9/22/2005 - Excel Software is shipping a new Standard edition of MacA&D OSX. Mac OS X developers now have a low cost, highly scaleable tool for drawing multi-level data flow diagrams, logical and physical data models and UML class diagrams. MacA&D Standard edition includes a powerful data dictionary, namespaces for partitioning and managing large projects and code generation.
Data flow diagrams (DFDs) show the flow and processing of information in a system. They are especially popular in real-time, embedded systems where software closely interacts with hardware or many concurrent threads of execution are needed to handle external events. MacA&D Standard supports multi-level DFDs, textual specification of primitive processes, data leveling between diagrams and the data dictionary and extensive design verification and balancing checks.
UML package and class diagrams show class structure in an object-oriented system. Class attributes and operations can be defined in the model. C++, Java, Delphi or Objective-C class declaration and implementation files with stubbed functions are generated to accelerate coding. Models are linked directly to code through a built-in code browser enabling developers to click through diagrams in the model and directly to the code.
Database designers can create logical and physical data models and generate the SQL schema code for popular RDBMS products including Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, Sybase, Informix and InterBase. Rich data models represent tables, views, constraints, assertions, triggers, indexes, procedures and other SQL elements.
In conjunction with the new MacTranslator OSX reengineering tool, MacA&D Standard generates UML class models from C++, Java, Delphi or Objective-C code and data models from SQL.
The tool includes a Contents view for diagram navigation, diagram scaling and printing, custom icons, color support, user-defined detail dialogs for diagram objects and full text import/export of diagrams and dictionary information. Data types, UML stereotypes and a project glossary can be maintained for a development project.
MacA&D Standard OSX 1.1.4 is priced at $495 and runs on Mac OS X 10.1 or later. It comes with two printed and PDF manuals, the Setup & Tutorials Guide and the User's Guide. All project documents are compatible with the Developer edition of MacA&D OSX priced at $1995. See www.excelsoftware.com for site license pricing, product descriptions and online ordering.
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