Altova UModel Adds Support for BPMN
Altova announced the availability of Altova UModel Version 2008 Release 2 (v2008r2). Several powerful new features have been added for visually designing application models in the Unified Modeling Language (UML), including support for the Object Management Group (OMG) Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), a graphical notation for drawing business processes in a workflow; extended support for Java 6.0, C# 3.0, Visual Basic 9.0, and Visual Studio 2008; enhanced functionality for working UML diagrams; and more.
The new features and functionality now available in UModel v2008r2 include:
- Support for OMG Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN). New support in UModel v2008r2 enables users to develop BPMN diagrams to illustrate business processes, which is often a requirements definition step prior to software development. The use of BPMN diagrams is especially useful for developing, documenting, and implementing standards in large organizations or in complex industries with many interacting business entities. Additionally, these diagrams are readily understandable by all business stakeholders, including business analysts, technical developers, and business managers.
- Support for Java 6.0, C# 3.0, Visual Basic 9.0, and Visual Studio 2008. UModel v2008r2 is the first UML tool to include updated source code generation and reverse engineering support for Java 6.0, C# 3.0, and Visual Basic 9.0, including accurate parsing of the new language constructs introduced in C# 3.0 and VB9.0 that directly support XML. Additionally, the UModel 2008 Enterprise Edition integration component now supports the latest release of Visual Studio 2008.
- New Diagram Layers Feature. In the latest version of UModel, a new diagram layers feature, similar to the layers functionality in dedicated graphics applications, is now supported. The UModel Layers window allows UML modelers to create and control layers in any diagram type. Each element in a diagram can be assigned to a specific layer, and those layers can be made invisible or locked to prevent changes. Additionally, the new layers functionality allows users to group elements logically within diagrams. For example, comments added during a review cycle could be recorded in notes placed on a dedicated layer. Later, the comments layer might be made invisible for diagram printing or generation of project documentation.
- Enhanced Autocompletion Capabilities. UModel 2008 Release 2 features enhanced autocompletion functionality to assist users when creating operations and properties for classes. The new autocompletion window automatically pops open after the user types an operation or property name within a class. Additionally, selections within the window can be filtered to include primitive types, data types, enumerations, or class, interface, or datatype templates.
- Functionality for Merging Multiple Projects. Changes made by different developers to individual copies of a UModel project file can now be merged back to a single project. A new entry in the UModel Project menu complements the existing Subproject capabilities by allowing an entire external project to be merged. This feature will also enhance reusability of existing work by allowing an entire reverse-engineered project to be merged with another project that was initiated separately.
- Support for Importing XML Schemas. A new feature in UModel 2008 Release 2 allows users to conveniently create UML-style XML Schema diagrams for multiple XML Schemas stored in a directory, rather than importing each schema individually. This new functionality is especially useful for modeling advanced, complex schemas that are frequently constructed by combining smaller schemas by reference through xs:include, xs:import, and other techniques.
- New Diagramming Refinements. Several convenient new refinements have been added to enhance diagramming of Stereotypes, ComponentRealizations, ObjectNodes, and Collection Associations.
UModel may be purchased stand-alone or as part of the Altova MissionKit 2008 product bundle; both are available directly from the Altova Online Shop at: https://shop.altova.com. Altova recommends the purchase of its Support and Maintenance Package (SMP) with all software purchases. Learn more at http://www.altova.com/support_package.html.
Price: Altova UModel Version 2008 Release 2 is currently available in Professional and Enterprise Editions, with pricing starting at US$139.
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