Good UML modeling tools that are priced reasonably


Could anyone recommend a UML modeling tool that is priced reasonably?  We don't need it to be completely free, but it can't be priced like rational rose or Jbuilder enterprise either?

Tool should be capable of doing reverse-engineering and forward-engineering?

Also, is it a good idea to start with a UML diagram or is that just management fantasy?

Thanks,
Frank
autoknowledgeAsked:
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Dushan De SilvaTechnology ArchitectCommented:
You can try with "Magic Draw"

http://www.magicdraw.com/

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mrichmonCommented:
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I am not sure if pricing is "reasonable" since that is a fuzzy term, but can do the engineering and uml desings you want.

It is a good idea to start with some documenation of layout plans and design plans.  Whether UML or something else - I don't think it matters.

The formal diagramming is a management dream, that we never end up following here, even if we start out trying to with good intentions...
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Dushan De SilvaTechnology ArchitectCommented:
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autoknowledgeAuthor Commented:

We have been trying MagicDraw already, but it seems to be fairly resource intensive.

Another tool we've been doing a trial with is Altova UML... but it is their first production release and being in the software business, I'm a little leary of version 1 software products.  But it seems to be working out pretty well and is priced at about 25% of the Magic Draw product.

Anyone know any other issues with Altova product?

Thanks,
Frank
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evangineerXCommented:
You may want to conside Poseidon which is based on the open source ArgoUML technology.
http://gentleware.com/edcompare.0.html
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Dushan De SilvaTechnology ArchitectCommented:
When you configure Magic Draw properly its working in very effcient manner.

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