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anyone know of any good (FREE) modelling tools. something like the now unavailable together whiteboard edition or something. i just need something to put together UML diagrams with. code generation is not an issue. any pointers?

No BS
Thursday, May 16, 2002

http://argouml.tigris.org/

Stephan
Thursday, May 16, 2002

I was going to point you toward I-Logix Rhapsody, Solo Edition; but it looks like their free version is no longer free. Too bad.

Martin L. Shoemaker
Thursday, May 16, 2002


I went to the URL posted by No BS, and the first thing I saw is a screenshot featuring a _lousy_ GUI. The I saw the word "Java" and got strange flashbacks about unresponsiveness, strange behaviors, and non-standard controls (I'm using windows).

And I left. Don't knew then, but a couple of minutes later, I realize that I _hate_ Java interfaces. I can almost smell them, and I can't help but hate them.

Anyone else have this strange phobia?

Leonardo Herrera
Thursday, May 16, 2002


Hm, the URL wasn't posted by No BS. My mistake.

Leonardo Herrera
Thursday, May 16, 2002

I downloaded the argouml tool and it suits my needs quite fine. thanks stephan. i had similar flashbacks about the whole java thing - especially for a modelling tool. (a lot of these reservations stem from using Forte4Java) but this tool is working like a breeze. i'll still take more suggestions though.

No BS
Thursday, May 16, 2002

From what little I've seen of ArgoUML, it looks decent for a free tool. Java GUIs are slow and if you're used to the Windows look and feel, they can be disorienting.

However, despite the speed issues I'm rapidly becoming addicted to JEdit (to the point of abandoning the much faster EditPadPro) for Java development on my Win2K box. For my current project, I've usually got at least 3 Java GUI tools running at once and none of them are fast (but some are otherwise quite good). JEdit does have a button you can click to request garbage collection which, while it may not really improve performance does make me feel slightly better about waiting for the screen to redraw.

Beth Linker
Thursday, May 16, 2002

Also, the poseidon UML tool is built on top of Argo, and has a little better support.  Additionally, there is afreee comuunity addition.

Adam
Thursday, May 16, 2002

Stephan, Thanks for the link.  I didn't try the ArgoUML, but looked around the tigris site, http://www.tigris.org .  It looks interesting.

Having used Rational Rose and System Architect,  I often feel that SWE tools are an area where open source has a chance of doing a better job.

Are there any other sites for open source SWE tool developement?  I know about sourceforge of course.

mackinac
Friday, May 17, 2002

UML Pad is a freeware tool for drawing UML class, sequence, state, and activity diagrams. Much less capable than ArgoUML, but clean and simple, zips to less than 1 MByte and requires no installer.

http://web.tiscali.it/ggbhome/umlpad/umlpad.htm

EP
Friday, May 17, 2002

I went through and tried all the open source and "free" tools about five months ago and ended up just plain frustrated by their lack of functionality and buginess.  Check out:

http://www.objectsbydesign.com/tools/umltools_byPrice.html

for a good listing of UML tools.  As I stated in a different thread on this forum, I ended up buying Enterprise Architect and have not regretted the minor expense. 

Dave Warner
Friday, May 17, 2002

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