BVSNews - The Newsletter - Issue 17 - November 17, 2010

From the Desk of Brad
Software News

BVSTools Switches ISPs

Recently in our area a new ISP came into town promising very high speeds wirelessly using 4G technology. We couldn't pass this up as our old ISP was limited to pretty slow speeds.

The transition was a bit bumpy as most ISP changes are. They are also still working out some bugs and trying to set up more fall over methods for when/if the service goes out.

From time to time you may be redirected to our backup web page when our ISP is having issues, or we have a power outage.

Thank you for sticking with us during these "growing pains".

BVSTools and Social Media

BVSTools has set up a Twitter site where you can get updates not only on software upgrades and new features, but also status of our website.

We have also set up a Facebook page where you can go and use the discussion forums to ask questions, make comments, or anything else you'd like to do.

Please take the time to follow BVSTools on Twitter by going to

You can visit our Facebook page at


New PDF Functionality Added to SPLTOOL

SPLTOOL v9.60 is now available that adds the following features when creating PDF documents:

  • PDF Concatenation - Easily combine PDF files into one PDF document, including PDF files created by AFPTOOL. You can also combine any PDF files using the PDFCAT command.
  • PDF Overlays - Add overlays to PDF files created by SPLTOOL. This can be done using the SPLTOOL commands as well as the newly added PDFOVLY command
  • PDF Password/Encryption - Add passwords and encryption to PDF files created by SPLTOOL either using a SPLTOOL command or the PDFPASS command.

These features were requested by many of our customers and continue to evolve with customer input.

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

Software and V7R1 Compatibilty

We receive quite a few emails regarding OS upgrades and software compatibility. So far all of our software has been tested at the latest OS release and proven functional.

IBM's Virtual Loaner program is a great feature for ISVs like us as it allows us to set up a virtual machine at the latest OS to restore and test our software.

As always, if you ever do encounter any issues do feel free to contact us.


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 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, AFPTOOL, MAILTOOL and GETURI now store the versions in data areas named SPLTOOLV, AFPTOOLV, MAILTOOLV and GETURIV (respectively). 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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