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.
The BCD Product Development team has tested the following versions of our software at V7R2:
WebSmart ILE/PHP/Clover 10.2 and 10.5
Spool-Explorer 4.52 (server version 4.50)
ProGen Plus 9.7
File-Flash Plus 4.5
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.
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.
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.
ProGen Plus 9.6 is available for download. This release consolidates fixes made since version 9.5, paving the way for the next major release. You can upgrade directly to version 9.6 from any release higher than 8.0.
Note that ProGen 9.5 and higher requires a new license key. If you are upgrading to ProGen 9.6 from a release earlier than 9.5 please contact our sales office for your new key before beginning the upgrade.
These changes are included:
Resolved issue where the transfer of a definition from one environment to another caused the CMP process to go into MSGW status.
Resolved issue where ZWRKPDF option 13 was not listing referenced objects.
Upgrades now retain any RPG source files in GN#LIB.
The current version is now reflected correctly in data areas and message files.
Resolved issue with a CPF5218 error when loading an empty subfile list.
Resolved issue where the D spec for a timestamp was missing in the source.
Generation command ZCRTOBJ now points to the environment library in order to find the validation module master file.
Resolved issue where conditional attributes are stripped out when moving a block of fields to a different location.
Resolved a reported issue with function key messages.
As noted above, these are for the most part fixes to version 9.5, though not all of them were previously available.
Looking forward, we have a further set of minor enhancements and new features we’ve been working on over the last couple of years to incorporate, which we will most likely release as version 9.7 later this year. After that we’ll start work on the main features in the upcoming version 10.
Please let us know if you have any questions about ProGen 9.6!