SOURCE: Altova

April 29, 2008 08:34 ET

Altova Announces Version 2008 Release 2 of Its Software Product Line

Very Large File Support in XMLSpy, Extended Capabilities for Working With OOXML in Multiple Products, and More

BEVERLY, MA--(Marketwire - April 29, 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 Version 2008 Release 2 (v2008r2) of its line of software tools. The release of v2008r2 adds a host of new features and enhancements to Altova's product line, including support for working with very large files in XMLSpy, extended Office Open XML (OOXML) functionality across multiple products, support for creating Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) diagrams in UModel®, and much more.

"The new features and functionality in our latest software release are designed to give users the tools they need to work with the latest standards and technologies while at the same time leveraging their existing IT investments," said Alexander Falk, President and CEO for Altova. "With support for very large files in XMLSpy, developers will now be able to work with larger amounts of data more quickly and efficiently; and as more end users migrate to Microsoft® Office 2007, our support for the OOXML document format will enable developers to work with that ever-increasing amount of data in powerful new ways."

Some of the many new features and functionality in v2008r2 include:

-- Very Large File Support -- XMLSpy v2008r2 contains a number of advanced optimizations for very large file support, resulting in a reduction of memory-consumption by up to 75-80 percent compared to the previous version when opening and validating XML documents in Text View. XMLSpy users can now open and work with files that are about four-to-five times larger than those supported in the past*, providing a huge benefit for developers working with large amounts of data in the context of database applications, financial services, data gathering, and enterprise data integration. In this latest release, XMLSpy v2008r2 also provides multiple features for optimizing XSLT development, including new entry helper windows and support for Java, C#, JavaScript, and VBScript in the XSLT 1.0/2.0 and XQuery engines. This enhanced functionality equips XMLSpy and AltovaXML™ users with the first universal XSLT engines to support all of these programming dialects. XMLSpy's support for seamless integration with and code generation for Visual Studio® has been extended in v2008r2 to include support for Visual Studio 2008. A complete list of new features is available on the Altova Web site.

-- Extended OOXML Support -- With OOXML functionality already available in XMLSpy, Altova now expands that support across its MapForce®, StyleVision®, and DiffDog® products.

    --  MapForce v2008r2 supports the OOXML data format in Microsoft
        Excel® 2007. Users can now map Excel 2007 data to and from XML,
        databases, text, EDI, and Web services, and then convert data
        instantly or autogenerate an application for recurrent
        transformations. As Microsoft customers continue to upgrade to the
        newest version of the Office suite, support for Excel 2007 will
        become an indispensable feature for sophisticated data integration
        projects and applications.

    --  In StyleVision v2008r2, new OOXML support allows designers and
        developers to create stylesheets to publish XML and database data
        in Word 2007. StyleVision's drag-and-drop stylesheet design
        interface simultaneously generates output in HTML, PDF, RTF, Word
        2007, and Authentic® e-Forms, plus the corresponding XSLT
        stylesheets. 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 OOXML now and in the future. In addition, Altova
        has reduced the price of StyleVision considerably to further ease
        the transition for developers working with the new OOXML formats.

    --  For DiffDog v2008r2 users, detailed differences in OOXML file
        pairs and other ZIP archive pairs are now displayed. Users can
        perform extensive comparisons of OOXML files and ZIP archives,
        identify differences, and merge changes with accuracy and
        efficiency.

-- Expanded Modeling Capabilities -- UModel v2008r2 now supports the Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), allowing users to create BPMN diagrams to illustrate a business process prior to development. UModel's support for BPMN will aid users in developing, documenting, and implementing standards in large organizations or complex industries with many interacting business entities. UModel v2008r2 also includes updated code generation and reverse engineering support for Java 6.0, C# 3.0, and Visual Basic 9.0, including accurate parsing of new language constructs introduced in C# 3.0 and VB 9.0 that directly support XML. This added functionality makes UModel the first UML tool to support C# 3.0 and VB 9.0. These are just a few of the many compelling new features being introduced in UModel v2008r2.

-- Access to Global Resources -- Direct access to global resources is now available within XMLSpy, MapForce, StyleVision, and DatabaseSpy®, providing increased integration between these tools. This new functionality will be especially useful for customers with multiple Altova products, such as those using the Altova MissionKit™ product bundle. Global resources support allows users to define, share, and access file, folder, and database resources across multiple projects and multiple software tools. This will allow MissionKit users to, for example, access and work with the output of a MapForce data mapping project -- as it is produced on-the-fly -- in XMLSpy and/or StyleVision. Countless other scenarios of tight integration between XMLSpy, MapForce, StyleVision, and DatabaseSpy are possible. Users will also be able to define a target deployment environment on-the-fly within XMLSpy, MapForce, StyleVision, and DatabaseSpy projects, specifying ancillary files, directories, data sources, databases, etc. This means that a project can be thoroughly tested in multiple environments without having to be redesigned before it goes live. Support for global resources only adds to the numerous other productivity-enhancing features of the Altova MissionKit, which bundles up to eight Altova XML, data integration, and data management tools for less than the price of two.**

These are just a few of the numerous important new features added in Altova Software Version 2008 Release 2. More information is available on the Altova Web site at: http://www.altova.com/whatsnew.html.

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

Availability and Pricing

Version 2008 Release 2 of the Altova product line and the MissionKit are currently available and can be purchased directly from the Altova Online Shop at: https://shop.altova.com. The Altova MissionKit bundles up to eight Altova products for less than the price of two** with pricing starting at $799. 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.

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.

Note to Editors:

*Reduced memory-consumption of up to 75-80% measured in internal tests at Altova with XML files ranging from 10MB to 200MB in size, comparing XMLSpy 2008r2 with XMLSpy 2008sp1. Your results may differ.

**Pricing comparison is edition-specific and based on Altova MissionKit vs. any two individual licenses of the following included products: XMLSpy and MapForce.

Altova, MissionKit, XMLSpy, MapForce, StyleVision, UModel, DatabaseSpy, DiffDog, SchemaAgent, SemanticWorks, Authentic, and AltovaXML are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Altova GmbH in the United States and/or other countries. The names of and reference to other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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