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Catapult 7.82 Is Available for Download

Catapult 7.82 is now available for download. This version includes numerous changes and enhancements, including:

  • Added an option to combine links into a single email when splitting.
  • New command, ZRUNNETRUL, for initiating the distribution of IFS and network files via the command line and CL programs.
  • Added an option to specify a From Name (e.g. Robert Smith <bobsmith@company.com>).
  • Removed email validation that was preventing some customers from distributing files to custom addresses.
  • Added the environment name to admin emails for Catapult Poller start and stop notices.
  • Increased the length of the archive path field to 512 characters.
  • Improved the response times for the spool file selection window.
  • Added an option to append a plain-text file to the existing one.
  • Added an option to merge split sections with previous key value sections.
  • Improved the syntax checking for the substring replacement function.
  • Added access to the Logs & Configuration folder from the Catapult Launchpad.
  • Corrected a problem where a blank post-processing action was generating an error.
  • Prevented an error where the PDF generation process could fail when a font was unavailable.
  • Improved action taken when login fails.

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

You can download Catapult 7.82 from our website or myBCDsoftware. If you have any questions about upgrading or the new features, please get in touch with Technical Support!

 

BCD Customer Spotlight: Seneca Sawmill Cuts Costs and Time With GUI and Web Technology

Recently, IBM Systems Magazine profiled Seneca Sawmill Company, a sustainable timber processing mill that uses BCD tools to automate many time-consuming manual processes.

Here’s how Seneca has reduced paperwork and improved the mill’s operational efficiency (which may give you ideas for an upcoming project!):

  • A WebSmart-developed mobile web application gives truck loaders the ability to draw load diagrams using their finger on iPads, then save the diagrams to the IFS.
  • Shipping personnel, including forklift operators, use Nexus Portal and WebSmart web applications to access orders on desktops and iPads.
  • Several internal web applications developed with WebSmart ILE and Clover allow mill supervisors to input statistical information for morning reports via a web browser.
  • IBM i spooled reports are automatically routed to specific personnel via email with Catapult.
  • Presto was used to give a graphical interface to a human resources application.
  • Twin large screen TVs in the sales department run a real-time program that shows total sales and shipments by mill and location (today and month-to-date).

Read the full story on IBM Systems Magazine »

We always enjoy seeing our customers’ IT initiatives showcased in industry publications and on our own website. If you have a story that you’d like to share with us, please contact Candice Schultz.

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Catapult 7.81 is Available for Download

Catapult 7.81 is now available for download. The changes and enhancements in this release include:

  • Command help text for all server-side commands (ZDSTSPLF, etc.)
  • Support for using replacement values in Poller Administration email settings.
  • Support for updating Catapult Poller configuration settings on the fly (no poller restart required).
  • Increased flexibility of replacement options, with added support for substring modifiers in replacement tokens.

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

You can download Catapult 7.81 from our website or myBCDsoftware. If you have any questions about upgrading or the new features please get in touch with Technical Support!

The dangers of letting your software versions lag

Over the last month we have had a few difficult support issues where the technical challenges involved in resolving them were directly related to the customers being significantly behind our current software versions (free to all clients on maintenance!). While our support and development teams do make every effort to help out with issues that come up with older versions, it’s important to realize that as the years pass it becomes more and more difficult for us to provide quick and effective help. In short: it is risky to lag too far behind.

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Catapult 7.8 is Available for Download

Catapult 7.8 is now available for download. Among many enhancements and fixes (see the full list here) is the option to start and stop the Poller on specific days of the week.

Catapult's daily poller configuration settings

This new feature makes it easier to shut the Poller down on weekends, which many people do for system backups and maintenance. It also reduces hands-on management and offers greater control over the Poller’s performance.

To start using the new features right away, download Catapult 7.8 from our website or myBCDsoftware. If you have any questions about upgrading or the new features, our Technical Support team is happy to help.

Reminder: BCD Minimum Supported OS/400 Release Level Change

This is a followup to our October 19, 2011 Minimum OS/400 Release Level Notification for BCD products.

As of later this month V5R4 will be the minimum OS/400 release level supported by most BCD product releases as well as any software updates we create.

The following versions of our products are the last releases that can be installed on OS/400 V5r3:

  • WebSmart ILE 9.0
  • WebSmart PHP 4.0
  • Clover 3.0
  • Presto 3.8
  • Catapult 7.71
  • Nexus 4.03
  • ProGen Plus 9.6
  • Spool-Explorer/400 4.52
  • File-Flash Plus 4.5
  • DbGen 2.5
  • 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 7.71 is now available for download

Catapult 7.7 is now available for download. This version includes several significant fixes to issues recently reported by customers. There are no changes other than the fixes listed below, so if you are at a recent release, there should be minimal risk of this upgrade affecting your existing rules. Contact Technical Support if you have any questions on this!

These are the fixes in Catapult 7.71:

  • Resolved an issue where errors during post-processing delete of spooled files were not being reported correctly Continue reading

BCD Minimum Support OS/400 Release Level Notification

As part of our ongoing development strategy and planning efforts here at BCD we are scheduling future internal IBM i system upgrades. This will affect the minimum OS/400 release level supported by BCD products. Our product line currently requires a minimum OS/400 release level of V5R3. As of January 1, 2012 V5R4 will be the minimum OS/400 release level supported by most BCD products and updates released after that date.

As our products continue to evolve and new products are introduced it is generally our intention to keep in step with IBM OS/400 release levels, while also giving our clients enough time to plan for this change. This allows us to develop using current technology and to make this technology available to you in our product family.

IBM discontinued support for V5R3 on April 30, 2009.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Technical Support.

Catapult 7.7 is now available for download

Catapult 7.7 is now available for download. This updated version of Catapult includes several dozen fixes and changes, mostly for issues reported by customers over the last few months.

You can find a complete list of fixes at our website, but highlights include:

  • Added new spool file identifiers introduced in V5R2.
  • Fixed a problem resequencing rules with very large numbers.
  • Implemented enhanced searching for spool files from the console.
  • Fixed a blank error message when a spool file fails to load (CPF3492).
  • Fixed a problem that was causing the cache to get corrupted.
  • Fixed a problem where a failure to load a rule would cause the poller to crash.
  • Fixed a problem with the option to create separate emails.
  • Fixed problems with corrupt console configurations.
  • Moved the batch processing before document transformation, matching Catapult 6.
  • Fixed some problems with improperly formed strings of multiple email addresses.
  • The widths of columns in the main Console window will be retained between restarts.
  • Added a new option for the Catapult Launchpad to start the Console automatically.
  • Fixed some problems with splitting where pages would be missing.
  • Fixed an inconsistency between version 6 and 7 with unassigned segments not being combined into a single email.
  • Adjusted the trimming so that leading whitespace in User Data fields are retained.

If you are upgrading from version 6.x, use these instructions, which will guide you through setting up an upgrade test environment. If you are at any release of Catapult 7 you can use the much simpler Catapult 7.x to 7.7 upgrade instructions. Let us know if you need a myBCDSoftware.com login to access these guides.

If you have any questions about Catapult 7, or this update in particular, please get in touch!