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BCD Press Releases

Read current and past press releases about BCD's IBM i modernization, web application development and report distribution products.

Presto 7.3 includes Web and Mobile Enhancements

May 15, 2018 - Fresche’s new Presto 7.3 enhances out-of-the-box functionality for modernized IBM i green screens and makes web and mobile development easier.

Presto 7.0 Greatly Enhances Mobile Capabilities with Responsive Features

May 8, 2017 - It’s now easier than ever for IBM i programmers to transform their green screens into Web GUIs supported on both desktop and mobile

Fresche Acquires The Quadrant Group to Become Driving Force for IBM i Modernization

June 9, 2016 - Combination of Fresche, Quadrant Software, BCD, NetLert, SoftBase and ExcelSystems provides unmatched breadth of solutions and services to leverage and extend the value of IBM i systems and applications.

WebSmart 11 Simplifies Responsive IBM i Web Application Development with New Mobile-Friendly Templates

May 15, 2016 - Use WebSmart to create PHP, Node.js and RPG desktop and mobile applications that use a single code base.

BCD's Presto 6.5: Quickly Customize Presto Skins to Match Your Organization's Look

May 15, 2016 - IBM i programmers now have more flexibility to further enhance the appearance of their modernized green screens without coding HTML/CSS.

BCD Software and Midrange Dynamics Announce Strategic Partnership

April 29, 2016 - Midrange Dynamics' flagship change management tool, MDCMS, now integrates with BCD's WebSmart PHP web application development solution.

BCD Announces Beta Release of WebSmart for Node.js

February 19, 2016 – BCD has announced the beta release of WebSmart for Node.js, the newest edition of their rapid web application development solution, WebSmart.

BCD Introduces Presto Mobile App for iOS Devices

November 6, 2015 – BCD has announced the release of Presto Mobile, an iOS app for accessing modernized green screens from iPhones and iPads.

BCD Becomes Zend Premier Partner in Upgraded Partnership

October 8, 2015 – BCD is now a Zend Premier Partner, the highest level of Zend partnership available.

Presto 6.2 includes mobile signature capture and SQL query preview

April 27, 2015 – Many IBM i shops are realizing they can improve business processes and customer service by providing mobile access to their modernized green screens. BCD supports this in Presto by continually adding new mobile features, like the signature capture element in this release.

BCD Introduces IBM i PHP Bundles and Support for Zend Server's Z-Ray in WebSmart PHP

April 27, 2015 – BCD's integration with Zend solutions will support organizations through the full PHP-on-IBM i development lifecycle.

BCD's Presto 6.1: Visual Editor Improvements and Enhanced Mobile Functionality

April 27, 2015 – New features make it more efficient to further enhance IBM i green screens and improves the end-user experience on mobile devices.

WebSmart 10.8 Includes Inline RPG Editing, HTML5 Charts and the Latest Version of jQuery

April 27, 2015 – New features give programmers more flexibility to create modern web applications.

BCD and Zend Become Industry's Primary Resource for PHP-on-IBM i Development Through Expanded Partnership

March 23, 2015 – Industry leaders will tightly integrate to help IBM i organizations succeed at all stages of the PHP development lifecycle.

Presto 6 Includes Improved RPG OA Screen Formatting and Change Management

March 17, 2015 – Key new features make it more efficient for RPG programmers to modernize existing green screens and new RPG programs.

WebSmart 10.6 Includes New PHP Templates for All Levels of Web Application Development

December 8, 2014 – New templates offer the most options for PHP programmers to create mission-critical web applications, including ZF2 MVC templates.

BCD's New Presto 5.5 Supports RPG Open Access

May 5, 2014 – Key new features will give IBM i programmers even more options for delivering modern web applications.

BCD Enhances Web Development and Document Distribution Tools

May 5, 2014 – WebSmart, Nexus Portal and Catapult releases make it easier to develop new web applications, securely access documents and web applications, and automatically distribute spool files.

Quadrant and BCD Software Unveil Improved Business Partner Program

May 5, 2014 – Unified program will provide dedicated resources and marketing support for existing partners while expanding partner channels.

