Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Format Charts and Graphs for Any Mobile Device in Your BYOD Environment

One challenge in development of mobile business solutions is formatting for all the different devices end users will bring. Each mobile OS supports a family of display sizes from the smallest smartphones to the largest tablets. And when you switch to a competing OS, all the screen sizes all change again. The need to support many different mobile devices can slow down development of mobile solutions for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) enterprises.

Pie chart for any mobile device created using Altova MobileTogether

Altova MobileTogether is a cross-platform mobile development framework that lets you build once across multiple platforms:

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Phone 8
  • HTML-5 Browser Based Client

Going further, MobileTogether supports all available screen sizes for each OS, with special features to accelerate developer productivity.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Data Integration for Mobile Devices – MobileTogether Works with FlowForce Server

When an offsite manager can read and reply to company email on a mobile phone, it’s only a short step to wanting access to all up-to-the-minute company data from the most convenient device.

Previously we’ve written about using FlowForce Server to generate HTML output that communicates data integration results. And yes, HTML results can be made available to Web browsers on mobile phones and tablets, but that’s an inferior solution for several reasons – the data will be cumbersome to view because it is not formatted for each device, and there is no interactive support for user interface controls built into mobile operating systems like buttons, combo boxes, edit fields, etc.

Fortunately, FlowForce Server jobs can be triggered by Altova MobileTogether solutions. The results are delivered directly to the mobile device and presented in a beautiful native-client form.

Altova MobileTogether is a unique cross-platform mobile development solution that includes functionality to work with FlowForce Server, and by extension MapForce Server, to bring data integration results to mobile devices to integrate business intelligence dashboards, elegant enterprise forms, and much more.

Here’s how a month-to-date sales report can appear on a mobile phone as a MobileTogether solution:

Month-to-date sales report on a mobile device, created with MobileTogether

When the solution launches, the sales manager selects the region and product, the report is generated by execution of the FlowForce Server job running on a server back in the enterprise data center, and the results are displayed.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Now Available: MobileTogether

We are pleased to announce commercial availability of MobileTogether. Altova's brand new, cross-platform mobile development framework lets you design mobile solutions in record time and deploy them to all device platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8 smartphones and tablets, as well as Windows 8 tablets and computers, or any other browser-based client.

MobileTogether brings control of mobile data in-house, where your team can create, test, and deploy mobile solutions quickly, moving from business requirements to live mobile solutions within hours. Your organization retains full control of your data, user security, access control, and the entire development cycle.

MobileTogether Business Budget Solution

MobileTogether works for enterprises of all sizes, across all verticals. Whether you need to create BI reports, data collection forms, department-specific dashboards, or something else altogether, MobileTogether makes it easy.

MobileTogether consists of three components that unify the development experience with a visual designer, a powerful simulator, and a streamlined deployment process:

  • The MobileTogether Designer is a sophisticated mobile development tool that lets your in-house development team connect to backend systems and use a combination of visual design and functional programming to create mobile solutions, including sophisticated BI dashboards, dynamic enterprise forms, business analysis reports, and more. MobileTogether supports bi-directional connectivity to SQL databases, XML, HTML, and more. The MobileTogether Designer even includes a built-in simulator for previews matching supported devices.
  • Mobile solutions are deployed to the high-performance MobileTogether Server, which handles security, workflow logic, and integration with database back-end systems. The MobileTogether Server is available for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh platforms.
  • Enterprise users access your mobile solutions on the server via the native MobileTogether Mobile Apps, which are available free of charge in the Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, and Windows 8 app marketplaces. There is also an HTML5 browser-based client for any other device.

With today’s release, MobileTogether introduces several new features based on invaluable feedback from beta test users, including enhanced support for images captured directly from a camera or stored in a photo gallery, new Actions that can be assigned to UI controls or included in Action Groups, new XPath functions for image and geolocation processing, and additional new XPath functions.

MobileTogether is designed to be affordable for firms of all sizes. The MobileTogether Designer and MobileTogether Mobile App are free to use – so teams can get to work immediately. When they’re ready to deploy custom mobile solutions, the MobileTogether Server provides powerful data processing and affordable scalability that is licensed based on the number of mobile devices the enterprise needs to support.

Visit the Altova Web site for detailed information about MobileTogether, watch a MobileTogether demo video, or to get started yourself, download the MobileTogether Designer!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cross-Platform Mobile Development with Altova MobileTogether

Software engineers have long wanted to create an application once and run it on multiple platforms. With today’s rapidly evolving mobile devices, the problem is even more urgent, as iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Surface tablets all compete for developer resources.

If you’re working on apps to communicate with enterprise users, you risk disenfranchising and alienating influential and important subsets of your colleagues when you build for each device sequentially or deliver unequal functionality.

Altova MobileTogether lets you create a cross-platform mobile solution once and deploy it in seconds to all mobile users in the enterprise, who may run it on iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets, Windows Phones, Surface tablets, or even laptop or desktop computers.

And these are not simple .html-based one-size-fits-all Web pages, but true native mobile solutions that take advantage of all the rich interface features users already know, delivering mission-critical data from databases, XML files, or by issuing HTTP requests to remote servers and filtering and formatting the response as necessary.

