MacA&D Desktop

MacA&D Desktop is a software engineering tool for object-oriented, structured analysis and design or data modeling projects. It supports the process, data and class models from the Standard edition, plus adds state, object and structure models.

The Desktop edition includes a built-in report generator, configurable tools menu and instant inheritance graphs. Generate a custom HTML formatted report from the data dictionary in seconds or export a collection of diagrams and tables to a PDF file.

Other features include document templates, document changes notes, expand and collapse of dictionary entries and integrated HTML and test files.

All MacA&D documents can be shared with WinA&D on Windows.

Structured Analysis & Design

    Data flow diagrams can link to state diagrams and tables. Multi-level structure charts show module structure of procedural programs. Structure charts can be drawn for new designs or generated from existing code using MacTranslator. The designer can click through the diagram stack and go directly to code linked to each module on the diagram.

State Models

    MacA&D supports a variety of state diagram notations including Mealy state diagrams, Moore state diagrams and Harel statecharts.

    Supported table notations include the Process Activation Table, Decision Table, State Transition Matrix, State Transition Table, Shlaer/Mellor State Transition Table, Event List, Multiple State Transition Matrix and Flowchart.

    Tables can be generated automatically from a diagram representation.

    A Flow Chart is one style of state diagram that consists of nodes and lines to show how an algorithm or process works.


    MacA&D supports the UML notation with class and package diagrams, use case diagrams, activity diagrams, statecharts, deployment diagrams and communication and sequence style object models. All diagrams support multiple levels, scaling, a contents view or easy navigation and can be linked together and directly to code, test or specification files.

    Diagrams share a common dictionary so editing changes can easily be applied across all instances of an object in the project. In addition to showing attributes and operations on class diagrams, developers can selectively show data types, argument lists and other details.

Scriptable Reports

    MacA&D includes dozens of standard reports plus a fully scriptable report generator that gives developers full control over the content and format of custom reports. Project information can be generated to an HTML-formatted report. Reports can be viewed in a web browser or word processor like Microsoft Word.

    Reports can include any piece of information available in any MacA&D document including diagrams, tables, text specifications, requirements, dictionary information, test procedures and even source code. The scripting language enables custom reports and features to be added as a MacA&D menu command.

Project Scrapbook

    The Project Scrapbook is a community resource that anyone on the project can concurrently view or edit. It provides a convenient placeholder for project artifacts created from any application. Examples include marketing specifications, graphic illustrations, project schedule, software models, tables, graphic charts of simulation results or test plans. Scrapbook items can be organized, copied, pasted, printed or double-clicked to view or edit the original document in its native application.