freeware UML software
Anyone know of any freeware UML software that lets you diagrams in GIF format?
Are those diagrams for a Java project? Then try Eclipse UML, it's free. Together might be an alternative. In the same price range: Rational.
... the latter two are not freeware.
Rational is popular because of some early drives in software process modeling and a well-paid sales force.
Hrm, I was actually wondering this the other day. I'm looking for a tool that will model for me. I just want it to load up my classes i've written, then fire up a model. More for documentation purposes. I tried ArgoUML and that was a pain and the ass. I pity the people who have to write front end java.
Visio will reverse-engineer a lot of object models. You might also look at Document!X by Innovasys - I used to use their DocumentVB! product and loved it.
There's a middle ground between ArgoUML (free, but practically unsable) and Rational (high licensing costs) - Enterprise Architect (http://www.sparxsystems.com.au/).
Again when it comes to industry standards consider sybase powerdesigner 45-day eval will get your documentation done by reversing from code.
Not exactly what you want, but it is free:
Sorry, should have added that ESSModel works only with Java and Delphi.
"If you've ever ventured near the Franklin planner/Covey method world, it's the same type of thing. "
Aren't free software developers avoiding the GIF format because of licensing royalties or something like that?
I've been using Gentleware at www.gentleware.com. They have a free community edition. It has a Java front end (for me this is a plus because I develop on Linux most of the time) based on the Argo codebase. Its nowhere near as clunky as ArgoUML, however, since the vast majority of their improvements are focused on user interface. And their L&F is one of the best I've seen for Java.
www.lysator.liu.se/~alla/dia dia its on open source thing that has a windows port if you are into that sort of thing. Also look into the dia2code add on which will then generate stub classes for various languages (java, c++, ...) from your diagram
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Be careful with Dia. We use it at varsity, and it spontaneously quits a lot. Save often, and try not to right-click too much. Apart from that, it seems to work ok.
If you only need it for documentation, I can't recommend Doxygen enough.
The free version of poseidon works well. I can't say how well it might build models from already created code... It's based on ArgoUML I believe.
>Aren't free software developers avoiding the GIF format because of licensing royalties or something like that?<
>I've been using Gentleware at www.gentleware.com. They have a free community edition.<
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