3D UML Modelling?

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Developed on top of Google SketchUp? That’s interesting. I thought it dead since Google sold it to Trimble and it went silent for the least to say, as it got to be a paid tool now. This has been tweeted today, even though the news is from 2009:


Would be interested in further development of the concept, in a more professional look & feel for using in practice, provided it was shown effective.

Would be interested in seeing some further development of the concept, in a more professional look & feel, some more robust and serious approach for using in practice, provided it was shown effective.

Found some other shots as well, not sure whether the same team/tool:

X3D-UML: Refined 3D UML State Machine Diagram

Refined 3D UML visualisation of a complex state machine diagram. From a PhD in advanced 3D UML visualisation through X3D. http://www.x3d-uml.org This state machine diagram has been refined after user task analysis, heuristic evaluation. The initial version is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pghZMZJB3MU. Further refinements are planned as a result of formative evaluation.

Still, seems like a an interesting idea. I’m very curious about it’s promise, what value it can add, and where (or if) something like this could take us.

I would be amongst the very early adopters if it offers the same features as current tools, but at least could greatly facilitate model manipulation and visualization, so an easier development if the tool does what any should: assist.

Was there any progress related to this concept since this post was published in 2009? Has it been proved useful/effective?
Let’s see where it goes, I hope somebody seriously pushes it.

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