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General Board / Time traveling in EA
« on: August 06, 2018, 06:00:07 pm »
Time traveling is showing a series of views each representing a different lifecycle stage of a system (part of an application landscape).
This can be clearly very useful but is not explicitly supported by EA.

So how can we do this?
One obvious way would be to create new instances for every element for each of the lifecycle stages to show. That has the obvious disadvantage of ending up with many instances of essentially the same element that must be kept in sync. Making all instances inherit from a base instance looks like a possible approach. However, inheritance cannot (i think) be so fine tuned as to exactly specify which aspects of an element are inherited and which are not. Specifically, you want the connectors between elements be different in the different stages. Connectors are not first-class citizens in EA but are part of the Elements so different connectivity requires different elements :-(.

Has anyone else thought about this and created a feasible solution?

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I am generating documents with diagrams in EA version 13. Package names are the paragraph headings in my document.
When a package contains a diagram that is not too large, I want the package name (paragraph header) to be on the same page as the diagram and not have a paragraph name followed by a large empty space.
So, I tried the "keep with next" option in my template. When opening the generated document in Word, however, the paragraph heading is NOT marked as "keep with next" and the paragraph heading is attached to the preceding text, is followed by a large empty space and the diagram is on the next page. Not what I want...
I also tried "keep together" but this neither works.

Has anyone else experienced the same problem and perhaps found a solution?


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General Board / EA data model
« on: July 31, 2018, 08:04:46 pm »
Where do I find the complete EA data model? All tables and attributes that one can use in SQL queries.

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Bugs and Issues / Font size of Swim Lanes not persistent
« on: July 20, 2018, 06:42:28 pm »
The font size of the names of my swim lanes (in UML Activity Charts) changes back to 8 points after I have set it to 12 points in the swim lane dialog!  >:(
This happens every time. I change the font in the swim lane dialog, save and close the diagram, reopen it and the font is set back to 8 points. Extremely annoying!

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General Board / Swim lane header font changing
« on: July 18, 2018, 07:38:46 pm »
The font size of the names of my swim lanes (in UML Activity Charts) changes back to 8 points after I have set it to 12 points in the swim lane dialog!  >:(
This happens every time. I change the font in the swim lane dialog, save and close the diagram, reopen it and the font is set back to 8 points. Extremely annoying!

So is there a way to prevent this or perhaps to change the default font for swim lane headings? The swim lane headings do NOT change when I change the default font in Preferences!

I am using EA version 13 on Windows 10.

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General Board / Ways to show changes in Reports
« on: June 07, 2018, 01:19:23 am »
What options do I have to show what has changed in a Report since the previous version (or since a specific time)?
One way is to use Search * and sort on Date which gives the most recently changed elements on top. You can also generate a report that lists this information.

So, what other options do I have?
Is there some way to indicate changes in the text or diagrams themselves?
Is a baseline comparison of models useful?

Thanks for any tips!

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General Board / Versioning of connectors
« on: May 16, 2018, 04:48:35 pm »
I would like to model a situation where I have a number of elements who's connections change over the system lifecycle. So, the components remain the same but the connections between them are different between versions.
Of course, one way to do this is by simply making different views (diagrams) in which different connectors are shown. This may be a useful approach if it's only the pictures that matter but not if the model itself is important, e.g. when generating reports or when simulating the model.
Another approach is to create copies of the elements but this creates a maintenance problem and is very inelegant.

So what other options do I have?

Thanks for any help!

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Suggestions and Requests / Multiple Project Browser Windows
« on: May 14, 2018, 09:08:10 pm »
(Re)organizing the Project Browser is not easy when there is only one Project Browser window and you have to drag elements and packages long distances up and down, holding down the mouse button. This would be a lot easier if it were possible to open a second window on the Project Browser so that you can drag from one window to the other. Similar to what you do in a file browser.


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General Board / How to delete ForkJoinH elements?
« on: May 08, 2018, 09:31:58 pm »
When I run a Simulation (UML Activity chart), I encounter a ForkJoinH element that I thought I deleted..... But I cannot find it in the project browser, nor via an Extended search. It seems that ForkJoinHs arent listed in the Project Browser at all! Why not?

So... How can I get rid of this ForkJoinH??

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General Board / Glossary plural terms
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:42:13 pm »
It seems like I have to add two entries for every term in the Glossary that occurs both in singular and plural in my texts. This is very inelegant of course. Is there a way around this?

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General Board / How to position a picture in a Report Template?
« on: April 13, 2018, 06:04:14 pm »
I need to insert an image my custom Cover Page template spanning the complete width of the page. However the image does not want to be moved to the left beyond the apparent margin and I cant find a way to get rid of the left margin!

Perhaps there is a way to set a Background Image? That might solve my issue, but I havent found to do this either. Or a way to specify the position of the image relative to the text like there is in MS Word?

Help is appreciated!

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General Board / specify maximum size of a diagram in a report
« on: March 22, 2018, 12:09:54 am »
I have noticed that when generating reports, diagrams are included at the maximum size that fits on the page. With complex diagrams this is desirable, but with very simple diagrams, consisting of only a few elements, their size on the page makes the document look like a children's book :-). So is there a way to have diagrams printed smaller than their max size on a page? Perhaps limiting the enlargement factor?

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General Board / multiselecting nested elements
« on: March 22, 2018, 12:03:09 am »
When I have a diagram with nested elements, (multi)selecting inner elements is often a hassle. I wonder if there are other ways to multiselect elements. E.g. by setting the selection mechanism so that elements have to be included completely (instead of only touched as is the default). Or perhaps by selecting all elements of a certain type, etc...

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General Board / error DAO.Recordset [3197]
« on: March 06, 2018, 01:08:15 am »
I am getting an error that I have not seen before when saving a model and also when exporting a package:

DAO.Recordset [3197]
The Microsoft Jet database engine stopped the process because you and another user are attempting to change the same data at the same time.
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I am using a local EAP file! No-one else is using it and I have only one instance of Sparx EA open..... So what causes this error and how do I resolve it?
Sparx EA version 12.0.1215

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General Board / Duplicate attribute error
« on: March 05, 2018, 09:26:48 pm »
When I try to generate a report, I get the following error. I have no idea how to resolve this and I would appreciate any tips!

Error:
Code = 0xc00ce554
Source = Line : 157; Char : 136
Error Description = Duplicate attribute

I am using version 12.0.1215 on Windows 10

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