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Hiya,

Does anyone have a favorite free/reasonably priced UML tool they use?

I've used MagicDraw a great deal over the past few years but no longer being a student, I can't claim the education version. It looks as though they really rake it in for paid copies.

Cheers!

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I use lucidchart.com and am quite happy with it, particularly with the free Pro account for students. I also like the cloud nature of it, as I'm on various computers and operating systems all the time.

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If you're looking for a UML tool for designing (rather than generating structure from the code), I'd recommend Microsoft Visio - I used it a couple of times for my university projects and it did the job well - clean, fast and easy.

As for a free, open source solution, I think Dia would do the trick as well.

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I like the UML modelling tools in Visual Studio 2010 the best app I've used. Close second is Borland Together.

What I like about Visual Studio are the keyboard bindings and the total lack of modal dialogs. Dia and Visio can do the job, but they require you to right-click + properties, which pops a modal dialog. In Together (I don't know if you can still get it, I've used 2008) and VS you've got properties editor, a modeless window that you can attach anywhere. In VS, try enter, it lets you add sub-elements right on the spot.

Another nice thing about VS is that it is free for a great deal of people, and they don't realise it. Students have DreamSpark/MSDN-AA, start-ups have BizSpark, and golden partners too.

I've heard lots of people praise Rational and say that everything else is amateur-ish. I've never used it, so I can't confirm. Since you are just starting out, you can give it a try - it seems there is a free version.

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Thanks for the great suggestions! I never knew VS2010 includes UML modelling, I'll definitely check that out!


It's interesting that IBM and Borland do free/trial versions - I always assume their tools are enterprise-priced, a lá ClearCase and StarTeam.


Thanks again :)

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