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SPARX Releases MDG Integration for Visual Studio Version 4.5

The newest tools from SPARX

SPARX has released MDG Integration for Visual Studio Version 4.5. Version 4.5 introduces support for Visual Studio 2010. They have also released Enterprise Architect Version 9 Beta 1.

I have listed some of the new features in both products below (from the SPARX web site):

MDG Integration for Visual Studio Version 4.5

  • Tight integration of Enterprise Architect into Visual Studio 2005/2008/2010
  • Enhanced interoperability with Team Foundation Server (TFS)
  • Improved performance for large-scale models, with Enterprise Architect's Lazy Load

Check out MDG Integration for Visual Studio Version 4.5 here.

Enterprise Architect Version 9 Beta 1 New User Experiences

  • The new Personal Manager can send Model Mail, monitor allocated work and track project milestones.
  • Diagrams rendered as Hand Drawn help you elicit feedback on draft diagrams and promote discussion.
  • Use the Project Calendar to improve scheduling, view Gantt charts and better co-ordinate resources.
  • C# 4.0 and VB.NET 10 round-trip engineering support.
  • Improved Document Template Design and the ability to output documentation to PDF.
  • Easily add tagged value columns to the List View to improve data entry and element comparison.

Usability and New Tools

  • Define your personalized Working Sets of active diagrams and model views, to quickly regain context.
  • Support for line jogs in intersecting lines to help visualize complex systems.

New Modeling Language Support

  • Support for BPMN 2.0 and its new diagrams including Conversation, Collaboration and Choreography.
  • New support for SysML 1.2 and SOMF 2.1.
  • Expanded UI design tools to build wire frames, engineer code and model-driven prototyping for win32 applications.
  • Model Search and List View column filtering.

Productivity Gains

  • Publish Model Packages to new XMI formats including Ecore (EMF) and OMG XMI.
  • Enhanced modeling of Generics and Templates for C#, C++, Java and VB.Net.
  • Application Profiler reports highest cost functions and the call stack view.
  • Rapidly navigate and switch between active diagrams using previews.
  • Define language-independent test cases for faster, model-driven testing.
  • Improved display and management of Element properties.
  • Usability enhancements that help visualize, debug and analyze software designs.

Check out Enterprise Architect Version 9 Beta 1 here

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Tad Anderson has been doing Software Architecture for 18 years and Enterprise Architecture for the past few.