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Workshop4 is a comprehensive software IDE for Microsoft Windows that provides an integrated software development platform for all of the 4D family of processors and modules. The IDE combines the Editor, Compiler, Linker and Downloader to develop complete 4DGL application code.
All user application code is developed within the Workshop4 IDE.


Looking for Workshop4 PRO? Jump over to the Workshop4 PRO page after downloading Workshop4 here.

Workshop4 PRO

Workshop4 includes four development environments for the user to choose based on application requirements or even user skill level.

  • Designer

    This environment enables the user to write 4DGL code in its natural form to program the display module.

  • ViSi - Genie

    An advanced environment that does not require any 4DGL coding at all. Evereything is done automatically for you. Simply lay the display out with the objects you want (similar to ViSi), set the events to drive them and the code is written for you automatically. ViSi-Genie provides the latest rapid development experience from 4D Systems.

  • ViSi

    A visual programming experience that enables drag-and-drop type placement of objects to assist with 4DGL code generation and allows the user to visualise how the display will look while being developed.

  • Serial

    This environment is also provided to transform the display module into a slave serial display module. It allows the user to control the display from any host microconroller or device with a serial port.


Smart Widgets Editor is a powerful utility which enables the generation of Smart Widgets.

  • Users can create complex widgets with up to six layers, including the layer for the base image. The order of the layers can be arranged as desired.
  • Each layer can contain one or more images arranged in sequence that can be manipulated in a variety of ways. Image manipulation options include horizontal motion, vertical motion, and angular motion. Additionally, the transparency of a layer can be set.
  • Two or more layers can be linked to produce synchronized movements of images. This enables the generation of complex widgets with multiple moving parts. Clockwork feature is also supported. This enables users to quickly generate clock widgets.
  • Each layer can have a numeric part which can display numbers in various fonts and formats. Alternatively, the numeric part can be a fixed sequence of text.
  • The output frames can be utilized using any of the supported Workshop4 environments


Genie Magic is an extension to ViSi-Genie, which is available in Workshop4 PRO. Genie Magic allows the User to add 4DGL code to various points in the ViSi-Genie backend code, which allows Users to take full advantage of the power of 4DGL, while retaining the speed and convenience of ViSi-Genie and its defined communication protocol.

Genie Magic allows you to enter 4DGL code in the form of Events, Code and Objects, along with various touch related additions too, giving you to the power to achieve advanced GUI's in ViSi-Genie without having to write the full code yourself.

Genie Magic is fully supported by the genieArduino and geniePi libraries, making communication with an Arduino or Raspberry Pi host even more powerful.

When using Genie Magic in combination with the Smart Widget Editor, it is possible to use the Smart Widgets Editor tool and Smart Widgets to create other graphical user interface elements such as:

  • Dropdown Menu
  • Side Menu
  • 'Carousel Slider'
  • List Box
  • Quarter-Rotary Menu
  • Dock Menu
  • Fading Slide-To-Unlock Button
  • Spectrum With Transparency
  • And Many Others


Click the icon below to Download the Workshop4 IDE

Workshop4 is a Windows Only product.
It is compatible with Windows 8 through to Windows 11.

Note some older OS's such as ME, Vista, XP and 7 have not been tested for some time and are not supported by Microsoft anymore, however may still work. 
Legacy support updates for the older OS's may not be possible, depending what issues are found. For best results, run a current Windows OS.

It is possible to run Workshop4 under a VM on Linux or Mac, however it is up to the User to set this up.

File Downloads
Workshop4 General Documentation
Workshop4 Pro Documentation
3.6 MB |
Rev. 1.1
File Downloads
Diablo16 Processor Documentation
4.7 MB |
Rev. 2.6
GOLDELOX Processor Documentation
2.8 MB |
Rev. 2.1
PICASO Processor Documentation
PIXXI Processor Documentation
4.8 MB |
Rev. 1.2
6.9 MB |
Rev. 1.2
File Downloads
ViSi-Genie Environment Documentation

Libraries for use with ViSi-Genie Environment

File Downloads
ViSi-Genie Environment Documentation
Github Link
Github Link
File Downloads
Serial Environment Documentation

Libraries for use with PICASO Serial Environment

File Downloads
PICASO Serial Environment

Libraries for use with GOLDELOX Serial Environment

File Downloads
GOLDELOX Serial Environment

Libraries for use with DIABLO16 Serial Environment

File Downloads
DIABLO16 Serial Environment

Libraries for use with PIXXI Serial Environment

File Downloads
PIXXI Serial Environment