Catapult 7.9 is now available for download. This version includes several features, improvements and fixes.
The feature you may find the most useful is a change we’ve made to the relationship between the Catapult Poller and the Exodus51 subsystem, which should allow you to schedule the Poller to start sooner after an IPL. Read more about this in Knowledge Base article 10466.
Another highly requested feature included in this version is an error notification email address at the rule level. This means you can now tune your notifications based on the specific purpose of your reports.
There are also a few other changes:
- A fix for an issue where Additional Files on a Network Poll using a wild card included the main file twice.
- New server trace code for better logging.
- Resolved a situation where the EZ-Pickin’s option to rename output didn’t work.
- Corrected a problem with split segment options being out of order.
- Corrected a problem where the Last Modified By value could be blank.
- Improved BCD Upload Express to make upload to the IBM i easier.
Please visit the Catapult Updates page to review the complete list of enhancements and fixes.
You can download Catapult 7.9 from our website or myBCDsoftware. If you have any questions about upgrading or the new features, please get in touch with Technical Support!
Nexus 4.09 is now available for download from myBCDSoftware.com or our public website. You can upgrade directly to version 4.09 from any release 3.60 or higher.
This version includes a number of fixes and enhancements, including:
- New single view of all the distribution rules that displays all of the rule parameters.
- New ECM default setting for how newly added documents should open, so they can be opened in a new window by default.
- Added the rule number to be displayed in the Distribution Rules portlet.
- Increased the size of the Welcome Message edit box in Site Settings.
- Increased the length of the DropDown Menu title to 25 characters from 16.
- Restored the option to browse the ECM to create a hyperlink in an ECM document.
- Resolved an issue where documents were not purged from all sites.
- Resolved an issue where an incorrect icon was set as the default for an ECM object.
- Resolved an issue where the application smurf was deleted when logging back into Nexus.
Please visit the Nexus Updates page to review the complete list of fixes and enhancements.
If you have any questions about upgrading or the new features, please get in touch with Technical Support!
This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. It was presented live on June 19, 2014.
If you’re using Presto or WebSmart to modernize your B2B or B2C order entry applications, you’re likely seeing some of the benefits of web applications, such as real-time or easier access to information.
However, there are likely many ways that you could further improve your order entry applications:
- Implementing standing orders
- Extending your ERP
- Making the application customer-facing
- Incorporating mobile solutions
We’ll show you examples of the above, along with some design tips. You’ll also see how you can partner with our Professional Services team to implement the solutions you’ll see in the webinar.
IBM i 7.2 is the first release in four years and includes many enhancements that make the platform even more stable and secure. If you’re interested in learning what’s new in IBM i 7.2, we invite you to attend COMMON’s virtual conference tomorrow from 10am – 6pm EST. The event is free and allows you to take advantage of leading IBM i education from industry experts, right from your own computer.
BCD and Quadrant Software are proud sponsors of this event and will also lead a session on popular application modernization approaches. In the first half of the session, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of some of the most common application modernization approaches and provide tips for choosing the approach that’s right for you. In the second half, you’ll see our web application development and modernization solutions and learn how they can reduce the development lifecycle.
During the conference, you’ll have access to a virtual expo, where you can chat with BCD, Quadrant and other solution providers about the latest products available.
This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. It was presented live on June 5, 2014.
We’re excited to announce that upcoming Presto 5.5 will include support for IBM’s RPG Open Access (OA), making it one of the most important Presto releases to date. With Presto’s RPG OA handler, you can seamlessly intermingle OA screens with 5250 modernized screens, and transform subfiles into scrollable grids with sortable columns.
If you’ve used Presto modernize your green screens, or if you’re thinking of giving them a web GUI, we invite you to join us on Thursday, June 5 at 1pm EST for our webinar: See How RPG Open Access in New Presto 5.5 Gives You More Modernization Options.
The presentation will include an overview of what Presto is, and will cover the 5.5 features: RPG OA support, a configurable option to place function keys on the left side of your screens, and a clickable subfile option flyout menu.
Sign up now!
Even if you can’t attend the live event, sign up anyway, and you’ll receive a link to the recording.
We look forward to seeing you there!
