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SPARX Enterprise Architect 9 Has Been Released

SPARX EA is a far more robust software engineering tool

SPARX has released version 9 of Enterprise Architect.

EA is still my tool of choice for architecting and designing systems. The new architecture tools in Visual Studio 2010 are very nice reverse engineering tools, but the UML tools are still to primitive to be considered for real world architecture. SPARX EA is a far more robust software engineering tool.

Below are some of the highlights of the new release (From the SPARX EA site):

The Enterprise Experience
A suite of new and expanded tools to help keep your team and your project on track and on budget. A Project Calendar to track events, milestones and resource allocations, Gantt charts to track allocated resources against elements; and the new Personal Information manager to exchange "model mail" and manage your allocated work. Add to this the Gap Analysis matrix and an all new Whiteboard technology, plus many more team focused enhancements!
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The Learning Experience
An all new Learning Center focused on delivering in-place advice on getting the job done in Enterprise Architect. It is coupled with a significantly expanded Example Model with many real-world examples to get you familiar with vital concepts and capabilities quickly and painlessly.
New usability tweaks, restructured menus and faster ways of building great models; take advantage of the real power within Enterprise Architect 9.
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The Modeling Experience
Hand Drawn mode lets you work in a less rigorous and more conceptual mental frame. Simulates hand drawn diagrams to help let your imagination run free. Expanded diagram filters support, new easy to use orthogonal line styles, line jogs over intersecting line points, a great new Win32 UI technology and a host of other modeling tools make this a truly remarkable release - focused on delivering quality results!
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New Modeling Languages
• BPMN 2.0 including Conversation, Collaboration and Choreography diagrams
• BPEL 2.0 generation from BPMN 2.0 models
• SOMF 2.1 profile for cloud computing
• SysML 1.2
• Win32 UI Technology
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New Analysis and Testing Tools
All new Test Points and Test Cuts - support xUnit like behavior layered on top of existing code. Record test sets from executing code and define your own invariants and pre-conditions and post-conditions. Model Simulation of behavioral diagrams - walk through your diagram from the model simulator! Lots of updates and enhancements to the visual execution analyzer - debugging tools, recording and profiling.
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New Productivity Tools
Many enhancements to the version control capabilities, XMI round-trip, support for ECore (EMF) and other platforms. Additional cross package dependency checking when managing large distributed projects under version control. Lots of updates for C++, C#, Java, VB.Net. New Document Template editor to streamline the process of creating report templates.
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