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2004 Press Releases

Golden, Colorado - December 21, 2004 - No Magic, Inc.®, a leading object-oriented tools company, today announced the release of MagicDraw® UML 9.0, the latest version of its visual UML modeling and CASE tool with teamwork support.

"IT organizations are under extreme pressure to deliver cost effective system solutions to business problems. Tight coordination between business demands and software systems which result in increases in IT productivity are necessities today. With UML 2.0 support, model differencing and system analysis and requirements metrics, MagicDraw Version 9.0 narrows the divide between business needs and the systems developed to meet those needs. It turns software development into a manageable business process allowing review and control by various stakeholders in the process," stated Saulius Kaukenas, Director of Product Development for MagicDraw.

What's New in MagicDraw 9.0:

  • UML 2.0 notation support. Use the power of UML 2.0.
  • Visual Model differencing - See the changes made between two different versions of a model. This feature is available in the Enterprise Edition Only.
  • Transformation of UML models to specific XML Schema and DB models. Ability to customize or add transformations.
  • This feature is available in the Enterprise Edition Only.
  • UML model, system analysis and requirements metrics enable project leaders, head analysts, and head architects to measure projects by different viewpoints and to review models. See the difference between the results of current and previous metrics. This feature is available in the Enterprise Edition Only.
  • Find Usages/Dependent Elements - MagicDraw users can track/view element dependencies in the UML model. This timesaving feature allows analysts and architects to automatically analyze existing models. This feature is available in Standard, Professional, and Enterprise Editions.
  • Java 5 code engineering support.
  • Resource Manager allows downloading the newest resources: localizations, examples, profiles, plugins, templates and custom diagrams.
  • DB improvements:
    - Improved Oracle database schema generation and reverse engineering. Beginning from Oracle version 9i, after reverse engineering the database, you may retrieve additional information such as stored procedures, packages, and storage parameters;
    - Specialized profile and diagram for Oracle;
    - Retrieve JDBC functionality is moved to Code Engineering Sets.
  • Teamwork/module improvements:
    - Ability to store user specific configuration on the server;
    - Table of used modules on commit and ability to choose add/merge/import option;
    - Ability to use latest or particular version of teamwork module (latest/fixed version number).
  • Run MagicDraw where Java 1.5 is supported.

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Golden, Colorado – September 6, 2004 – No Magic, Inc.®, a leading object-oriented tools company, today announced the release of MagicDraw 8.0 the latest version of its visual UML modeling and CASE tool with teamwork support.

New MagicDraw 8.0 presents a visual image of existing applications through its new feature: Java reverse engineering of code to sequence diagrams. Also, MagicDraw 8.0 imports a UML model from any source – an XMI import or a reverse engineering operation – and visually displays it. A new, sophisticated diagram layout engine with seven layout options automatically aligns the generated diagrams for a professional look and feel.

What's New in version 8.0:

  • Java source code reverse engineering to sequence diagram.
  • Analysis and model navigation improvements. New diagram wizards for model visualization after the UML model import (source code reverse engineering, XMI import, etc.).
  • New sophisticated diagram layout engine with seven layout options. Now you can make your diagrams aligned and look professional without manual arranging of diagrams.
  • Major improvements in MagicDraw modules handling. From now on, every project can have shared packages that might be visible in other projects, which use such project as a module.
  • Integration with Borland CaliberRM requirements tool. Ability to create logical relations from requirements in CaliberRM to model elements in MagicDraw.
  • Integration with BEA WebLogic Workshop enables Workshop users to create an overview of their web application, web services, JSPs, EJBs or Portals using UML Class diagram.
  • Integration with NetBeans 3.6.
  • Integration with Eclipse 3.0.
  • Integration with IntelliJ IDEA 4.5.
  • Customizable Quick Property tab with the most used element properties for convenient and fast editing of the selected elements.
  • Easy text formatting with HTML for model documentation. It allows using text formatting elements – aligning, bullets, numbering, colors, fonts, etc.
  • Support for additional UML profiles for Enterprise Distributed Object Computing (EDOC) and Enterprise Application Integration (EAI).

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Golden, Colorado - March 17, 2004 - No Magic, Inc., a leading object-oriented tools company, today announced substantial performance gains with the release of MagicDraw 7.5, the latest version of its award-winning UML modeling and forward and reverse engineering tool.

MagicDraw Version 7.5 is the first UML tool in the Industry with embedded support for use case specifications. MagicDraw's new "Best of Breed" reporting module features RTF and PDF templates for SDD and UCS (Software Design Document and Use Case Specification). This feature shortens the requirements phase as it allows the analyst to quickly produce comprehensive professional documentation and lowers documentation maintenance costs throughout the project life-cycle.

What's New in MagicDraw 7.5:

  • Performance increase up to 100% in MagicDraw's client and Teamwork Server.
  • New reporting mechanism. RTF and PDF templates for SDD and UCS (Software Design Document and Use Case Specification).
  • XMI 1.2 support. Save, load, import, and export using the XMI 1.2 file format. XMI 1.1 and XMI 1.0 save, load and import are also supported.
  • Easy MagicDraw installation for Mac OS X (10.3 or above). Download MagicDraw Mac OS X Disk Image file, mount it, and install MagicDraw by dropping launcher to the Applications folder (or somewhere else).
  • Custom diagrams and custom diagram element styles for UML profiles: 
    - Ability to construct and use your own custom diagram based on UML diagram.
    - Ability to customize created diagram toolbar.
    - Ability to add stereotyped elements with custom style.
    - Generated custom diagram settings are stored in diagram descriptor file and can be imported and used by other users.
  • Better UML profiling and extending abilities:
    - Enhanced extensions tree, several sorting and grouping options.
    - Enhanced tagged values panel for every model element (tags grouping, sorting, filtering, several displaying options). - Ability to filter extensions elements (stereotypes, tags, constraints) by profiles in specification dialogs.
    - Profiles management dialog.
    - Automatic optimizing of base classes for stereotypes.
    - Base classes are visible on stereotype shape.
    - Correct UML metamodel element names in base class list (Class, Package, and others).
    - Stereotypes, tag definitions, tagged values, and constraints can have extension elements as any other model element.
    - Ability to assign stereotypes from shortcut menu or type directly near the model element name.
    - Ability to create tags not visible in diagrams, only in model (for example for code engineering).
  • Easier migration to the new version releases. After an auto-update, your previous program settings are retained. In addition, auto-update is available for floating licenses and teamwork servers.
  • Ability to specify use case properties as defined by RUP. Ready to use UCS can be produced from MagicDraw models.
  • Now hyperlinks can be added to any model element.
  • Ability to display related elements to a selected one on the diagram.
  • Style engine improvements. Ability to define individual style for stereotypes. You can apply different presentation styles for elements depending on their diagram type.
  • Stamp on printouts and diagram window indicating user name, company, and other properties.
  • New GUI library - JIDE allows better management of browser windows and other graphical controls.
  • Floating License checkout. No longer a need for a constant connection to the Floating Server, just check out a floating license and hit the road.
  • UML profiles for Struts Framework, Use Case Description, C#, Schedulability, Performance and Time Specification.
  • Zoom improvements, menu structure optimization, and other minor enhancements:
    - Go to related elements functionality while in the browser or a diagram.
    - Open API for notes.
    - Quick Find in the Browser.
    - Recent diagrams list. A list of diagrams that were recently opened.
    - Preview of selected diagrams.
    - C# documentation tag support.
    - Fixed collaboration numbering defect.

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