Java News from Friday, September 16, 2005

The Omni Group has released OmniGraffle 4, a general purpose Mac OS X diagramming tool and my UML editor of choice. New features in 4.0 include Bezier curves, SVG export, and improved import and export to/from PICT and Visio. OmniGraffle ranges from $79.95 to $149.95.

Cenqua has posted the second beta of FishEye 1.1, a $999 payware tool for viewing CVS activity. I've been using FishEye lately as part of my work with the Jaxen Project. As well as drawing graphs of activity, it lets you see who's committing what when to CVS, what individual committers have been up to, what's going on in different branches, what's happened to particular files, and so forth. It automatically wraps up tarballs and zip files of the current code base. The big new feature in 1.1 is Subversion support.

The Big Faceless Organization has released the Big Faceless PDF Library 2.5.2, a $700 payware (more if you want support) Java class library for creating PDF documents. The $1300 Extended Edition adds the AcroForms support, digital signatures, and the ability to import and edit and existing PDF documents. Version 2.5.2 fixes bugs and adds RGBA and CMYK as color models for TIFF output and can draw PDFs with non-white backgrounds.