Enterprise Architect

Enterprise Architect


Average User Rating:
4.5
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10 build 1010
File Size:
40.86MB
Date Added:
February 14, 2014
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $239.00 to buy (Buy it now)
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Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
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  • 5 stars

    "Enjoy Working for the last 10 years"

    November 21, 2013   |   By objeng

    Version: Enterprise Architect 9.3 build 935

    Pros

    EA is a full set of tools when one cares for software design rather then just hacking along. EA is like a pocket calculator by HP. It has more in it then you regularly need. If you have to model or reengineer some software you have a very good chance to find it in the offered set of EA. The use is intiitiv or easily found in the help. The use is robust. Generation of pragmatic docs is easy and code generation is very good. Even reengineering C++ code gave great results. I love to work with EA it fullfils the daily wishes of a software engineer

    Cons

    Interface design and generating WSDL is not that intuitive

    Summary

    I have been working with EA for the last 10 years after having worked with Rational Rose 10 years before. EA was more then a full replacement for RR. As we modernize old software we often have to reengineer existing code and this works (with exception of COBOL ;-)) even for C++ very good. I mostly use it in conjunction with Java. Also documenting software architectures with EA is straight forward. I love to work with EA and the price model is great. Great improvments every year. Australian Software companies are No 1 in the world!

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  • 5 stars

    "Easy-to use anf function-rich, great CASE tool"

    April 15, 2013   |   By emusty

    Version: Enterprise Architect 9.3 build 935

    Pros

    Due to great diagramming features, you can focus on the information represented rather than the presentation itself. Support for wide range of standards and practices makes EA fit for many purposes. EA is in continuous development, so you can really expect new and improved features over time.

    Cons

    Document generation is a bit tricky and could be greatly enhanced.

    Summary

    Great for single professionals and teams, too, with no (or with a very minimal) administration overhead. You can draw diagrams quickly, and you can reliably turn your diagrams into data models and SQL scripts, as well.

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  • 5 stars

    "Beats toolsets 10 times more expensive"

    January 08, 2013   |   By the_kaptain

    Version: Enterprise Architect 9.3 build 935

    Pros

    Covers everything and more you can thing of from business modelling to round trip coding. Frameworks, standards, Methodologies are all there.

    The benefit is once you get over the learning curve of the product and of course KNOW the framework/notation you wish to use you can customise how you want to work.

    Cons

    It is a tool to cover a vast array of areas some which it does better than others but is not a master of any.

    Summary

    At this price it is worth purchasing to get your company rolling if you have nothing in place or an area of your life cycle is missing it will help you to deliver and ask question how you could work better.

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  • 2 stars

    "Too powerful for its own good"

    May 18, 2011   |   By SurfSerf

    Version: Enterprise Architect 8.0 build 859

    Pros

    It is capable of doing any type of design and analysis documentation that you may ever want

    Cons

    Getting it do actually do what you want in a intuitive manner is next to impossible.

    Summary

    It seems to have been built by starting with a fairly straightforward diagramming tool that then got expanded and expanded over time without any coherent thought as to how the whole package would inter-operate

    Looking back at the previous work I have done with EA, I find many instances where I have tried to do something, struggled for half a day, and then given up and used another package.

    I typically find that by the time I have given up trying to complete a simple step - such as adding an alternate path to a use case, I could have done the whole process in countless other programs. Menu items come and go, items show up far from where they would be in any other package, and there are myriad configurable options when all you want is a simple Sequence diagram.

    Buying the product is the cheap part - it is the training you need to think the Sparx way that will bankrupt you.

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  • 2 stars

    "Very powerful, but annoying when programming C++"

    February 22, 2011   |   By bluespirit25

    Version: Enterprise Architect 7.5 build 848

    Pros

    Good implementation of the UML standard (many features)
    Nice colors (not too eye-catching)

    Cons

    Bad zooming behavior (fonts, drag&drop, etc)
    Too less information per cm²
    Bad C++ support
    No usable support for templates
    Often not intuitive

    Summary

    Explanation to the CONs (this is just based on the class diagrams):

    1) Bad zooming behavior
    When you zoom out, very early the fonts are too tiny to read (compared with StarUML, where this problem appears very much later). At a later zoom-step all fonts disappear - instead of showing only the class name.

