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Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 646 Released
« on: October 05, 2003, 11:36:54 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 646
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Added additional highlight for context element in diagrams - when selected has hatch border.
     . Context element is one used for alignment operations not using mouse
     . Can be turned off on the Diagram/Behavior page of Options dialog
Modified Project Browser to improve context menu behavior and added warning before reloading model when changes by other user detected
Changed Add-In template file from DLL format to Type Library format for improved language independence. See help file for details on writing Add-Ins using Add-In Template Type Library
Added option to Tools/Option dialog to not expand drop target packages when doing a node trasnfer in project browser
Fixed VBNet Comment parser behavior - XMLDoc, JavaDoc & standard comment
Fixed VB & VBNet processFunction arguments (multiple lines)
Various Code Generation Template updates
Modified CreateProperty dialog behavior on Attributes dialog (to improve property creation & modification)
Modified diagram alignment behavior to use last selected element in group selection when aligning via main menu
Fixed issue with conditions on Collaboration messages caused when re-sequencing the collaboration messages
Corrected possible problem when printing or saving images with 'Display Watermark' ticked, but not text set to display
Modified some string resources to correct displayed tooltips
Modified RTF Report dialog to allow creation of new Template when started from <<Model Document>> class
Limited Extended Properties on Operations for Tables to Indexes and Foreign Keys
Improved Boundary, Text and Note behavior to retain font and color settings when pasting as new copy
Modified RTF format of Requirements/Linked Requirements to make them match
Modified RTF format of Requirements/Linked Requirements to hide status and advanced information when "Object Detail" unchecked
Corrected problem with Code Generation toolbar - which could cause exception when showing context menu under certain circumstances (affects XP and Win3K only)
Modified .EAP file repair functions to be grayed out when no EAP file loaded.
Modified XMI import/export to move connector end stereotypes from the attribute to tagged value level. Issue with DTD
Extended behavior of locking on View and Project roots to allow deletion of View or root when "Require User Lock to Edit" is the security mode
Fixed option for auto-generating interface methods
Updated C# operation templates: removed invalid modifiers on interface operations
Updated C++ FileImpl template: uses %fileNameImpl% instead of %fileName% in comment section
Added ability to bookmark (red triangle) alternate images and stereotyped metafiles
Fixed issue with automation interface that could prevent "CreateObject" working in some instances

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Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 645 Released
« on: September 29, 2003, 06:47:10 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 645
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Inclusion of first release of EA Add-Ins capability (see Help file under Automation/Scripting)
     - Ability to define ActiveX add-ins to appear in EA main menu
     - Allows creation of one menu branch (including submenus) per Add-In
     - Receive and respond to user menu selection
     - Interact with the EA Repository elements active within the current open Model

Fix for problem with CVS Source Code Control using Igloo bridge
Modifications to SCC interface to support PVCS SCC
Fix for relative names from Source Code Editor
Modified user interface to retain current User Tools when changing visual layouts
Added support for business process stereotypes such as "business worker" "business entity" "business actor" "business use case" etc.
Modified Space Evenly - Horizontal function to accomodate some elements which may have external text (eg. Actor)

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Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 644 Released
« on: September 23, 2003, 11:48:37 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 644
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Modified Workspace Views toolbar to allow toggling of docked windows (on-off)
Added Configure Appearance menu option to element context menu
Fixed problem with some docked windows first appearing with no "X" cloce button in the top right corner
Fixed issue where Rolenames on association between two tables were being suppressed, even when Foreign Keys were not defined
Modified  VB parser to treat Enums in .cls files as inner classes
Modified VB.Net parser to allow _ in op declaration
Added code in Override Implementation dialog to support VB implemented interfaces.
Fixed issue with Vb, VBNet operation implementation for inherited interfaces
Corrected problem with element properties dialog appearing offscreen in some instances
Modifed foreign key dialog to only show FK's associated with current association
Fixed problem with Print List function in several places causing exception in Unicode version
Released first version of SPEM UML Profile (see http://www.sparxsystems.com.au/spem_profile.htm)  
Fixed problem in automation interfce with Aggregation property on ConnectorEnd Object
Fixed problem in automation interface when deleting a Connector from a Collection
Changes to XMI 1.0 imort/export to pick up EA tags when round tripping
Modified use of XMI local path setting for use with Version Control
Added "Parameter Impl" code generation template to allow for correct generation of operations having parameters with default values

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Latest News / Beta 'SPEM' Profile Now Available
« on: September 23, 2003, 07:41:32 pm »
To get you started with using the Software Engineering Process Metamodel (SPEM) in EA, there is now a beta UML Profile for SPEM containing the SPEM_Extensions stereotypes defined in the Specification "Software Process Engineering Metamodel v 1.0" by the Object Management Group.

