A Simple and Free UML Tool

Now that I have lost my MagicDraw license, I have been looking for a free alternative to do some UML. In looking around I found a great alternative called Violet UML.

I’m a big fan of it mainly because of how simple it is to use. The usability directly attributable to how stripped down it is or at least appears to be. Honestly it looks to have all the functionality that I need, supporting the following diagrams with necessary objects.

  • use-case diagram
  • class diagram
  • activity diagram
  • sequence diagram
  • state diagram
  • object diagram

It doesn’t have a ton of functionality to generate code, create unusual diagrams or objects, or a million menu options to sort through. I completely appreciate those engineers who leverage that extra functionality, there are situations where you sometimes can’t do without it, so if that’s the case then this tool isn’t for you. Extremely good though for just creating a diagram.

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