Import Microsoft Visio diagrams into IBM Rational Software Architect, Part 1. Overview of the new Visio Import feature introduced in Version 8.5

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Kapil Gambhir

Date archived: December 20, 2016 | First published: February 05, 2013

IBM Rational Software Architect 8.5 introduced a new feature for importing Microsoft Visio diagrams, which automatically migrates Visio drawings to first-cut models in Rational Software Architect. Then these can be evolved and matured in a more formal and precise fashion. This helps you avoid much of the manual effort and the error-prone nature of this activity. While importing, the tool creates the semantic, as well as the visual model and makes attempts to preserves the visual aesthetics of the diagram by mimicking the visual layout and positioning of different elements. In this first article in a three-part series, Kapil Gambhir explains the capabilities and value of this feature and describes some of the decisions that occur during the import process.

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