BVSNews - The Newsletter - Issue 15 - May 18, 2009

From the Desk of Brad
Software News

BVSTools teams with Talisker Technology Solutions to Promote Electronic Document Management Solution

For years our customers have been asking us to refer them to a Document Electronic Document Management package that while feature rich is not cost prohibitive.

Recently we were given a demo for the product BlinkEDM from Talisker Techology Solutions. We liked what we saw and decided to team with Talisker Technology Solutions to help promote their product.

"...BlinkEDM offers the ability to capture, organize, retrieve and distribute business information that originated in either paper or electronic form by offering file import from email or any network addressable location (including the IBM AS400 IFS).

BlinkEDM is a platform neutral solution available on Windows or Linux and a range of industry standard databases. It has been designed to deliver a simple, easy to use, and cost effective EDM solution without sacrificing the rich functionality expected of an enterprise level system. The browser-based user interface is simple and uncluttered with no busy screens to distract from the task at hand..."

For more information on BlinkEDM click here!

Custom Web Programming Available

More customers are making the move from green screen to the web these days. Some are even wanting to move from screen-scraping technologies or overpriced proprietary solutions to a more simple and intuitive web solution that can use RPG programmers existing skill sets.

Many of you have been contacting us for guidance, consulting, and even to help create and program your web solutions.

We at BVSTools have been promoting web solutions using RPG for years, and still are. There's no sign it is going away, only growing stronger!

With the use of toolkits such as CGIDEV2 or our own eRPG SDK, many of you are creating functional and powerful web applications leveraging your existing RPG skill set.

If you have a need for any help or just want to ask questions about creating web solutions using RPG, feel free to contact us!

The BVSTools Team

PDF Overlay Functionality Added to SPLTOOL

We recently released v9.30 of Spooled File Tools (SPLTOOL) which now allows you to add an existing PDF document as an overlay to the PDF document created by SPLTOOL from your spooled file.

What this means is you can create custom form overlays for invoices, purchase orders, or simply letterheads and apply the overlay to spooled files that are converted to PDF using SPLTOOL.

This functionality has been one of the most requested feature addtions for SPLTOOL, and we are now happy to provide this for you.

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

MAILTOOL Plus Functionality Updated

One of our most popular products, MAILTOOL, and especially the MAILTOOL Plus addon has been updated to allow batch resending of unsent/errored emails.

The new command, MTPRESEND, will read through all unsent/errored emails and attempt to resend them.

Now, instead of using the MTPLUSLOG command to manually email each email one at a time, this new feature will make things even easier allowing you to resend these emails with one command.

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

Have an Idea for a New Solution?

Most if not all of our software was created because either we had a need for it, or our customers requested a specific solution. The chances are if you need it, most others do.

We encourage our customers to contact us with any needs they may have for custom applications or tools.

If your shop doesn't have the time and/or manpower, we are happy to help fill the gaps when we can.

Contact Us for more information or to share your needs and ideas!


Featured Testimonial

"I just downloaded SPLTOOL, MAILTOOL, and OUTQTRG and love it!

I've been looking at several other tools available and they don't even compare. These are straight forward, simple to install, easy to configure, easy to use, and a very small footprint. It looks like I will be able to implement these tools into our daily processing with ease.

So far the testing has been very positive as I'm sure that it will continue to roll on with out hassle. Thank you. Oh I didn't even mention the price is so affordable that I might even get a raise this year with all the money that I'm saving for us!!!"

See more testimonials at


FAQ Snap ShotFeatured Software

This week's FAQ Snap Shot is taken from the main FAQ page located at

How do I determine the version of your software that I am using?

Note: The latest releases of SPLTOOL, MAILTOOL and GETURI now store the versions in data areas named SPLTOOLV, MAILTOOLV and GETURIV (respectivley). As other software is updated the version will move to data areas as well.

With any of our software, simply type the command on the command line, prompt on it, then move the cursor to the top line and press the help key. There you will see the version as well as contact information.

The OUTQTRG application is one exception. To find the version of this application simply type GO OUTQTRG on the command line and the version will be displayed at the top of the OUTQTRG menu display.

Example of finding the version for the SPLTOOL Software:

1. Type the command SPLTOOL on the command line (do NOT press Enter)
2. Press F4 to prompt
3. Move the cursor to the top of the command display. In this case it would be where it says "Spooled File Tools (SPLTOOL)"
4. Press your help key. The version should now be displayed on the screen.

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

Spooled File Tools (SPLTOOL) -The original and most popular iSeries spooled file distribution tool!

  • Convert *SCS spooled files to PDF, HTML, RTF, Text files
  • PDF, HTML and RTF Formats retain page formatting as well as attributes such as underlining and bold typeface
  • Add PDF Overlays to your PDF documents created by SPLTOOL. Add logos, letterheads, design forms, and more!
  • PDF Password Protection/Encryption to meet HIPAA standards
  • Copy spooled files to the IFS, a folder, send them via FTP or E-Mail (MAILTOOL required) them all with a simple command
  • Commands included allow conversion of a single spooled file, or with the "Batch" commands select multiple reports to convert at one time using wildcard selections
  • Easy to use interactive "WRKSPLF-Like" interface that makes converting spooled files a breeze
  • Interactive interface allows creation of user options, security features, defaults and more
  • 100% iSeries native application!

Add MAILTOOL and AFPTOOL and you know have the SPLTOOL Suite which can convert and email *SCS and *AFPDS spooled files all with one simply command!

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

You can find more software offerings from BVSTools at

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Bradley V. Stone

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