Model with UML. Click-to-export diagrams as image files – JPG, PNG, SVG and EMF. Quick and straight forward!. In many respects in ArgoUML it behaves like a package. ArgoUML is . Beginning with ArgoUML , XMI files are exported conforming to the UML I think our PNG writer writes the diagram background as transparent. Therefore if you display your PNG on a whitebackground it will be white. I think some paint.

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The aim of this section is to get you started with ArgoUML. It takes you through obtaining the code and getting it running. Java version 5 or later is needed. You may have this in place, but arhouml not the latest version can be downloaded free from www.

ArgoUML needs a reasonable amount of computing resource. Any PC which is able to run an operating system with a graphical user interface will suffice.

Download the code afgouml Download section of the project website argouml. Choose the version that suits your needs as described in the section below. This is the easiest option. Download the Windows installer program. Download the binary executable code.

Unless argoulm are on Windows, this is the right option if you intend using ArgoUML regularly and is not that difficult. Download the source code using Subversion and build your own version. Choose this option if you want to look at the internal workings of ArgoUML, or want to join in as a developer. All four options are freely available through the project web site, argouml.

Install Java Web Start on your machine. This is available from java. Java Web Start will download ArgoUML, cache it and start it the first time, then on subsequent starts, check if ArgoUML is updated and only download any updated parts and then start it.

If you choose to download argoumo install using the Windows installer, you will have a choice of downloading the latest stable version of the code which will be more reliable, but not have all the latest featuresor the current version which will be less reliable, argojml have more features.

Choose according to your own situation. There is no need to select this if you already have a Sun Java installed, version 5 or better. If you choose to download the binary executable, you will have a choice of downloading the latest stable version of the code which will be more reliable, but not have all the latest featuresor the current version which will be less reliable, but have more features.

Choose the former if you are a Microsoft Windows user, and the latter if you are running some flavor of Unix. There is also a Mac OS X version with. Unpacking is as follows. You should have a directory containing a number of. If you get completely stuck and you have no local assistance, try the web site, particularly the FAQ. If this still doesn’t solve the problem, try the ArgoUML users’ mailing list.

You can subscribe through the mailing lists section of the project web site argouml. The users’ mailing list is an excellent introduction to the live activity of the project.


If you want to get further involved there are additional mailing lists that cover the development of the product and issues in the current and future releases.

If you used the installer, starting ArgoUML is a matter of clicking on its icon. In case you installed the binairy executable, read on: In the window change to the directory holding your ArgoUML files and type java -jar argouml.

This method has the advantage that progress and debugging information is visible in the DOS window. Alternatively use the supplied batch file. The batch file should end with a “pause” statement in case any debugging information is created during a run. On some systems, simply double clicking on the argouml. On others doing so initiates a zip utility.

Refer to your operating system instructions or help facility to determine how to configure this. Start a shell window and type java -jar argouml. It’s unusual to encounter problems if you have made a successful download. If you can’t solve the problem. The most common issue is not having a new enough Java Runtime Environment it must be version 5 or later. If the product came up in a language you can’t read or just don’t want, go to the second leftmost menu item in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Select the bottom most menu entry in the drop down. Then click on the second tab from the bottom in the column of tabs on the left. Note that the languages are listed in themselves. You will have to exit ArgoUML and restart it for the change to take effect. Use the X button at the upper right. Finding the Settings Wizard. Setting Language in the Appearance Pane.

Before beginning the Case Study, you need to become familiar with the user interface. Start by reading the introduction to the User Interface Reference. As you go through this tutorial you will be told what to do, and when to do it but how to do it will often be left to the User Interface Reference. It is not necessary at this point to read all of the Reference, but you should leaf through enough of it to become familiar with how to find things in it.

Every attempt will be made to direct you to the appropriate part of the Reference at those points in the tutorial where they apply. Grab the vertical divider bars and move them back and forth.

Grab the horizontal divider bar and move it up and down. Play around a little with the little arrows at the left or top of the divider bars. The menu bar and toolbars give access to all the main features of ArgoUML. As is conventional, menu options and toolbar options that are not available disabled are wxport out and menu items that invoke a dialog box are followed by an ellipsis The standard file menu entries present no surprises and exporf will just use them when needed without first showing how they expprt.

A number of other actions are available that are peculiar to ArgoUML and we will go over them here. Select the project line at the top of the Explorer. It should say “untitledModel” unless you have changed it.


Select the “Properties” tab in the “Details Pane” and change the name to something else, anything will do. It will ask you whether you want to save the changes you have just made. Click on “No” and then in the file choosed exprot comes up select the “DeleteThis. Observe that the name of the model has reverted back to what you had saved. We will cover this later.

You can’t test it now unless you have some Java source code of your own handy. In the Explorer Pane select one of the diagrams. When the xrgouml chooser opens it defaults to the last name you saved something to even from a project no longer open.

Import and Export

The file chooser allows you to select from a number of formats. Drop down the “Files of type” combobox and observe the choices. Cancel out as there is nothing useful to save. Notice that this time you can’t specify a file name and you can’t select a file format. ArgoUML will allow you only to select an output directory. It will then create a file for each of your diagrams using the diagram name for the file name and an extension determined by the default graphics format.

Actually, although you can’t select file names in the browser panel, you can type one into the edit box. But, if you do that, nothing at all will happen. You will learn more about the default graphics format when we get to the Edit menu. We are going to get a little ahead of ourselves here and do a little class diagram work so you can see what notation is all about. In the Explorer Pane select or create a class diagram. Create a class in the diagram.

ArgoUML – Open Source Unified Modeling Language UML Tool

Go to the Detail Pane and create an attribute in the class. In the Properties tab of the Detail Pane change the multiplicity to ” Now go the the File Menu and select Notation.

In the Project Afgouml dialog it is possible to configure the project specific settings. Turn on all of the options and click Apply. Then turn off all of the options and click Apply observing the changes in the diagram. Set the Default Shadow Width to 8 and click Apply.

Notice that nothing happens. This is because you are not setting the Shadow Width, but its default.

The next time you create a class in a diagram, this new shadow value will apply. The edit menu does not look like what you are used to in other products.

There are no “Cut”, “Copy”, or “Paste” actions. All of the choices are peculiar to ArgoUML so we are going to cover all of them in detail.