Visit http://www.sparxsystems.com.au/spem_profile.htm for more information or download the profile directly from http://www.sparxsystems.com.au/profile/SPEM_Profile.zip

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Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 643 Released
« on: September 19, 2003, 12:07:55 am »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 643
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Generate namespace option is used in default templates
Packages set as root namespaces, now generate classes at file scope
The %synchNamespaceBodyIndent% is available for specifying namespace-level indentation during code synchronisation.
Updates to the XML Schema generator and to the associated UML Profile which may be obtained from our website
Fixed error when re-ordering Collaboration messages
Fixed error in XMI import/export to SQL Server - missing diagram hyperlinks
Improved some aspects of XMI import/export when linking back to internal elements
Added support for User Images in custom toolbars. Supplied some default icons in UserImages.bmp, which may be modified or replaced by end user
Fixed issue with importing Metafiles for Stereotypes, both in Stereotype dialog and in importing UML Profiles
Modifications to Code Templates to fix error with C# Public keyword
Added support for <<label>> stereotype on GUIElements - creates a transparent text field
Some fixes in the Delphi code generator
Fixed display of combined foreign and primary keys.
Fixed display of multiple primary keys.
Fixed bug on delete connector on MySQL.
Removed restrictions on creation of foreign keys.

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Latest News / Automation Interface Examples with VB Available
« on: September 19, 2003, 12:04:50 am »
We now have some extensive examples of using Visual Basic to access the EA automation interface and create Word documentation.

Details can be found at: www.sparxsystems.com.au/AutIntVB.htm

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Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 642 Released
« on: September 16, 2003, 09:13:03 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 642
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Fixed problem with import of WMF and EMF files for stereotypes in Unicode build
Modified self-reference sonnectors to allow moving down the full height of extended elements
Fixed error in Implementation report under Oracle
Modified behavior of Requirement elements when resizing using "auto-size"
Modified Configure Default Appearance to allow setting more than one element at a time
Fixed error in Save Diagram as Profile function which could cause incorrect XML
Modified code generation template for C++
Added ability to sort UML Profile elements in resource tree in different ways (context menu option)
Fixed error that could occur when closing Element property dialog using Alt+C

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Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 641 Released
« on: September 11, 2003, 09:50:57 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 641
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Fixed C++ Rev Eng : Incorrectly parsed attributes with nested template types
Modified Use Case drawing to hide extension points when diagram option "Hide Attributes" is checked
Removed namspace blank line in DDL generation for Oracle
Fixed missing attribute name on associations with multiple primary keys
Fixed error in import of tables where more than one foreign key relationship existed between two tables
Fixed bug that could cause Operations and Attributes dialog to abort when Alt+C pressed
Fixed problem with buttons to move method params up and down being disabled
Fixed issue with UI when changing visual layouts that have docked tear-off menus showing
Modified use of stereotype colors to work when base class type is not matched in target element
Fixed caption display of sequence diagram so that when diagram is scrolled, element captions in title are correctly positioned

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Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 640 Released
« on: September 09, 2003, 10:11:42 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 640
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Added additional Attribute details to RTF reports
Fixed error in System docked window that could cause exception when no project loaded
Fixed C++ Rev Eng : Incorrectly parsed parents, if namespace resolved.
Added support for namespace of parent in C++ inheritance declaration
Fixed bug in Foreign Key Dialog allowing Update Cascade checkbox to show for Oracle tables
Improved DDL Import and DDL script generation.
Namespace Declaration fix for VBNet,
Generation options Dialog fix when using Japanese version of EA
Remove Comment style from VBNet Generation options,
Add advanced checkbox & supporting code to Template Editor ("Namespace *" "Class Base" "Class Interface" "Import Section" moved to advanced),
Template edits (added warning comments to advanced templates),
Fixed problem with Virtual Inherited parents not showing in 'Inherits' section of class caption when appropriate
Added some checks on Version Control before allowing changes to configuration
Tightened up some security items related to version control
Fixed C++ Rev Eng : Incorrectly parsed complex template-based attributes eg. vector< const TestType& > listConst
Modified Actor to allow use of Rectangle notation from Actor context menu - rather than from a single stereotype (<<system>>) as previously

