Astah User Guide

Start Astah and set license

System Requirements

About Java


Start Astah

You can launch Astah by:

  • Choosing [Astah] from Start menu or
  • Double-clicking Astah's app icon or .asta file

When launching Astah, it automatically looks for new updates through HTTP access and shows a dialogue if newer version is available.
astah system properties
If you wish not to check for updates, you can stop so from [System Properties] - [Other].

astah system properties

Startup Screen

A startup screen appears when you launch Astah (Internet Connection is required) where you have a quick access to create new diagrams and usefil TIPS.

startup screen

If you wish not to open the startup screen, hide it from [System Properties] - [Others].
startup screen


Set License

When license is not set up yet, a license dialog appears. This is a same dialog that opens from [Tools] - [License] menu.

Options

[Set License key]

Choose this menu to set up your license file (.xml format file). When you select the .xml, it will be automatically stored at the directory below:

  • Individual License: userhome /.astah/professional(uml)
  • Annual, Subscription, Organizational License: Astah Installation folder

[License Registration]

If you don't have a license file (.xml) yet, you will need to generate it. Choose [License Registration] menu, then you will be directed to CV Members. Login and enter license number and validation code to generate a .xml file.


Model Version

Every Astah product has a "Model Version" - a number which you need to know when you open .asta file in newer or older version of Astah. Astah files are forward compatible and it works based on this Model Version. For details, check out Astah Compatibility.
Check Astah's Model Version

You can also see a history of each .asta file such as the edition and model version the file has been edited by. Check Astah's Model Version