Stylus Studio Releases All-New XML Pipeline and XML Publishing Tools to Simplify XML Development

Stylus Studio® 2007 XML Enterprise Suite - Most Significant Release in Stylus Studio's 10 Year History, Offers World's First Truly Integrated Development Environment for Modeling, Editing, Debugging, and Deploying Entire XML Applications

Bedford, MA, September 25, 2006 – Stylus Studio (http://www.stylusstudio.com), the industry-leading provider of XML tools and components for advanced data integration, today announced the immediate availability of Stylus Studio® 2007 XML Enterprise Suite. The latest release of the worldwide popular and award-winning XML IDE offers completely new XML Pipeline and XML Publishing tools, and it is being heralded by the company as being the single biggest and most significant release in Stylus Studio's 10 year history.

The Stylus Studio XML Pipeline tool is a powerful XML application design tool that lets software architects design XML data services at a higher and more integrated level than ever before. Rather than manually editing individual stylesheets, queries, schemas, Web services, and other pieces of XML applications, Stylus Studio XML Pipeline editor allows developers to quickly and easily model their entire application as a sequence of different XML processing tasks. For example, a typical XML application might involve converting legacy data into an XML format, validating the resulting XML document, then transforming it to HTML or PDF using XQuery or XSLT. Using the Stylus Studio XML Pipeline tool, developers can visually assemble such an application by dragging and dropping dozens of common XML operations from a tools palette onto a canvas and simply wiring them together according to the application's business requirements. Developers can also drag XQuery, XSLT, and other XML documents from a file system and drop them directly on the XML Pipeline canvas.

The Stylus Studio XML Pipeline tool seamlessly integrates all of Stylus Studio's powerful XSLT debugging and XQuery debugging tools and utilities, enabling users to debug the entire application as a whole, or individual components or chains of components, by setting breakpoints where they choose. And when it comes to getting the XML application out of the lab and into the real world, Stylus Studio provides integrated Java Code Generation tools to automatically generate the required code to deploy and run the entire XML application in a production environment. The Stylus Studio XML application debugging and code generation tools provide unparalleled extensibility, offering seamless integration with the world's leading XML, XQuery, XSL and XSLT processors including DataDirect XQuery, Apache Xalan, Apache Xerces, Microsoft .NET, MSXML, Saxon XSLT, Saxon XQuery, RenderX XEP, XSV, and others. Furthermore, integration with DataDirect XML Converters™ enables seamless access to any data source including EDI and flat files.

Stylus Studio 2007 XML Enterprise Suite takes XML application development to the next level, providing an intuitive and productive environment for building complete XML applications, including modeling, editing, debugging, and deploying an entire XML application, thus making the Stylus Studio product the world's first truly integrated XML Application Development Environment.

The Stylus Studio XML Publisher product is a powerful XML report designer that allows users to create advanced document layouts for use in single-source publishing, content management, and multi-channel publishing applications. Using an intuitive visual interface, business users can easily design rich document layouts to publish XML content to PDF, HTML, Postscript and many other document formats using XSLT 1.0, XSLT 2.0, or XQuery 1.0. The Stylus Studio XML Publisher product supports numerous heterogeneous data sources including relational databases; XML databases; Web services; EDI, EDIFACT, X12, CSV and other flat file formats; as well as XML and XML Schema documents.

"Simply put – if XML standards compliance, developer productivity, application scalability, and getting true value for your money matter to you and your organization, then buy Stylus Studio 2007 XML Enterprise Suite today," said Robert Evelyn, DataDirect VP Strategy and General Manager XML Products Group. "Companies that are looking for a complete XML set of offerings need to look no further than DataDirect Technologies. The combination of our full featured Stylus Studio 2007 XML Enterprise Suite announced today, along with the DataDirect XML Converters™ to access those older formats such as EDI and the world class, and the enterprise ready DataDirect XQuery 2.0 product allowing easy access to XML, Relational DB, Web Services, and older formats using an industry standard query language provides answers to your XML challenges today and in the future."

