Artisan upgrades Studio to support OMG's UPDM 1.0 - Embedded.com

Artisan upgrades Studio to support OMG’s UPDM 1.0

LONDON — Artisan Software Tools has upgraded its Studio model-driven development tool to version 7.1 to support for the new OMG Unified Profile for DoDAF and MODAF (UPDM 1.0) standard.

It also adds improved model diagram presentation through glossUML, new documentation generation through Artisan Publisher, increased extra-large model support and enhanced UML Activity modeling.

Artisan's (Cheltenham, England) Studio Version 7.1 also continues to improve its core technologies with more capabilities for its XMI support, its automated code synchronizer and state machine simulation as well as support for Microsoft Windows 7.

The release of Artisan Studio Version 7.1 has been synchronized with the finalization of the OMG's UPDM 1.0. It provides support for this new standard, which addresses the visual modeling needs of the global defense community.

Artisan Studio delivers support for all seven UPDM viewpoints, providing a standardized means to describe both DoDAF and MODAF architectures. Its UPDM capability is designed to deliver benefits for developers of military systems in terms of design consistency, quality and efficiency, improved tool interoperability and cost savings. In addition, model interchange and improved flow-down from systems of systems to systems development builds upon Artisan's Work as Onesm strategy.

The 'glossUML' capability improves the visual clarity of Artisan Studio UML, SysML and UPDM diagrams, helping to improve communication between all project stakeholders and fundamentally increasing design project understanding.

GlossUML creates presentation-ready diagrams of Artisan Studio models enabling them to be used as-is as well as to be cut and pasted directly into software like Microsoft Powerpoint, eliminating the time wasted re-drawing diagrams for the purposes of presentations.

Artisan Studio Version 7.1 now also includes Artisan Publisher, a template-driven document and report generator. With input accepted from multiple Artisan Studio models, the ability to add external images and a drag-and-drop facility for building document structure, Artisan Publisher provides an expanding range of templates to speed the creation of repeatable and configurable output. A preview option also reduces errors and the time spent on the production of larger documents. Artisan Publisher will replace Artisan Studio's previous document generator.

Improvements have also been made to the UML Activity modeling capability and enhanced support for extra-large models, making Artisan Studio easier, faster and more efficient to use. The UML Activity modeling improvements include new meta-types and symbols, drag-and-drop facilities, the ability to populate diagrams from the dictionary, a consistency checker and the ability to re-use activities across diagrams. Artisan Studio's ability to support extra-large models has also been significantly improved with the time taken to recondition very large models dramatically reduced several orders of magnitudes from hours to seconds. With versioning now performed per package rather than per model, further significant performance benefits are achieved.

Artisan Studio Version 7.1 provides improved XMI support with OMG MIWG (Model Interchange Working Group) Test Case 1 compliance, an improved Automated Code Synchronizer with code transformation patterns for C and C++ increasing productivity by reducing the timescale for developing new transformations, C language state machine support and support for Windows 7.

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