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    declarative UML modeling tool?


    I'm looking for a free/open source tool to create uml diagrams. What I want is that I create a textfile and the tool will transform it into a picture. The tool should decide where to put the boxes and stuff in such a way that not too many lines cross each other, if you know what I mean. The only "declarative uml tool" that I have found is UmlGraph, but it is written in the wrong way so that I cannot compile it (see another topic).
    I am using suse linux. The syntax does not matter very much. So for example, if the syntax is some xml, i would write for example
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    <class name="superclass">
      <var type="int" name="id"></var>
    </class>
    <class name="subclass">
      <var type="String" name="name"></var>
    </class>
    <relation type="parent" name="has">
      <parent ref="superclass" />
      <child ref="subclass" />
    </relation>
    And then the tool should create a png picture with the diagram.
    Last edited by alberthendriks; July 7th, 2005 at 07:22 AM. Reason: typo
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    One starting point may be to write your text file in XMI - a standard XML syntax for UML diagrams that should be readable (and writable) by many UML tools, including ArgoUML.

    An alternative aproach is to use a text-driven drawing tool that is not UML specific, but can be used to draw a variety of diagrams, for example GraphVis.

    Dave
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    Thanks. I have chosen Graphviz and have so far submitted one report with a graph from it.
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    VP Suite 4.1


    Try VP Suite 4.1 is an excelent modeling tool

    tips-linux.net/en/content/visual-paradigm-suite-41-linux-license

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