A mobile sales report application created with MobileTogether

The MobileTogether Designer is an easy-to-use development tool for creating high-quality business intelligence dashboards, interactive reports, enterprise forms, and other mobile applications by using drag-and-drop functionality. You simply drag various controls into the work area and assign data structures and actions to build a cross-platform solution.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Learn About XQuery Update Facility

New in XMLSpy Version 2015 is an innovative implementation of XQuery Update Facility. XQuery Update Facility is an extension of the XQuery language that allows you to make changes in an XML instance using “update expressions” that insert, delete, replace, or rename nodes.

XMLSpy supports both XQuery Update 1.0 and 3.0, which you can select in the XPath/XQuery window.

What makes the XMLSpy implementation so innovative? According to the standard, that the result of an XQuery Update execution is a new XML file based on the original file and the specified modifications. This means that each execution completely reformats the document. XMLSpy lets you skip this intermediary step, because it allows you to make updates directly in the specified XML file(s) without having to create a new file. In this way, XMLSpy provides an intelligent mechanism for implementing XQuery Update via a familiar find-and-replace paradigm. However, because XQuery Update provides for sophisticated updates using the power of FLWOR statements, it overcomes the limitations of find-and-replace and lets you make complex, intelligent XML file modifications quickly and easily.

As you compose your XQuery Update statements, the real-time results pane lets you preview the results of the changes to the affected nodes. Once you’re ready to apply them, you can choose to execute the updates in the current file or across all open files, a folder, or an entire XMLSpy project – with a single click.

See how it all works in this brief video, which walks you quickly through editing XQuery Update expressions in XMLSpy and also serves as a quick tutorial about how XQuery update Facility works if you’re unfamiliar with the syntax.

XQuery Update Facility Editor in XMLSpy

 

Download XMLSpy to try this new functionality for yourself. Or, watch some more videos of features new in the latest version.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld Here We Come!

image The Altova team is on its way to an exciting event next week in San Francisco, Oracle OpenWorld! If you will be there, stop by booth #220 in Moscone South near the database demo grounds from September 29th – October 1st for a demo of Altova’s tools for Oracle users and to see our new cross-platform mobile development solution MobileTogether. image

We would love to hear from you about your latest projects and challenges, collaborate on best  practices or let us show you some of the new exciting things Altova has to offer. While you are at our booth, spin our prize wheel for a chance to win some fun giveaways. We hope to see you next week!

Monday, September 22, 2014

MobileTogether Beta 2 is Now Available

UPDATE: MobileTogether exited Beta with the formal launch on November 10, 2014. Check out the more recent post announcing the MobileTogether launch to learn about even more new features added during the Beta period.

 

MobileTogether Beta 2 is Now AvailablePacked with new features, the Beta 2 version of Altova MobileTogether is now available for download. If you’ve already participated in the first round of MobileTogether Beta, then you already know how easy it is to create sophisticated app solutions and get them into your end-users’ hands.

But if you’re new to MobileTogether, it works like this: you can connect to your backend data and use the information found in relational databases, XML documents, or on the web to create powerful, cross-platform business solutions, including BI dashboard, electronic forms, and even complex business workflows. Once constructed in the MobileTogether Designer, you can test your solution with the built-in simulator to ensure it works on all devices. Finally, your solution is effortlessly deploy to your end-users on the device of their choice—whether that’s a mobile phone, a tablet, a laptop, or all three! What takes other app developing approaches weeks, months, or even a year to complete, takes less than a few days with MobileTogether.

What’s new in Beta 2?

With the release of a new product version, comes a host of new updates. Here is a list of the new features and fixes available in the latest Beta 2 version:

  • Support for SQLite databases
  • Support for dynamic SELECT statements fully generated with XPath/XQuery
  • Automatic retrieval of auto-number primary key after Save action to database
  • Support for data retrieval in DB Execute action
  • Support for user authentication via Windows Active Directory
  • Support for user to choose his own password in client
  • Support for user to change his password on first login
  • Auto-correcting HTML parser
  • Clients translated to German, Spanish, and Japanese
  • New variables: $MT_ButtonBackgroundColor, $MT_ButtonTextColor, $MT_EditFieldBackgroundColor, $MT_SimulationMode, $MT_EditFieldTextColor, $MT_LabelBackgroundColor, $MT_DBExecute_Result
  • New functions: mt-has-serveraccess, mt-refresh-userroles, mt-external-error-code, mt-external-error-text, mt-refresh-userroles

During the Beta period, all three components of the MobileTogether system (the Designer, the Mobile App, and the Server) are available as a free-to-use download. The Beta provides you with a great opportunity to take MobileTogether for a test drive by creating app solutions and then deploying them to your end-users. After the beta period concludes later this year, the Mobile App and Designer will continue to be free to use, and the Server pricing – based on the number of client devices connected – will be extremely affordable.

