SOURCE: Altova


May 05, 2010 09:04 ET

Altova Announces the Availability of Version 2010 Release 3 of the MissionKit Tool Suite

Support for Visual Studio 2010, iXBRL and NIEM Standards, SAP IDoc, and More Deliver Key Usability and Performance Enhancements

BEVERLY, MA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2010) -  Altova® (, creator of XMLSpy®, the industry leading XML editor today announced the availability of Version 2010 Release 3 (v2010r3) of the Altova MissionKit®, an integrated suite of XML, database, and UML tools. Version 2010 Release 3 adds powerful new functionality including integration with the newly released Visual Studio® 2010, support for working with industry standards iXBRL and National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), support for mapping data based on SAP's IDoc EDI format, and much more.

"The new functionality available in 2010r3 adds to our already robust tool suite and gives users more flexibility to work with a variety of technologies and industry standards," said Alexander Falk, President and CEO for Altova. "By continually adding key features to support technologies such as XML and UML, and standards like XBRL and NIEM, we are helping our users to work as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible."

Each of the tools available in the Altova MissionKit 2010r3 includes several new features:

  • XMLSpy 2010r3 - With the release of v2010r3, the XMLSpy XML editor adds new usability enhancements to its graphical schema editor, including the ability to validate internal naming and coding conventions. The enhanced XMLSpy graphical schema editor allows schema designers to validate naming and coding conventions outside of the capabilities of the XML Schema standard. This new functionality is of key importance for users working with NIEM, a U.S. Government XML-based standard, when implementing their information sharing exchanges. Another new feature in XMLSpy 2010r3 is support for creating user-defined sample values for XML instance generation. Users can now add arbitrary sample data to their XML instance generations allowing them to control the sample data that is published. XMLSpy 2010r3 also integrates with Visual Studio 2010, adding to its existing support for VS 2005 and VS 2008.
  • MapForce 2010r3 - Several new usability enhancements have been added to MapForce® 2010r3 for generating C++ code, as well as working with XML, Excel 2007+, and EDI. Altova's data mapping tool has upgraded its C++ code generator to MSXML6. Support for MSXML6 improves the quality of C++ code generated from MapForce mappings, making it less likely to require modifications before it is integrated into other applications or reused for recurrent transformations. MapForce 2010r3 is now also able to generate C++ build configurations for 64-bit applications. For SAP users, the latest release of MapForce provides support for mapping data based on SAP's IDoc EDI format. Another new feature in v2010r3 is support for the xsi:nil attribute in XML Schema. This enables MapForce to execute mappings where this attribute is used. For users working in Excel 2007+ support has been added for mapping field names. MapForce can now also preserve value formatting in the XML output to ensure that formatting is maintained from source to target. Additionally v2010r3 supports the newest release of Visual Studio, Visual Studio 2010.
  • StyleVision 2010r3 - StyleVision®, Altova's visual stylesheet and electronic forms designer, now supports iXBRL, or Inline XBRL. Adopted by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which provides XBRL oversight in the United Kingdom, the iXBRL standard embeds XBRL fragments into an HTML document so that the same source can be used for both human and machine processing. With support for iXBRL, StyleVision 2010r3 can automatically generate iXBRL reports based on XBRL instance files. Users can also select from formatting options to ensure reports are displayed correctly. For both StyleVision and Authentic® users, v2010r3 supports the creation of Global Templates for any element. This enables users to create modular designs and manage large documentation efforts with ease. Version 2010r3 also provides support for Visual Studio 2010.
  • UModel 2010r3 - UModel® v2010r3 is the first full-featured UML 2 tool with support for C# 4.0, the latest version of the C# programming language, for both generating code in C# 4.0 projects and reverse engineering C# 4.0 code to create UML models. Altova's UML tool also adds new support for protocol state machine diagrams, with a specialized diagram toolbar. Version 2010r3 includes a new sequence diagram option as well as a new diagram autolayout option for displaying modeling elements. UModel 2010r3 also supports Visual Studio 2010.
  • DatabaseSpy 2010r3 - In v2010r3, DatabaseSpy®, Altova's unique multi-database query, design, and compare tool allows users to easily process binary data in a column of database table that is defined as a binary data type. Users can now upload binary data into the table from an external file, or save binary data from the database to an external file. Data types supported include: BLOB, raw, binary, varbinary, image, and others depending on the database type.
  • DiffDog 2010r3 - DiffDog® v2010r3 further expands its XML-aware capabilities with new support for processing child element attributes and child element names. This new feature in Altova's diff/merge tool can now recognize child elements solely by attribute, so that files containing duplicate child element names with varying attributes are also recognized as equivalent XML data.

A complete list of all the new features added in the Altova MissionKit 2010r3 is available at: 

Release 3 of Altova Version 2010 products is a free update for any customer with an active Support and Maintenance Package (SMP). Altova SMP provides priority technical support as well as free updates to minor and major software versions released during the customer's support period.

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Availability and Pricing
Version 2010 Release 3 of the Altova product line is available for purchase in the Altova Online Shop: with prices starting at $59 (USD) per product. For optimum savings, customers can choose the Altova MissionKit, which includes up to eight Altova products for less than the price of two*. Altova recommends the purchase of its Support and Maintenance Package (SMP) with all software purchases. Learn more at:

About Altova
Altova® is the creator of XMLSpy® and other leading XML, database, and UML tools. A key player in the software tools industry and the leader in XML development tools, Altova is the choice of over 3 million clients worldwide, including 91 percent of the Fortune 500. An innovative, customer-focused company, Altova offers a product line that fulfills a broad spectrum of business needs for development teams in the world's largest organizations to growing one-person shops. An active member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Object Management Group (OMG), Altova is committed to delivering standards-based, platform-independent solutions that are powerful, affordable, and easy-to-use. Founded in 1992, Altova is headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts and Vienna, Austria. Visit Altova on the Web at:

Note to Editors:
*Pricing comparison is edition-specific and based on Altova MissionKit vs. two individual licenses of XMLSpy and MapForce.

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