Quadrant Software Announces Acquisition of BCD and ExcelSystems Software Development

February 6, 2014 – Quadrant Software, LLC, a Candescent Partners company and the leader in Document Output Management (DOM), today announced it has acquired IBM i modernization market leaders Business Computer Design, Inc. (BCD), located in Chicago, and Victoria, BC-based ExcelSystems Software Development, Inc. (ESDI).

WebSmart 10 Introduces Mobile PHP and Object-Oriented DB2 Templates

December 3, 2013 – BCD has announced the release of WebSmart 10. This is the first release that uses one version number for the entire WebSmart family (WebSmart PHP, ILE and Clover). Highlights of this release include WebSmart Mobile PHP, improved PHP validation, DB2 templates that create PHP objects, and support for multiple active pipes and named pipes in ILE programs. .

BCD's New Presto 5 Gives Your IBM i Green Screens an Even More Modern Web GUI

October 31, 2013 – BCD has announced the release of Presto 5.0, their rapid greed screen web enablement and modernization tool. Key new features include redesigned skins, macros and new Visual Editor elements (Google® Maps, spinner).

ARCAD Software and BCD Announce Strategic Technology Partnership in Enterprise Modernization

September 30, 2013 – ARCAD Software and BCD announced today a strategic technology partnership aimed at extending automation in the modernization process. This partnership will give IBM i shops an enterprise-level capability for accelerated and continuous delivery of high quality web applications to their customers and users.

BCD Introduces New WebSmart Mobile for Faster, Easier IBM i and Multi-Platform Mobile Web App Development

April 8, 2013 – BCD has announced the release of WebSmart Mobile, which will make it faster and easier for RPG and other programmers to develop new mobile web apps. WebSmart Mobile is included in WebSmart ILE and PHP so you can develop IBM i-centric or open-source, multi-platform PHP mobile web apps.

WebSmart 9.5 Introduces Object-Oriented PHP Grid Template and New Template Themes

April 8, 2013 – BCD has announced WebSmart ILE - PHP - Mobile version 9.5, the latest in a series of releases aimed at reducing the web development learning curve while providing tools for RPG and other programmers to develop enterprise desktop and mobile web apps. Highlights of this release include two object-oriented PHP templates, new template themes and IDE enhancements like a debug watch window and automatic HTML tag completion.

Presto 4.7 Introduces More Visual Editor Palette Styles and Spool-File-to-PDF Feature

April 8, 2013 – BCD has announced the release of Presto 4.7. This version offers predefined styles for its Visual Editor Palette's container and heading elements and support for accessing spool files in PDF format. Presto 4.7 comes on the heels of the recent 4.5 release in February, which included the Visual Editor Palette, updated subfile detection, HTML5 SmartCharts and significant performance improvements.

BCD's Presto 4.5 Makes It Even Faster to Modernize and Give Legacy IBM i Green Screens a Web GUI

February 19, 2013 – BCD has unveiled a new version of Presto. This release (version 4.5) contains many new features, including a Visual Editor palette, updated subfile detection, HTML5 SmartCharts and performance improvements that render web-enabled screens up to three times faster than previous versions.

BCD and Zend Join Forces to Help IBM Clients Modernize Legacy Applications and Create New Applications with PHP

August 15, 2012 – Business Computer Design, Int'l Inc, (, the IBM i industry's most recognized application modernization solution vendor, and Zend, the PHP company, provider of the #1 application server for business critical PHP applications, have announced a go-to-market partnership. Together, Zend and BCD will work to equip IBM i clients with the industry's best and most complete range of modernization tools, from web- enablement of green screen applications to the development, management and scaling of new applications with PHP.

New Grid Template and PDF Support Headline WebSmart 9.2

June 12, 2012 – BCD has just unveiled a new release of WebSmart ILE. Websmart ILE 9.2 offers a grid template for a more modern way of displaying and editing data in a tabular layout, support for creating PDF files from web applications and pages, and an enhancement to SmartCharts that offers support for non-Flash devices like iPads.

BCD's Presto 4 Expands 5250 Modernization with Mobile Device Optimized Layouts

May 7, 2012 – BCD has just unveiled a new release of Presto. With Presto 4 any device that can display a browser can now render your critical IBM i business applications in a format that is universally synonymous with mobility. This is significant news for IBM i shops who have to navigate today's business environment where tablets and smartphones are playing an increasingly important role.

