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.
If you wish not to check for updates, you can stop so from [System Properties] - [Other].
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.
If you wish not to open the startup screen, hide it from [System Properties] - [Others].
When license is not set up yet, a license dialog appears. This is a same dialog that opens from [Tools] - [License] menu.
[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
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.
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.
You can also see a history of each .asta file such as the edition and model version the file has been edited by.