As part of our Presto Learning Series, Scott Honeyman recently released a new video (3:29) that shows you how to change the logo of your Presto skin.
Presto skins are designed with a header area that includes a default logo with some generic text describing the entire site. But you can replace this logo with any image of your choice. All you need to do is upload your image file (you can use the Presto designer), note the image filename, and change the skin to use that filename.
Once you complete these steps, your site will have a new logo that reflects your business or organization.
At next week’s COMMON meeting and exposition in Orlando, we’ll announce some exciting product releases and an improved Business Partner Program:
- Presto 5.5, which includes support for RPG Open Access (OA). This will give IBM i programmers the ability to give existing green screens and new RPG programs a modern web GUI with Presto. One of the key benefits of Presto’s support for RPG OA is the ability to turn subfiles into scrollable grids with sortable columns.
- WebSmart 10.1 – 10.2, which features a mobile ILE and PHP reflow table DB2 template and various maintenance enhancements.
- Formtastic 5.4.5, which includes QR barcodes, Data Matrix barcodes, and ACH CCD+.
- Our improved Business Partner Program will better assist our partners in using our tools to modernize the software packages they offer clients and their clients’ applications, and capitalize on opportunities to sell BCD and Quadrant Software tools.
- Catapult and Nexus maintenance releases.
If you’re at the show, we invite you to drop by the BCD and Quadrant booth (#600), where you can enter a drawing for $500 cash. We’ll also be happy to answer your technical questions and demo our products.
See you in Orlando!
BCD Software will be ending support for Microsoft XP on June 30, 2014.
This means we will no longer be performing any testing of Presto, WebSmart, Clover, Catapult, Spool-Explorer or EZ-Pickin’s on Windows XP, and future versions of the software may not run on Windows XP. In Technical Support, we will only be able to provide limited support for application issues which appear to be related to running our software, or the generated applications, on Windows XP.
Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. In addition, a significant security bug was recently discovered in all versions of IE, and which Microsoft didn’t initially plan to address for XP, though they ultimately did. But going forward, continuing to run XP will represent a security risk.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
WebSmart 10.2 is now available for download from our customer portal, myBCDSoftware, or our public website.
This maintenance release includes the following key new features:
- WebSmart IDE now highlights matching parenthesis and braces.
- Added file-level repository extensions.
- New ILE rplstr option to control whether find and replace parameters should be trimmed.
- New ILE functions base64encode and base64decode let you work with base64 encoded data.
- Added secure and httponly parameters to ILE gensmurfid.
- The WebSmart PHP debugger settings have been added to the Options menu so it’s easier to configure for single or multi-users.
Please visit the WebSmart Updates page to review the full list of enhancements.
If you have any questions about upgrading or the new features, please get in touch with Technical Support!
As part of our Presto Learning Series, Scott Honeyman has created a new seven-minute video that walks you through adding an autocomplete to a Customer City field.
With an autocomplete you can let users start typing into a field, and after they’ve entered a few characters, display an automatically refreshing list of suggested matches. This is much better than forcing them to go out to a separate lookup program to retrieve or confirm a value. This feature also works well for people who know exactly what they want to enter – they can just keep typing and tab to the next field when they’re done, without interruption or having to lift their hands from the keyboard.
In the video example Scott further limits the subset of cities based on the State field on the page. You will also pick up some tips on building SQL queries in Presto, using parameters, and incorporating screen data into your SQL queries.
Autocompletes are one of the most useful enhancements you can add to your modernized applications.
Very roughly speaking, in data entry there are three categories of information:
- Fields with very limited options. These can include Y/N flags, the months of the year or other limited options you would list right on a screen. In online input forms these can be effectively handled with radio buttons, checkboxes and dropdown lists.
- Fields with near-infinite options. Other fields have such a huge range of valid values that no one could remember or guess them. For completely unstructured data, you would use input fields or text areas, or in cases where the user is selecting from a huge data set, perhaps lookup programs with multiple filters.
- All other input fields. Autocompletes are a great feature for this third category – any field that a human will start to learn the patterns to and be able to at least partially guess.
As you can imagine, this type of field is very common and as a result you’ll have noticed that autocompletes are now ubiquitous on the web. Your users will certainly expect to find them in your web app too!