XMLSPY 5 is developed by Altova, Inc. (www.altova.com) and is available in Enterprise, Professional, and Home Editions that vary in price and feature-set. The CD-ROM that accompanies this book includes a special 90-day trial version of the XMLSPY 5 Enterprise Edition. This special version differs from the version that you can download from the XMLSPY Web site (www.altova.com) in that it enables you to obtain a 90-day evaluation key code to ensure that you have more than enough time to complete all the exercises in this book. The regular downloadable version from the Altova site operates as a 30-day evaluation copy.
To install and use XMLSPY 5, your system should have the following minimum specifications:
64MB of memory
30MB free disk space
Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher
Additional memory resources will allow you to parse and process larger documents.
Insert the CD-ROM into your disk drive and the InstallShield application is automatically launched. If for some reason the installer does not automatically launch, manually execute the XMLSPYHandbook.exe file on the CD-ROM. Select the Install XMLSPY 5 Enterprise Edition option and follow the installation instructions, choosing all the default values, which will place an XMLSPY shortcut button on the Windows taskbar and on the desktop. After installation, when you open XMLSPY 5 for the first time (by clicking either the shortcut or the program icon), a dialog box appears and prompts you to enter a valid license key-code, as shown in Figure 1-5.
Figure 1-5: The Altova Licensing Manager.
To obtain a free key-code, click the Request a FREE Evaluation Key button and fill out the dialog box shown in Figure 1-6. Click the Request Now! button, and an e-mail containing your key-code will be sent to the address you provided. Please note that requesting and obtaining a key-code requires a working Internet connection. Copy and paste your key-code into the Key-Code field and click OK. You have now completed installing and registering XMLSPY.
Ignore the message that says ... to evaluate XMLSPY for 30 days for free press this button ...”. The key-code that will be e-mailed to you is valid for 90 days.
Altova, Inc. periodically issues service packs containing bug fixes and other updates. The software updates are put on the Web for free download at www. altova.com/download. Be sure to visit this site periodically to check for updates. Valid evaluation key-code holders or customers who have purchased an XMLSPY license may upgrade to the newest version for free by uninstalling XMLSPY (using the Windows Control Panel and choosing Add/Remove Programs) and reinstalling the new version. An XMLSPY 5 key-code works for any XMLSPY service pack update, provided that the key-code has not expired.