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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 www.myBCDSoftware.com.

*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

BCD Minimum Support OS/400 Release Level Notification

As our product line evolves, we strive to keep up-to-date with IBM OS/400 release levels while giving you enough time to plan for these changes. This allows us to use current technologies in our products and to make those technologies accessible to you from within our products.

IBM discontinued support for V5R4 on September 30, 2013. Any future BCD product releases and updates will require IBM i 6.1 as the minimum OS/400 release level.

The following versions of our products are the last releases that can be installed on V5R4:

  • Presto 6.2
  • WebSmart PHP 10.10.0
  • WebSmart ILE 10.10.0
  • Clover 10.10.0
  • Catapult 8.0.0
  • Nexus 4.10
  • ProGen Plus 9.70 (Update PG97006)
  • Spool-Explorer 8.0.0
  • File-Flash Plus 4.50
  • DbGen 2.5 (Update DB25R0002)
  • Docu-Mint 6.6

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Technical Support. Knowledge Base article 5595 includes a list of commands for checking software release levels.

Catapult printing errors with Foxit 7

Version 7 of Foxit Software’s PDF Reader introduced a bug with the software’s command line switches that prevents Foxit from closing when a Catapult-initiated printing process is complete. We have contacted Foxit and they are aware of the problem and actively looking into it.

The symptom of this issue is that Catapult grab rules intending to print spool files will fail.

The workaround is to revert to Foxit Reader 6. Or, if you haven’t upgraded to version 7, wait until this bug is fixed before doing so.

If you have been using Catapult for some time you may recognize this problem as one that in the past afflicted Adobe’s Reader. Unfortunately,  it was never fixed in Adobe, so for customers who weren’t able to switch to Foxit or another PDF Reader we added a Catapult Poller option to ‘assume completion’ of printing rules. This is not an ideal solution, as it occludes any real printing errors you may be getting and significantly slows down your polling cycles. However, if at this time you are unable to switch to Foxit 6 or another working PDF reader, you can try this workaround.

Please call Technical Support if you have any questions!

Temp License Key Generation at myBCDsoftware.com Unavailable

We are currently making some internal changes to how we manage our product license keys. While this is in progress we have temporarily taken down the myBCDsoftware.com program that allows customers to generate short-term license keys.

If you anticipate needing a temporary product license key for testing purposes, please contact your BCD sales rep and we’ll be happy to provide one.

If you were relying on this myBCDSoftware.com feature as part of your actual Disaster Recovery (DR) strategy and need to have the ability to switch your applications over to another system on very short notice, we are also happy to provide longer term temporary license keys to tide you over until the portal page is back. You should, however, keep in mind that our web portal is periodically unavailable for system maintenance. An alternative is to purchase a secondary High Availability product license.

You can reach our sales office in Chicago at (630) 986-0800 to request keys or discuss your needs. Or, if you have any questions about this portal feature, please email or call me at our support office at (250) 655-1766.

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How to Protect Catapult Emails from POODLE

IBM recently published a security bulletin about an SSLv3 vulnerability called the Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption (POODLE) attack. This vulnerability could give a remote attacker plaintext access to what would otherwise be an encrypted SSL session.

Catapult doesn’t use SSLv3 by default but has the ability to specify the SMTP authentication protocol from within the Poller. If you use SSLv3 for sending emails, we recommend switching to TLS.

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Catapult 7.10.0 is Available for Download

Catapult 7.10.0 has been available for a little while now but we hadn’t yet published a blog article due to a pending fix to our WordPress email plugin.

With this announcement I would primarily like to re-highlight a feature we mentioned in our post about Catapult 7.9.0: A change to how the Catapult Poller and the Exodus51 subsystem work together allows you to schedule the poller to start sooner after an IPL. This feature, described in Knowledge Base article 10466, was very well received and has been further improved in this release.

There are also a few other changes and fixes:

  • Additional poller information is now included in administrator emails.
  • A fix for a problem where the poller service was checking instance schedules too frequently.
  • The poller configuration will now correctly update when changes are made while it’s active.
  • A fix for a problem where invalid characters in a file path might cause the console to issue an unhandled exception error.

Please visit the Catapult Updates page to review the complete list of enhancements and fixes.

You can download Catapult 7.10.0 from our website or myBCDsoftware. If you have any questions about upgrading or the new features, please get in touch with Technical Support!

Please keep in mind that we are able to provide full support for approximately the last three releases of Catapult. If you are running Catapult 7.72 or older, we recommend you make plans to upgrade as soon as possible.

And finally, for those who are wondering: Yes, Catapult 7.10.0 is newer than Catapult 7.82. We recently switched to a new version number formats. Sorry for the confusion!

 

V7R2 Readiness for BCD Products

The BCD Product Development team has tested the following versions of our software at V7R2:

  • Presto 5.6
  • WebSmart ILE/PHP/Clover 10.2 and 10.5
  • Catapult 7.9.1
  • Spool-Explorer 4.52 (server version 4.50)
  • Exodus 5.3
  • ProGen Plus 9.7
  • DBGen 2.5
  • Docu-Mint 6.6
  • File-Flash Plus 4.5
  • Nexus 4.09

Nexus requires a new authorization module (available by request, and to be included in the next build of the software). With WebSmart we encountered an odd, sporadic library lock error on install; you can answer the message with a Retry (R) to get by it. We are currently working on this issue with IBM.

We didn’t run into any other problems.

If you have any questions please contact Technical Support. If you need to verify your current release levels, KB Article 5595 has instructions on how to find these for all our products.

Search terms: 7.2 V7 R2

Catapult 7.9 Is Available for Download

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!

 

BCD Software Ending Support for Windows XP June 30

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.