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XML Schema Viewer

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    Massif

    Just been handed the following mission:

    Find an XML schema viewer which lets you expand / collapse large schema (schemas, schemae?) and (and here's the tricky bit) will print them as well.

    Requirements, must cost less than XMLSpy.

    Anyone got any ideas? They're currently using the schema viewer in Eclipse but that doesn't let them print. A print plugin for the eclipse schema viewer would probably be awesome.

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    littleguru

    Have you ever tried to use IE?

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    stevef100
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    Massif

    Thanks! Oxygen's on my list, but I think it is still a tad expensive when almost all they want to do is print out the schemas.

    Sorry littleguru but IE doesn't do the nice graphical diagram-type display they're using.

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    phreaks

    I think hands down the best XML/XSL/XSD/Schema editor/IDE is Stylus Studio.

    It blows XML Spy completely out of the water (IMHO), they have different pricing options, for whatever fits your needs.

    Download the trial and check it out, maybe it will help.

    http://www.stylusstudio.com/

    Stylus Studio® 2007 XML Professional Suite $350 (save $150)    
    Stylus Studio® 2007 XML Home Edition $99 (save $50)

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    jsampsonPC

    Uh...all you gotta do is view the schema and be able to print it? Sounds like a rather small app...no? Why are we all looking for something like this, seems like it would be a quick-project.

    Am I wrong?

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    Massif

    It would be quick to write one, yes, but it'd cost far more than buying even the most expensive one.

    Just fixing the print feature in eclipse would be good Smiley

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    Sven Groot

    Visual Studio has a fairly good schema editor/viewer (it's not stellar, but it's always been good enough for my purposes), and it can print. I think it's also included in the Express editions, which would make it free.

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    littleguru

    Sven Groot wrote:
    Visual Studio has a fairly good schema editor/viewer (it's not stellar, but it's always been good enough for my purposes), and it can print. I think it's also included in the Express editions, which would make it free.


    I'm using that too. Allows also to create a schema from an xml file... It allows also to exand and collapse nodes etc.

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    stevef100

    how about sharp develop????
    tis Free:)

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    Massif

    Thanks for all the replies, oxygen and stylus studios both do what I want, but probably cost too much considering that we only want the printing.

    They're not using Visual Studio, so I don't think i can recommend that. (Although I'm going to have a look and see how well it works when I get back home to the copy I have there.)

    They may just have to stick to printing out screenshots... Sigh...

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    figuerres

    Massif wrote:
    Just been handed the following mission:

    Find an XML schema viewer which lets you expand / collapse large schema (schemas, schemae?) and (and here's the tricky bit) will print them as well.

    Requirements, must cost less than XMLSpy.

    Anyone got any ideas? They're currently using the schema viewer in Eclipse but that doesn't let them print. A print plugin for the eclipse schema viewer would probably be awesome.


    Perhaps you can hack up something with XMLNotepad ??

    it's a MSFT download that has the .net source for the app...

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnxmlnet/html/xmlnotepad.asp

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    eddwo

    To me nothing comes close to the clarity of XMLSpy Schema diagrams.
    It is fairly expensive though if thats all that you want to use it for.

    If you just need to print it out the once there are 30 day trial versions of all the XMLSpy products, and there was a free "Home" edition, though that could only cope with single-file schemas.

    I've been using XMLSpy for 2 years, mostly just for the schema view, though the grid-view editing method has come in handy a few times.

    It does however seem to get very slow and consume huge amounts of memory (2-300mb) when reading large files (16-25mb).

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