Altova, creator of XMLSpy and other XML, data management, UML, and Web services tools, has introduced version 2006 of its line of XML applications. Altova software version 2006 (v2006) delivers several upgrades and enhancements to the company's existing offering of XML development tools. From support for building Web services, to viewing and managing enterprise-wide schema architectures, to updated integration with multi-purpose integrated development environments (IDEs), to support for the latest XSLT 2.0, XPath 2.0, and XQuery specification drafts, v2006 represents a major upgrade in functionality, usability, and standards conformance.
In addition, Altova unveiled a new application within its XML product family--Altova SemanticWorks 2006, a visual development tool designed to help customers learn and work with emerging Semantic Web technologies in an intuitive way. SemanticWorks is available individually or as part of the comprehensive Altova XML Suite 2006. Altova XMLSpy, an XML development environment, further enhances developer productivity with updated standards conformance and renewed support for integration with multi-purpose IDEs. Altova MapForce, known for its advanced XML, database, flat file, and EDI data mapping capabilities, now includes powerful support for building Web services and generating code to implement them server-side, as well as other valuable features for working with complex flat files and integrating MapForce into custom applications. With the addition of these new features, Altova MapForce 2006 is now available in three editions tailored to meet customers' specific Web services and data integration needs: MapForce 2006, Professional Edition, and Enterprise Edition. Altova StyleVision features a visual design interface for creating stylesheets to transform XML and database data into multiple output formats, such as Altova Authentic electronic forms, HTML pages, PDF reports, and RTF documents. Altova StyleVision will be updated to version 2006 later this year, and customers who purchase between now and then will be able to update at no additional cost.
Altova SchemaAgent is a tool for modeling and managing advanced schemas and their components in enterprise workgroups. New capabilities of SchemaAgent 2006 include: MapForce Schema View, Detailed Schema Visualization, and Standalone SchemaAgent Client Application. Altova SemanticWorks 2006 is a Semantic Web development tool, which allows developers to graphically create and edit Resource Description Framework (RDF) instance documents, RDF Schema (RDFS) vocabularies, and Web Ontology Language (OWL) ontologies. SemanticWorks provides the following functionality: Visual Document Creation, Intelligent Entry Helpers, Syntax and Semantics Checking, Code Generation, and Semantic Web Documentation. SemanticWorks 2006 is now available to all customers as a standalone product and is also included within both the Enterprise and Professional Editions of the Altova XML Suite 2006. The Altova XML Suite 2006, XMLSpy 2006, MapForce 2006, StyleVision 2005r4, SchemaAgent 2006, and SemanticWorks 2006 are all immediately available.