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General Board / Re: Various elements not showing in the package br
« on: June 23, 2002, 07:12:41 am »
Hello,

Sequence object that are created on a sequence diagram are not shown in the project browser by design, and it is not possible to reuse them again in another diagram.  However if you create an object in another type of diagram (like class diagram) you can use drag-drop or Ctrl drag-drop (depending on how you have set your 'Auto-Instance' flag on the Options- Diagram tab) into a sequence diagram and only the one physical object is used.

Hope this helps.

Paul Mathers

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General Board / Re: Importing HTML Code for reverse Engineering
« on: June 23, 2002, 07:04:16 am »
Hello,

The HTML option that you have found should not be shown in the list.  We were actually using for testing purposes (we are planning to release this in the future), therefore if you select HTML it will not import anything, thats why you are getting blank daigrams created.  Sorry for the confusion.  We will remove the option until the feature is fully released.

Paul Mathers

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General Board / Re: Where is Problem Type used?
« on: June 23, 2002, 06:10:45 am »
Hello,

The problem types reference information you are referring to is no longer used.  It was used in a very early version of EA and has remained as part of the application for historical reasons.  I think the best solution would be to hide this menu item so that you can no longer select it.

Paul Mathers


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General Board / Re: Layout commands?
« on: June 10, 2002, 06:30:18 am »
Hello,

At the moment it is possible to align mutlitple objects to either the right hand, left hand boarders or centres, the object that you bring the context menu on will be the reference object.

Hope this helps.

regards,
 Paul Mathers


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General Board / Re: Sequence Diagrams
« on: February 17, 2002, 04:43:01 am »
Hello,

We have recently added this ability (build 465, due out in the next couple of days) to show location information for classes and objects, however sequence objects are not as easy, so we will be looking at including this into a future version.  

Currently EA does not support numbering sequence messages, however we will take note of your request and see if we can include it in a future version.

Paul Mathers

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General Board / Re: Relationship Matrix feature suggestion
« on: June 03, 2002, 07:16:47 am »
Hello,

Thanks for the suggestion, we are planning to introduce the type of documentation you are talking about in a future release, although at this stage there is no fixed release date.

Paul Mathers

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General Board / Re: Licensing and Round trip engineering
« on: June 03, 2002, 08:03:26 am »
Hello,

The details of EA licensing can be found at  http://www.sparxsystems.com.au/ea_purchase.htm , however the basics are:  12 months of support and free upgrades are included in the purchase price.  After the initial 12 month period a renewal (for another 12 months support and upgrades) costs 1/3 of the current purchase price.  Regarding other backend databases at this stage we haven't finalised any plans however, we are thinking of creating another edition (say Corporate or Enterprise, although Enterprise Architect Enterprise Edition sounds confusing) which will have some additional features beyond what is included in the professional edition.  This new edition will have slightly higher price tag, although you will be able to upgrade by paying the difference.

At the moment the code and database forward and reverse engineering features work differently.  Code engineering allows you to select if you want to synchronize or overwrite existing files.   Database engineering (DDL) doesn't have this option because it doesn't parser information from the SQL script files, therefore it overwrites them each time you generate the DDL script.

Hope this answers your questions.

Paul Mathers


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General Board / Re: HTML Output question
« on: June 03, 2002, 07:05:22 am »
Hello,

At the moment this is not possible, although we very much consider the HTML documentation a work-in-progress and we plan to add more details and features over time.  

Paul Mathers

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General Board / Re: Do you support this functionality?
« on: May 27, 2002, 07:55:40 pm »
Hello,

1) Support for other backend databases (like SQLServer, Oracle etc) is a high priority and we hope to have a version released that supports this within the next 3 to 4 months.


2) Currently EA does not support this, however we can see the usefulness of it so we will take it under advisement.


3) EA has a few ways of enabling mutil-user acces (all are in the evaluation version)
i. Simplest of all is place the project file *.eap on a shared network drive ... then one or more users simply open the file on the shared drive. This is OK for small workgroups .. say up to 10-15 users concurrently working in EA
ii. Use the Replication features to expand the number of users and geographic distribution ... users have their own copy of the project which they periodically synch with a Design Master project at a central location. You have to create and manage replicas to do this - check out the help file.
iii. Use the XMI import/export capability to create and manage controlled folders. Assign a folder to a user or local workgroup, then export the folder as XMI for import into a larger repository. Likewise, esport from the larger repository to XMI for import into smaller projects.
Check out the help file for some more information on these techniques. Each has its benefits and shortcomings, and you may decide to use a mix of all three to get the job done - or simply settle for a single technique.

4) We do not know what the maximum size of a project is - as no-one seems to have reached that point yet.

Below are the stats for a project that has a size of > 31MB

> 8000 elements
> 9000 connections
> 1300 diagrams
> 2000 use cases
> 12000 attributes
> 30000 operations

The load time on my Pentium 800 is still under 10 seconds and the time to load and save diagrams/elements etc. is not siginificantly changed from smaller models.

We have seen - and worked on a model with over 25MB of data - mainly in business process and use case models (around 250 UC, 250 Processes) - this was develoed over a year by 5 people using the model on a shared network drive. The documentation output ran to several thousand pages.

Hope this answers your questions.

Paul Mathers

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General Board / Re: patch for Help file?
« on: May 24, 2002, 07:33:29 am »
Hello,

We have uploaded the most recent help files earlier today, you can find links to them on the EA home page.    http://www.sparxsystems.com.au/ea.htm .  Hope this helps.

Paul Mathers

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General Board / Re: HTML generation problem?
« on: May 23, 2002, 06:54:34 am »
Hello,

The incorrect path problem has been fixed in the latest release (490), and we look at the double quote problem in the next week.  Thanks for the feedback.

Paul Mathers

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General Board / Re: Loss of data
« on: May 06, 2002, 05:54:32 am »
Hello,

Tjerk, we have made a fix for this in the next build which is due out tomorrow 7th May.

By the sounds of your description Chana, it sounds like a problem we fixed last week in development (it will also be included in tomorrow's release).  It was a problem with the attribute screen's first tab not responding to mouse or keyboard actions, until you clicked on another tab, then the screen operates as normal.

Hope this helps.

Paul Mathers

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General Board / Re: tagged values on class attributes
« on: May 04, 2002, 06:04:18 am »
Hello,

If you would like to suggest how you would like to see tagged values displayed/represented, we will take your suggestion under advisement.  The main reason why EA does not generate tagged values in RTF documentation, is that we have been unable to think of a way to display this information in an accurate and professional manner.

Paul Mathers

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General Board / Re: Project Browser Behavior Erratic
« on: May 04, 2002, 05:36:49 am »
Hello,

It took a while but we managed to reproduce the problem, we have corrected the problem and the fix will be included in the next build (> 485).  Thanks for pointing this out.

Paul Mathers

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General Board / Re: Project Browser Behavior Erratic
« on: April 30, 2002, 07:51:38 am »
Hello,

We have not had any other users report this problem and I really can't see why this would happen.  When the project browser disappears is it caused by anything?  Could it be the fact the browser has just been resized to a very narrow width?  Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.

Paul Mathers


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