Model with UML. Click-to-export diagrams as image files – JPG, PNG, SVG and EMF. Quick and straight forward!. In many respects in ArgoUML it behaves like a package. ArgoUML is . Beginning with ArgoUML , XMI files are exported conforming to the UML I think our PNG writer writes the diagram background as transparent. Therefore if you display your PNG on a whitebackground it will be white. I think some paint.
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It runs on any Java platform and is available in ten languages. For Windows you can also download a setup file that will install it in 30 seconds and launch the application, exprot a desktop icon.
An on-line tool tour allows getting a quick overview of ArgoUML interface and features. The configuration of ArgoUML is separated in different places.
Import and Export
You have a classical “settings” menu where you are able to configure the user interface options like language or appearances. It is also there that you enable or disable the associated modules, like the Java code generator and some of their settings. The “Critique” menu allows to toggle design critics that create “todos” elements during your modeling activity and to adjust the importance of critics.
It also enables reverse engineering from Java. External modules have been expott to complement ArgoUML in specific areas. They provide generation of database schemas or code in other languages like Ruby or Delphi. You can find a list of most of these modules on http: The screen of ArgoUML is split in four different panes.
The “explorer” pane shows relationships between diagrams and design items according to the selected perspective. The “ToDo” pane contains the tasks that could be completed.
The main window is the drawing window where you create your diagrams. On the bottom, you find a “details” pane where you can define your diagram items and link them with elements, like a “todo” item or documentation.
The mouse gives you hints on each element that you can place on your diagram.
You can then use the detail pane to describe diagram items and link to other items like documentation for instance. After each action, your model is assessed and the “todo” panel on the bottom left is updated. Clicking on one of this item will give you an explanation about its rationale and how you should act to improve your design.
You can naturally turn off this constant evaluation of your design. Another arvouml feature of ArgoUML argoukl the presence of checklist for every component of a model. Class models are influenced by generation. You can see the generated results as you are building your class and the generating process influences the design assistance.
Diagrams can be graphically exported in the various formats, so that argoumml can include them in other documents. The nicer aspects of ArgoUML lie in its design assistance features.
The design evaluation and checklists provides valuable help to make sure that your models are well formed.
This will be specifically attractive for people that are learning UML diagrams or don’t use them continuously. Beside the modeling aspects, ArgoUML has also some nice features like code generation and reverse engineering.
Import/export class diagrams between ArgoUML, Visio and Eclipse UML2
I haven’t checked these aspects, but if you develop with Java you might be interested to explore them. Models of this evaluation inspired by the book “UML 2. Browse a selected list of upcoming Software Development Conferences.
References Models of this evaluation inspired by the book “UML 2.