SOURCE: Altova

May 01, 2008 09:03 ET

Altova Adds Word 2007 (OOXML) Capabilities to Its Graphical Stylesheet Design Tool and Cuts the Price to Ease Adoption

Version 2008 Release 2 Also Introduces Enhancements for Database Reporting, Support for Grouping in XSLT 2.0, and Other Powerful Features

BEVERLY, MA--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - Altova® ( http://www.altova.com ), creator of XMLSpy®, the industry leading XML editor, and other popular XML, data management, UML, and Web services tools, today announced the availability of Altova StyleVision Version 2008 Release 2 (v2008r2). The latest update to StyleVision provides users with numerous features and enhancements, including capabilities for generating output in Microsoft® Word 2007, which uses the Office Open XML (OOXML) file format, support for grouping functionality when designing XSLT 2.0 stylesheets, and much more -- all at a significantly reduced price point compared to previous versions.

"The latest release of StyleVision gives users important new functionality for creating advanced stylesheets to publish XML and database data in Word 2007, which uses the new OOXML data format, as well as simpler processes for publishing the same source content in other formats," said Alexander Falk, President and CEO for Altova. "And, to further ease the transition for developers and designers working with OOXML, we have reduced the price of StyleVision considerably. As adoption of OOXML and migration to Office 2007 increases, StyleVision developers will be ready with a powerful tool for publishing XML and database data in what is sure to be the most predominant end-user document format."

Altova StyleVision is a drag-and-drop, visual stylesheet design tool for transforming XML and database content into HTML pages, RTF documents, PDF reports, Word 2007 (OOXML) documents, and electronic forms for use with Altova Authentic®. StyleVision is unique in that it produces all these output documents -- as well as the corresponding XSLT and XSL:FO stylesheets -- simultaneously, all based on a single design. In this way, it is optimized for single-source, multi-channel publishing. The new features and functionality in StyleVision v2008r2 include:

--  Support for OOXML -- New support for the OOXML data format used by
    Word 2007 provides early adopters with all of the power and versatility
    that StyleVision has to offer. StyleVision will now generate the
    corresponding XSLT 2.0 code for output in Word 2007 in addition to the
    other stylesheet and output formats listed above. Support for Word
    2007/OOXML in StyleVision allows users to design stylesheets for an even
    larger network of users, and to prepare their designs for the growing
    number of users converting to Office 2007 and OOXML now and in the future.
    
--  Optimized Functionality for Grouping in XSLT 2.0 -- Now available in
    StyleVision v2008r2 is a long-awaited feature that allows users to exploit
    the power of the XSLT 2.0 grouping functionality to increase the
    efficiency, accuracy, and sophistication of their stylesheet designs.
    
--  Creating Global Templates Based on Complex and Simple Types --
    StyleVision v2008r2 allows users to create global templates based on the
    complex and simple types defined in the XML Schema specification. This
    allows designers to extend the reusability of styles within their designs
    by creating global templates based on the types in source XML Schemas.
    Styles applied to these templates will be reflected in all elements of the
    same type.
    
--  Advanced Functionality for Database Reporting -- StyleVision v2008r2
    users can benefit from several new enhancements for working with database
    data. Support for database views allows users to create and render custom
    virtual tables based on the result set of a query. Designers can add
    complexity to their database reporting designs with new support for inline
    primary key / foreign key creation, which allows them to create keys on-the-
    fly when such keys are missing in the source database content. In addition,
    StyleVision now supports any SQL SELECT statement as input for rendering.
    
--  And much more
    

In addition to all the new features and functionality detailed above, Altova has reduced the price of StyleVision v2008r2 considerably to further ease the transition for developers and designers working with new OOXML formats.

Learn more about all the features in StyleVision Version 2008 Release 2 at: http://www.altova.com/whatsnew.html.

Altova StyleVision Version 2008 Release 2 is currently available in Standard, Professional, and Enterprise Editions, each of which provides increasingly advanced functionality. Prices of all three editions have been significantly reduced and start at $139 (USD).

StyleVision may be purchased stand-alone or as part of the Altova MissionKit™ 2008 product bundle -- both are available directly from the Altova Online Shop at: https://shop.altova.com. Altova recommends the purchase of its Support and Maintenance Package (SMP) with all software purchases. Learn more at: http://www.altova.com/support_package.html.

To download a 30-day free trial of Altova StyleVision visit: http://www.altova.com/download.html.

About Altova

Altova accelerates application development and data management projects with software and solutions that enhance productivity and maximize results. As an innovative, customer-focused company and the creator of XMLSpy and other leading XML, data management, UML, and Web services tools, Altova is the choice of over 3 million clients worldwide, including 91 percent of the Fortune 500. Enabling customers ranging from vast development teams in the world's largest organizations to progressive one-person shops, Altova's line of software tools fulfills a broad spectrum of business needs. Altova is an active member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Object Management Group (OMG) and is committed to delivering standards-based platform-independent solutions that are powerful, affordable, and easy-to-use. Altova was founded in 1992 and has headquarters in Beverly, Massachusetts and Vienna, Austria. Visit Altova on the Web at: http://www.altova.com.

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