StyleVision New Features Index

What’s new in StyleVision?

Learn about all the additional capabilities you’ll get by upgrading from an older version to XMLSpy® 2017!

StyleVision is available in Enterprise, Professional, and Basic Editions. For a comprehensive list of features in each edition, visit the StyleVision Edition Comparison.

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StyleVision® 2017 (October 4, 2016)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Support for creating fillable PDF forms.
Support for XBRL Taxonomy Packages.
Support for ADO.NET database drivers..
Native support for PostgreSQL..
Support for Progress OpenEdge databases..
Support for SQL Server 2016..
Support for integration with Eclipse 4.6..

StyleVision® 2016 Release 2 (February 16, 2016)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Ability to create a design based on a Word document...
Support for copying/pasting images and document snippets from Word/Excel files...
Support for integration with Eclipse 4.5..

StyleVision® 2016 (September 30, 2015)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Windows 10 support...
Support for Firebird databases..
Support for numerous databases updated to include newest versions: IBM DB2 10.5, SQL Server 2014, PostgreSQL 9.4, MySQL 5.6, and Oracle 12C ..
Visual Studio integration updated to include VS 2015 ..

StyleVision® 2015 Release 4 (June 10, 2015)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Support for SQLite databases..

StyleVision® 2015 Release 3 (February 25, 2015)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Support for XPath 3.1...
Support for XBRL Table Linkbase.

StyleVision® 2015 (September 17, 2014)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Support for generating HTML fragments ...
Support for footnotes in RTF output..
Support for footnotes in PDF and Word output.
Support for US GAAP 2014 taxonomy (adds to support for previous versions) .

StyleVision® 2014 Release 2 (March 19, 2014)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Support for XSLT 3.0 and XPath 3.0...
Enhanced XPath dialog...
Support for Altova XPath extension functions ...
Integration with Visual Studio 2013 (adds to support for previous versions)..

StyleVision® 2014 (October 29, 2013)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Support for new databases: SQL Server 2012; PostgreSQL 9.0.10, 9.1.6, 9.2.1; IBM DB2 9.5, 9.7, 10.1; Informix 11.70; MySQL 5.5.28; Sybase ASE 15, 15.7; Access 2010, 2013..
Support for integration with Eclipse 4.3 - adding to support for earlier versions..
New options for rendering section breaks - to avoid a blank first page..

StyleVision® 2013 Release 2 (April 29, 2013)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Support for FOP 1.1 .
Support for deploying StyleVision designs to FlowForce Server...

StyleVision® 2013 (September 15, 2012)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Table row and column conditions – conditionally hide rows or columns in tables...
XPath Evaluator extension of XPath Builder – evaluate XPath expressions in context, in order to verify results...
Java application seamless integration – integrate StyleVision functionality in custom Java applications for Windows...
Watermark support – set watermark images or free text for PDF, RTF, and Word output...
Additional toolbars for easier design – several toolbar buttons and combo boxes have been added to simplify text formatting tasks...
Spell check support for CamelCase – saves time and increases spell-check accuracy...
Integration with Eclipse 4.2 – adds to support for earlier versions...
Support for US GAAP 2012 XBRL taxonomy – adds to support for earlier versions...

StyleVision® 2012 Release 2 (February 23, 2012)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
RichEdit functionality for Authentic eForms – Authentic end users can now apply formatting to content via RichEdit toolbar..
Support for logical files in IBM iSeries databases – logical files are similar to data views and can now be used as a data source for reporting..

StyleVision® 2012 (October 19, 2011)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Composite styles – Control multiple style features via XPath...
Dynamic class assignment for HTML, Word, RTF, PDF, and Authentic ..
Dynamic CSS selection via XPath ...
Support for HTML5 and CSS3 ...
JDBC database driver support ...
Java API ..
New samples for API use – code samples help developers immediately utilize the APIs to automate StyleVision in their preferred environment..

StyleVision® 2011 Release 3 (June 8, 2011)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Support for XML digital signatures – facilitate the secure exchange of documents among business users.
Support for new PXF (Portable XML Form) file format – dramatically increases the portability of StyleVision designs, the Authentic electronic form in particular..
New spell checker with improved dictionary support ...
Support for Internet Explorer® 9 ...
Support for .TIFF, .JPEG XR, and .SVG image formats ...
Scripting editor supports .NET 4.0 ..
Ability to add additional .NET assemblies for scripting – now enjoy easy access to external .NET assemblies from the Global Assemblies Cache (GAC), MSVS .NET References, or assembly files stored on your network or machine..

StyleVision® 2011 Release 2 (February 16, 2011)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Barcode support – StyleVision has now integrated all of the barcode implementations provided by the BarCode4J library..
Ability to generate multiple output files from a single design template ...
Ability to define reusable XPath expressions – lets users define their own XPath functions, which can be used anywhere in their stylesheet designs (i.e. conditions, auto-calculations, etc.)...
Support for embedded images in XML ...
Additional chart types and features .
Ability to generate ASPX Web applications – allows customers to easily deploy dynamic Web sites with design and functionality dictated in StyleVision templates...
PDF bookmark tree .
Ability to create visible/internal combobox values – allows users to create two separate sets of data for comboboxes: entries that will be visible to the Authentic user, and data that will be written to the XML source file...