    2) No usable support for templates
    When using the reverse engineering and having templates in the code, the relationships are missing

    3) Bad C++ Support
    When having members as Pointers or References, they are not tracked. This means, when renaming the class - the member-type stays the same. When dropping all reference/pointer syntax (* and &) it works..

    4) Too less Information per cm²
    There are great gaps in each class diagram, which could be filled with information. So the fonts are small, and on a regular monitor you can only visualize 3 classes - what is too less.

    5) Often not intuitive
    If you don't use the EA for some weeks, it's hard to get productive again. E.g. having shortcuts as F3 repeat a relationship action, and Shift+F3 for repeating a 'creation action' (as creating a class). Or a double-click on the member opens some class info screen, which is normally not interesting...

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  • 5 stars

    "Best value for money CASE tool there is"

    October 14, 2010   |   By AndyBo1

    Version: Enterprise Architect 8.0 build 859

    Pros

    EA is easy to use
    Very cheap compared to the big names but does everything they do.
    The HTML generation of the model makes documentation easily visible
    Customisation extends the model

    Cons

    Requirements repoting could be better

    Summary

    I have used a number of very expensive CASE tools in the last 15 years and using EA for nearly 10 years. EA does everything they do and at a fraction of the price.
    As a Business Analyst it documents everything I want. It fully supports BPML, allows for domain modelling, and most importantly requirements modelling.
    HTML generation of the documentation makes the model visable and easy to review.
    It is easy to customise the model to extend functionality where needed, e.g. additional attributes.
    The product is constantly being expanded - the latest release incorporates Business Rules Modelling (not used yet)
    I cannot fault this product.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great product, full of usefull UML tool and more."

    May 18, 2010   |   By Rob8415

    Version: Enterprise Architect 7.5 build 848

    Pros

    Easy to use with a great range of modelling tools, I am new to UML however I have found this product to meet all my needs. Well done! I like how it allows code engineering and reverse engineering. Makes software development more fun.

    Cons

    So much to choose from, this at first was my opinion, however it covers all area's of UML 2 and this is really a good thing.

    Summary

    Great investment, thanks guys for a great affordable product. :)

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  • 5 stars

    "Everything in one place"

    March 19, 2010   |   By Geoff12728

    Version: Enterprise Architect 7.5 build 848

    Pros

    Clean, logical interface.
    Easy to reverse engineer
    Link everything !
    Manage requirements
    Manage build and testing cycle
    Easy to document and export
    Good at generating code and DDL to create databases.
    Cheaper than alternatives, and reliable

    Cons

    Sometimes so many features, it is hard to recall where one component is.
    The documenter is good, but complex to configure or modify.
    The Diagrams are adequate, but not as 'pretty' as some tools, if making a presentation.

    Summary

    I have been using this for nearly 10 years, it has been the only tool that integrates all aspects of the Software Development lifecyle and is great at project team work and the price point means that I can equip the whole team with a common toolset for multiple roles. The version control is a little bit onerous, but it is good to enforce strict control throughout a large and disperesed team as long as there is access to the tool and version control repository.

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  • 5 stars

    "Cost effective, Comprehensive"

    February 25, 2010   |   By Krayol

    Version: Enterprise Architect 7.5 build 848

    Pros

    UML compliant - supports all diagram types
    Easy to use
    Incredibly complete
    Integrates with other products
    Standardised interchange format (XMI)
    Version control support
    Repositories include Access, SQL Server, Oracle, etc
    Floating licenses

    Cons

    A bit quirky in places (odd key bindings)
    A little dated looking
    Sometimes hard to find the function that you are looking for in the menus (although it's usually there, somewhere!)

    Summary

    Used here for requirements capture (very good), Use case diagrams, activity, other modeling.

    A great tool for UML - IMHO the best that you can get; and a fraction of the price of many others.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good and easy to use modeling tool"

    October 07, 2009   |   By meierch

    Version: Enterprise Architect 3.5

    Pros

    High usability, broad coverage of modeling languages, pragmatic support of features in the entire software engineering process, multi user support, flexible repository

    Cons

    Not always 100% UML compliant (e.g. cardinalities in operation parameters, etc.)

    Summary

    Cool and affordable tool with a pragmatic end to end modeling support! Recommended!!!

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