EDITION Edition

We have editions to suit the scale and purpose of your development.
There is a Professional Edition to support distributed development with multiple teams and an Enterprise Edition to support variation development.
Each edition includes two types of design tools: Architect, which allows customization of design tools, and Designer, which allows design on customized design tools. Architect is intended for use by senior designers and process definers, while Designer is intended for use by design members in the field.

  • Professional Edition

    This is a design tool that supports development by multiple teams.
    With Subversion integration and the ability to split and merge design files, it supports development by multiple teams across companies and departments.

    • Learn more about the team development function
  • Enterprise Edition

    This design tool manages design information for multiple products and supports variation development.
    features product line development for defining variants by feature model and switching between variants for each product.

    • Click here for more information on the product line development function.

List of features

Here is a list of features by edition for Next Design (latest version).

Category Function Description Pro Ent
Metamodel definition Adding and deleting entities You can add new entities or delete entities. Fat Fat
Adding and removing elements to and from entities You can add or remove new fields to an entity. Fat Fat
Definition of relationships between entities It is possible to define relationships between entities (traceability relationships). Fat Fat
View definition Documentation You can use Word-like document representation. Fat Fat
Tree grid It allows you to view design information in a hierarchical manner, in an Excel-like list. Fat Fat
ER DIAGRAM The graphical representation provides a bird's eye view of the relationships between design information. Fat Fat
Sequence diagram The exchange of design information can be represented in chronological order. Fat Fat
Use of custom shapes and icons You can customise the look and feel of your design information using any image. Fat Fat
Standard diagram support UML/SysML UML/SysML based representations such as requirement diagrams, structure diagrams and behavioural diagrams Fat Fat
Mind mapping You will be able to use mind mapping, a way of expressing and organising your thoughts. Fat Fat
GSN (Goal Structuring Notation) GSNS THAT CAN BE USED TO DESCRIBE DEPENDABILITY CASES CAN BE EXPRESSED Fat Fat
Flow chart A flowchart can be used to represent a series of steps in a process. Fat Fat
PFD (Process Flow Diagram) THE PFD IS A GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF THE PROCESS DESIGN. Fat Fat
Model editing Unlimited undo/redo There is no limit to the number of undo/redo operations you can perform on your results. Fat Fat
Drag and drop model editing You can use the mouse to place and move shapes. Fat Fat
Editing aids such as quick styles and search and replace You can edit the model ring and the appearance of your models intuitively and efficiently. Fat Fat
Display of traceability between editors You can view the traceability of design information between the main and sub windows. Fat Fat
Bulk editing of models You can edit the information of the selected models at once. Fat Fat
Switch file saving format You can choose between binary and human readable file formats. Fat Fat
Traceability Traceability tree Trace relationships across the model can be displayed and listed in a tree view. Fat Fat
Traceability matrix A tabular representation of the traces between models, allowing you to check their comprehensiveness. Fat Fat
Traceability Report Traceability can be exported to an Excel file in tabular form. Fat Fat
Setting not to be traced You can enter a reason to exclude a trace relationship if you do not wish to establish one. Fat Fat
Document output Word output Design information can be documented as a Word file. Fat Fat
HTML OUTPUT DESIGN INFORMATION CAN BE DOCUMENTED AS HTML FILES. Fat Fat
PDF OUTPUT DESIGN INFORMATION CAN BE DOCUMENTED AS A PDF FILE. Fat Fat
Image output Design information can be documented as image files. Fat Fat
Team development Multiple file splitting You can divide the design file into arbitrary units (e.g. by design director). Fat Fat
Merge split files Separate design files can be merged. Fat Fat
Partial loading of model files You can only load the model files you specified when opening the project. Fat
Configuration management tool integration Exclusion control is performed on NextDesign in conjunction with configuration management tools. Fat Fat
Model Difference Display You can view the differences between the project files before and after the changes, and between any revisions. Fat Fat
Extensions Extension development Extensions can be developed using languages such as C# and JavaScript. Fat Fat
Running an extension Extensions can be loaded and run in NextDesign. Fat Fat
Distribution by package Download cloud-delivered extensions and profiles. Fat Fat
Product line development Defining a feature model The relationship of features between products can be modelled in a tree-like diagram. Fat
Registration and derivation of multiple products You can define a product family and assign features to be used for each product. Fat
Assignment of variants to design data Drag and drop to associate features with design information. Fat
Export of design data You can export the design information of your fixed products. Fat

Architect only