VorteXML Ably Converts Content

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2004-05-10 Print this article Print

VorteXML can pull data from any text-based data file and convert it to XML.

XML has become the lingua franca of business-to-business communications, but a lot of content is not created as XML. And many companies may want to convert invoices, reports and data files into XML without having to invest in an entire BPM platform to do so.

Datawatchs VorteXML Version 3 provides an effective, easy-to-use, Windows-based GUI for converting text-based content into XML files (see screen, below). Version 3 includes many improvements, such as new views for analysis and reports and increased editing options. But the most important new feature by far is the products support for the W3Cs XML Schema standard.

The step-by-step process to load content, define fields, map content and create files seemed somewhat unforgiving at first but soon became second nature, and I could quickly convert even complex data files. I could base XML content on any Document Type Definition that I loaded.

VorteXML runs only on Windows systems and is priced at $600. For more information, go to www.datawatch.com.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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