What's New in 6.2

Here are the new and noteworthy features in Obeo Designer 6.2:


All the other changes are listed in the change log.


New expression interpreters to boost performances

Expressions are used by Obeo Designer to retrieve information from the model (to populate a representation, to dynamically compute graphical properties or to define the behavior of a tool). Before Obeo Designer 6.2, expressions had to be written in Acceleo or standard OCL, even for retrieving very simple information.

Three new interpreters have been added to simply retrieve the value of features (attributes and relations), to evaluate services and to get variables.

To use these interpreters, just start the expression with the tags feature:, service: or var: followed by the name of the feature, service or variable.

By using these interpreters, you can improve the performance of your modeler up to 30 %, as Obeo Designer can directly evaluate simple expressions without having to delegate this work to Acceleo or OCL engines (which implies more controls).


Default size of containers

Now, with Obeo Designer 6.2, you can set the default size of the containers.

It is very useful to directly create new containers with a more appropriate size, thus avoiding users to systematically resize them after their creation.


Brand new comparison framework: better UI and blazing fast performances

Obeo Designer 6.2 integrates EMF Compare 2.1, the brand new version of this Eclipse Modeling component dedicated to EMF models comparison.

EMF Compare 2.1 comes with an enhanced user interface :

  • Grouping options : by kind (additions, deletions, moves, changes) and by side (left, right and conflicts)

  • Filters to remove differences out of the structural view according to a set of predicates

  • All differences of containment references are now displayed within the same TreeViewer.

  • Comparisons are executed in background to avoid « freezing » Eclipse during long-running comparisons

  • Direct edit to modify textual values directly in the comparison editor

  • Customization : users can add their own filters, groups and label providers (to change the way elements are displayed).

Most of all, EMF Compare 2.1 architecture has been redesigned to support comparisons of large fragmented models. Now, only the necessary fragments (minimized scope) of the compared models are loaded, bringing an incredible performance boost along with the memory gain.

This new architecture has been fully profiled and enhanced for large model comparisons, which brings a significant improvement in all comparisons, whether the input models are fragmented or not.


Property views enhancement

Obeo Designer 6.2 natively integrates EEF (Extended Editing Framework), one of the components provided by the Eclipse Modeling project. This framework allows you to create rich views to edit the properties of your model elements.

The new EEF version now supports collaborative mode : it means that the fields concerning properties of elements currently edited by another user are disabled until the modification has been committed, and automatically refreshed with the new values.

This new version also comes with new customization possibilities (for example to define views which aggregate data coming from several objects) and performance improvements.


Better collaboration performances

The collaboration mode of Obeo Designer is now based on CDO 4.2. The new version of this component provides many performance improvements which benefit to Obeo Designer : 15% faster to open a project, 30% to save modifications and 50% to refresh a diagram!


More progress bars to improve the user experience

Many progress bars have been added for potentially long lasting actions (for example, opening large models).



Read What's new in Obeo Designer 6.1 to see the new and noteworthy features of previous version.