Nexus 5 is available now!

Learn more about the latest release of Nexus 5, including major enhancements for better mobile support.

We’re excited to announce that our release of Nexus 5 is available for download now on myBCDsoftware. New features include:

  • A completely new mobile UI for a better user experience
  • An updated layout that’s intuitive for users and has a modern look and feel
  • A rich set of APIs to allow for further customization and integration with other technologies

Each of these improvements was designed to increase the usability of Nexus and ensure that users can access critical information quickly and securely from anywhere.

Find out more or download it now from

Presto 7.1 is available now!

mobile-view-presto-71-gui-screen2bWe’re excited to announce that our release of Presto 7.1 is available for download now on myBCDSoftware.

Our Presto 7.1 release has many features that make mobile development easier and improve the look and feel of your Presto screens out of the box, including:

  • More intuitive navigation with automatic detection and conversion of additional green screen elements into icons and buttons (i.e.  page up/down, sign off and date fields)
  • Display modes that allow users to preview screens on multiple mobile devices from within the Presto Designer
  • Enhanced RPG Open Access functionality with support for some DDS field attributes such as colors
  • The ability for Presto to run in a custom subsystem
  • JavaScript Snippets that now support creating a snippet from selected code.

Find out more or download it now from myBCDSoftware.

Nexus Portal Group Menus can be seen by everyone

There was a bug introduced in 4.54 where the authorities on Group Menus are not being honoured.  The end result is that users can see all of the group menus regardless of whether or not they are in that group.

This is resolved with the following download – a save file with an updated menu program:

To install it, follow these instructions.

  • Download the save file menusf.savf and save it to your PC
  • FTP menusf.savf up to QGPL or some other library on your IBM I
  • Rename your current iteration of menu.pgm in your Nexus 4.54 library just in case
  • Restore menu.pgm to your Nexus 4.54 library.

If you uploaded the save file to QGPL you can restore it with the following command:

Replace XL_NEXUS with your own Nexus 4.54 library name
Please contact Technical Support with any questions.

ZendCon2017: You’ve heard all about PHP 7, now let’s get busy and start using it!

I’m looking forward to getting out to ZendCon 2017 this year for many reasons. Networking with folks I just don’t see that often is definitely a high point, but getting busy with PHP 7 is certainly the hot topic that I’m most looking forward to exploring. The adoption statistics for PHP 7, while better than previous major transitions, still have a way to go. Why? Because learning about PHP 7 is only half the loaf. As the Nike ad likes to say, you’ve got to “just do it” – and there will be plenty of that at ZendCon; people talking, sharing and hacking all over the place.

I will be hosting two of my favorite sessions “Who’s doing what with PHP on IBM i” on Wednesday and “IBM i panel discussion” on Thursday.  Both sessions represent great places where you can learn more about how to leverage this amazing technology right on IBM i. In the “Who’s Doing What” presentation, we’ll be highlighting great IBM i shops like Newlyweds Foods, T&A and Hydrite Chemical. You can see how these companies leverage diverse and powerful applications that impact their bottom line. I have been lucky enough to recruit the top minds for PHP on IBM i for the panel discussion, including the product manager for Zend Server, Mickey Hoter, who just might make an announcement or two. You never know what you’ll learn at the panel! Be sure to come with your best questions for the panelists to mull over and debate.

I already have my invitation to the IBM i reception. Make sure you check IBM i on your registration so that you can get your own invitation.  It is the premier social event for the IBM i faithful at ZendCon, so don’t miss it!

-Mike Pavlak

Catapult and Spool-Explorer 8.1.0 now available

We’ve recently released Catapult and Spool-Explorer 8.1.0. You can get the new download from

*Action Required*
In this new version we’ve upgraded the EXODUS sub system. The EXODUS51 is now called EXODUS55. It will be required for you to change your start up CL program to reflect this new sub system name, STRSBS XL_EX55/EXODUS55.

Here are some of the changes in this version:

  • You can now drag and drop spool file attributes into the list filter.
  • There is an additional column available in the Catapult Console to display the last date and time a rule was run.
  • Added warning in case all queues were accidentally added to the Queues to Poll column in the Poller Configuration.
  • Added the ability to use the creation date/time replacement value with network polled files.

