Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Support for XPath/XQuery 3.1, WS-Security, and More Debut in R3

Release 3 of the Version 2015 Altova MissionKit desktop developer tools and Altova server software products is now available with updated standards support, customer requested features, and innovative new functionality that will save you time on everything from XPath and XQuery development, to advanced data mapping, to XBRL report rendering and beyond. You can skip right to the good stuff and upgrade now, or click Read More below for all the details.
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Now Available: MobileTogether 1.4 with Support for Geolocation, Android 5, iOS 8, and Much More

We are pleased announce version 1.4 of MobileTogether, Altova’s multi-platform mobile development framework that empowers organizations of any size to quickly design and deploy custom enterprise mobile solutions that are accessible on any mobile device.

New features in Altova MobileTogether 1.4

Coming just weeks after the initial product launch, MobileTogether 1.4 adds these new features:

* Geolocation functionality: MobileTogether 1.4 includes full support for geolocation, empowering users to build complete location-based mobile business workflows that track delivery and pickup, assign or track work in various locations, or implement any other transportation-based application.

* Android Version 5.0: MobileTogether 1.4 supports the recently released Android 5.0. Developers building with MobileTogether can quickly create mobile solutions to run natively on Android 5.0 with backward and cross-platform compatibility.

Building in-house app solutions in MobileTogether ensures that any incompatibilities introduced by mobile OS upgrades such as from Android 4.x to 5.0 do not require any coding changes in their solutions. Instead, MobileTogether provides one consistent and unified cross-platform environment through the MobileTogether Client Apps supporting all major platforms.

* XPath/XQuery 3.1 is the latest revision to the XQuery language and adds support for important new features including data maps, arrays, data in the JSON format, and more, allowing MobileTogether solutions to more easily consume data from a wider variety of external sources.

* String localization support allows developers to create a single version of a solution with translations for various languages. Localization support has been enhanced in this version of MobileTogether with support for a new function that can be used in XPath expressions, for instance to display text in a message box in the correct language.

* iOS 7/8 rendering has been added to the simulator window in MobileTogether Designer to provide a more accurate representation of the solution as it will appear on the iOS client device.

* And more - for more details and a complete list of all of the new features included in version 1.4, check out: www.altova.com/whatsnew_mobiletogether.html .

MobileTogether Client Apps support Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, and Windows 8

If you would like to download the free MobileTogether Designer to get started creating your first enterprise mobile solution, visit: www.altova.com/mobiletogether

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Mobile App Dev Survey and a Chance to Win

We wanted to take a moment to let you know about an important survey of mobile app developers and users. Read on below to take the survey and enter for a chance to win an Amazon gift certificate.

 

In an effort to bring to market the best mobile application tools and platforms, Smith’s Point Analytics is conducting a survey of mobile application developers, creators, and users to better understand market requirements and quantify the value provided by codeless mobile application platforms. They are also measuring how satisfied users are with these platforms.

The survey will take 5 to 10 minutes and as a token of appreciation, you will be entered in a drawing for one of two $50 Amazon gift certificates.

Please click on the link below to begin the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8KFGCSJ

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Cross-Platform Simulator for Enterprise Mobile App Development

In the past it was difficult and time consuming to synchronize development of cross-platform mobile enterprise applications because each mobile operating system required a different tool set or unique steps to build a compiled result.

Altova MobileTogether simplifies and accelerates cross-platform mobile development with the MobileTogether Designer. Using MobileTogether, developers create a single Solution file for Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, and in HTML-5 browsers on other platforms.

Even better, the MobileTogether Designer includes a Simulator window that lets developers instantly execute the Solution to test logic, view the design as it will appear on a variety of devices, and examine changes in workflow data during execution.

Here is a view of the BizBudget example Solution as seen in the Simulator representations for iOS and Android devices:

MobileTogether Simulator showing iOS and Android devices

Both views were generated from the same solution file, simply by changing the simulation preview device.

Monday, December 22, 2014

New Data Integration Whitepaper Now Available

The data engulfing enterprises today comes from many seemingly unrelated sources. Collecting, refining, and assimilating all this information, and being flexible enough to accept new data formats and resources, is critical to success in the 24/7 connected world. We are proud to announce a new whitepaper titled Data Challenges and the MapForce Platform for Data Integration that addresses these issues, now available for free download from the Altova Reference Library.

The MapForce Platfrom for Data Integration whitepaper

This data integration whitepaper gives business executives, data analysts, data-focused developers and others an overview of current trends and issues in data integration, then discusses how Altova MapForce combines with Altova Server products to create a highly automated enterprise data integration platform that is configurable, scalable, and cost-effective.

To cover all the relevant, up-to-date information, the whitepaper even includes a section titled Data Integration for Mobile Devices that discusses how Altova MobileTogether easily integrates to bring data integration results to mobile devices, providing business intelligence dashboards, elegant enterprise forms, and much more in today’s cross-platform BYOD (bring your own device) workplaces.

Click here to download your copy today!

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.