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Is There A UML Design Tool For Visual Studio 2013 Pro?

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I would like to use a UML tool inside of Visual Studio 2013 Pro. I know one is already available with the Ultimate edition but there is no way I can afford the $13,000 price Microsoft wants for Visual Studio Ultimate.

I am particularly looking for something that will use C# in the generation of UML. I know there is a free one at www.umlet.com but that one works with Java.  I would like one like that that works with C#.

Thanks in advance
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The best valued product I've seen is Enterprise Architect from Sparx systems
http://www.sparxsystems.com
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Thanks for the info aikimark. I downloaded the free trial for Enterprise Architect but after staring at the screen for a few minutes it did not seem obvious how to create some simple diagrams like a Class Diagram.

I tried another product named Visual Paradigm for UML at

http://www.visual-paradigm.com/product/?favor=vpuml

Visual Paradigm for UML so far has been amazingly easy to use.  Right from the start there was a Diagram Navigator Window with a branch labelled "Class Diagram" on the left side.  I opened the branch and there it was, a window to begin creating a Class Diagram with a left hand toolbar showing all the UML tools I was looking for.  Just drag the Class icon onto the canvas you are are off running. Other UML diagrams listed on the left side with the Class Diagram were, Use Case, Sequence, Communication, State, Deployment, Package, Timing, and Interaction and a few others but at least the major ones were there.

After reading your comment about Enterprise Architect I went back to it and spent more time looking for how to create the above diagrams I listed and still could not find out how to do it.  I guess its one of those products you need training for or to watch several videos.  

For now I'm going to keep using Visual Paradigm for UML
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After trying Visual Paradigm for several days I feel it satisfies what I need. It is easy to use, well documented, and not too expensive for the Standard Edition which is the edition I decided to use for my needs.
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