well no not really because thats not how vb4 works. any variable has to be declared and defined in vb4 itself for any template.
Thats why anything to do with vbulletin has to be rewritten for vb4. Thats why you see alot of this little programs people where making money on like photoplog and vbclassifieds going under. I am sure you have seen some of those threads. vb4 is a complete rewrite template wise and how they handle things. You simply cant echo out info like you could before.