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BVSNews - The Newsletter - Issue 13- August 12, 2008

From the Desk of Brad
Software News

BVSTools Software Soon to Require V5R2 or Higher

For years BVSTools has delivered it's software with a minimum OS requirement of V3R2, and in some cases V4R5.

With the next releases for any of our software the new minimum OS release will be V5R2. We will still make available upon request the last version compatible with earlier OS versions, but the latest fixes, updates and features will only be available in the newer versions requiring V5R2 or later.

Feel free to Contact Us with any questions regarding this change.

BVSTools Adds Live Chat Support

We recently added a new feature to our website that allows you to chat directly with us live via a GoogleTalk application. This feature does not require that you install any extra software on your PC.

In the upper right hand portion of any page on our site you will see a "Live Support" section. Click on the balloon to chat live when you see an "Available" status.

Taking your Applications to the Web?

BVSTools has provided reliable support, training, consulting and programming for over 10 years. Helping customers move critical applications to the web has been our main focus.

The technologies we use include CGIDEV2 and our own eRPG SDK. Both of these tools allow easy creation of RPG Web applications and have proven very reliable and versatile.

For RPG shops, this means that your web applications can change as your business rules do. If you're comfortable writing RPG applications, then writing web applications using RPG is a piece of cake!

Here are just a couple examples of applications that BVSTools has created for customers:

No project is too small, and no project is too large.

Contact Us today to see if we can help with your projects or training!

SPLTOOL and AFPTOOL Updates add PDF Password Protection

SPLTOOL and AFPTOOL have recently been updated to add PDF encryption/password protection. This update allows you to password protect PDF documents created by SPLTOOL or AFPTOOL.

To use this feature, simple specify a value on the PDF Password parameter of the SPL2STMF, SPL2EMAIL, SPL2FTP, SPL2FLR or AFPTOOL commands.

Requirements for this newfeature is the Java Developer Kit (JDK) 1.4 or higher.

You can download the latest version of SPLTOOL by clicking here.

You can download the latest version of AFPTOOL by clicking here.

MAILTOOL Updates add Wildcards and Updated Distribution Lists!

MAILTOOLwas recently updated to allow the use of wildcards when specifying attachments. Also, the distrubution list feature of MAILTOOL plus was also updated to allow extra functionality.

The new wildcard feature allows you to specify wildcards with patterns like *wildcard, wildcard*, and wild*card.

For example you could specify /myfiles/invoices*.pdf or /myfiles/*.pdf or /myfiles/invoices* as the attachment. Even /myfiles/* is allowed, which would attach all files in a directory.

The MAILTOOL Plus distribution list feature was updated to allow you to specify the type of recipient each address in a distrubution list should be.

For example, you can have some recipients designated as TO recipients, which means they will appear on the TO line of the email. Others can be set up as CC or BCC recipients.

You can also specify that the recipient is set up as a default (*DFT) receipient, which means that the type of address it will be is deteremined by the address parameter it is specified on (TO, CC or BCC).

This new version of MAILTOOL requires a minimum OS of V5R2.

You can download the latest version of MAILTOOL by clicking here.

BVSTools encourages customers to submit ideas they have for improving any of our software!



Featured Testimonial

"We bought MAILTOOL five years ago and never looked back.

Since then we’ve sent 247,000 emails with over 120.000 with attachments! Talk about BULLETPROOF!

The only times we contacted BVSTools was to buy two other great software packages JOBWATCH and SPLTOOL Suite and when we upgraded machines."

See more testimonials at


FAQ Snap Shot Featured Software

Q: My temporary key expired. Can I get another one?

A: Yes! You can easily and quickly request another temporary key using the Quick Key feature located in the right hand column of any page on our site.

The temporary key will be automatically emailed to the email address specified in the Quick Key form.

Temporary keys are useful in many situations including High Availability/Disaster Recovery testing, testing new software on your machine and enabling software on new hardware prior to receiving new permanent keys.

You can request a temporary key for any software at any time and for any reason. Most keys are good for 30 days from the day you request them (eRPG SDK keys are good for 45 days).

While the temporary keys are limited to a specific number of days, you're encouraged to take as long as you need, especially when you are evaluating new software. This means you can request another temp key quickly and easily at any time using the Quick Key feature.

More FAQs can be found at FAQs specific to software can be found in the software documentation section at

eMail Tool (MAILTOOL) - Make Sending Emails from your System i a Snap!

MAILTOOL is the most powerful and easy to use System i email client available!


  • Easily send emails with or without attachments from your System i
  • Send emails in text or HTML format
  • Use an existing stream file as the body of the message
  • Latest version allows the use of wildcards to select attachments!
  • MUCH more useful and powerful than the SNDDST command
  • 100% iSeries native application!

MAILTOOL Plus Adds the following Features:

  • Totally bypass and forget about using the often-times troublesome IBM SMTP server
  • SMTP Authentication
  • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) over SMTP
  • Create personal and customizable distribution lists to send to multiple recipients
  • Import IBM distribution lists into MAILTOOL distribution lists
  • Easy tracking of emails that were not sent with the option to resend
  • Superior debugging making tracking down problems with email much quicker
  • Built in to MAILTOOL, no separate download required. Activate with a simple registration key

There's no reason to fight with other Java-based email client applications or even the very limited Send Distribution (SNDDST) command any longer!

For more information on MAILTOOL, feel free to visit or contact us directly.

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