BVSNews - The Newsletter - Issue 7 - April 11, 2006

From the Desk of Brad
Software News

Your Help Is Needed!

We are currently working with IBM's PartnerWorld program. With this program IBM will allow ISVs like to promote their products through IBM. But we need your help!

In order to become an Advanced ISV in the PartnerWorld Program we need your customer experiences. If you would be willing to participate and assist us with this, please contact us and we will let you know the information that we need.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

Is It Time to Upgrade Your Software?

When working with customers we find that some of you are on some very old versions of our software. You can find instructions on finding versions in the FAQ page of our site at

Why is it important to keep up to date on our software? First, we only support the latest version. This makes sure you have the latest fixes and patches already applied, and it also makes providing a solution to your particular problem much easier.

Upgrading versions of our software is FREE! There is no charge for upgrading software except in rare cases. For example, if you are running a version of Spooled File Tools (SPLTOOL) earlier than v8.00 and are using the SPL2EMAIL command to email spooled files, when you upgrade your version of SPLTOOL you will also need to install (and purchase) eMail Tool (MAILTOOL).

So, if you find that you are a few releases behind on any of our software, feel free to download and install the latest version. There are upgrade instructions with each download and full release notes showing the fixes, updates and changes that were applied for each version release.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us by clicking the Contact Us link at the top of the page.

SPLTOOL Update! PDF Page Limits Removed!

Spooled File Tools (SPLTOOL) has just been updated to v8.50, which now removes all PDF page size limits!

Past versions of SPLTOOL were limited to spooled files of around 10,000 pages. Older versions were limited to just 3000 pages!

With this latest version all size limitations when generating a PDF file have been removed!

If you are a current registered user of SPLTOOL you can upgrade by downloading the latest version from

If you have any questions feel free to contact us by clicking on the Contact Us Link at the top of the page.

MAILTOOL Update! Distribution Lists Now Available!

eMail Tool (MAILTOOL) v5.00 has just been release now allowing the use of distribution lists!

If you are using the MAILTOOL Plus! option, you can now set up and manage distribution lists using the MAILTOOL Distribution List (MLTDSTL) command. You can even import existing IBM distribution lists!

To specify a distribution list to use when sending an email from the MAILTOOL or the SPL2EMAIL commands, simply specify the distribution list name preceded by an asterisk (*) on either the To:, CC:, or BCc: address parameters.

Upgrade your version of MAILTOOL by downloading the latest version from

If you are not currently using the MAILTOOL Plus! option contact us for more information on how you can take advantage of this new feature!

FAQ Snap Shot Featured Software

We just upgraded/replaced our AS/400. What do I need to do to register?

Because we do not charge a yearly maintenance/support/upgrade fee, you will need to purchase new registration keys for any software you wish to continue using. If you just purchased your keys recently (within a couple of months), contact us and we can discuss more details.

If your upgrade or replacement machine has a new serial number and/or model number, please send us the serial number and the model number of the machine no longer in use as well as the serial number and model number of the new machine so we can get new registration keys ready for you.

Please also keep in mind that there is a 1/2 price charge for each piece of software that you wish to run on any additional LPARs as well.

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

The eRPG Software Development Kit (eRPG SDK)

Looking for a low-cost, easy to use and 100% iSeries native solution to create web applications with your iSeries?

The eRPG SDK is a full-featured toolkit created to make your life as a web application programmer a snap! No complicated and resource intensive middleware, no proprietary languages or PC applications, and full support!

The eRPG SDK uses simple templates to create dynamic content from within your RPG programs. This means that no longer will you have to hard-code any HTML, XML, or any other markup language inside of your RPG programs. Using simple replacement variables you are able to call functions within the eRPG SDK to quickly and easily create dynamic content on the web!

The eRPG SDK comes with a simple setup program to both install and configure your web environment. A standard Powered by Apache web configuration and HTTP server instance is included and created during the eRPG SDK setup. So when you're done in most cases all you need to do is start the HTTP server and go directly to the test and examples page!

For more information or to download a free trial, please visit the eRPG SDK home page.


Featured Testimonial

"eRPG technology is amazing way for small/medium companies to get their business software plugged in to the internet without having to deal with the limitations of Webfacing Hats and other bridging technologies, or the cost/complexity of Websphere/J2EE.

I believe the speed and granularity of eRPG’s access to the AS/400 database makes it easier and faster to develop real-world applications than using JDBC/ODBC solutions like ASP, Perl, or PHP. eRPG has a particular advantage for companies with experienced RPG people who already have experience with the local data and business rules.

I was able to get the HTTP server up and Bradley’s examples working within a day. By the second day I had a basic add/modify customer address screen going."

See more testimonials at


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