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!!!Visual Paradigm for UML - Award-Winning UML CASE Tool
Visual Paradigm for UML (VP-UML) is the friendly and economical alternative to Borland Together and IBM Rational Rose. VP-UML was awarded [SD Magazine's 14th Annual 2004 Jolt Productivity Award|http://www.visual-paradigm.com/14thJolt.php] (along with Borland Together for Eclipse) in the Design and Analysis Tools category, over the other finalists including IBM Rational XDE.
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VP-UML seems to be an alternative UML tool. (See http://www.visual-paradigm.com/vpuml if you are interested; we don't take kindly to advertising on JSPWiki pages.) --[ebu]
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!!!VP-UML and SDE
[VP-UML|http://www.visual-paradigm.com/vpuml] is a feature-rich and the most easy-to-use UML CASE tool in the market that provides excellent interoperability with other applications.
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[Smart Development Environment (SDE)|http://www.visual-paradigm.com/sde] is available in a number of versions, each of which is seamlessly integrated with an IDE and provides code round-trip engineering functionality.
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!!Features of VP-UML and SDE
!Seamless integration with the major IDEs
[SDE|http://www.visual-paradigm.com/sde] is available in a number of major IDEs, including [Microsoft Visual Studio|http://www.visual-paradigm.com/sdevs.php], [Borland JBuilder|http://www.visual-paradigm.com/sdejb.php], [Eclipse/IBM WSAD|http://www.visual-paradigm.com/sdeec.php], [NetBeans/Sun ONE|http://www.visual-paradigm.com/sdenb.php], [IntelliJ IDEA|http://www.visual-paradigm.com/sdeij.php], [JDeveloper|http://www.visual-paradigm.com/sdejd.php] and [BEA WebLogic Workshop|http://www.visual-paradigm.com/sdeww.php], providing a seamlessly integrated environment that supports the entire model-code-deploy software development process.
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VP-UML seems to have a lot of promise. All types of OO documents handled, reverse engineering for those who work with those who adhere to the idiocy of "real programmers don't do docs".
Unfortuanately, as of 5/2006, when I check it, the program won't recognize any jre but 1.5 (or above when that comes). So, all of us who are stuck using a "legacy" jre ar SOL (hosed). Solutions: Find an older version of VP-UML, Convince my client (US Govt. - HA! fat chance) to upgrade to 1.5, Move on to another tool, punt.
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!Teamwork support
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When several team members work on the same project, version control is always a major concern. The time and effort spent on merging the works of each team member is very expensive, and is very risky that the previous works may be overwritten by the new changes. [Visual Paradigm's Teamwork Server|http://www.visual-paradigm.com/teamworkServer.php] automates these complex development processes. The key benefits of Teamwork Server includes:
__Faster development__
Blend the skills of different developers to create applications that would be difficult or impossible for a single developer to create, saving time in managing the works from different developers.
__Merging the works automatically__
Unlike some other teamwork system, you don't need to specify what you will change while checking out the project. All the changes made by different developers can be merged by the VP Teamwork Server automatically. Users can specify how to resolve the conflicts when it occurs.
__Project versioning__
Changes of the project are stored into different versions. So you never miss what you have done even you have overwritten your work accidentally.
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!Incorporation of Visio drawings into any UML diagrams
Unlike other UML CASE tools that support only standard UML diagrams, VP-UML and SDE extend this limitation by allowing you to [incorporate Visio drawings into any UML diagrams|http://www.visual-paradigm.com/VisioIntegration.php]. You can model domain-specific hardware, software, networking components by using your icons, beyond the standard UML notations.
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!Instant conversion of source code, binary and executable files into models
VP-UML and SDE allow the reverse of program source code, binary and executable files into UML model instantly. Supported languages/formats include XML, XML schema, .NET dll or exe files, Java source/class/jar files, C++ source files, CORBA IDL source files, database tables through JDBC, and Hibernate files. With this instant reverse facility, it's simple to create UML documentation for existing program source or executable files.
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!Interoperability with Rational Rose and XMI
VP-UML and SDE allows the migrating of legacy projects in Rational Rose and other CASE tools through the importing of Rational Rose projects and XMI. You can import the UML model and diagrams of a Rational Rose project (mdl) file to VP-UML, instead of creating them again from scratch. You can also export an XMI file from other CASE tools or applications and import it into VP-UML. Besides, a VP-UML project can be exported as an XMI file, which can be used in other CASE tools including Rational Rose.
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!Full integration with Microsoft Office products
VP-UML and SDE support the [copying of diagram as OLE objects|http://www.visual-paradigm.com/OLESupport.php] so that you can paste the diagram to any Microsoft Office documents (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc). The diagram content can be edited directly in the document with VP-UML and SDE. You don't need to worry about losing the original diagram source, as it is embedded into the Office document.
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!Intuitive diagram editing
VP-UML and SDE provide intuitive inline editing for all UML diagrams. You can create and specify model elements without using dialog boxes. This truly what-you-see-is-what-you-get diagram editing facility reduces the effort and time in creating UML diagrams.
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The resource-centric interface is adopted to assist frequently performed tasks. Context-sensitive shortcut buttons are shown when a diagram element is selected. Frequently performed operations like show/hide compartments, fit to size, creating associated diagram elements can be performed in one mouse click.
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!Automatic diagram layout
With the automatic diagram layout in VP-UML and SDE, you can tidy up messy diagrams in a few mouse clicks. You may choose either the orthogonal layout, the hierarchical layout, or the tree layout depending on the nature of the diagram. Each layout style can be fine-tuned with a set of configurable parameters.
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!Textual analysis for identifying candidate classes
Textual analysis is a useful and handy technique for capturing system requirements and identifying candidate classes. VP-UML and SDE are the only UML CASE tools that support textual analysis. Just fill in the problem statement and you can identify the system's candidate classes by a simple drag-and-drop operation.
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!Support for CRC cards
CRC card is a traditional way for identifying classes, responsibilities and collaborations of objects in an object-oriented system. VP-UML and SDE are the only UML modeling tools that support CRC cards.
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!HTML/PDF documentation generation
VP-UML and SDE support documentation generation in HTML and PDF format so that it is easy to carry the UML documentation to anywhere and share it with team members and collaborative partners even if they don't have VP-UML and SDE installed.
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!Sophicated printing facility
VP-UML and SDE provide a sophisticated printing facility which produces high-quality printouts. You can configure every single detail including the paper size, orientation, margin size, page overlapping ratio, fit to ratio/pages option, header and footer, and multiple pages settings.
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!Export Diagrams as Images
VP-UML and SDE provides support for exporting diagrams or selected portions in diagrams as images in JPG, PNG or SVG format.
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!Multilingual supports
The user interface of VP-UML can be configured to display in different languages. Currently the supported languages include English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Japanese. It is also possible to translate VP-UML into other languages using the VP-UML Language Translator utility.
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!Multiple-platform support
It doesn't matter what operating system you are using. You can run VP-UML and SDE on your computer. VP-UML and SDE are available and well-tested in many platforms including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Java Desktop.
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--[Steve Kuchta|mailto:Steven.Kuchta.ctr@dla.mil], 15-May-2006
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