Gentleware AG, a provider of visual modeling technologies, has released version 1.1 of Apollo for EclipseTM, a modeling tool aimed at agile developers who want to flexibly combine the advantages of visual modeling using UML (Unified Modeling Language) with programming in Java. Well-considered productivity and usability features along with increases in stability and scalability highlight the newest offering.
One of the most compelling additions is the new inline code editor, which integrates designing and coding directly into the diagram editor. A double-click on the graphic representation of a diagram element opens a code editor immediately within the diagram, providing instant access to the relevant code. The resulting boost to developer productivity is dramatic.
Additional changes to the user experience have all been designed to further speed up development, with features such as new navigation options between parent and child elements and rapid buttons for even faster diagram creation.
Gentleware debuted the new features at the OOP 2007 conference, held in January in Munich, Germany. The release was met with overwhelming praise and excitement from the numerous conference attendees who previewed the release at the Gentleware booth. Dr. Marko Boger was similarly pleased with the reaction, "The OOP is one of our favorite events of the year because it gives us the opportunity to conduct in-depth exchanges with our core customer base, and we use this feedback to create tools that address their exact needs. To receive so much praise from our visitors reinforces our confidence in our design decisions and reaffirms our role as a leading modeling tool producer."
Apollo for Eclipse further stands out from the competition because it is the first commercial UML 2.1 modeling tool that is based on the open source technology developed by the Eclipse Graphical Modeling Framework (GMF) project. The UML 2.1 profile mechanism and the Eclipse framework allow it to be customized and extended for domain-specific languages (DSLs), thus making it ideal for model-driven software development (MDSD).