What's New in the Latest Version of Altova Server Software?
On September 17, 2014, Altova released Version 2015 of its line of cross-platform server software products optimized for today's high-performance, parallel computing environments. v2015 provides important new functionality that increases performance, provides new administration options, and delivers updated standards support for XSLT, XQuery Update Facility, and XBRL.
Select a link below to learn about each new Altova server product:
Altova Server Software is 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
FlowForce Server, MapForce Server, StyleVision Server, and RaptorXML Server are available for a free, 30-day trial.
|New in RaptorXML Server 2015|
|Support for XQuery Update Facility 1.0/3.0|
|Extended XSLT 3.0 support|
|Significantly optimized support for EBA 2.1 (COREP/FINREP) taxonomies (RaptorXML+XBRL Server only)|
|Support for US GAAP 2014, adding to support for previous versions (RaptorXML+XBRL Server only)|
Support for XQuery Update Facility 1.0/3.0
Coinciding with support for XQuery Update Facility in XMLSpy 2015, RaptorXML Server now supports execution XQuery Update Facility documents.
The XQuery Update Facility provides the ability to modify the state of an existing node in an XML instance via an “update expression.”
Examples of what you can achieve with an update expression are inserting nodes, deleting nodes, modifying a node by changing some of its attributes, or creating a modified copy of a node with a new node identity.
See how XQuery Update works in this video featuring XMLSpy 2015.
Significantly optimized support for EBA 2.1 (COREP/FINREP) taxonomies
Starting with RaptorXML Server Version 2015, validation of XBRL instances based on EBA 2.1 COREP/FINREP taxonomies is now up to 100 times faster* for large files, i.e., those bigger than 10 MB.
*Performance results based on Altova internal tests conducted on a typical selection of files comparing Version 2015 to the prior version of the software. Your results may vary.
Extended XSLT 3.0 support
As with XMLSpy 2015, RaptorXML Server now provides extended support for XSLT 3.0, including support for the xsl:assert element. Automatic tail recursion detection for xsl:call-template is also new, and this allows such calls to be executed as a loop, resulting in significant speed and memory consumption improvements.
Or, if you’re already a RaptorXML Server customer, learn more about all the new features that have been added since your last upgrade.
|New in FlowForce Server 2015|
|Ability to move configuration objects (jobs, deployed mappings, credentials, etc.) from one FlowForce Server to another|
|Feature to abort job execution|
|Active Directory integration|
|User password management extensions|
|User privileges report|
Moving Configuration Objects
FlowForce Server 2015 administrators can now move configuration objects (jobs, deployed mappings, credentials, etc.) from one FlowForce Server to another. This is very helpful in configurations where a development server is used for creation and testing of new FlowForce jobs and workflows and a production server is isolated from the development environment.
Administrators can now easily migrate from development to production by copying tested and validated jobs, mappings, and user credentials from one FlowForce Server to another, instead of recreating them by hand.
This feature has been frequently requested by FlowForce Server users.
Feature to Abort Job Execution
A FlowForce Server job could be unintentionally defined to endlessly loop, consume too many system resources, run much longer than expected, or encounter an error that makes it appear to hang and block other jobs from processing. FlowForce Server 2015 allows administrators to easily abort execution of an individual problem job without impacting other tasks in process.
Active Directory Integration
Windows Active Directory is a Microsoft service that authenticates users as they log in and enforces security policies for access to network resources. FlowForce Server 2015 can optionally use Windows Active Directory to authenticate users, eliminating the need for administrators to define users, groups, and permission directly in FlowForce Server.
Password Extensions and Privileges Report
Administrators may reset user passwords, enforce password complexity, or create a new user with no password, who is then prompted to create one at the first login.
FlowForce Server 2015 also includes a new feature that allows administrators to print reports of users and privileges for easier management of user accounts.
Or, if you’re already a FlowForce Server customer, learn more about all the new features that have been added since your last upgrade.
|New in MapForce Server 2015|
|New API for control of MapForce Server|
New API for Direct Execution
MapForce Server 2015 now supports an API that allows MapForce Server to be executed natively by programs written in C# and VB.NET in Windows, from other Windows apps via a COM interface, and from Java programs in Windows, Linux, and MacOS.
This new API allows developers to incorporate MapForce Server functionality as a feature of their own applications. One application might be for a developer to use MapForce Server to transform data coming from an external source to a standard internal format before manipulating it in their own program.
Data mappings for MapForce Server are created in Altova MapForce and saved as MapForce Server Execution files.
API Code Examples
The documentation provided with the MapForce Server API contains code examples for C#, C++, Java, VBScript, and Visual Basic to help developers quickly access MapForce Server programmatically from .NET, Java, or COM-based code. The sample for C# is shown at left.
Complete documentation is available at the Altova Documentation page.
Or, if you’re already a MapForce Server customer, learn more about all the new features that have been added since your last upgrade.
|New in StyleVisionForce Server 2015|
|New API for control of StyleVision Server|
|Support for database-based designs (adds to support for XML and XBRL)|
New API for Direct Execution
Similar to the API for MapForce Server 2015 described above, StyleVision Server 2015 also supports an API for native execution by programs written in C# and VB.NET in Windows, from other Windows apps via a COM interface, and from Java programs in Windows, Linux, and MacOS. For example, StyleVision Server could produce reports from data created within a developer’s own program.
Or, if you’re already a StyleVision Server customer, learn more about all the new features that have been added since your last upgrade.