StyleVision® 2011 (September 8, 2010)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Charts as a new design element – charts can be rendered for multi-channel output in HTML, RTF, PDF, Word 2007+, and as electronic forms.
Chart wizard for XBRL files – allows users to generate charts in their XBRL reports using a comprehensive wizard.
Scripting & toolbar editor for Authentic – allows users to interact with XML and database reports using forms, event handlers, and macros created in the Scripting Editor interface..
Multi-channel output of HTML/CALS tables – StyleVision will automatically recognize values dictating table structure such as column number, row height, etc., and apply them to rendered output...
Assigning styles to HTML/CALS tables – enables customers to add information that may be missing from the source format...
Multiple assignments to HTML/CALS tables in a single schema – allows users to differentiate between similar data structures and define separate styles to each using the Edit HTML/CALS tables dialog...
Ability to import existing XSLT files – users will now be able to base their designs on existing XSLT files that were designed for HTML output or XSL files with XSL:FO commands for output in PDF...

StyleVision® 2010 Release 3 (May 10, 2010)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Support for iXBRL – allows users to embed XBRL fragments in HTML documents.
Global templates for any element – enables StyleVision users to easily create modular designs and manage large documentation efforts with ease...
Support for Visual Studio 2010 ..

StyleVision® 2010 Release 2 (February 16, 2010)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
64-bit version – for use with 64-bit operating systems..
Support for editable variables in Authentic eForms – allows users to add variables to the design template itself, rather than needing to modify the underlying XML Schema file..
Keyboard shortcuts for moving layout boxes ...
Enclose/remove templates for table rows and columns ...
Enhanced header/footer options ..
Support for vertical text ...
Ability to pass parameters to design fragments ...
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StyleVision® 2010 (October 28, 2009)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Completely new design paradigm – adds to the flexibility to the design process, letting users approach StyleVision in the same way they use other design applications - specifying layout first and adding content after...
True electronic form design through absolute positioning – lets users specify an exact static location for any content element(s) in their template designs...
Ability to print design templates – promotes easy collaboration with other stakeholders, allowing them to preview document markup and design before XML, database, and/or XBRL-derived content is added to the generated output...
Support for multiple page layouts in one document – lets users work even more seamlessly with printed media, in which it is often necessary to combine portrait and landscape modes, have different headers and footers, variable page sizes, etc....
Inline HTML, XSLT processing commands – gives users additional flexibility in their design, enabling them to use functionality that is not sometimes natively supported in StyleVision...
Inline XSL:FO processing commands – gives users additional flexibility in their design, enabling them to use functionality that is not sometimes natively supported in StyleVision..
Extension templates based on any XPath – allows for full flexibility in selecting nodes and values from any XML location and in any combination within a document(s)...
Ability to import external XSLT files ...
Column formatting for print output formats – allows users to create static columns in their template designs for printed output, which is essential for newspaper-type layouts...
XHTML output option ...
Disable-output-escaping function – enables developers to render code as-is, without it being transformed by a processor...
Ability to modify output DPI – lets users accurately fine-tune the conversion from pixel units to absolute units (cm, in, etc.) for better control over how CSS settings get applied to print output formats..
Support for variables in design – enables users to declare variables based on any XPath expression...
Native code calls (.NET, Java, JavaScript, etc.) in XPath statements ...
Support for fixed lines in form design ...
Internet Explorer support extended to include IE8 ...
Compatibility with Windows 7 ...

StyleVision® 2009 (February 3, 2009)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
XBRL design for financial reporting –enables organizations to share customized business data in online or print format(s) with business partners, stakeholders, and regulatory commissions, all based on XBRL taxonomy requirements.
All-new design for tables – allows users to create and edit tables that have a mixture of dynamic and static properties, and also to insert XPath conditions that apply to entire rows or columns...
Direct template filtering with XPath – allows large amounts of data to be automatically ignored by the rendering engine based on specific cases...
Visual Studio & Eclipse integration – gives users access to StyleVision's graphical interface and unique stylesheet design capabilities directly from within their favorite IDE..
Native support for XML fields in SQL Server – lets users associate XML fields in SQL Server databases with XML Schemas so that the defined data elements can be easily incorporated into the design for rendering and publishing..
Support for additional databases – SQL Server 2008, Oracle 11g, and PostgreSQL 8..
Support for Apache FOP 0.95 .

