great
benefit to all developers,” said
Mike Erickson, president, Automated Solutions Group. “As a 3rd Party Tools
vendor, we are pleased to see all of the improvements within 4D but are
especially excited about the addition of components as it will enable us to
create a larger variety of tools in a fraction of the time.”

“We have tried to respond to the needs of the 4D developer by releasing a
product which incorporates new technologies from the current market to keep
4D competitive with other database development tools,” said Brendan
Coveney, president, 4D Inc. “With 4D v6.7 we have tried to maximize the
return on time invested in developing a 4D application.”

Key Feature Enhancement List
Standard Development Features

– Components: developer’s secure and group blocks of code which can then be
included within other databases to perform a specific functions.

– Form Inheritance: allows developers to create a consistent basic look and
functionality for forms on one form that is then inherited into other
forms. These forms can then be updated dynamically from the inherited form.

– Direct Transport: database files can be ported between Windows and the
Mac OS platform without 4D Transporter

Web Development Features

– New Tags have been added. The new tags encourage the separation of the
application layer from the presentation layer, allowing developers and web
designers to work in parallel on the same projects. – SSL: new
built in SSL capabilities allow 4D Web Server to work as a secure server.

– New Technology Integration: 4D v6.7 has added WML, WAP, XML, JAVA, and
CGI compatibility.

Major Improvements to 4D Tools

– Damaged databases can now be up and running faster thanks to the new
options that have been added in version 6.7. Selective repairs to the
database are now possible. 4D Tools also works with 4D to better identify
and repair problems. Damaged records flagged by 4D through a ‘sniffer’ can
be repaired using 4D Tools or 4D Tools itself can identify and repair
damaged records.

Price and Availability
4D v6.7 is now available for purchase directly from 4D, Inc. A complete
price list can be found online at (http://www.4D.com/67).

About 4D, Inc.
Located in San Jose, California, 4D, Inc. is the US distributor of 4th
Dimension and the 4D family of products, which has set the relational
database standard for over fifteen years. 4D, Inc., formerly ACI US, Inc.,
publishes a tightly integrated suite of professional, cross-platform
web-embedded development tools. 4D Inc is a 100 percent owned subsidiary of
4D SA, formerly ACI SA. StarNine Technologies is a 100 percent subsidiary
of 4D, Inc. StarNine publishes the award winning WebSTAR Server Suite 4.3,
a complete set of four high-performance servers in one easy to use

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