SOURCE: Altova


April 11, 2011 11:05 ET

Altova DiffDog Enhances Its File Differencing Capabilities Adding Diff/Merge Support for Microsoft® Word Files

Functionality Complements Existing Support for File, Directory, OOXML, and Database Comparisons in the Diff/Merge Tool

BEVERLY, MA--(Marketwire - Apr 11, 2011) - Altova® ( ) creator of XMLSpy®, the industry leading XML editor, recently announced new support for comparing Microsoft® Word documents using Altova DiffDog®. The new comparison feature was introduced as part of Altova's launch of Version 2011 Release 2 of its MissionKit® tool suite and entire product line. The integration of Microsoft Word into DiffDog's user interface delivers greater flexibility as users can utilize familiar Word functions while comparing and editing documents within the diff/merge tool.

"Adding even more flexibility to our unique diff/merge utility, the latest release of DiffDog expands upon our differencing support for text and XML files, databases, directories, OOXML files, and ZIP archives to give Microsoft Word users the functionality they need to manage document changes and versions over time. This new feature is very easy to use and will be particularly helpful where change tracking was not used," said Alexander Falk, President and CEO for Altova.

DiffDog 2011 now has the ability to compare Word documents in two embedded windows that automatically display the differences side-by-side using easy to understand graphical indicators. This side-by-side differencing view is typically preferred by engineers and technical audiences over the built-in compare function in Word that produces a merged legal redline document. With this new DiffDog feature users can edit files in either display pane, merge differences individually in either direction, and save their revised documents into new files. This new feature can be applied to any file type that can be opened by Microsoft Word 2003 or later, including: .doc files created in earlier versions of Word, .rtf files, .txt files, and others. Users can also customize their display options, choosing to compare text only or both text and formatting styles. A special tool bar provides access to Word display options, while DiffDog tool icons perform Word operations for Copy, Cut, Paste, Undo, and Redo. Other Microsoft Word functionality is available including Search and Replace and keyboard shortcuts.

In addition to Word document comparison, Altova DiffDog can also quickly compare and merge text or source code files, synchronize directories, compare database schemas and contents of database tables, and perform advanced XML aware differencing and editing.

A complete list of all the new features added to Version 2011 Release 2 is available at: . To learn more about all the functionality available in Altova DiffDog, visit:

To download a 30-day free trial of Altova DiffDog or any Altova product, visit:

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 4 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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