Real UML tools
Posted Feb 18, 2012 9:43 UTC (Sat) by angdraug
In reply to: Real UML tools
Parent article: LibreOffice 3.5 released
Looks like blockdiag has come a long way since I last looked at it, I'll give it another try!
I was mainly using Dia and Bouml. Dia is not really a UML tool, it's more of a free-form diagram tool that happens to include UML elements. Still, it's easier than spelling out every block and connection by hand in Inkscape.
Bouml is a proper CASE tool that organizes your diagrams into projects and improves consistency between diagrams by reusing design elements between different types of diagrams (e.g. you define your methods in a class diagram and reuse them in a sequence diagram). On the downside, Bouml as a project is essentially a one-man show that has been frozen for the last couple of years, and now it seems to have taken a turn towards going proprietary with its long-overdue port to Qt4, so I can't in good faith recommend it.
There are other tools out there such as Umbrella and Gaphor, but they also have their limitations. Umbrella's diagrams are even more ugly than Dia's, and Gaphor is still very young and glitchy. I'm keeping an eye on it, though: it's being actively developed and seems to be moving in the right direction.
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