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as/400 iseries

How to Reclaim Wasted Hours, with CoolSpools Spool File Converter

How much of your day is spent creating, formatting and distributing reports on the System i, AS/400 or iSeries?

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Coolspools variables

FAQ: Spool Admin Substitution Variables

What are CoolSpools Spool Admin substitution variables, how and where can I use them and how to they differ from CoolSpools Spool Converter variables?

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FAQ: CoolSpools and Excel

I’m running CoolSpools V6, CoolSpools PLUS, CoolSpools V5 or Slipstream V4 and am having problems opening Excel files in Excel 2010.

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FAQ: Automatic spooled file processing

How do I set up automatic processing of spooled files?

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IBM i File Conversion: Making it Easy With CoolSpools Software

CoolSpools is designed to make it easier, quicker and more convenient to manage, access, convert and distribute information using System i.

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AS400 security for PDF files

FAQ: Restricting PDF actions

Can you prevent people from modifying/printing/copying text from PDF’s?

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5 Great Reasons to Choose CoolSpools Software

CoolSpools really IS the most powerful, most fully-featured, easiest to use System i spool file converter

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IBM IOS update and Coolspools

FAQ: CoolSpools and IBM i OS Upgrades

I’m upgrading to IBM i V6R1M0-V7R4M0, do I need a special version?

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CoolSpools version 7

Guide: CoolSpools Version 7 Installation Options

The options listed below all install a full working version of CoolSpools.

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FAQ: CoolSpools and OS/400 (IBM i)

With which versions of OS/400 is your software compatible?

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CoolSpools Support

Here are a few of the ways that we keep our customers happy and our software up to such a high standard.

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Email and User identity in CoolSpools

FAQ: User profiles and email addresses

Where does CoolSpools get the email address for a user profile from?

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17 Ways Spool File Converter Turbo-Boosts AS400 Systems

Creating PDFs just got a whole lot easier! Why manually create PDFs when CoolSpools can automate the process from your spool files?

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It’s Time to Upgrade Your Best-Kept Secret: IBM i

IBM just released a new version of IBM i 7.4 — with some significant new capabilities.

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CHKXML – Check XML files using XSD schema

CoolSpools recently introduced command CHKXML runs natively on the IBM i platform to validate the content of an XML file against an XSD schema

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FAQ: Supported versions

What versions of your software are currently supported?

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FAQ: Why use PDF format for IBM I (AS/400) reports?

Why should I convert a spool file to PDF to distribute my AS/400 documents?

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FAQ: Coolspools and the IFS

Where does my output go and how can I access it?

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PDF

The Many Benefits of PDFs (And The Easy Way To Create Them)

CoolSpools is a powerful, fully-featured spool file converter, offering an easy, customizable way to convert spool to PDF and a whole host of other useful file formats.

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FAQ: Giving your files meaningful names

I want to give my files a meaningful name. How can I do that?

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CoolSpools version 7

Guide: Creating Excel files on your IBM i

Our guide to creating Excel format files on your AS/400 System I / iSeries. You need Excel format from your spool files because that’s the format in which your users and customers want their……

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iseries pdf

Do you need to convert complex iSeries data into manageable PDF files?

CoolSpools lets you easily pull together reports in PDF, XML and Excel formats from IBM iSeries / AS400 using different selections of the company data.

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Coolspools and encrypted files

FAQ: Using encrypted zip files

Can CoolSpools password-protect an Excel file?

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iseries xml

Communication in the modern world – converting iSeries files to xml

Converting important data from your iSeries system to be shared across intranets, the world wide web and elsewhere requires a flexible file format.

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Is This The Most Powerful Spool File Converter Yet? Convert Your AS/400 Spooled Files With CoolSpools

If you work within an AS/400 environment, wouldn’t it be great if you could take your spooled files and use them to communicate information across multiple channels?

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FAQ: CoolSpools and Color

Does CoolSpools handle color?

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FAQ: CoolSpools and Overlays

Does CoolSpools handle forms overlays?

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AS400 to email software

FAQ: CoolSpools and email addresses

How do I tell CoolSpools who to email a converted spooled file to?

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Sending emails to Office 365 from applications using IBM i 7.1?

Microsoft plans to discontinue the support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) versions 1.0 & 1.1 in Office 365 and Office 365 GCC as of June 2020.

