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Suggestion for free UML tool

 
Wai Hung
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Can anyone suggest a free UML tool to me?

How about community version of Poseidon? does it have enough features to do the job?

Thank
 
Xie Ruchang
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Hi Wai Hung,

Initially, I tried Poseidon. I quite like it until I work on the sequence diagrams. I think it has serious problems in drawing Sequence Diagrams. I check with others in this forum who have used it but they said it is OK. Another problem I got with Poseidon it that when you save the diagram as a GIF file, there is this Poseidon watermark. But it can be easily removed if you have Photoshop or other similiar software. Having said that, you should remember it is quite a lot of work removing watermark. (Unless SUN's people doesn't mind). Please try the Sequence Diagrams of Poseidon and let us know your experience.

In the end, I got MagicDraw special evaluation copy for a limited time that allows me to save unlimited number of classes. I think this product is very excellent. The best of all the UML tools I have used which include Rose, Together, VP, Poseidon and so forth. However, the normal evaluation copy for MagicDraw only allows diagrams of up to 10 classes to be saved. This is definitely not enough for SCEA.

2 cents,
Frankie
 
Tomi Tuomainen
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I'm planning to use Dia which has been pretty good at work. It is flexible enough since I hate those strict rules of Rose, Poseidon, Visio etc. (They don't always follow the UML specs!).

The only bad thing with Dia is that it crashes in my Win2k sometimes, but luckily auto saving is working great.
[ June 13, 2004: Message edited by: Tomi Tuomainen ]
 
Eduardo Rodrigues
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Dia is great...
I think a good aproach is to do the whole work in some pro software like Rose , taking notes about the stuff considered "wrong" and later use Dia to remake the diagrams following the correct specs...

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yogesh shekhawat
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Hi Frankie,
How I could get special evaluation copy of magic draw ? I am using evaluation copy which seems to work fine but it limits number of classes I have to save in my UML.

thanks,
Yogesh
 
Valentin Crettaz
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You can also give a shot at Visual Paradigm:
http://www.visual-paradigm.com/
http://www.visual-paradigm.com/download.php#Software
 
ech naton
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Hi
I like ArgoUML
it is under BSD License und works well for me. (But I have not yet started with SCEA)

http://argouml.tigris.org/
 
Xie Ruchang
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Hi Yogesh,

You have to send them an email and explain your case. In my case, I work for a polytechnic and I was evaluating the software to be used for teaching. I am not pleased with the expensive ones like Rose and Together. So they give me a 30days unlimited evaluation key.

Magic Draw is available for download at http://www.magicdraw.com

Best Regards,
Frankie
 
Luciano Queiroz
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Guys,

The best one in my opinion is Jude!
It's great! I've drawn all my diagrams using Jude.
Try it! You'll love it!

http://objectclub.esm.co.jp/Jude/jude-e.html
 
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