Syncro Soft Ltd, the producer of XML Editor, has announced the immediate availability of version 8.0 of its XML Editor, Schema Editor, and XSLT/XQuery Debugger. Version 8.0 of the XML Editor adds as main features a spreadsheet-like XML Grid Editor, management support for both XML and relational databases: Berkeley XML Database, eXist, IBM DB2 PureXML, MarkLogic, Microsoft SQLServer 2005, Oracle 10g R2, RainingData TigerLogic XDMS, SoftwareAG Tamino and XHive XML Database, options and transformation scenarios that can be stored into the project file and support for NVDL (Namespace-based Validation Dispatching Language) scripts.
New features in version 8.0, include: a new grid editor allows users to edit repetitive XML content in a special layout similar to a spreadsheet application, without the need to interact with the markup; a new database perspective allows users to browse tables or collections from databases, execute XQuery or SQL queries, inspect or modify data, specify XML Schemas for the XML fields and collections.
The database support includes servers, operating either as native XML storage: Tamino, XHive, MarkLogic, TigerLogic, eXist, Berkeley or mixed, as relational and XML at the same time: DB2, SQLServer, and Oracle; transformation scenarios can be stored in the project file. Users can pass over to teammates a set of pre-configured project scenarios. Users can then specify both the transformation XML source and the style sheet locations, it is not required anymore for the edited document to be one of the transformation XML source or style sheet; users can save the current editor layout (what views and toolbars are visible and their position) and reuse it later, or even share it with their team by taking advantage of the new support for saving/loading the editor layouts; users can edit Namespace-based Validation Dispatching Language scripts using the new NVDL Editor, where distributes an NVDL implementation allowing the validation of XML documents against NVDL scripts. The support includes validation on demand, continuous validation, validation with external schema, batch validation from the project, etc; and the ability for users to specify almost all of the settings at project level.
Other new features include accurate XML error reporting and accurate XPath result elements locations, support for the Secure FTP (SFTP) Protocol, better integration of the XML Instance Generator, validation engine detection for XSLT and XQuery, and improved support for schemas with embedded Schematron rules. Several components were updated: Xerces-J parser was updated to version 2.8.1, Saxon 8B XSLT processor from Saxonica was updated to the latest 8.8 version and the DocBook support includes the DocBook 5.0 RELAX NG Schemas. supports also the Saxon8SA 8.8 (that requires a separate license from Saxonica). XML Editor and XSLT Debugger is available immediately in three editions: multi-platform academic/non-profit license costs $48.00; multi-platform professional license costs $225.00; and a multi-platform enterprise license costs $275.00. 8.0 can be freely evaluated for 30 days from the website.