SOURCE: Altova


February 23, 2009 10:08 ET

Altova XMLSpy 2009 Extends Its Functionality Adding Support for XBRL and More

XMLSpy 2009 Delivers Support for XBRL, Intelligent XPath Auto-Completion, Native Support for Additional Databases, and More

BEVERLY, MA--(Marketwire - February 23, 2009) - Altova® (, creator of XMLSpy®, the industry leading XML editor, recently announced the availability of XMLSpy Version 2009 (v2009). Available as a stand alone product or as part of the Altova MissionKit®, an integrated suite of XML, database, and UML tools, Altova XMLSpy 2009 delivers a host of new functionality, including support for XBRL validation and taxonomy editing, intelligent XPath auto-completion, native database support for SQL Server® 2008, Oracle® 11g, and PostgreSQL 8, expanded source code control support, and more.

"With the release of XMLSpy 2009 powerful new features have been added to our already feature-rich XML editor, providing users with increased flexibility for working with XML technologies such as XPath and XML Schema. Version 2009 also delivers functionality attractive to companies throughout the world that are tackling the enormous task of complying with recent XBRL mandates," said Alexander Falk, President and CEO for Altova. "Technical users in these organizations need cost-effective tools for validating XBRL filings, extending industry-standard XBRL taxonomies, and more. By adding XBRL support to XMLSpy 2009, as well as other products in our MissionKit tool suite, Altova users can continue using the same cost-effective, graphical tools they are familiar with to ease into XBRL compliance."

Some of the new features now available in Altova XMLSpy 2009 include:

-- Support for XBRL Standards - XMLSpy 2009 includes a new engine for validating documents based on XBRL 2.1 and XBRL Dimensions 1.0. This new feature allows users to view and analyze XBRL taxonomies as well as validate XBRL instance documents against taxonomies. XBRL linkbases can also be validated against their associated schema file. Note: XBRL validation is also supported in AltovaXML® 2009, the free XML standards processor, providing developers with a royalty-free XBRL validator for use in their applications.

-- XBRL Taxonomy Editor - A powerful, graphical XBRL taxonomy editor is now available in XMLSpy 2009. Using the same editing paradigm as the popular XMLSpy graphical XML Schema editor, the XBRL taxonomy editor organizes taxonomy components on easy-to-filter tabs and provides informative icons, mouseover messages, detail windows, and context-sensitive entry helpers to help users both view and understand existing taxonomies, and create new ones by way of extension.

-- XPath Auto-Completion - Intelligent auto-completion of XPath expressions is also provided in XMLSpy 2009. As a developer is composing an XPath expression, XMLSpy provides a drop-down entry helper menu with valid XPath functions, as well as element and attribute names from the associated schema and XML instance(s). XPath auto-completion simplifies XPath composition and complements the XMLSpy XPath Analyzer functionality, making XMLSpy even more powerful for XSLT, XQuery, and XML Schema development.

-- Extended Database Support - Adding to its long list of natively supported databases, XMLSpy 2009 now supports the latest versions of SQL Server® and Oracle®: SQL Server 2008 and Oracle 11g. Native support has also been added for the PostgreSQL 8 database. Additionally, new functionality for viewing and editing XML fields is provided for SQL Server 2005 and 2008. When a SQL Server database field contains an XML document, users can now view and edit it with full validation and well-formedness checking. XMLSpy 2009 also supports registering and/or dropping XML Schemas in the database, as well as viewing and editing them in Graphical XML Schema View.

-- Extensions for Editing XML Schema Identity Constraints - XMLSpy provides multiple features for this important aspect of XML Schema development; and Version 2009 gives users the ability to visualize the schema identity constraints and underlying relationships, as well as a graphical means to edit them in the visual XML Schema editor. Identity constraints are now indicated by green lines, informative icons, and mouse-over messages in the Content Model View. A right-click menu allows users to easily add new relationships and specify field and selector values by typing them manually, using drop-down entry helpers, or by simply dragging and dropping the desired nodes.

-- Expanded Support for Source Control Systems - XMLSpy 2009 provides support for a wider range of source control / revision control systems. Once a project is bound to a version control system, XMLSpy automatically monitors the status of all files and prompts the user to check out a file whenever making modifications. A complete list of supported source control / revision controls is available on the Altova Web site.

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Availability and Pricing

Altova XMLSpy Version 2009 is currently available in Standard, Professional, and Enterprise Editions and can be purchased in the Altova Online Shop: Altova is also reducing its US$ prices across the entire product line, with pricing for XMLSpy 2009 starting at $129 (USD). 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 is based on Altova MissionKit vs. two individual licenses of XMLSpy and MapForce.

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