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Temp License Key Generation at 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 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 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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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.

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Webinar: See RPG OA and other key new features in Presto 5.5

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.

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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!

Presto Video: Changing the Logo of Your Presto Skin

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.

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.


Presto Video: Building Autocompletes

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.

About Autocompletes
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!

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Presto Video: Creating and Using Dynamic Dropdown Lists

Scott Honeyman recently published a useful video (2:33) on how to create dynamic dropdown lists in Presto.

You may have window lookup programs in your existing green screen applications that users invoke to select from lists of options or valid values. In situations where the set of available options is both dynamic (perhaps based on other values on the screen) and relatively short (typically less than 15 possible values), a dynamic drop down is a great UI alternative. Among other advantages, a dynamically loaded dropdown list will save your users keystrokes and will also generally make for a cleaner UI.

This example (number 303) is the first in a new series of example videos we will be profiling in blog articles over the coming weeks. There are already a half dozen additional videos posted on various topics. We highly encourage you to watch these videos, not only to learn about the explicit topics they cover, but also for the other tips you’ll pick up from Scott on how to use the Presto design tools more effectively! For example, in this video, you’ll get to watch how Scott adds elements to his screen and creates SQL queries.

These videos are published via YouTube, and are best viewed in full screen mode in High Definition. If your video doesn’t default to 720P [HD] when it starts playing, click the screen once more to pause the video then click the gear icon in the lower right to set it to 720P. The icon with the brackets in the bottom right corner will expand the image to full screen mode.

We have plans for many more videos in the coming months, so if you have any feedback on these, or have a topic to suggest, please let me know!


Webinar: Is It Time to Modernize Your IBM i Interfaces?

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. It was presented live on March 27, 2014.

Many IBM i programmers have delivered RPG or COBOL problems via green screens for decades. Seasoned end users may be accustomed to the 5250, but does that mean the interface is sufficient in 2014? Paul Tuohy would argue – NO!

If you’re thinking of giving your green screens a web GUI, or if you’d like tips on how to boost end-user productivity with GUIs, I invite you to join us on Thursday, March 27 at 2PM ET for “Modernizing IBM i Interfaces.” In this iPro Developer-hosted webinar, Paul will discuss:

  • Why GUIs can do everything 5250 can, and more
  • How GUIs can speed up data entry and make it easier to present information
  • Features of a GUI design
  • Knowing your devices
  • Do you need to be a designer?

In the second half of this presentation, BCD’s Marcel Sarrasin will show you how to give your green screens a web GUI with Presto. You’ll see a live demo of adding datepickers, drop downs and more, all without having to change your RPG or COBOL source code.

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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!