Dependency Structure Matrix

Astah visualizes the dependency relationships between Classes, Interfaces, and Packages through a Dependency Structure Matrix (DSM). The DSM automatically updates as you model, quickly alerting you to specific dependencies and circular references immediately, and distinctly in a concise color coded chart.


How to Install

  1. Download the Plug-in file by clicking the blue Download button at the top of this page.
  2. After the download is complete, drag the downloaded .jar file to an open instance of Astah. A pop-up will appear asking you to confirm installation choose [Yes].
  3. If the pop-up below opens restart Astah.
    astah plugin menu
    The [Plugin] menu exists in version 7.2 or later. if you are using version 7.1 or earlier, read this FAQ.
  4. If you see the [DSM] window below the diagram editor, the installation is complete!

    If there is no window below the diagram editor, go to [View] - [Show/Hide Extra View] to open.
    Open Extra View

   How to use

We have a separate tutorial and reference manual for this plug-in.

  1. Reference Manual
  2. Tutorial
    Disperse the Class that has too many dependencies
    Solve the circular reference
    Solve the indirect reference

    Dependency Structure Matrix
    Dependency Structure Matrix