Visual UML Modeling Features

Visual UML modeling tools in Altova UModel

UModel Visual Modeling Tools:

  • Dedicated toolbar for each diagram type
  • Entry helpers and fast editing buttons
  • Cascading styles for colors, fonts, line size, and more
  • Customizable alignment grid
  • Layout toolbar for complete control of element sizes, alignment, and more
  • Elements can be assigned to diagram layers and selectively viewed or hidden
  • Unlimited undo/redo encourages exploring new ideas

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Convenient Features and an Unmatched Visual Interface to Make UML Modeling Easy and Fun

As with all Altova products, the UModel® 2017 interface helps you keep your favorite views and tools at your fingertips to improve efficiency and productivity. Everything is customizable in the UML diagrams you create with UModel – size, position, color, typeface characteristics, and line styles. The styles window gives you easy access to all the display options and lets you modify an individual element, a selected group, or an entire category. You can also choose colors from a palette in a pull-down menu, or easily assign custom colors to elements either individually, across groups and families, or for the entire project.

Flexible layout options let you give your models the clearest, most logical organization. The alignment grid forms a background framework to position diagram elements. As you create new elements or move existing ones across the main drawing pane, visual alignment snap lines help you align with other existing elements in the diagram.

The layout toolbar lets you select multiple diagram elements and set their alignment, size, and spacing attributes, and includes selections for line styles to draw transitions, generalizations, associations, and other connecting lines in the clearest style for your diagram.

Each diagram type has its own toolbar, so the screen won’t be crowded with irrelevant icons. You can turn toolbar text labels on or off and you can display or hide any toolbar.

Association connection alert in Altova UModel
Layout alignment guides in Altova UModel
UML diagram layers in Altova UModel

UModel Helper Windows

Helper windows at the left of the main diagram assist as you build and view your models. You can select a perspective into the project by choosing from the Model Tree, Diagram Tree, or Favorites.

Other windows provide quick access to Properties, Styles, Hierarchy, and Overview, a navigation aid for large diagrams.

Hyperlink any Element

UModel allows you to add hyperlinks to any element in any UML diagram. For instance, you might want to add a hyperlink to your use case actor to cross-reference a user story.

You can create hyperlinks to external files, Web URLs, or other diagrams in your project. Your description becomes pop-up text for the hyperlink.

Diagram Layers

UModel supports diagram layers. Each element can be assigned to a specific layer, and layers can be locked to prevent changes.

Comments added during a review cycle can be recorded on a dedicated layer. The comments layer can be made invisible for printing or in project documentation, but retained as a permanent record of the review process.

Overview Helper Window

The Overview helper window, shown at right, provides a reduced view that identifies which portion of a large diagram is displayed in the main diagram pane.

The Overview window is a quick navigation tool for complex diagrams that are too large to display. Click inside the window to scroll in any direction.

UML diagram layers in Altova UModel

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