Altova Inc., producer of the XMLSPY XML development environment, has announced the immediate availability of Release 4 of its Version 2004 product line. Among the enhancements are extended data-mapping functionality in Altova MAPFORCE 2004, a redesigned Altova STYLEVISION 2004, and upgrades to XMLSPY 2004. Also, effective immediately, the Altova Support and Maintenance Package (SMP) now includes coverage for major software releases and the company has created two specially priced software bundles.
MAPFORCE 2004 maps data between diverse input sources and output targets using a drag-and-drop interface then generates programming code in Java, C++ and C# for royalty-free use. Additions to MAPFORCE include: enhanced mapping functionality, added database support, MAPFORCE Engine, which enables the user to preview the output of a mapping project even if one or more of the sources is a database or an EDI file, or if the target is a database, and XSLT files as function libraries, which lets the user add existing XSLT files as libraries and all named templates in those files become available as data transformation functions.
With v2004r4 STYLEVISION has been restructured around its graphical stylesheet designer functionality. Now available in Professional and Enterprise Editions, STYLEVISION 2004 supersedes the stylesheet designer application formerly sold with XMLSPY. New features added to STYLEVISION include: database reporting, AUTHENTIC Forms preview, and support for command line operations.
Altova has added more advanced functionality to XMLSPY including: New advanced text view--provides context-sensitive entry helpers, line numbering, book marking, source folding, indentation guides, find and replace functionality, and increased performance. Extended database import/export functionality--now interacts directly with relational databases, including Microsoft Access, SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, Sybase, and IBM DB2. XML-aware file differencing and merging--enables the user to compare the XML content, considering variations in formatting, namespaces, attribute order, etc., and then merge the selected changes.
v2004r4 of XMLSPY, MAPFORCE and STYLEVISION are all available immediately. A 30-day free trial of the software is available for download. Altova XML Suites are available in two Editions: Enterprise and Professional, with prices for a single-user license starting at $1499 and $749 respectively. Altova XMLSPY is available for purchase in two editions: Enterprise and Professional, with prices for a single-user license starting at $999, and $499 respectively. Altova MAPFORCE is available in two editions: Enterprise and Professional, with prices for a single-user license starting at $599 and $249 respectively. Altova STYLEVISION is available in two editions: Enterprise and Professional, with prices for a single-user license starting at $599 and $249 respectively. Altova AUTHENTIC is available under a free software license. Altova SMP can be purchased for 25% of the product price for a one-year period or 20% of the product price per year for a two-year period.