WebSmart PHP 4.4 Offers Debugger and Standalone PC Edition

May 7, 2012 – BCD has just unveiled a new release of WebSmart PHP. WebSmart PHP 4.4 offers an interactive debugger, a new licensing option for organizations that don't have an IBM i, improved validation of any PHP file and an enhancement to SmartCharts for non-Flash devices like iPads.

Clover Query 3.6 Adds Multi-platform and PDF Web Reporting Templates and Mobile Friendly Charts

May 7, 2012 – BCD has just unveiled a new release of Clover Query. Clover 3.6 expands the number of database types that you can create web-based reports over by including MS SQL and MySQL templates. It also includes a PDF template to produce reports in the very popular PDF format as well as enhanced SmartCharts that allow you to create graphs for non-Flash devices like iPads.

BCD Partners with Proximity and CSI to Bolster its Presence in the UK

May 7, 2012 – BCD and Proximity Resourcing Ltd. / CSI Ltd. announced today the finalization of a strategic partnership between the companies. This partnership is intended to improve the availability of BCD's solutions in the UK and Ireland while expanding the in-demand portfolios of Proximity and CSI. With this agreement, Proximity and CSI are now BCD's exclusive UK and Ireland business partners.

BCD makes Web Enablement with Presto even more flexible in Third Major Release

May 2, 2011 – New Presto version 3 builds on the Visual Editor and moves flexibility fast forward with the addition of many new features including dynamic SQL database driven dropdown boxes and SmartCharts, support in the Visual Editor for JavaScript Events, more mouse and cursor options for better navigation, improved multi-language support and more.

LDAP and complete cross browser support highlight version 4 of BCD's Nexus Portal

May 2, 2011 – Version 4 of Nexus now supports authenticating users against LDAP and Active Directory which makes it even easier for site administrators to manage users and improves the end user experience. Many organizations now use LDAP, a cross platform client server protocol, to store and authenticate user IDs and passwords as well to query and modify other information.

West Haven Police Department Wins 2010 COMMON / IBM Innovation Award

May 4, 2010 – BCD announced that the West Haven, Connecticut, Police Department won the 2010 COMMON / IBM Innovation Award in the Small and Midsized Innovation Award category. BCD is proud to announce that IBM and BCD Business Partner, DCS, Inc. ( developed their award winning solutions with BCD's WebSmart ILE web application development tool, Nexus Portal and Clover Query. Mary Rooney, DCS President, attributes BCD solutions as being a key contributor to the success of their ground-breaking mobile information system designed for use by law enforcement.

WebSmart ILE, WebSmart PHP and Clover Query all get New Releases

May 4, 2010 – BCD announced today new releases for its entire WebSmart family of products. The new versions, WebSmart ILE 8.2, WebSmart PHP 3.2, and Clover Query 2.0 include product specific features such as gradient charts, new XML functions, Oracle templates and the flexibility to schedule reports. All three products share the same IDE, providing tight integration between new RPG and PHP web application development with both editions of WebSmart and real-time web reports and queries with Clover.

Presto's second major release adds a Wow factor

May 4, 2010 – BCD announced today that Presto, BCD's latest innovation in affordable rapid application modernization, has just emerged with a new modern look, a Visual Screen Editor and an improved out of the box experience. These new Presto features satisfy users who want an instant professional look for their 5250 web enabled screens; who want to enhance screens without needing to know HTML; and who want all of their program and system screens rendered as web pages without needing to make alignment changes. Version 2.0 of Presto is now available to evaluate or as an upgrade, and can be downloaded from

Google search capabilities among many improvements in BCD's Nexus Portal V.3.6

May 4, 2010 – In a recent Webinar, leading IBM i modernization vendor Business Computer Design Int’l Inc. ( introduced several new features in its latest version of Nexus Portal. Version 3.6 of Nexus offers a Google Search Appliance portlet that lets users apply the flexibility and power of Google searching and indexing to their own content, full support for Firefox users and a major revision to the code that improved page load times by up to 40%.

