A Great App for Cataloging Collections


If you’re a collector – and let’s face it, we all are – of anything from books to stamps to video games, you’ve got to check out the Altova MyCollections app.

This is a free app available for Android, iOS, and Windows, and you can actually install it on all three concurrently. I love using this to, for example, enter collection info on my Windows laptop and access it on the go on my phone. It’s easy to share your collections with friends or make them public, and you can even list your items for sale or rent.

Check out this quick demo video to see how it works.

The best way to see how MyCollections works is to try it out yourself. Download it from your favorite app store using the links below.

Download on the App Store
Download on Google Play
Download from the Microsoft Store

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Developing and Debugging User Functions in Mobile Apps


Recently I came across this note in a senior developer’s code review of a colleague’s work: “Slightly revised the user function to work correctly when languages other than English are used.” This was a surprising comment–the code is the code and it shouldn’t make a difference what language the developer or the end user speaks! A user function is simply an expression that may accept input parameters and returns a result.

Altova MobileTogether supports user functions in a cross-platform mobile development framework that combines drag-and-drop UI design and standardized functional programming for data selection and processing. Several MobileTogether demo applications are highly dependent on user functions and the MobileTogether Designer includes features that greatly assist creating and validating user functions.

Let’s take a look at user functions in mobile apps by examining one of these demo apps.

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A General Counsel’s Take on Contract Management Tools


Contract management is an important issue for most businesses, large and small. Given the breadth of approaches and tools in use, deciding on a solution can be a daunting task.

My take is simple: we use the Altova ContractManager for all of our contracts. We modified some fields to accommodate tracking of deadlines for trademarks and patents and storing copyright registrations. If you have a deadline or need to store odd documents, ContractManager can be modified to meet your need. It is a great platform that is flexible and easy to use. Perhaps I am a little biased since, well, I am the General Counsel of Altova and helped during the product design – which is an interesting story in and of itself.

Contract management case study
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Manage Your Contracts in the Cloud


Organizations of all types and sizes are faced with the challenge of storing and managing contracts in a paperless world. Locked file cabinets have been replaced by network storage folders that quickly become unorganized and don’t always provide the appropriate level of access control and security.

Customers have turned to digital contract management solutions and indeed there are many on the market. After our own search for a product that was easy to use, secure, and readily adapted to our business, we found that the field came up short. So we built our own.

Introducing Altova ContractManager – a secure, cloud-based contract management app that’s feature rich, highly-customizable, and affordable for firms of any size.  Let’s take a look at how Altova ContractManager checks all the boxes.

Altova ContractManager: a cloud-based contract management solution
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Altova Enters SaaS Market with New Cloud Apps


We are excited to announce a new SaaS subscription model for Altova legal, financial, and regulatory apps. The Altova Cloud offers a seamless experience for users to simply log in and start using one or more Altova apps, without the need to download or install any software.

Let’s take a look at some advantages of choosing Altova cloud apps and what makes the Altova Cloud different from other SaaS subscription models.

Introducing the Altova Cloud for SaaS
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Create Free Surveys with SurveyMaker


Digital surveys are a great way to solicit and gather feedback.  An attractive, well designed survey that’s quick and easy for users to complete increases response rates and can be the key to unlocking valuable, actionable information from prospects, customers, employees, and beyond.

Altova SurveyMaker makes it easy to create full-featured, professional surveys quickly and easily. What’s more, it offers the flexibility to build surveys and analyze real-time results on your device of choice, via an app for iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, Windows computer, or via any web browser.

Create free surveys with the SurveyMaker app
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CbC Reporting Made Easy


A recent mandate from the OECD called on large, multinational companies to report financials annually for each country in which they do business to their local tax authority. The OECD specified that this detailed Country by Country (CbC) Report be filed in an XML document according to their reporting schema. But for tax departments that work largely in Excel or other accounting software, this presented a significant stumbling block – and companies found themselves scrambling to meet the requirements by the deadline.

What was needed is a way to automatically generate valid, properly formatted CbC XML reports based on existing data. Altova created the Country by Country Reporting Solution to do just that, either based on manually entered data or figures imported directly from Excel. Let’s take a look at how it works.

 

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