StyleVision® 2008 Release 2 (April 28, 2008)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Native support for OOXML – allows users to automatically generate DOCX output based on stylesheet designs.
Support for Grouping – provides users with a simple method of grouping XML elements for reorganizing data presentation...
Support for Complex and Simple types in XML Schema – increases schema portability and usability by enabling users to define type-based global elements...
Database Views – allows developers and DBAs to render custom views created from their relational database data..
Inline PK/FK creation – allows users to create unique identifiers for database records on-the-fly...
Support for SQL SELECT statements – enables users to use any SELECT statement as input for rendering..
Sample XML Schema generation based on an XML instance – allows users to create stylesheets based on XML input when there is no XML Schema available....
Embedded images and image sizing support in RTF .
Native support for XSL:FO styles for page processing .
Project management support ..
RTF support now extends to Professional Edition ..

StyleVision® 2008 (September 12, 2007)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Modular StyleVision design files – allows users to import existing StyleVision designs to reuse their work in multiple projects...
Database Connection Wizard – simplifies connecting to supported databases..
Database Query window – allows users to query supported databases directly within StyleVision..
Refactoring support when working with XML Schemas – detects changes made to source XML Schemas and allows designers to easily ...

StyleVision® 2007 Release 3 (May 30, 2007)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
New StyleVision Basic Edition – visual stylesheet design tool for rendering XML data in HTML format .
Support for tables of contents – a context-sensitive right click menu and wizard allow users to tag items in a design for inclusion in the TOC...
Rendering and editing of database XML fields – simply associate database XML fields with XML Schemas then drag defined data elements on to the design pane for rendering and publishing (IBM DB2 9 only for this release)..
Support for design fragments – save a set of formatting rules as a template and re-use that template throughout a design as required...
Support for FOP 0.93 processor .

StyleVision® 2007 (October 24, 2006)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Support for specifying style values based on XPath expressions – each XPath expression is evaluated at runtime, and the result is entered as the value of the property..
Ability to set conditions dependent on output type – fine-tune output for HTML, PDF, RTF, or Authentic forms by setting conditions for each output format as needed..
Support for sorting data at runtime – a handy Sort dialog lets you define which elements should be sorted, whether they are numbers or text, and whether they should be displayed in ascending or descending order in the resulting HTML, PDF, and RTF output files..
Rendering and editing of CDATA nodes – render CDATA elements in each output format and edit CDATA nodes in Authentic view..
Page count totals – for headers and footers in the style (Page X of XX) for output to PDF and RTF.

StyleVision® 2006 Release 3 (June 1, 2006)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
CSS Support – provides support for cascading stylesheets, enabling users to specify more precise visual styling rules to transform XML and database content into HTML pages. Users can import existing CSS files into the new Style Repository Entry Helper and apply the CSS styles easily using drag-and-drop functionality...
Multiple Source Stylesheet Design – enables the design of stylesheets that use multiple sources, such as two or more XML files, an XML file and a database, etc. Allows users to combine data from multiple sources and output it simultaneously in HTML, RTF, and PDF formats..
JavaScript Support – adds interactivity to HTML pages with a built-in JavaScript editor for composing JavaScript code that StyleVision can automatically insert into the corresponding XSLT 1.0 or 2.0 stylesheet...
User Interface Enhancements – including windows that can be customized, floated, and docked as required; support for working with multiple designs at one time; and a new Design Tree window for viewing and expanding all the specifics of a design in one place. Also includes a new Style Repository window that makes it easy to organize and apply styles including those from external CSS files, and a Local Properties window for viewing and editing the properties for each element and output format as a design is created...

StyleVision® 2006 (October 3, 2005)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
Enhanced standards support – updated XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 support in compliance with the latest World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Working Drafts released on September 15, 2005...
Schema-awareness in XSLT 2.0 Engine – increased functionality and enhanced code performance...

StyleVision® 2005 (October 3, 2004)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
XSLT 2.0 Support – auto-generate standards-compliant, error-free stylesheets using XSLT 2.0 and instantly preview results...
XPath 2.0 Support – allows users to design stylesheets that support advanced data grouping and aggregation functions, and automatically creates XPath 2.0 selectors for use in building stylesheets...
RTF Output – auto-generates output in this popular word processing format and allows users to simultaneously view the results in Microsoft® Word®..
Creation of Database-Enabled Electronic Forms – allows users to design and produce intuitive Altova Authentic electronic forms for writing to, and reading from, all popular relational databases..

StyleVision® 2004 Release 4 (May 17, 2004)EnterpriseProfessionalBasic
All new version – completely restructured around its graphical stylesheet designer functionality. StyleVision 2004 superseded the stylesheet designer application formerly sold with XMLSpy...
Database reporting – allows users to access database data from any major database, process it in XML, and render eye-catching HTML pages or PDF reports..
Authentic Forms preview – provides ability to design and preview Authentic Forms, which give business users a non-technical way to enter and edit XML content using the word processor-like interface of Altova Authentic..
Support for command line operations – allows systems integrators to call its functionality from within other applications without spawning its graphical user interface..


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Reporting Edition indicates this feature is included in the Reporting Edition.