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Latest News / 'Gang of Four' Design Patterns Now Available
« on: September 08, 2003, 12:13:16 am »
To get you started with Design Patterns in Enterprise Architect, there is now a zip file containing the Patterns decribed in the book "Design Patterns - Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software" by Gamma et al., herafter referred to as the 'Gang of Four' or GoF for short.

These patterns have been especially prepared for EA by Noumenaut Software (www.noumenaut.com).

Visit http://www.sparxsystems.com.au/uml_patterns.html#GangOfFour for more information or download the patterns directly from http://www.sparxsystems.com.au/bin/GoFPatterns.zip

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Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 639 Released
« on: September 07, 2003, 10:20:24 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 639
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Added Configure Version Control and Use Version control permission types to Security Model in Coporate version of EA
Modified Apply Pattern function to allow setting both Rename and Link check boxes - and have EA only apply one
Modified apply pattern function to prevent doubling up of applied operations in some cases
Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down shortcut keys added to Project Browser (move elements up and down)
Fixed context menu on element properties dialog - Link page to be non-modal
Sub-Activities now handled correctly in XMI import/export
Fixed error in stereotype dialog which only allowed a stereotype for one base type instead of many
Fixed element search dialog to handle particular Japanese character(s) that were causing SQL errors.
Added a new check to Integrity dialog to update Foreign Key definitions to new mode in EA 3,60
Added 'Advanced' check box to Code Templates dialog to show all templates
Some minor fixes in VB.Net code generation and templates
Some additional code template macros for handling Parameterized and Instantiated classes

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Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 638 Released
« on: September 04, 2003, 09:59:30 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 638
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Added ability to Save specially set-up diagrams as UML Profiles (see Help file)
Fixed issue with object font color set from Format Toolbar
Fixed error with multiple extension points being defned in Use Cases
Modified XMI importer to correct possible import error when importing a full model
Fixed problem with EA always opening maximized even with local option - Open Maximized -  unchecked
Fixed issue with use of refernce character when defining properties
Fixed issues with import of VB.Net nested classes
Fixed problem with multiple copies of operation pre- and post- conditions appearing in RTF documents

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Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 637 Released
« on: September 02, 2003, 09:45:31 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 637
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Fixed problem of Local Paths dialog not saving paths
Fixed issue with saving scenarios and some reference types when regional settings use , (comma) as the decimal separator
Fixed issue with not being able to modify namespace root when Require User Lock to Edit enabled
Fixed error in MySQL when changing Locking Mode in Corporate version of EA
Fixed error in RTF output in Unicode version of EA - document could be corrupt when Scenarios included in output

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Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 636 Released
« on: September 01, 2003, 10:33:07 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 636
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-Fixed problem with useage of Apply/Release User lock in Corporate version of EA
-Added Select Classifier dialog to Operations dialog for Return Type
-Fixed problem with Operations Return Type combo losing contents after dialog canceled
-Fixed problem with importing indexed properties in VB.Net

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Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 635 Released
« on: September 01, 2003, 12:35:43 am »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 635
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User Interface Changes:
     Major changes to docked windows...
     Upgraded docking behavior - pull out and redock tabbed windows (eg. Notes docked window)
     Flexible docking algorithm allows a number of new docking methods
     Dock windows in a larger variety of places
     Autohide (slide away) enabled on all major docked windows
     Main menu reworked to include new functions and makes many features more accessible
     Addition of Element menu to handle Element functions on currently selected element
     Context menus for elements, diagram etc. reworked to limit complexity
     Toolbar added to docked property window      
     Added syntax highlighting source code editor as dockable window within EA
     Quick customization menu on toolbars (add/remove buttons)
     Improved graphical indication of version controlled and package controlled packages in browser
     Added scope icons to method and attribute nodes in browser
     Ability to display text below toolbar icons
     Keyboard accelerator map added to Help menu
     Added ability to save and load screen layouts (up to 5)
     Improved keyboard access to all windows. Ctrl+F4 hotkey to close current docked window
     Improved Hierarchy view to show more information
     Added ability to Select elements in a diagram by type (Edit menu)
     Improved Snap to Grid and Grid display function (now in View Menu)
     Made a selection of submenus 'tear off' - so they can be detached and docked like toolbars
     Clean up of many graphical elements within EA      

