StyleVision 2008r2 – Support for Word 2007/OOXML at a New Low Price, EDI Conversion with MapForce, and more

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StyleVision Supports Word 2007 / OOXML; Altova Lowers Price. Case Study – MapForce EDI Conversion Optimizes Business Transactions. Tips & Tricks – Content Re-Use in XMLSpy with OOXML & XSLT

1) StyleVision Supports Word 2007 / OOXML; Altova Lowers Price

2) Case Study – MapForce EDI Conversion Optimizes Business Transactions

3) Tips & Tricks – Content Re-Use in XMLSpy with OOXML & XSLT
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1) StyleVision Supports Word 2007 / OOXML; Altova Lowers Price
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The recently announced Release 2 of StyleVision 2008 includes new support for output to Microsoft(R) Word 2007, which uses the Office Open XML (OOXML) file format. With this new functionality, you can now design stylesheets for an even larger network of users as adoption of Office 2007 / OOXML continues. And, to further ease the transition for developers and designers working with OOXML, Altova has reduced the price of StyleVision considerably.

With its drag-and-drop stylesheet design interface, StyleVision simultaneously generates output in HTML, PDF, RTF, Authentic(R) e-Forms, and now Word 2007, as well as the corresponding XSLT and XSL:FO stylesheets, all based on a single design. This unique functionality makes StyleVision a complete single-source, multi-channel publishing tool.

In addition to support for Word 2007 / OOXML, StyleVision 2008r2 includes several other important new features, now all available at a significantly reduced price as compared to previous versions. Some of the new features and functionality in StyleVision 2008r2 include:

       – Optimized Functionality for Grouping in XSLT 2.0 – This long awaited feature allows you to exploit the powerful XSLT 2.0 grouping functionality to increase the efficiency, accuracy, and sophistication of your stylesheet designs.

       – Creating Global Templates Based on Complex and Simple Types – You can now create global templates based on the complex and simple types defined in the XML Schema specification. This allows you to extend the reusability of styles within your designs by creating global templates based on the types in source XML Schemas. The styles applied to these templates will also be reflected in all elements of the same type.

       – Advanced Functionality for Database Reporting – Several new enhancements have been added to help you work more efficiently with database data. Support for database views allows you to create and render custom virtual tables based on the result set of a query. You can also now add complexity to your database reporting designs with new support for inline primary key / foreign key creation. This enables you to create keys on-the-fly when such keys are missing in the source database content. In addition, StyleVision now supports any SQL SELECT statement as input for rendering.

       – And much more.

Learn more about all the features in StyleVision Version 2008 Release 2 here:
http://www.altova.com/nl/508/whatsnew.html

To download your 30-day trial visit: http://www.altova.com/nl/508/download.html

StyleVision 2008r2 is currently available in Standard, Professional, and Enterprise Editions. Prices of all three editions have been significantly reduced and start at $139 (USD). StyleVision may be purchased stand-alone or as part of the Altova MissionKit(tm) 2008 product bundle – both are available directly from the Altova Online Shop at: https://shop.altova.com

2008r2 is a free update for Altova customers with an active Support and Maintenance Package. Visit http://www.altova.com/nl/508/download.html to update now.


2) Case Study – MapForce EDI Conversion Optimizes Business Transactions
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National Frozen Foods Corporation, a family owned company, works with many vendors to get their products from the warehouse out to the market. Communications between the warehouse and vendors are sent via the X12 dialect of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), a standard data format for business transactions.

The company had been using the EDI format for its B-2-B transactions, but relied on outside consultants to convert their internal flat file format (EIF)into EDI for processing. Such outsourcing proved to be expensive, often untimely, and introduced bugs, which then required additional development costs. Recognizing the need to create a more efficient documentation workflow that would cut costs and save time, National Frozen Foods decided to bring their EDI conversion in-house.

The solution they chose – Altova MapForce – is a visual data mapping and code generation tool that allows you to map and convert any combination of XML, database, flat file, EDI, Excel 2007, and/or Web services data formats.

With its built-in EDI support, flat file conversion, and code generation capabilities, along with its ease-of-use, MapForce helped National Frozen Foods successfully bring their EDI implementation in-house. The company can now maintain a codebase that can be easily modified and re-used for future transactions and thus eliminate their need for outsourcing.

Access the full case study and screenshots here: http://www.altova.com/nl/508/cust_NFF.html

Download a free 30-day trial of Altova MapForce here: http://www.altova.com/nl/508/download.html to experience the power of MapForce’s data integration capabilities.


3) Tips & Tricks – Content Re-Use in XMLSpy with OOXML & XSLT
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XMLSpy includes support for Office Open XML (also known as Open XML and OOXML), a new ISO standard. And, since all documents created by Microsoft(R) Office 2007 are already stored in Open XML by default, there is an abundance of documents whose content you can now reuse much more easily and productively than ever before.

Altova CEO, Alexander Falk, has begun a series in his XML Aficionado blog (http://www.xmlaficionado.com) about working with Open XML using XMLSpy. In this first article, Falk provides step-by-step instructions to help you:

       – View and edit the contents of a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint 2007 Open XML file archive, or add and delete files from the package. Changes are automatically saved back in the correct format.
       – Re-use and repurpose content from Office 2007 / OOXML documents using XSLT.
       – And more.

Please visit http://www.altova.com/nl/508/technote14.html to view these complete tips with screenshots, and stay tuned for more tips on working with Office 2007 / OOXML in Altova tools.

If you’re not already an XMLSpy user, you may download a free, 30-day trial here: http://www.altova.com/nl/508/download.html

Support for the OOXML document format is now also available in Altova MapForce, StyleVision, and DiffDog. To learn more about each tool’s specific OOXML capabilities, please visit: http://www.altova.com/nl/508/whatsnew.html

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