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C++Builder Frequently Asked Questions

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C++Builder Frequently Asked Questions

C++ Builder is the award winning rapid C++ application development toolset for native Windows, Mac, and Mobile development, with broad Cloud and IoT support. It features updated CLANG 3.3 and C++11 support with the fastest Windows 10 and multi-device development tools. C++ Builder is your choice for ultra-fast Enterprise Strong Development™. Enhancements include double the available memory for large projects, extended multi-monitor support, improved Object Inspector, and much more. C++ Builder is 5x faster for development and deployment across multiple desktop, mobile, cloud, and database platforms including 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 10.

C++Builder – The Standard C++ Application Development Platform for Windows 10, Mac, Mobile and IoT.

C++Builder includes a comprehensive set of additional tools to help you do more than ever before. These are generally special editions of the tools created to be bundled with C++Builder and the feature sets may differ from the full commercial versions.

  • FastReport VCL RAD edition and FastReport FireMonkey Embarcadero Edition from Fast Reports so you can quickly design and generate reports
  • TeeChart Standard from Steema provides quick and easy-to-use charting components
  • CodeSite Express logging tools for building quality applications
  • AQtime Standard from SmartBear for performance profiling
  • Beyond Compare Text Compare lets you view differences between source files
  • IntraWeb from Atozed for building web applications in the same way you build C++Builder applications

C++Builder is available in English, French, German and Japanese. The installer lets you choose any combination of languages and it's easy to switch between languages in the IDE.

You can view pricing and purchase C++Builder from Embarcadero Sales, one of our valuable partners, or our online Embarcadero Shop site.

The first year of Update Subscription is included at the time you purchase your C++Builder product. The Update Subscription agreement gives you a year of upgrades (including major version releases) and a specified number of support incidents. See for more information.

With Update Subscription, you get the latest feature updates and upgrades as they are released. The mobile functionality in C++Builder may have frequent upgrades and feature updates. Update Subscription is generally the most cost effective way to stay up-to-date with the latest versions.

Updates and additional software for C++Builder users are available on the registered users download page at http://cc.embarcadero.com/reg/c_builder. More major new feature upgrades are available only to users with current Maintenance agreements. Notifications for those upgrades are delivered via email and the upgrades can be downloaded via the Maintenance Portal web site by following the instructions in the email.

C++Builder is available in four editions – Community, Professional, Enterprise and Architect. See the C++Builder product editions page and Feature Matrix for details on the differences between the editions.

For more information on the newest features in C++Builder, be sure to visit the C++Builder What's New page and the Feature Matrix.

C++Builder is available with multiple licensing options including:

  • Individual named user licenses delivered via electronic software delivery (ESD) as a download and serial number. Discounted 5-packs and 10-packs are also available.
  • Network Named and Concurrent user licenses which provides the additional flexibility of managing licenses on a license server plus software provisioning.
  • Network licenses managed by Flexera FlexNet are available on a special request basis.
  • Academic individual licenses for students and educators as well as volume licenses for classroom use.

Yes, 10.1 Berlin and below are included with your 10.2 purchase. See the C++Builder Previous Versions web page web page for further details.

No. They are considered part of your license and are tied to your user account. They cannot be given away or sold.

Your earlier version license, and the version you upgrade to, are considered one named user license that covers both versions. If you already own an earlier version and go to the web page and request the same version license, you will just get a re-send of your existing serial number.

Some of those earlier products are only available as Professional and Enterprise editions.

We can't guarantee that the older versions will be available indefinitely, so you should be sure to download your earlier version software and licenses within 180 days.

The earlier versions are available in English, French, German and Japanese. For versions 2007 and later, there is a single download and you choose the language at install time. For version 6, there is a separate download for each localized version.

The Academic edition can be used only for learning in an academic or classroom environment. Educational institutions cannot use the academic version to produce software for use within their institution. Academic products do not qualify for upgrade pricing to commercial licenses.

It could be a little confusing for some customers when they purchase C++Builder and receive seven different serial numbers and download links. We tried to keep it simple by just delivering the license for the purchased version and allow you to request the other licenses as needed.

Version 2006 included some third party licensed code that we are no longer able to ship. C++Builder 5 and earlier were discontinued years ago and we don't have plans to bring them back.

That version used an earlier version of our licensing technology.

Yes. When you first run the product, a small application will open and ask you to register the product. Once that is done, and your product key is validated, then your product will be registered and installed.

InterBase 2017 Developer Edition is InterBase 2017 Server licensed for up to 20 users (80 database connections). The InterBase software is automatically installed with a default install of C++Builder and licensed with your C++Builder serial number. An InterBase ToGo Test Deployment license is also included in your C++Builder license. You can deploy InterBase ToGo for testing purposes using the InterBase ToGo Test Deployment serial number included as part of your C++Builder order delivery email. This is not available for Network license users.