Code Generation Changes:
     Code generation templates for C#, C++, Delphi, Java, VB and VB.Net
     Ability to generate code for user languages using templates
     Inbuilt Source Code Editor with syntax highlighting
     Ability to synchronize and generate from the source editor
     Code template editor with syntax highlighting for template macros
     Extensive Code Template language for modifying all aspects of code generation
     Bug fixes and improvements to Parser

Version Control:
     Enabled SCC cmpatible version control
     Currently tested with Visual Source Safe and CVS (using Igloo). Generic support for SCC compliant providers
     Uses a local 'virtual repository' to store XMI text files from EA, which integrate with the SCC provider
     Project/Version Control menu option to configure.
     Context menu option on package in Browser to use
     Improved XMI import/export for version control - relinking and control of cross package references
     Improved XMI export/import speed

Unicode Edition:
     A Unicode edition of EA is now available for users wishing to mix languages
     Unicode version enabled for WIn98, ME as well as NT, 2000 and XP
     
Database Engineering Changes:
     Added Dialog to streamline creation/editing of foreign keys.
     Added option to write a log file for Data Transfer errors and Remove Replication transfer errors.
     Specified a direction for the link between tables linked by a foreign key.
     Added foreign key details to table link.
     Fixed adding and removal of Foreign Key link.
     Fixed deleting foreign key operations when association deleted.
     Fixed DDL import of table default values from Oracle using Microsoft ODBC Oracle driver.
     Fixed missing header comments in DDL generation of Data Model package.
     Fixed sp_addextendedproperty DDL generation for SQL Server.
     Fixed syntax of drop table statement.
     Fixed creation of Primary Key operation where attribute allowed nulls.
     Fixed primary key in t_seclocks table in Oracle9i script.
     Fixed truncation of requirement type name.
     Fixed adding of extra columns to Primary Key.
     Fixed crash when saving operation on databases built with SQL Server 7 script.
     Fixed crash when cancelling data transfer.
     Reversed sort order of reference data types
     Display default DDL filename in file dialog when browsing to location to save DDL script.
     Warning against deleteing foreign key using Operations dialog.
     Additional fixes and updates

Document Generator:
     Added ability to create a 'Virtual Document' from s Class stereotyped as a <<Model Document>> (ie. 'Model Document' - case sensisitive)
     Drag packages from the Browser onto the virtual document to add packages as 'attributes'
     Sort the package order using the Attribute dialog
     Generate using the Element/Documentation dialog. EA will detect the <<document>> stereotype and generate the full document
     Added ability to generate RTF for a single element (Element/Documentation)

New Example Mode:
     A new example model is now distributed with the base EA application. This provides a more 'worked example' than the previous example      
     

Other:
     Modified function that applies a UML Pattern to the model. Provides ability to add pattern features to targets pattern is applied to
     Updated Help System. An extensive reworking, reformatting and tidy up of the Help system has been started.
     Fixed problem with Message dialog when classifier of target had circular Realization graph
     Fixed display of Interface and Stereotyped elements in Sequence diagrams
     Elements retain selection status between generation and synchronization
     Imrpoved locking semantics and detection of locked elements when security is enabled
     Added function to export linked files in RTF as RTF Hyperlins
     Fixed some problems with Printing - especially a problem that caused a crash when page dialog accessed repeatedly
     Fixed some docked windows which were not being kept up to date when they were not visible.
     Default page size now set when EA first runs on a machine - detects Letter/A4 and printer resolution etc.
     Added a function to reset tagged values for intances of a class (to match the class tagged values)
     Modified Collaboration message arrows to match Sequence style
     Added ability to number collaboration messages in indented groups (eg. 1.1.2.1, 1.1.2.2 ... etc)
     Option to show sequence message numbers in Sequence diagram
     
     Numerous other bug fixes and tune-ups

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