Pricing and Availability

Stylus Studio 2007 XML Enterprise Suite is now available for free trial download, or for purchase at the Stylus Studio online shop. Stylus Studio has rolled-back prices across the board to levels never seen before. Stylus Studio 2007 Release 3 XML Enterprise Suite is offered at $795 (USD) for a single-user license. Stylus Studio XML Professional Suite is now offered at $450 for a single-user license, and Stylus Studio 2007 Home Edition is offered at $99 for a single-user license. For a limited time, Stylus Studio is offering special introductory pricing of approximately an additional 20-50% off these already discounted prices. Significant volume discounts and competitive upgrades are also available – please visit the online shop for a complete price list.

About Stylus Studio® XML Pipeline

The Stylus Studio XML Pipeline tool is the world's first true integrated development environment for XML programming because it provides a comprehensive way to model, edit, debug, and deploy the entire application, rather than just the individual bits and pieces that make it up. The following are some of the highlights of the new Stylus Studio XML Pipeline tool:

  • Visual editor lets you specify and link together any number of XML processing operations to be applied to your data
  • Support for dozens of XML processing operations including converting, transforming, validating, querying, and publishing your data
  • Re-use XML Pipelines inside other XML Pipelines
  • Complete XML Pipeline debugging support
  • Cross-language debugging support -- step into XSLT or XQuery
  • Define pipeline flow control based on different conditions, for example, the outcome of an XML validation operation, or the result of an XPath expression
  • Generate Java code to deploy an entire XML application, not just one piece
  • Extensible execution framework enables developers to choose different processors for XML validation, XSLT, XSL:FO, and XQuery

About Stylus Studio® XML Publisher

The Stylus Studio XML Publisher product provides the easiest way to create professional quality reports from your XML and relational data without needing a degree in Computer Science. The following are just a few of the highlights of Stylus Studio XML Publisher product:

  • Visually design stylesheets and publish them to PDF, HTML, PostScript and other document formats.
  • Access numerous data sources including relational databases, XML, Web services, EDI, X12, EDIFACT, IATA, CSV and thousands of other legacy file formats.
  • Generate XQuery or XSLT 1.0 / XSLT 2.0 to generate XSL:FO or HTML output.
  • Integration with RenderX XEP and Apache FOP.
  • Support for rich formatting including tables, lists, text blocks, images, and more.
  • Support for iteration, flow control, and conditions based on XPath.
  • Integration with XML Pipeline enables XML publishing as part of a larger XML workflow application.

Both the Stylus Studio XML Pipeline and Stylus Studio XML Publisher products are offered in Stylus Studio 2007 XML Enterprise Suite.

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 a comprehensive suite of advanced XML tools and scalable deployment components for working with XML, XSLT, XQuery, XML Schema, Web services, EDI, legacy data integration, XML Pipeline, XML mapping, XML Publishing, Web services and more. Used by leading software developers world-wide, Stylus Studio simplifies XML programming and enhances developer productivity through innovation. For more information, visit: http://www.stylusstudio.com.

About DataDirect Technologies

DataDirect Technologies is the software industry's only comprehensive provider of software for connecting the world's most critical business applications to data and services, running on any platform, using proven and emerging standards. Developers worldwide depend 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, XQuery and SOAP. More than 300 leading independent software vendors and thousands of enterprises rely on DataDirect Technologies to simplify and streamline data connectivity for distributed systems and to reduce the complexity of mainframe integration. DataDirect Technologies is an operating company of Progress Software Corporation. For more information, visit www.datadirect.com.

DataDirect, DataDirect Connect, DataDirect XQuery, and Stylus Studio are trademarks or registered trademarks of Progress Software Corporation or one of its subsidiaries or affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Java and all Java-based marks are trademarks or service marks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Any other trademarks or service marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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