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XMLSpy in Eclipse

Installing the XMLSpy Plugin for Eclipse

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Before installing the XMLSpy Plugin for Eclipse, ensure that the following are already installed:


XMLSpy Enterprise or Professional Edition.

Eclipse Platform 4.11 / 4.12 / 4.13 / 4.14. Install a 32-bit or 64-bit Eclipse to match your version of  XMLSpy (32-bit or 64-bit).

A Java JRE/JDK that matches the version of Eclipse and XMLSpy (32-bit or 64-bit). For example, install a 64-bit JRE/JDK if you are going to use Eclipse 64-bit and XMLSpy 64-bit. For the specific Java versions required by Eclipse, check the Eclipse installation pre-requisites.


After these have been installed, you can install the XMLSpy Plugin for Eclipse, which is contained in the XMLSpy Integration Package (see below).


XMLSpy Integration Package

The XMLSpy Plugin for Eclipse is contained in the XMLSpy Integration Package and is installed during the installation of the XMLSpy Integration Package. Install as follows:


1.Ensure that XMLSpy (Enterprise or Professional Edition), JRE, and Eclipse are already installed (see above).

2.From the Components Download page of the Altova website, download and install the XMLSpy Integration Package. There are two important steps during the installation; these are described in Steps 3 and 4 below.

3.During installation of the XMLSpy Integration Package, a dialog will appear asking whether you wish to install the XMLSpy Plugin for Eclipse (see screenshot below). Check the option and then click Next.

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4.In the next dialog ((Eclipse) Installation Location, screenshot below), you can choose whether the Install Wizard should integrate the XMLSpy Plugin into Eclipse during the installation (the Automatically option) or whether you will integrate the XMLSpy Plugin into Eclipse (via the Eclipse GUI) at a later time.

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We recommend that you let the Installation Wizard do the integration. Do this by checking the Automatically option and then browsing for the folder in which the Eclipse executable (eclipse.exe) is located. Click Next when done. If you choose to manually integrate XMLSpy Plugin for Eclipse in Eclipse, select the Manually option (screenshot below). See the section below for instructions about how to manually integrate from within Eclipse.

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5.Complete the installation. If you set up automatic integration, the XMLSpy Plugin for Eclipse will be integrated in Eclipse and will be available when you start Eclipse the next time.




Manually integrating the XMLSpy plugin in Eclipse

To manually integrate the XMLSpy Plugin for Eclipse, do the following:


1.In Eclipse, click the menu command Help | Install New Software.

2.In the Install dialog that pops up (screenshot below), click the Add button.

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3.In the Add Repository dialog that pops up (screenshot below), click the Local button.

4.Browse for the folder c:\Program Files\Altova\Common2020\eclipse\UpdateSite, and select it. Provide a name for the site (such as 'Altova'), and click OK.


5.Repeat Steps 2 to 4, this time selecting the folder c:\Program Files\Altova\XMLSpy2020\eclipse\UpdateSite, and providing a name such as 'Altova XMLSpy'.

6.In the Work With combo box of the Install dialog, select the option -- All Available Sites -- (see screenshot below). This causes all available plugins to be displayed in the pane below. Check the top-level check box of the Altova category folder (see screenshot below). Then click the Next button.


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7.An Install Details screen allows you to review the items to be installed. Click Next to proceed.
8.In the Review Licenses screen that appears, select I accept the terms of the license agreement. (No license agreement (additional to your XMLSpy Enterprise or Professional Edition license) is required for the XMLSpy plugin.) Then click Finish to complete the installation.


If there are problems with the plug-in (missing icons, for example), start Eclipse via the command line with the -clean flag.




Currently installed version

To check the currently installed version of the XMLSpy Plugin for Eclipse, select the Eclipse menu option Help | About Eclipse. Then select the XMLSpy icon.


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