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Altova Delivers Version 2010 of Its MissionKit Tool Suite

Version 2010 Provides New Support for WSDL 2.0, JSON, and SysML Technologies

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Altova, creator of XMLSpy, today announced the availability of Version 2010 (v2010) of the Altova MissionKit®, an integrated suite of XML, database, and UML tools. Version 2010 delivers over 70 of customers' "most wanted" features across the product line, from support for new technologies like WSDL 2.0 in XMLSpy and MapForce®, JSON in XMLSpy, and SysML in UModel®, to enhanced functionality for working with XBRL in XMLSpy, a completely new stylesheet design option in StyleVision®, and much more. For users working on the newest version of the Microsoft® Windows® platform, Version 2010 is also compatible with Windows 7.

"With the state of economy today, companies are only buying the tools they need to get the job done efficiently and within budget. As always, at Altova we aim to provide our customers -- both current and future -- with affordable and easy-to-use tools that meet their needs, whether they are developers, database administrators, or IT power users," said Alexander Falk, President and CEO for Altova. "To that end, we've responded to our customers' feedback to add more than 70 of their 'most wanted' features to the latest version of the Altova MissionKit, delivering the most comprehensive support in the industry for working with XML, databases, and UML."

Each of the tools available in the Altova MissionKit 2010 provides a host of new features and functionality:

-- XMLSpy 2010 -- Powerful new functionality has been added to the XMLSpy XML editor, including one of the most often requested features: support for WSDL 2.0. This adds to existing support for WSDL 1.1, allowing developers to edit and validate either version of a WSDL file in XMLSpy's unique graphical WSDL editor. XMLSpy even supports one-click conversion between WSDL 1.1 and WSDL 2.0 files, allowing for easy migration. XMLSpy 2010 also includes enhancements to its XBRL support, including a new XBRL Taxonomy Wizard for creating XBRL taxonomies in the graphical XBRL Taxonomy Editor, generation of comprehensive XBRL documentation, and new functionality for finding and sorting data in large XBRL taxonomies and instance files. With v2010, XMLSpy adds to its long list of supported standards with new functionality for working with the JavaScript Object Notation (JSON). The new JSON editor gives users the flexibility to edit JSON files using the same intuitive text and grid/tree views and intelligent editing options available for XML editing, and it even provides one-click conversion between XML and JSON files. Unlike any other XML editor, XMLSpy 2010 supports both JSON and XML, giving developers an easy way to work with JSON in the same environment where they're developing XML-based AJAX, and Web services applications.

-- MapForce 2010 -- Several new features have been added to the MapForce data mapping tool in Version 2010. Users can now process data from or into multiple files, making it easy to consolidate file collections or output data from one file to many. As a complement to this feature, input or output file names can now be used as parameters, enabling the user to generate dynamic mappings in which this information is defined at run-time. MapForce 2010 EDI support has also been enhanced with EDI file validation in generated code and support for three additional EDIFACT messages. MapForce also now supports working with WSDL 2.0 for building and connecting to Web services, and supports the use of xsi:type in XML documents.

-- StyleVision 2010 -- Version 2010 of StyleVision, Altova's visual stylesheet designer, introduces new features and usability enhancements to streamline e-Form development and template design and portability for more efficient reporting based on XML, XBRL, and database sources. A new design paradigm allows users to create templates within layout containers or even upload a blueprint image on which to base their design. This adds a new level of flexibility to the design process, enabling users to lay out their design first and add content after, in the same way they would approach common desktop publishing applications. Additionally, the new absolute positioning feature lets users specify exact coordinates for each element to absolutely position them in their designs. These features combine to provide StyleVision 2010 users with an invaluable tool for designing true electronic forms. Template designers can also now utilize multiple page layouts within the same document, an extremely valuable feature for those working with printed media. StyleVision 2010 also provides several new developer features, including: support for inline (HTML, XSLT, XSL:FO) processing commands, extension templates based on any XPath, importing external XSLT files, and a disable-output-escaping function for rendering code as-is, without it being transformed by a processor.

-- Authentic 2010 -- Authentic® 2010 users will directly benefit from many of the new StyleVision features for true electronic forms design described above. The sophisticated e-Forms created in StyleVision 2010 are presented in Authentic as a true WYSIWYG-interface for XML and database content editing, where powerful entry helpers and intelligent editing features allow users to easily get their data into valid XML or database stores -- without ever being exposed to the underlying technical syntax. Other usability enhancements added to Authentic 2010 include a new paste as text option that enables Authentic users to insert data into e-Forms as marked up XML or text-only; and the ability to view user-defined HTML elements/blocks, generated output with the new disable-output-escaping functionality, and variables created in StyleVision design templates. Authentic 2010 also includes a browser plug-in for Firefox, as well as support for the newest version of Internet Explorer, IE8. With the release of Version 2010, Authentic is now offered in Enterprise and Community Editions, both of which are available as either as a desktop application or browser plug-in. The new Authentic 2010 Enterprise Edition requires a paid license and provides advanced features for WYSIWYG XML and database content editing. Authentic 2010 Browser-Plugin Enterprise Edition is offered on a 12 month license term basis. Authentic 2010 Community Edition is available under a free license.

-- UModel 2010 -- New productivity-enhancing features have been added to Version 2010 of the UModel UML tool, including support for the Systems Modeling Language (SysML). SysML uses seven diagram types that are part of the UML specification and includes two additional diagrams -- requirement diagrams and parametric diagrams. UModel 2010 supports all SysML v1.1 diagram types and elements with code generation in Java, C#, and Visual Basic. A new scripting environment and form editor has also been added to allow users to automate UModel operations from within the UML tool itself. UModel 2010 also introduces a new option to generate multiple sequence diagrams from reverse engineered Java, C#, and Visual Basic application code.

-- DatabaseSpy 2010 -- DatabaseSpy® 2010 includes a powerful new visual database schema comparison feature that allows users to compare database schemas within the same database type, or across database types (all major relational databases are supported). DatabaseSpy 2010 displays differences between database schemas in a graphical manner, and users can generate a change script to merge changes in either direction. DatabaseSpy 2010 can also now convert database structures between different database types, for example, to migrate from MySQL® to Oracle® or SQL Server®. Other often-requested usability features include calculation of information for selected results (count, total, average, sum, etc.) and result grid printing.

-- DiffDog 2010 -- In DiffDog® 2010, functionality has been extended for comparing and merging XML and database content. DiffDog 2010 introduces a powerful XML Schema diff feature that allows users to compare and merge XML Schemas as they evolve, and then generate an XSLT file to update corresponding XML instance documents according to the new schema. Alternatively, users can choose to generate an Altova MapForce mapping file based on the DiffDog comparison to further refine the transformation between schemas. Also new in DiffDog 2010 is database schema comparison and merging functionality similar to that in DatabaseSpy 2010, as described above.

A complete list of all the new features added in the Altova MissionKit 2010 is available at: http://www.altova.com/whatsnew.html

To download a 30-day free trial of any Altova product, visit: http://www.altova.com/download.html

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