Excel Ships MacA&D OSX 1.1 for UML, DFDs, ERDs and Requirements

4/4/2005 - Excel Software began shipping MacA&D OSX 1.1 for requirements management, software modeling, code generation, reengineering and flexible report generation. Version 1.1 adds configurable title blocks in all diagram editors, new high performance editing of large text files, drag & drop for diagrams and text and customized requirements definition.

All diagram editors now support a configurable title block for creating an engineering legend that can appear on the screen, in diagram printouts and in generated reports. A title block can have multiple rows and columns of resizable cells where each cell may contain static or editable text with user control over text fonts, sizes, color, justification and line wrapping. Data from user configurable fields associated with each diagram can be included in the title block. The user can also control title block placement and frame each page or entire multiple page diagrams for professionally printed design work and custom reports.

Code, Report and Specification windows use a new high-performance editing engine that handles very large text files. A 20-MB file can be read or written in under 5 seconds versus minutes in Apple's TextEdit or other applications that use the text editing features built into the Mac OS. The new text editor supports a configurable tab size, smart line wrapping, undo and redo commands and drag and drop. Often source code is aligned into blocks for easier reading. A selected block of text in the Code or Browse window can be shifted left or right.

Diagram and table editors now support drag and drop. Whole or partial diagrams can be dragged to a document in a word processor or graphics application or to the desktop as a Picture Clipping file. Likewise, graphics from other applications or image files on disk can be dragged onto a MacA&D diagram. Accepted graphic formats include PICT, BMP, GIF, JPEG, TIFF, Photoshop, PNG, QuickTime Image, TGA, SGI and Picture Clipping files.

The requirement's definition process is more customizable with configurable enforced choices on fields, the ability to add new fields to existing entries, auto generated entry dialogs based on configured views and added import/export options such as DIF format for moving requirements data to and from a spreadsheet.

Other enhancements include faster document opens and writes, wildcards in search dialogs and control over background fill colors of individual diagram objects. Data modeling enhancements include visual indication of NOT NULL fields on ERDs and support for long lists of table constraints. The report generator adds floating point calculations, a library of math functions, wildcard string searches and scriptable features in user dialogs.

MacA&D OSX priced at $1995 runs on Mac OS X 10.1 or later. It comes with sample projects, step-by-step tutorials, ready-to-run reports, printed manuals and PDF manuals on CD.

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