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General Board / Re: EA v14 beta - Where are the release notes?
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:17:42 pm »
Done  ;)

General Board / Re: EA v14 beta - Where are the release notes?
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:08:47 pm »
Hi Guys,
The release notes will be published in HTML format once EA 14 comes out of beta. There is always the chance of features being added or removed in the beta period - so nothing is set in stone at this stage.

When 14 is official, the release notes will be available from the following URL, however we will repost this link in the Latest News announcement at the time too.

In the mean time, as Arshad pointed out they are in the Readme.txt file in the EA folder which can be accessed from with-in EA from the Start Ribbon | Help drop down | Read me...


General Board / Re: Using EA with Git
« on: January 24, 2018, 09:20:13 am »
As an alternate option I have heard of some users installing a free plug-in for Git to make it respond to Microsoft SCC calls, they have then setup their version control in EA to Git using SCC. A quick Google search returns a few different options for plug-ins for Git.

General Board / Re: Free: Pro Cloud Server Express (with WebEA)
« on: November 01, 2017, 11:06:41 am »
Hi Paolo,
Yes the Corporate Academic and Educational Site Licenses qualify. :-)


General Board / Re: Free: Pro Cloud Server Express (with WebEA)
« on: October 31, 2017, 04:46:48 pm »
Hi Uffe,
You are correct - we have labeled it as an offer, however for the foreseeable future we will continue to offer and support the Pro Cloud Server Express.
The general rule of thumb is, if you have 5 or more  EACORP or above licenses that are in maintenance we will supply a Pro Cloud Server Express key to you that matches the EA maintenance expire date. If you renew sooner (say to co-term your licenses) then you are eligible to apply for a new PCS-Express license to match the new expiry.

To request a new PCS-Express license (or renew an existing one) you can use the following form:

Hope this helps!

General Board / Re: Search Published HTML Report
« on: October 18, 2017, 11:13:00 am »
Another advantage to using the Pro Cloud Server and WebEA is it removes the need to generate the HTML at all. The web view is updated instantly when the model is.

General Board / Re: Should our organisation migrate to EA12.1 or EA13?
« on: October 20, 2016, 04:01:04 pm »
Sparx Systems generally doesn't send an email for the build releases, generally only major releases (like the recent release of v13).
In other news build 1307 has just been released ;-)

General Board / Re: One click shows all relationships
« on: March 04, 2016, 05:01:37 pm »

Further to Marc's Comment,
You can also select and element and hit the 'L' key, this will highlight all incoming and out going connectors for a particular element (in red and green).

Hey Tehila1
We keep a history of the last build of each major version of EA available for download back to v2.50.
(obviously v12 will be part of this list now that we are at v12.1)

You can find it in the registered users download section at the bottom of this page:



General Board / Re: Scenario Mapping from Sequence Diagrams
« on: February 24, 2016, 05:04:08 pm »
Structured Scenarios might give you what you are after.

With a structured scenario (which can be defined against any element, typically a Use Case) you provide each of the steps in a sequence and classify them as either Basic, Alternate or Exception. You can specify what each step uses, provide context references, what the result of each step is, any state information as well as constraints.

Each step can have a decision where the system will continue down the basic path or branch out into an alternate or exception path. Each of these paths can then rejoin the basic path at some point to continue down the basic path.

One of the features the structure scenarios has is to generate not only a diagram (Activity, Ruleflow, State, Sequence [which is where your sequence diagrams might come from in future] or Robustness) but also Test Cases and Test Suites.

This testing information gives you the outputs similar to what you described. For example the Basic path for an example model we have outputs:

1. System displays Welcome Screen
2. User inserts Card
3. System prompts for PIN
   Uses:   PIN specification
4. User enters correct PIN
5. System authenticates user and logs access time and location
6. System prompts: Withdraw Cash, Show Balance, Make Deposit
7. User selects: Show Balance
8. System displays current Account balance
9. System displays Welcome Screen after 3 seconds

Basic Path complete.
Use case ends.

It also generates test steps out for the other decisions - for example if they get the PIN incorrect:
1. System displays Welcome Screen
2. User inserts Card
3. System prompts for PIN
   Uses:   PIN specification

When [Incorrect PIN]
4a_1. User enters incorrect PIN
4a_2. System displays Authentication Error
4a_3. System displays Welcome Screen after 3 seconds

Incorrect PIN complete.
Rejoin at 1.

In this case, for this example, it generated 6 different test scenarios.

So although it is not Scenario Mapping from Sequence diagrams, it is Scenario Mapping from Structured Scenarios where you could use them to start your sequence diagrams too.

Hope this helps


General Board / Re: IS there a guide to recommended security groups
« on: February 18, 2016, 04:41:28 pm »
Hey tonyabs,

We have split security up in three different sections for our enterprise model.
1. Administrators: They have access to everything
2. Users: Everyone else who is not an administrator is a user. Users have everything except for the three Security Permissions (Enable/Disable, Manage Locks, Manage Users) and  some others (Manage Project Calendar [as we only want specific people updating our calendar], Admin Workflow, Administer Database and Audit Settings).
3. Groups with No permissions at all: (which we use to create model mail lists to keep teams informed).

There is a 3.1 point to that where individuals may be given special access to do specific tasks that sit outside the group permissions.

Above and beyond the group permissions, I would suggest you setup the model structure to help too. We structure the model in such a way that everyone generally works in their own area (or their own teams area), and we use Model and Diagram locking so people don't inadvertently overwrite someone else's work.

I hope this helps


General Board / Re: Mixing versions
« on: January 07, 2016, 11:25:41 am »
Hey Chris,
Geert is correct - their model should remain intact, just be mindful of the newer features if you are going to contribute and want them to see your contributions.

Others include:
Element Discussions
Database Builder
Some Documentation Templates (fragments)
Kanban etc.

I believe we have really only had one release that affected the backwards compatibility, that was from version 3.1 to 3.5 in late 2002.

Bugs and Issues / Re: Bug on the forum page
« on: December 22, 2015, 04:52:23 pm »

Thanks for the heads up - should be all good now.


General Board / Re: Forum trouble
« on: December 21, 2015, 06:22:37 pm »
Hey Guys,

The new forum runs off the SMF platform.

Here is a list of available codes that should be able to use in posts and in signatures:


General Board / Re: Forum trouble
« on: December 20, 2015, 11:10:23 am »
I've just gone through the password reset process myself and seemed to work OK for me. This new forum gives us a lot more options to help out with user administration - the previous one we had very limited control and flexibility.

Over the next week we will start clearing out the bot and unused accounts - there is a significant amount of them.

The post you are looking for is here:,13839.msg157607.html#msg157607
I found it using the search capability.

Again - thanks to everyone's patience during this transition period - we will hopefully have the kinks worked out as well as what features will be turned on/off asap!


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