MacA&D is a comprehensive tool for system modeling and simulation, requirements management, structured analysis and design, object-oriented modeling with UML and data modeling of information systems. It has diagram editors for process models, data models, class models, state models, object models, structure models and task models. Each model shows a different view of the software system integrated through a global data dictionary. Dictionary and model information can be used to generate code for several languages including C++, Java, Delphi, Objective-C and SQL. Dynamic systems can be modeled, parameterized, simulated and charted. The tool provides requirements specification and traceability, design verification reports and text import/export features. The integrated report generator includes dozens of standard reports plus a scriptable environment for creating custom reports. The Site License edition supports multi-user team dictionary and requirement documents making it well suited for team development.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. This is the only tool of its kind on Mac OS X that covers all types of software projects - object-oriented, data modeling, real-time, structure analysis & design. It also has integrated requirements management.
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Major enhancements include support for UML 2.2, data flow diagrams, class models and code generation for REALbasic and Objective-C 2.0.
MacA&D 3.1 enables a software designer to draw the 14 major diagram types specified by UML 2.2 including newly added support for Component, Component Structure and Timing diagrams. The Timing diagram can show object states with multiple state lines or shaded areas. Diagrams may contain component objects, classes with ports and required or provided interfaces using ball and socket notation. Sequence diagrams can have interaction frames with conditional regions.
Data flow diagrams are enhanced to allow links to external child diagrams. A process on one diagram can link to a child diagram in a different document. This enables each developer in a project team to work independently on separate documents yet maintain a tightly integrated project with a global data dictionary and double-click navigation between diagram levels. Data flow names can be drawn horizontal or vertical on a diagram with the name coming from the Flow Properties dialog or as a composite list from the dictionary entry.
Class models and code generation now support the new property constructs in Objective-C 2.0. Developers can model a REALbasic project with a UML class diagram, then generate or view source code with one click.