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Quadrant Software Announces Revamped Formtastic Interface

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Formtastic 10's GUI design client features a new interface that improves usability and facilitates future enhancements.


Mansfield, MA – November 10, 2015 – Quadrant Software, LLC., a leading provider of IBM i modernization, business intelligence and document distribution tools, has announced the latest version of Formtastic, their spool file beautification and automated distribution solution. This release includes an upgrade to the PC-based design client interface that improves user productivity and will enable more frequent future development.


“Based on customer feedback, we decided to overhaul the design client by giving it a modern, ribbon-based interface,” says Stephen Woodard, Quadrant Software’s CEO. “Formtastic has also seen major changes under the hood, which means that customers can expect more frequent updates and improvements to the design client.”


The updated design client is part of several other recent Formtastic modernization initiatives, including the soon to be released integration with Quadrant’s Nexus Portal that enables users to quickly find, view and download their Formtastic documents directly from a browser on any device.


New Formtastic Interface
The new interface is much easier for users to navigate, enabling them to more quickly create Formtastic document overlays. In particular, Quadrant designed the interface to make it intuitive for users who are familiar with the Microsoft Office product suite.


“I love the new interface” remarked Jean Patterson, Assistant MIS Director at Northwest Door – part of the Formtastic 10 early release program. “I work with a lot of Microsoft Office products like Word and PowerPoint. Modeling Formtastic’s ribbon interface based on these was a great idea. It’s like I don’t have to learn another program!”

“It’s also encouraging because now I feel I can easily train new users if I need a backup – it’s just so intuitive. And of course Quadrant’s support staff is awesome!”


Highlights include (click the following links to see screenshots):

  • Home tab: Commonly used editing buttons and commands.
  • View tab: Controls for windows and page view.
  • Main icon menu: Standard controls like save, new, open, document properties and IBM i-specific commands.


Updated Underlying Code Framework
Quadrant also upgraded the Formtastic design client to a significantly more modern code framework. This enables the development team to access newer and more sophisticated libraries and development features that they didn’t previously have access to.

Because Quadrant can now provide more modern features much faster than they could before, Formtastic customers can expect more frequent improvements to the design client.


Any Supported Windows Version
The Formtastic 10 design client can now run on any Windows version supported by Microsoft.


Free Upgrade for Formtastic customers
There is no upgrade fee for existing Formtastic customers on maintenance.



About Formtastic
Formtastic is an easy-to-use document automation solution that enables organizations to leverage their investment in existing reports such as invoices, POs and account statements generated by IBM i applications and ERPs. Formtastic enables users to quickly design custom forms, checks, and bar code labels from a desktop-based interface designer. From there, Formtastic extracts spooled data from your IBM i and inserts it into a new business form. Users can then automatically fax, email, print or archive the newly formatted electronic document within a network.


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About Quadrant Software
Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Mansfield, MA, Quadrant Software is a leading provider of digital document distribution, business intelligence and modernization software that integrates into and enhances your enterprise application workflow.


Quadrant is part of the Quadrant Group, which also includes:


  • BCD, a leading provider of web application development and IBM i modernization solutions
  • ExcelSystems, which develops and supports BCD solutions
  • Netlert, which develops an Avaya call center performance analysis solution
  • SoftBase, which provides application testing and tuning solutions for IBM's DB2 database utilizing the OS/390 and z/OS operating systems

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