New Catapult Release Touts 15x Performance Increase and Revamped UI

April 27, 2009 – BCD unveiled a new general release of Catapult, version 7, following an extensive beta test cycle. Catapult, a PC and IBM i Client/Server application for automated document and report distribution, has been rewritten in a modern language. This has resulted in huge performance increases (15 times faster in most cases), a more modern and intuitive XP/Vista looking UI and it has strategically positioned itself for faster delivery of new features.

Aldon and BCD Partner to bring powerful aim to web application development for the IBM i

April 27, 2009 – Aldon, the ALM company for IT compliance, and BCD, a market leader in IBM i and multi-platform application modernization solutions, today announced a strategic technology partnership aimed at bringing new levels of process automation and efficiency to web application development and modernization for the IBM i platform covering PHP and RPG-CGI centric projects.

The BCD IBM i Modernization Suite Gets Enhancements Across the Board

April 27, 2009 – Product developers at BCD have invested thousands of hours working on enhancements to many of the components that form the BCD Modernization Suite. BCD is a software company sharply focused on offering application and business process modernization tools that are easy for IBM i professionals to learn and use.

Clover's Web Reporting Capabilities Extended to Import & Display Output from IBM Query/400

April 27, 2009 – BCD has released version 1.6 of Clover, its real-time IBM i Web reporting and querying tool. Clover now has the ability to import query definitions from IBM Query/400 and output them as real-time web reports, graphs and spreadsheets - bringing new life to tens of thousands of existing reports that have been defined in IBM's 20-year-old query tool.

BCD Exhibits in Their 33rd Consecutive COMMON Conference - Hosts Three Application Modernization Labs & Sessions

March 20, 2009 – BCD announces they are exhibiting in their 33rd consecutive COMMON Conference and Expo. The COMMON Annual Conference is being held in Reno, Nevada, from April 26 through April 30.

While at COMMON, members are encouraged to attend educational labs on IBM i application modernization, BCD will conduct three such labs and sessions. One lab is on Rapid PHP Web App Development using WebSmart PHP. The second is on Rapid RPG CGI Web App Development using WebSmart ILE. The third is a general PHP application development educational session. WebSmart Web application development tools have received 13 industry awards for excellence in the IBM i modernization space.

BCD Consulting announces two new services: PHP web application development and green screen enablement of 5250 applications

March 13, 2009 - BCD has been seeing an increase in consulting activity, especially in the area of IBM i PHP application development and web enablement of green screen applications so today they are officially announcing two new services

BCD’s Presto Instantly Web-Enables System i 5250 Apps with No Code Changes, Now GA

October 2, 2008

BCD’s Partner Channel Expands by Three, Focuses on System i Application Modernization

September 24, 2008

Enterprise-Level PHP Development Takes the Fast Track with WebSmart PHP Version 2.0

August 14, 2008

Environmental Systems Giant gains Powerful System i Web Development Capabilities & Recycles RPG code with BCD's WebSmart

August 11, 2008

BCD's new WebSmart V7 now ready for IBM i V6R1, offers LDAP Support and more Productivity Boosters

June 2, 2008

BCD's New Catapult V7 Offers Fastest, Most Versatile Automated System i Report Distribution Solution Yet

May 19, 2008

BCD's ClearPath Modernization Suite lets System i users build their own customized integrated solution

March 29, 2008

BCD's WebSmart Presto instantly Web Enables System i 5250 applications with No coding

March 29, 2008

WebSmart ILE Supercharged with Multi-Platform Data Access, Visual HTML Editor, Intelliprompting, more

November 6, 2007

WebSmart PHP Officially Released. Develops 100% PHP Web Applications with No Proprietary code.

September 12, 2007

WebSmart ILE version 6.5 beta Features Advanced Visual HTML Editor, FTP Site

July 25, 2007

BCD's WebSmart PHP beta for System i web application development is now available

June 2, 2007

BCD Expands Nexus Portal Solution

September 18, 2006

Major Release of WebSmart Version 6

September 18, 2006

Clover Version 1.5

September 18, 2006

BCD launches Clover

March 27, 2006

BCD announces Nexus v3 beta

March 27, 2006

BCD launches SmartCharts Real Time Charts

March 27, 2006

Catapult & WebSmart Win Products of the Year Gold and Silver Award.

January 17, 2006