Stylus Studio 5.3 Adds XML Differencing and Enhanced XML Mapping Tools to Award-Winning XML IDE

Bedford, Mass.June 28, 2004 — Stylus Studio (http://www.stylusstudio.com), the industry-leading innovator of tools for XML development and productivity, shipped Release 5.3 of its award-winning XML Integrated Development Environment (XML IDE) today. Stylus Studio Release 5.3, adds a flexible XML differencing utility, significant XML Mapping enhancements, and many usability and performance improvements, solidifying its reputation as the most comprehensive XML IDE on the market.

Stylus Studio Release 5.3 — A Boon to XML Developers

"I just purchased Stylus Studio, and it is a really good product," said Doug Domeny, a software analyst for Ektron Inc., an innovator in Web content management and authoring software. "It found some errors in one of my XML schemas that my former XML tool failed to detect, so I'm pleased with its thorough technical competence. Most of my time with XML tools is spent writing XSLT to filter XML or to convert from one XML vocabulary to another, and Stylus Studio's XSLT editing, mapping, and debugging tools save me lots of time and effort. Stylus Studio is an excellent tool for any developer working with XML."

Commenting on the significance of Stylus Studio Release 5.3, Carlo Innocenti, the senior product architect for Stylus Studio said, "XML developers will be highly impressed with the advanced functionality in our new XML differencing tool. And our revamped XML mapping tools are second to none. Stylus Studio is the only XML IDE to fully support round-trip engineering for XSLT- and XQuery-based XML Mapping, providing the most intuitive development support for XML data integration projects. Stylus Studio Release 5.3 is concrete proof of our ongoing commitment to provide the highest quality and most value-priced XML development tools, period."

XML Differencing

The powerful new XML differencing utility in Stylus Studio Release 5.3 allows developers to quickly compute and visualize changes between XML documents and directories. The integrated XML Differencing tool supports the following features:

  • One-click differencing of XML files using a customizable color-coded XML tree view
  • Support for one-to-one and many-to-one XML file differencing
  • Support for folders differencing; ability to launch XML file differencing from within a diffed folder
  • View differences using "split-screen" and "merged changes" views
  • Step through XML differences node by node
  • Autorun feature allows user to set conditions under which differencing is calculated automatically
  • Expand all changes
  • Collapse identical XML blocks to simplify the display
  • Optionally resolve or ignore XML entity references and XML namespaces
  • Many user-configurable XML differencing settings, including the ability to optionally compare or ignore XML comments, XML element content, whitespace, XML attributes, XML processing instructions, formatting characters, and more
  • Choose among XML differencing algorithms optimized for processing very large XML documents, optimized for speed, and optimized for detail

See product website for a complete technical description of the new XML Differencing utility.

Enhanced XML Mapping

Users benefit from several enhancements to Stylus Studio's visual XML mapping tools for XQuery and XSLT. Chief among the mapping enhancements for Stylus Studio Release 5.3 is a powerful split-screen editing mode that simultaneously displays fully editable views of both the visual XML mapping diagram and the underlying XSLT or XQuery source code. Users can now make live edits to either the source code or the visual XML mapping diagram, and see instantly the effect their changes have — without clicking a separate tab or opening another editor. Because Stylus Studio automatically synchronizes the changes to both visual mapping and source code views as you work, this feature is a great way to learn the intricacies of these powerful XML technologies.

See product website for a complete technical description of the updated XML Mapping tools.

Pricing & Availability

Stylus Studio is available now for a free 30-day trial download, and can be purchased at our Online Shop, or contact us. Prices start at $395(USD) for a single-user license. All current Stylus Studio customers are eligible for a free upgrade to Stylus Studio Release 5.3.

About Stylus Studio

Stylus Studio®, a product from DataDirect Technologies, an operating company of Progress Software Corporation, is the industry's most innovative XML IDE providing advanced support for XML and its related technologies: XSL, XSLT, XML Schema, DTD, SOAP, WSDL, SQL/XML, XML mapping and XQuery. Used by leading software developers world-wide, Stylus Studio simplifies XML programming and enhances developer productivity through innovation. Visit the Stylus Studio Web site to learn more.

About DataDirect Technologies

DataDirect Technologies is focused on standards-based data connectivity, enabling software developers to quickly develop and deploy business applications across all major databases and platforms. DataDirect Technologies offers the most comprehensive, proven line of data connectivity components available anywhere. Developers worldwide at more than 250 leading independent software vendors and thousands of corporate IT departments rely on DataDirect® products to connect their applications to an unparalleled range of data sources using standards-based interfaces such as ODBC, JDBC™ and ADO.NET. Developers also depend on DataDirect to radically simplify complex data integration projects using XML products based on the emerging XQuery and XQJ standards. DataDirect Technologies is an operating company of Progress Software Corporation, a US$300+ million global software industry leader. Headquartered in Bedford, Mass., you can visit DataDirect Technologies on the Web, or you can call +1-800-876-3101.


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