Version 2014 Release 2 SP1 of Altova Server Software

Version 2014 Release 2

On March 19, 2014, Altova released Version 2014 Release 2 (v2014r2) of its new line of cross-platform server software products optimized for today's high-performance, parallel computing environments. V2014r2 provides important new functionality that increases performance, as well as updated standards support for XSLT, XQuery, and XBRL.

Service Pack 1

On April 22, 2014, Altova released Service Pack 1 of its Version 2014r2 server software products. SP1 provides helpful bug fixes and other enhancements. SP1 also includes OpenSSL 1.0.1g. Note: Altova server software products are not affected by the Heartbleed bug. More information is available here.

SP1 is a free update for all current server software customers.

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FlowForce Server, MapForce Server, StyleVision Server, and RaptorXML Server are available for a free, 30-day trial.

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New in RaptorXML Server Version 2014 Release 2 SP1

New in RaptorXML Server 2014r2
Significant speed increase for XML validation
Significant speed increase for XBRL validation (RaptorXML+XBRL Server only)
XBRL Table Linkbase support (RaptorXML+XBRL Server only)
Completed support for XQuery 3.0
Extended XSLT 3.0 support
Support for additional Altova extension functions
Support for custom error messages for XSD 1.1 assertions
Support for Mac OS X 10.9 (adds to support for versions 10.7 and newer)

Significant speed increase for XML validation

RaptorXML Server 2014 already delivered on the promise of lightning fast XML validation, and v2014r2 is even quicker – up to two times faster* on multi-core machines when taking advantage of the parallel validation option.

Significant speed increase for XBRL validation

Validation speeds on multicore machines are much faster for XBRL, as well – up to three times faster* on RaptorXML+XBRL Server 2014r2. Lightning-fast validation speeds coupled with strict standards conformance make RaptorXML+XBRL Server the go-to solution for organizations processing large amounts of XBRL data.

Support for Altova extension functions

XMLSpy 2014r2 and StyleVision 2014r2 support a large number of new Altova extension functions for calculating age and time, performing number format calculations, selecting characters, and more. RaptorXML Server also supports these Altova extension functions when validating and processing XSLT and XQuery files.

XBRL Table Linkbase support

Coinciding with support for editing and generating XBRL Table Linkbases in XMLSpy 2014r2, RaptorXML+XBRL Server now supports XBRL Table Linkbase validation and rendering.

The XBRL Table Linkbase provides a mechanism for specifying how XBRL data should be displayed, enabling a sophisticated, standardized mechanism analysis and reporting. It goes beyond the standard capabilities of the presentation linkbase – which only provides a simple arrangement of facts in a hierarchy – to define the presentation of multi-dimensional XBRL data in a format that is more familiar to non-technical stakeholders such as accountants, financial professionals, and other business users.

XBRL Table Linkbases are an extremely hot topic in financial circles since they allow easier access to in-depth data for analysis. By standardizing the ability to present XBRL data, XBRL tables give organization the ability take advantage of the benefits of XBRL for the electronic transmission of business and financial data while providing added benefits for human consumers of the same information, who can now add further value though analysis and reporting.

XBRL Table Linkbase support is a must-have for any enterprise-grade XBRL processor.

* Performance results based on Altova internal tests conducted on a typical selection of files comparing Version 2014r2 to the prior version of the server software. Your results may vary.

Custom error messages for assertions

XML Schema 1.1 includes the new <xs:assert> element for rules-based validation of business policies. However, the specification doesn’t provide a way of providing descriptive error message text when validation of an assertion fails. The new altova:message attribute supported by XMLSpy 2014r2 lets developers specify these messages, which will then be reported by RaptorXML Server.


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New in FlowForce Server Version 2014 Release 2 SP1

New in FlowForce Server 2014r2
Job cache enhancements
Support for Mac OS X 10.9 (adds to support for versions 10.7 and newer)

Job Cache Enhancements

FlowForce Server job caching has been enhanced with several new features. Job caching allows administrators to schedule execution of time consuming jobs, store the results, and deliver output instantaneously to a Web browser window, upon an HTTP request by an end user.

Now in Version 2014 Release 2, job caching is supported for jobs that use parameters and combinations of multiple parameters. Administrators simply define the parameter combinations that will be available in the job configuration dialog.

New features have also been added to control the timing of job caches. Cache Purge triggers and Cache Refresh triggers can be defined to limit availability of stale data in cached results.

FlowForce Server 2014 Release 2 Job Cache enhancements

Support for Mac OS 10.9

In order to support the largest possible segment of the installed Macintosh population, FlowForce Server 2014 Release 2 and other Altova server products are compatible with Mac OS 10.9.


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New in MapForce Server Version 2014 Release 2 SP1

New in MapForce Server 2014r2
Bulk insert for databases
Support for Mac OS X 10.9 (adds to support for versions 10.7 and newer)

Bulk Insert for Databases

Bulk Insert is an operation available for certain databases that allows a large volume of data to be inserted into a database table in a single SQL statement, as opposed to the typical method of using individual Insert statements for each row. Since processing overhead by the database engine is greatly reduced, performance is much faster. Testing with some examples has shown Bulk Insert can be more than 10 times faster than individual Insert statements.

Bulk Insert is also advantageous in multi-user environments. A long series of Insert commands transmitted to the database by one user could potentially be interrupted by another user sending a Select request to the same table, then the Insert sequence would continue. In a situation like this the Select operation would result in incomplete or invalid data.


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New in StyleVision Server Version 2014 Release 2 SP1

New in StyleVisionForce Server 2014r2
Support for Mac OS X 10.9 (adds to support for versions 10.7 and newer)

Support for Mac OS 10.9

Altova server products are installed together on the same hardware platform and operate under control of FlowForce Server, so it is essential that all are available for the same operating system versions. Therefore, StyleVision Server 2014 Release 2 also now supports Mac OS 10.9.

Cross-platform Support

Altova Server Software components are available for:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows XP, 7, 8 or newer
  • Linux (CentOS 6, RedHat 6, Debian 6, & Ubuntu 12.04 or newer)
  • Mac OS X10.7 or newer

Or, visit the StyleVision Server product page for more information.