Altova Updates StyleVision

Altova, creator of the XML editor XMLSpy and other XML, data management, UML, and Web services tools, announced the availability of Altova StyleVision Version 2008 Release 2 (v2008r2). The latest update to StyleVision provides users with numerous features and enhancements, including capabilities for generating output in Microsoft Word 2007, which uses the Office Open XML (OOXML) file format, support for grouping functionality when designing XSLT 2.0 stylesheets, and more, all at a reduced price point compared to previous versions.

 Altova StyleVision is a drag-and-drop, visual stylesheet design tool for transforming XML and database content into HTML pages, RTF documents, PDF reports, Word 2007 (OOXML) documents, and electronic forms for use with Altova Authentic. StyleVision is unique in that it produces all these output documents (as well as the corresponding XSLT and XSL:FO stylesheets) simultaneously, all based on a single design. In this way, it is optimized for single-source, multi-channel publishing. New features and functionality in StyleVision v2008r2 include:

  • Support for OOXML. New support for the OOXML data format used by Word 2007 provides early adopters with all the power and versatility StyleVision has to offer. StyleVision will now generate the corresponding XSLT 2.0 code for output in Word 2007 in addition to the other stylesheet and output formats listed above. Support for Word 2007/OOXML in StyleVision allows users to design stylesheets for an even larger network of users, and to prepare their designs for the growing number of users converting to Office 2007 and OOXML now and in the future.
  • Optimized Functionality for Grouping in XSLT 2.0. Now available in StyleVision v2008r2 is a long-awaited feature that allows users to exploit the power of the XSLT 2.0 grouping functionality to increase the efficiency, accuracy, and sophistication of their stylesheet designs.
  • Creating Global Templates Based on Complex and Simple Types. StyleVision v2008r2 allows users to create global templates based on the complex and simple types defined in the XML Schema specification. This allows designers to extend the reusability of styles within their designs by creating global templates based on the types in source XML Schemas. Styles applied to these templates will be reflected in all elements of the same type.
  • Advanced Functionality for Database Reporting. StyleVision v2008r2 users can benefit from several new enhancements for working with database data. Support for database views allows users to create and render custom virtual tables based on the result set of a query. Designers can add complexity to their database reporting designs with new support for inline primary key/foreign key creation, which allows them 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.


In addition to all the new features and functionality detailed above, Altova has reduced the price of StyleVision v2008r2 to further ease the transition for developers and designers working with new OOXML formats.

 Learn more about all the features in StyleVision Version 2008 Release 2 at To download a 30-day free trial of Altova StyleVision, visit


Altova, Inc.

Pricing: Altova StyleVision Version 2008 Release 2 is currently available in Standard, Professional, and Enterprise Editions, each of which provides increasingly advanced functionality. Prices start at US$139. StyleVision may be purchased stand-alone or as part of the Altova MissionKit 2008 product bundle; both are available directly from the Altova Online Shop at Altova recommends the purchase of its Support and Maintenance Package (SMP) with all software purchases. Learn more at

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