SOURCE: Altova


March 02, 2011 09:05 ET

Altova Adds Unique Enhancements to Its XMLSpy XML Editor in Version 2011 Release 2

Important New Updates Provide Users With Support for Advanced XML Schema Editing, Enhanced Chart Creation Features, and More

BEVERLY, MA--(Marketwire - March 2, 2011) - Altova® ( recently announced several new, unique enhancements have been added to XMLSpy® Version 2011 Release 2 (v2011r2). XMLSpy is the industry leading XML editor and part of the Altova MissionKit®, an integrated suite of XML, database, and UML tools. With the release of Version 2011r2, XMLSpy expands its cutting edge chart and report creation capabilities introduced in Version 2011 with even more functionality for visualizing XML data. XMLSpy v2011r2 also delivers additional resources for working with XML Schemas, functionality for embedding external files in XML, support for customizable documentation generation, and much more.

"With each release of our software we aim to provide our users the most advanced functionality to make working with XML as easy as possible. The latest release of XMLSpy is no different as we've added functionality that gives our users even more flexibility when working with their XML data," said Alexander Falk, President and CEO for Altova. "We also received such an overwhelming response from our users when we added functionality for report and chart creation back in Version 2011 that we wanted to build upon that momentum. So with the release of Version 2011r2 we've expanded our report and charting functionality by adding even more chart formats and customizable features to ensure our users have the most cutting edge capabilities available."

XMLSpy 2011r2 provides numerous important new features that are simply not available in other XML editors, including:

  • Embedding External Files in XML -- To meet numerous customer requests, Altova XMLSpy can now embed an external file -- such as an image -- as encoded text directly in an XML document. This new feature gives users the option to package all required data from various external files together in one large XML document, providing even more flexibility for working with XML.

  • Customizable Documentation Generation -- The release of Version 2011r2 extends XMLSpy's powerful XML Schema, WSDL, and XBRL documentation generation capabilities by enabling users to customize documentation templates using Altova StyleVision. Users can now do anything from simply adding their company's logo and branding to completely changing the way the documentation is presented. XMLSpy 2011r2 also ships with several new, ready-made documentation templates that may be used as-is or modified further in StyleVision.

  • Enhanced Chart Creation Functionality -- XMLSpy 2011r2 adds new, advanced capabilities for creating charts to analyze XML data. Several new formats are supported, including stacked bar, area, stacked area, and candlestick charts. New chart formatting options include support for chart overlays that combine multiple chart types in one image, background images and color gradients, configurable axis label positions, and more.

  • Advanced XML Schema Editing Functionality -- XML Schema developers will benefit from several new features in XMLSpy 2011r2, such as one-click sorting of schema components in the graphical Schema View. This ability to list components alphabetically is especially useful when working with large schemas and for quickly understanding schemas created by another developer or team.

    New XML Schema refactoring support helps developers quickly locate all the instances of a global element or type across a schema -- and all imported and included schemas -- and then rename that component in each place it occurs.

    Release 2 of XMLSpy 2011 also provides intelligent support for changing element types and base types by preserving any facets that are compatible with the updated type, making it that much easier to update schemas as they evolve.

A complete list of all the new features added in Altova XMLSpy and the Altova MissionKit 2011 Release 2 is available at: 

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Availability and Pricing
Version 2011 Release 2 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 3.5 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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