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Two start-ups address application requirements

Two software companies are aiming to improve application development by automatically creating visual simulations of the finished product, based on document language.

Two software companies have new tools to improve the planning stage of corporate applications. Berkeley, Calif.-based N8 Systems on Monday launched its company and made its service generally available. Using the Unified Modeling Language, the company's N8 Archetype software, offered as a hosted service, is designed to automatically convert a Microsoft Word document that describes how a proposed application would work into a visual diagram.

Viewing an application's functions with a visual diagram lets business analysts and programmers quickly address potential software requirement hitches, according to N8 Chief David Hartford. The software of another company, El Segundo, Calif.-based iRise, creates a visual simulation of a finished application.