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Visible Analyst has been used as a teaching tool for more than 15 years. During that time more than 3,000 educational institutions around the world have taught a generation of programmers and systems analysts with our automated tools. Since its inception, more than 500,000 students have used Visible Analyst.

Visible Analyst © Student Edition is bundled with more than a dozen textbooks and workbooks and distributed by many of the leading publishers including Course Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Prentice Hall and McGraw-Hill/Irwin. This "special" version of Visible Analyst will continue to be maintained and enhanced as a teaching tool with the unique goal of educating the future application development workforce.

Visible Analyst © Instructor Edition implements the Assignments feature from the University Edition in a single user stand-alone edition. Instructors register with the Visible Systems Cloud server, (a free service) and define their courses and student assignments. Using the updated Student Edition, students register for the course, perform the assignments in their copy of the Student Edition, and then submit the results. The instructor accesses the submitted results allowing them to review the models and repository entries, then grade and comments on the submitted work. Students can then review the grade and comments for the assignment and access any new assignments. All assignment actions are seamlessly integrated into these new Visible Analyst editions and implemented via the Internet with no additional software involved. The perfect solution for your students to submit their assignments remotely and for you to review and grade their assignments from anywhere!

  • Instructors should send an e-mail to including your Name, Title, School's Address and Phone number for a FREE copy of the Visible Analyst Instructors Edition.

  • Download the Instructor's Documentation here.

  • Click here to view a demonstration video of the Assignments feature as implemented in the Instructor and University Editions.

  • Click here to download the Visible Analyst project DMV zip file. This is a completed tutorial project with all diagram and repository entries populated
    1. Unzip the file to a temporary folder on the PC, C:\Temp for example.
    2. Start the Visible Analyst and choose the Tools | Restore menu item.
    3. On the first restore dialog, enter the name of the project into the Name field and click OK. It is not necessary to modify either of the path's displayed at the top of the dialog box.
    4. At the second dialog, click the Browse button to point to the folder where you unzipped the files, C:\Temp in this example, and click OK. The project will be restored to the Visible Analyst.
    5. Select the File | Open Diagram menu item to display a list of the diagram types. Click the + icon next to a diagram type to view the diagrams. Double click on a diagram to open the diagram.

Supplemental Publisher Educational Materials

  • In conjunction with Pearson Publishing, students can use the following link to download the CPU Project information. This file contains a Visible Analyst backup file set of the CPU project, an MS Access Database, Visio diagram files and exercises. This material is referenced in the Textbook "Systems Analysis and Design" 7/E by Kendell and Kendall".

  • In conjunction with John Wiley & Sons publishing, students can use the following link to download the project lessons developed by Prof. Robert M. Roth. This file contains a business scenario and lesson exercises. Each exercise prompts the students to create a new project and then add diagrams and repository entries. This material is referenced in the Textbook "Systems Analysis and Design by Dennis, Wixom and Roth".

Visible Systems Corporation is in the process of designing an accreditation program for universities to offer to students who use the Visible Analyst in their courses. If you already have the Visible Analyst University Edition then you only need to upgrade and download the release in order to offer the accreditation to your students. For additional information about the accreditation program and the opportunity it could represent to your institution, please contact us at

A few noteworthy features of the University Edition are:

Visible Analyst University Edition for Classrooms allows you to configure floating licenses for up to 20 classroom seats and use these seats for either one semester or for a full year from when you install the product. The purchase includes product upgrades and full technical support.

Visible Analyst University Edition for Campuses allows you to configure floating licenses for up to 200 classroom seats for multiple classrooms that are located on the campus and use these seats for either one semester or for a full year from when you install the product.

The purchase includes product upgrades and full technical support.

Visible Analyst University "Classroom" and "Campus" Editions include Visible eLearning webcast videos on Structured Systems Analysis, Structured Systems Design and Object Oriented Development.

Visible Web-based Model Repository Viewer allows instructors to critique student projects from anywhere over a web-based browser. You can grade student projects by reviewing their models from your laptop or tablet, quickly, easily and efficiently.

"Assignments" enables instructors to easily setup courses and assignments for students. Instructors create their own list of courses and assignments and then add students to those assignments. Student submissions to assignments are easily viewed and assigned a score.

Click here to view a demonstration video of the Assignments feature.

Visible Systems Corporation has created a number of "How To..." training videos to assist users when learning and using the Visible Analyst. Each video explores a specific function or resolves a user issue, and helps you get started using and understanding the Visible Analyst. Additional videos will be added as necessary. If you have a suggestion for a "How To..." video, send us an e-mail at

Visible Analyst University "Classroom" and "Campus" Editions include the Enterprise Framework Interface, Business Process Modeling and Strategic Planning Statement support. Licenses are sold as Floating Licenses which mean that each instance of a license may "float" around your network. Usage is not locked to a particular student. This edition has the advantage of allowing instructors to set up student project teams who can concurrently work on projects in an integrated fashion.

Visible Analyst is supported for the Windows 7, 8, 10 (except Windows RT), Vista, and XP operating systems, as well as Windows 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2012 server. Previous versions of the Visible Analyst may not be compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7, 8, 10. Contact our support department at for additional information.

Click below to review an overview of the student edition video clip.

Capabilities Overview

•  The Assignments feature is now available in the NEW Instructor and updated Student editions

•  Business Planning (Functional Decomposition Diagrams and Process Modeling (Data Flow Diagrams)

•  Custom Diagrams (Network, Infrastructure Diagrams, etc.)

•  Data Modeling (Entity-Relationship Diagrams)

•  Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) Diagrams

•  UML 2.x Notation Support

•  Class Modeling (Class Diagrams)

•  Use-Case Diagrams

•  Activity Diagrams

•  Collaboration Diagrams

•  Component Diagrams

•  Deployment Diagrams

•  Sequence Diagrams

•  State Transition Modeling (State-Transition Diagrams)

•  Structured Design Modeling (Structure Charts)

•  Strategic Planning Statement Support

•  Course Assignment Support (Educational Edition)

•  Diagram and Methodology Analysis

•  Integrated Model and repository Support

•  Repository, Networking and Reporting Capabilities

•  Zachman Framework (included with all Student and Educational Editions)

Systems Requirements:

The Visible Analyst Student and University Editions are 32-bit applications available for Windows 7, 8, 10 (except Windows RT) /Vista/XP/2000/2003/2008/2012. Visible Analyst Student Edition requires a minimum of 128MB RAM, and 30MB disk space for installation. The University Editions require an additional 100MB of space for student projects, and all versions require a compatible pointing device.

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