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Sorting files with CoolSpools

FAQ: Dropping unwanted pages from spools

There are some pages/lines in the report I don’t want. How can I get rid of them?

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CoolSpools License Transfer

Create iSeries XML the Easy Way with CoolSpools

CoolSpools can generate a wide range of file formats by converting your iSeries spool files including PDF, Excel and crucially XML.

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IBM i Document Creation: Problems Solved

When communicating information throughout your business, there are several factors to consider.

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New Command GETSPLDTA

IBM i to Excel – a need not a want

CoolSpools quickly distributes information from System i into a variety of different formats including Excel, XML and PDF.

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FAQ: Splitting/bursting spooled files

My spooled file contains multiple documents (invoices, statements etc.) that need to be sent to different people (customers, departments etc.). How can I split/burst the spooled file so I can do…

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AS400 to XML file spool conversion

FAQ: Creating XML files on your IBM i

Why create XML files on your system i?

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FAQ: CoolSpools and backup systems

Do I need to buy a license for my backup/D.R. system? Do you have special deals for backup systems?

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Spool file exit program with Coolspools

FAQ: Coolspools Exit Programs

How do I write an exit program for CoolSpools to call?

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How to Convert Spool to Excel with CoolSpools

The CoolSpools range of AS/400 solutions includes a powerful spool file converter that can output to a wide range of popular file formats, including Excel.

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Take the Pain Out Of IBM i Spool to Excel File Creation

Don’t you wish someone would invent an easier way to automatically convert System i spool & database files into Excel documents?

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FAQ: PDF passwords and encryption

Can CoolSpools password-protect a PDF?

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5 benefits of converting a spooled file to PDF

There are a number of reasons why converting a spool file in IBM AS400 / System I to PDF will benefit you and your company

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A Smarter Way To Create PDFs In An AS400 Environment

With CoolSpools software you can automatically convert your spool file to PDF, or multiple PDF’s, saving time and ensuring accuracy.

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Overlay alignment in CoolSpools

FAQ: CoolSpools and Overlay alignment

Why doesn’t my overlay line up properly?

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FAQ: IBM i email troubleshooting

My emails are being sent/aren’t being delivered: how can I work out why?

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IBM i Information Management Made Easy

Are you getting the most from your System i environment? Is your data managed, extracted and communicated in the most efficient manner? Or do you feel like your System i databases and spool files…

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AS400 adding images in PDF reports

FAQ: Including images in your PDFs

My document prints on a pre-printed form and I need to see that inside the PDF. Can CoolSpools do that?

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Migrating to OS V6R1 or V7

If you are migrating to V6R1 or IBM i V7 of the operating systems prior to the deadline later this year, we have included the information you will need regarding versions, conversion and licence keys

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FAQ: CoolSpools Fonts

Why do Coolspools fonts looks different in the PDF to what it does when printed?

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CoolSpools License Transfer

Guide: CoolSpools License Transfer

Everything you need to keep CoolSpools running after a hardware or operating system upgrade

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Upgrade to CoolSpools Version 6 or 7

This page attempts to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about upgrading to Version 6 or 7 of CoolSpools.

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FAQ: CoolSpools and H.A. / Replication

We’re using a High Availability system that replicates our objects and data to a backup system. What do I have to do in relation to CoolSpools etc?

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IBM Power Systems – Spectre and Meltdown

IBM Power Systems – Spectre and Meltdown

On January 9, IBM confirmed that Spectre and Meltdown does affect IBM POWER Systems servers.

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How Spool File Converters Can Help Your Business

Could you be making better use of your data extracts? Maybe you’re wasting time performing tasks that could be automated

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Coolspools Email Setup Instructions

FAQ: IBM i email setup

What do I need to do to get email working on my system?

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CoolSpools version 7

Guide: CoolSpools Version 6 Installation Options

The options listed below all install a full working version of CoolSpools V6

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3 Everyday IBM i Tasks Made Easy

If you work in an IBM System i, AS/400 or iSeries environment, there are many applications on the market than claim to make things easier and faster. But are any of them as powerful as CoolSpools

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The Power of iSeries PDFs (And The Easy Way to Create Them)

If you work in an IBM iSeries, System i or AS/400 environment, creating PDFs has got even easier! All thanks to CoolSpools spool file converter.

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FAQ: Database Variables

What are CoolSpools Database variables?

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