Additional Links:
Updates Page
EXODUS55 Information

Contact BCD Support before updating your copy of Monarch for EZ-Pickin’s

If you are a Fresche Solutions customer running Monarch for EZ-Pickin’s you may know that we are a re-seller; Monarch for EZ-Pickin’s is produced by Datawatch.
Periodically Datawatch notifies it’s customers about new releases and contacts users regarding versions that are no longer supported.
BCD Software customers often run a different a version of Monarch for EZ-Pickin’s than Datawatch customers will. This is because of features specific to BCD’s version which allow Monarch to interface with our other products like Catapult and Spool Explorer.
We’d like to ensure you that we are confident in the versions that we are selling and supporting. We’d also like to encourage you to reach out to BCD Support if you plan to upgrade your copy of Monarch for EZ-Pickins or if you have any questions or concerns.

New email domain for BCD, Quadrant and ExcelSystems

Last June, Quadrant, BCD and ExcelSystems were acquired by Fresche Solutions, a leading provider of IBM i application modernization and management solutions. Since then, we been working as a single integrated company that continues to invest and support Quadrant and BCD products, support and services.

We have decided that now is the right time to move all of our employees to the same email domain. Last week, we transitioned all of our email addresses to

This means that email addresses of all our employees that ended in @bcdsoftware, @quadrantsoftware, @excelsystems and @freschelegacy have been changed to @freschesolutions.

To ensure that our emails are still delivered to you, we encourage you to add the domain to your email safe sender list. Here are some instructions to do this in Outlook 2016, 2013 and 2010. All emails sent to Quadrant, BCD and ExcelSystems addresses will be automatically forwarded to their new corresponding Fresche Solutions address.

We remain committed to keeping the Quadrant and BCD brands visible and active in the market. Their websites will remain active and continue to be the primary source of information on the solutions those brands offer. All of your contact points for each brand will also remain the same.

We thank you for your continued support of our mission to help our customers with all their IBM i application needs. We are more committed than ever to providing the broadest set of solutions and best expertise available in the IBM i market.

If you have any questions, please email us at We’d be happy to help you!

Attending COMMON? Join us at our customer appreciation event!

COMMON’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Florida, is right around the corner and we’re looking forward to meeting those of you who are attending! This year, Fresche and BCD will be hosting a customer appreciation night the evening of May 8 where we’ll have food, drinks and plenty of room to mingle. Let us know if you will be attending COMMON and we’ll send you an invitation to our event.

While you’re at the show, be sure to stop by our booth (#309) to learn more about our newest release of Presto and to discuss any of the challenges you face with application modernization and management. We’ll be on hand to answer your technical questions and show you how you can make the most of your IBM i.

We also invite you attend one of our 18 sessions to hear our experts talk about a wide range of IBM i topics.

Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Live Webinar: Be The Best IBM i Developer You Can Be

Having the right tools, skills and development approach can make your job so much easier and increase your value within your company. Technology is always changing and experienced IBM i professionals and as well as developers who are new to the platform should take advantage of every opportunity to develop new skills and learn new techniques to do things better, faster and smarter.

Join us for a live webinar hosted by IBM Systems Magazine on Wednesday March 8 at 1 pm ET. Three of the most renowned IBM i experts – Jon Paris, Trevor Perry and Ray Everhart – will talk about how you can be the best IBM i developer you can be.

You will learn:

  • Useful things for new developers to quickly ramp up on IBM i and applications
  • Tips and tricks to reduce maintenance and enhance development agility
  • Resources for developers with everything they want to know about IBM i

Hope you can join us and look forward to seeing there!

Presto 6.6 is available for download

Presto 6.6 is available for download from our customer portal,, and our public website.

Highlights of this release include:

  • Ability to modify the screens while in Mobile mode in the Visual Editor.
  • Toolbar option to switch views from Desktop Mode to Mobile Mode.
  • Optimized for mobile with mobile specific customizations panel.
  • You can now generate PDFs from larger spool files.
  • Resolved issue with Exporting large files.

If you have any questions about upgrading or the new features, please review the Presto Upgrade Guide or contact Technical Support.

End-of-Support Notice 
Please note that we’re able to provide full support for approximately the last five releases. If you’re still running Presto 6.0 or older, we recommend you make plans to upgrade as soon as possible as this version is now considered to be limited support.

Please visit the Presto New Features page to see an illustrated list of the most important new features, or visit the Presto Updates History page to review the changes in recent versions.