When you're ready to deploy applications using InterBase, Embarcadero offers a variety of editions (Desktop, Server and To-Go) and a variety of licensing options (flexible server licensing, multi-packs and OEM licensing). Contact Embarcadero Sales or partners for more information. See the license terms in the C++Builder license.rtf file for additional licensing details.

The export status for the RAD Studio IDE and C++Builder is 5D992C – Mass Market

The open source project is http://sourceforge.net/projects/radstudioverins/. The repository for the open source code is available from the "Code" tab when you're logged in to SourceForge web site or at https://svn.code.sf.net/p/radstudioverins/code/trunk/.

Mobile development features for iOS are available in the following editions of C++Builder:

  • Community (Limited Commercial License applies, see EULA)
  • Professional
  • Enterprise
  • Architect

Mobile development features are also included in all editions of Embarcadero RAD Studio.

DataSnap Mobile Connectors are available in Enterprise edition and above.

When developing for iOS, you will also need a Mac computer for development and running in the simulator. You will need an Apple Developer account to test and deploy to iOS devices. Additional details are available in the online and product documentation.

FireDAC provides easy-to-use, high performance, multi-device enterprise database connectivity for Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio. With its powerful universal architecture FireDAC enables direct access from your application from your Windows, iOS and OS X applications to Oracle, SQL Server, InterBase, DB2, Firebird, SQLite, IBLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Anywhere, Advantage DB, Access, Informix, DataSnap and more. In addition to blazing speed and universal access, FireDAC also supports vendor specific database features as well as deployment across multiple client operating systems and device platforms.

FireDAC is include as part of the install. Features vary by edition with local/embedded database connectivity to select databases in Professional edition and local/embedded plus enterprise database connectivity in Enterprise edition or higher. More information is available at /products/rad-studio/firedac.

Yes. You develop applications on the Windows OS that is most productive for you, so you can develop applications on your choice of operating systems (Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 10, Server 2016, Server 2012 or Server 2008).

The DataSnap Mobile Connector feature generates connectivity code that you can incorporate into mobile applications for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7. You develop your mobile applications using the standard development tools and languages for each platform such as Objective C with the Xcode IDE for iOS, Java for Android and Blackberry, or Silverlight for Windows Phone 7. You then use the DataSnap Mobile Connector code to provide connectivity to your native C++Builder or Delphi DataSnap server.

For latest supported platforms and installation requirements, please see Supported Platforms and Devices document.

Because of the use of Unicode as the default string type, Windows 98, 95, and ME will not run applications produced with C++Builder 2009 or later. These operating systems do not support Unicode strings, and Microsoft has dropped support for them.

Applications built with C++Builder 2009-XE2 and VCL will run on Windows 2000 or later. Applications built with C++Builder XE3-XE5 will run on Windows XP and later. Applications built with C++Builder versions from XE6 onwards will run on Windows 7 or later

For latest supported platforms and installation requirements, please see Supported Platforms and Devices document.

You can use an online service like MacinCloud to run OS X apps that you create with C++Builder. Access to a physical Mac machine is required for iOS on-device testing.

Yes. You can create a single application and deploy to Windows and OS X. You can also create iOS and Android mobile apps from the same codebase.

Most existing code will work fine using the new default UnicodeString. Code that does byte level manipulation of string data, or that carries data in string variables probably needs to be examined and perhaps updated to account for the new character sizes inherent in Unicode string data. For more information, see the documentation and Embarcadero Developer Network for information about moving existing code to Unicode.

Yes, you should be able to do so, depending on the installed components required by your projects. C++Builder uses the MSBuild system for the build engine, and thus requires a new project file if you are upgrading from version 2007 or earlier. However, the IDE will seamlessly update your projects to the new format.

No. C++Builder produces native Windows and OS X. You can import .NET assemblies as COM objects, but the code produced by C++Builder is strictly native code.

Some of the functionality of the IDE requires these software packages.

No. Applications produced with C++Builder do not require any .NET runtime support. The product produces native compiled Windows applications based on the Windows API.

The ER/Studio Developer Edition data modeling and visualization in C++Builder Architect is a subset of the full ER/Studio. C++Builder Architect doesn't include metadata import/export capabilities or access to ER/Studio team repository servers. It includes limited reporting functionality (HTML only). The ER/Studio functionality in C++Builder Architect supports a specific set of databases in line with those supported by dbExpress, while the full ER/Studio products offer flexible configurations for those databases and more.

Yes, C++Builder coexists nicely with earlier versions of RAD Studio, C++Builder and Delphi.

Yes, the 64-bit Windows compiler is included in C++Builder.

The C++Builder 64-bit information page has videos, information, resources and tips on creating 64-bit applications with C++Builder.