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Import an Asset into the Model

The Reusable Asset Service provides common or standard information and data that you can import into your local model. The unit that you import is a selected version of the Asset Package; you can also, optionally, import:

  • Other Packages on which the selected Asset Package depends, and/or
  • Available Technologies that support full use of the model structures in the Asset Package

The Asset Package (with, if selected, any needed Packages) is imported into the currently-selected model Package in the Project Browser, unless the Asset Package already exists anywhere else in the Project. In this case, the system locates the existing Package and overwrites it with the imported Asset Package.

Access

Open the Reusable Asset Service window, using one of the methods outlined here.

On the 'Registry Browser' tab, either;

  • Select an Asset Package and click on the Import button, or
  • Right-click on an Asset Package and select the 'Import from Registry' option

Ribbon

Publish > Model Exchange > Reusable Assets

Import Asset Package

Before selecting an Asset Package to import into your model, click on the 'Version' drop-down arrow and select the appropriate version of the Package to import.

When you select to import an Asset Package into your model, a short menu displays from which you select to import:

  • The Package alone or
  • The Package with the related Packages on which it is dependent

A prompt then displays for you to confirm the import, and to warn you that if the Package already exists in the model, it will be overwritten by the import. Click on the Yes button to continue, or the No button to cancel the import.

If the Storage is password protected, after you confirm the import a prompt displays for your 'Read-Only' or 'Complete-Access' password; enter this and click on the OK button.

The 'Import from Registry' dialog displays, followed by confirmation that the import of the Package or Packages is complete. Click on the OK button.

If the Package depends on Technologies

If the Technologies associated with an Asset Package are not already on your system and/or enabled in your model, during the display of the 'Import from Registry' dialog the 'Import Technology From Registry' dialog also displays. Process this dialog as described.

Field/Option

Detail

See also

Name

Displays the name of the Technology as recorded in the Registry.

The check box against each name is selected by default. If you want to import one technology but not another, deselect the checkbox of the technology to ignore.

Version

Displays the required version of the Technology to support the Asset Package, available through the Registry.

Registry Status

Indicates whether the Technology file is:

  • Available - the Technology file is registered in the current Storage, or
  • Unavailable - for one of these reasons:
         -  The Technology file is not registered in the Storage, or
         -  The Technology is a built-in Technology and is already integrated with your system, or must be
            purchased under license, or
         -  The Technology is available from a URL and can be downloaded from that URL
Access Remote MDG Technologies

Model Status

Indicates whether the Technology is already in your model and disabled.

(If the Technology is in your model and enabled, there is no need to import it and it is not listed in the dialog.)

OK

Click on this button to import and/or enable the selected Technology or Technologies in your system.

A status message displays to indicate that the Package and Technologies have been imported and the Technologies enabled. You might have to restart Enterprise Architect for the Technologies to take full effect.

Click on the OK button to clear the message.

In the Project Browser, the Package has been added to the model with (if selected) the Packages on which it is dependent.

Import Library

The Reusable Asset Service provides the ability to store Library files that you can import into your local model. The type of Library file available in a Storage will depend on the Storage type. When you import and install a Library from a:

  • Learning Center Library storage, it will be available for use on all Enterprise Architect models in this system
  • Reference Data Library storage, it will be installed into the current model
  • Source Code Library storage, it will be saved in the specified location in the file system

Library from a Learning Center Library storage. Either:

  • Click on the Import button to open the 'Download Libraries' dialog, showing all the Library files in this storage as selected, or
  • Right-click on a Library file in the 'Storage Files' tab and select the 'Import from Registry' option to open the 'Download Libraries' dialog showing that specific Library file as selected

Library from a Reference Data Library storage. Either:

  • Click on the Import button to open the 'Import Reference Data' dialog, showing all the reference data in that Library file as selected, or
  • Right-click on a Library file in the 'Storage Files' tab and select the 'Import from Registry' option to open the 'Import Reference Data' dialog, showing all the reference data in that Library file as selected

Library from a Source Code Library storage. Either:

  • Click on the Import button to open the 'Save As' dialog and select a location in the file system to save the imported Library to, or
  • Right-click on a Library file in the 'Storage Files' tab and select the 'Import from Registry' option to open the 'Save As' dialog, then select a location in the file system to save the imported Library to

If the Storage is password protected, a prompt for you to enter your 'Read-Only or 'Complete-Access' password displays. Enter the password and click on the OK button.

Notes

  • You can also import Technologies separately from the Package that is dependent on them, using the 'Technology' tab of the Reusable Asset Service view
  • 'Learning Center Library', 'Reference Data Library' and 'Source Code Library' type Storages do not contain any Asset Packages

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