If you’re a current beta customer, you may need to update your MobileTogether Designer and Server software on the MobileTogether Beta pages. Your MobileTogether Mobile App will be updated through the respective app stores.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It

MobileTogether has been in Beta testing for just a few weeks and we have already been garnering a lot of positive feedback. Here is a sample of what your colleagues have told us:

“Excellent approach. The ease with which one can develop data driven apps with this is just amazing.”

“Very effective tool, congratulations!”

“I’ve found MobileTogether very easy to use, even with my lack of experience.”

Isn’t it about time you see what everyone is talking about? Begin your MobileTogether experience now by downloading the Designer. image

Learn more about MobileTogether:
MobileTogether Beta page
MobileTogether Support Forum
MobileTogether Video Demonstrations
MobileTogether product page
MobileTogether intro video
A Gentle Introduction to XPath

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Altova Software Version 2015 Now Available

We are pleased to announce availability of Version 2015 of Altova’s MissionKit desktop developer tools and server software products! In this latest version, you'll find updated standards support across the product line, powerful new support for XQuery Update Facility and previewing the layout of XBRL Tables in real-time in XMLSpy, data mapping support for JSON and XBRL Table Linkbases in MapForce, support for HTML fragments in StyleVision, and much more.

Read on for more details below, and visit the What's New page for more information.

clip_image001We’ve also created brief videos to demonstrate some of these new features.

New in XMLSpy® 2015

  • Intelligent XML file modification with XQuery Update Facility 1.0/3.0 - Watch the video!
  • Support for XQuery Update Facility via XQuery execution
  • Enhanced XSLT 3.0 support
  • XBRL Table layout preview - Watch the video!
  • Building XBRL Formulas visually, via new XBRL Table Preview - Watch the video!
  • Support for US GAAP taxonomy updated to include 2014
  • Significantly optimized support for EBA 2.1 (COREP/FINREP) taxonomies
  • Inclusion of UBL (Universal Business Language) 2.1 Schemas
  • Support for integration with Eclipse 4.4 (adds to support for previous versions)

Powerful new window for writing and previewing results of XQuery Update Facility expressions:

XQuery Update Facility Editor

New in MapForce® 2015

  • JSON support as mapping input and output components
  • XBRL Table Linkbase support
  • Support for US-GAAP 2014 XBRL taxonomy
  • New function replicate-item
  • New FlexText option for Single Split "delimited (line starts with)"
  • Support for integration with Eclipse 4.4 (adds to support for previous versions)
  • Support for German, Spanish, and Japanese languages in format-date function

Support for drag-and-drop JSON data mapping, conversion, and integration:

JSON data mapping in MapForce 2015

New in StyleVision® 2015

  • Option to generate HTML fragments
  • Support for footnotes in RTF, Word, and PDF output
  • Support for US GAAP 2014 taxonomy (adds to support for previous versions)
  • Support for integration with Eclipse 4.4 (adds to support for previous versions)

Altova Server Software Version 2015

Version 2015 of Altova Server Software products provides important new functionality that increases performance, provides new administration options, and delivers updated standards support for XSLT, XQuery Update Facility, and XBRL.

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: up to 100 times faster* for large files, i.e., those bigger than 10 MB
  • Support for US GAAP 2014, adding to support for previous versions

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

New in MapForce® Server 2015

  • New API for incorporating MapForce Server functionality in your custom applications

New in StyleVision® Server 2015

  • New API for incorporating StyleVision Server functionality in your custom applications
  • Support for database-based designs (adds to support for XML and XBRL)

Update Now

Altova customers with current SMP (Support and Maintenance) can upgrade to Version 2015 for free. Update now!

Or, if you haven't tried Altova Server Products, a 30-day trial is also available.

 

 

*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.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Meet us in Las Vegas to see the future of Mobile!

MobileCon Altova will be in Las Vegas, NV September 9-11th at CTIA's Super Mobility Week. Come see us in booth 7506 in the MobileCon Pavillion to see MobileTogether, our revolutionary new, cross-platform mobile development environment for building mobile app solutions for corporate data. MobileTogether allows you to build one solution for all platforms – in record time – and deploy it seamlessly to all the mobile and desktop devices in your workplace.  
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Let our experts show you first hand how instead of cumbersome and time-consuming native app development tools, MobileTogether unifies the development experience by providing a visual designer, a powerful simulator, and a stream-lined deployment process.   

Feeling lucky? While you are at our booth take a spin at the prize wheel in our booth for a chance to win some exciting giveaways!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Automating Data Integration Workflows – Download the E-Book

We’ve published an e-book titled Automating Data Integration Workflows with Altova FlowForce Server that is now available for free download from the Altova Web site. Here is a brief description:

FlowForce Server is a highly-customizable platform to automate data transformations defined by MapForce data mappings, report and document generation, and other tasks on dedicated servers, virtual machines, or workstations scaled for the scope of the project. FlowForce Server empowers data architects, analysts, and other IT professionals to efficiently complete enterprise-level data integration tasks.

Automating Data Integration Workflows with Altova FlowForce Server provides an overview of the Altova FlowForce Server platform through a series of real-world data integration tasks and examples.

Automating Data Integration Workflows with Altova FlowForce Server