MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa, October 1, 1999 — Excel Software today announced
MacTranslator 2.0 for generating software models from source code. Used in
conjunction with the MacA&D modeling tool, it allows software developers to
automatically generate UML class diagrams and an integrated dictionary from
Java, C++ or Object Pascal code. Structure charts generated from C, Pascal,
procedural Basic or Fortran code illustrate a program’s function calling
structure. Used in conjunction with the QuickCRC modeling tool, CRC cards
can be generated from Java, C++ or Object Pascal. MacTranslator 2.0 adds
Java language support, project scripting and a reengineering wizard. It can
process code files in large projects up to 10 times faster than version 1.0.
MacTranslator 2.0 supports new Java features like nested classes. Java
packages translate to design namespaces that handle name scope and map
design elements to files in code folders. The new MacA&D 7.0 or QuickCRC
1.2 is required for generating design models from Java code with
From a user’s perspective, the typical code reengineering process involves
issuing commands to build a list of code files, extracting dictionary
information to a text file, adding comment delimited code keys to the
source files and generating a list of referenced modules. Output files are
imported into MacA&D or QuickCRC to generate models. MacTranslator commands
can be issued from a menu or invoked from a project script.
MacTranslator commands can be written as a text script called a project
file that can be executed with one command. This makes it easy to automate
the reengineering process. Large projects may include thousands of files
partitioned into hundreds of code folders. An interactive wizard steps the
user through the reengineering process with a series of screens. It then
creates and runs a project file for object-oriented or procedural-oriented
Users can customize MacTranslator and its output by selecting the language and default options. Detailed information can be collected from the source code such as class attribute and operation data types, function arguments and descriptive comments. A generated design can be enhanced with MacA&D to generate new code. Several types of library files are supported for processing large projects with multiple code folders. MacTranslator can edit list files, reports, library files and code files with user definable file extensions that are easily customized for any development environment.
MacTranslator 2.0 is $495 and runs on Macintosh computers with MacOS 7.x or
later and 32 MB of RAM. Contact Excel Software for site license and upgrade
prices. Visit www.excelsoftware.com for detailed product descriptions.
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