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Bugs and Issues / Diagram element Align keyboard shortcut don't work
« on: August 21, 2018, 05:39:32 pm »

I got a question during an EA training on the Align keyboard shortcuts e.g. Ctrl Alt Left doesn't work as it rotates the screen.
Hence I wonder if these shortcuts actually work (I never used them)


I have a SysML activity with mixed parameters that include one of the following :
- Continuous stereotype set with a selected rate under the tagged values
- Stream property set

In EA14, the parameters tab is missing so I cannot access the Stream and other details there -> looks like a bug
In EA13.5, when I create a CallBehavior action that invokes the activity, the action pins matching the parameters are created, yet they're missing full properties like Stream, Continuous, rate, etc.

I created a SysML BDD with SysML Activities with compositions.
You can actually get an example from EA14 Model Pattern > SysML 1.5 > Activity with Actions and Control Flows

Where this pattern has all actions on the activity diagram matching the BDD links and role names, this could be handled via the Synchronize structural elements, similarly to the IBD and BDD behaviour.
EA provides access to the Synchronize command, somehow it attempts to create "parts" instead of actions.
Is there a plan to create/update actions under an activity when composition to other activity elements are found?

For reference, see a post from Tim W here:

I'm trying to use SysML activity diagrams specific definitions on action pins.
Except Stream pins that are rendered in Grey, the following is not visible on the diagram:
-continuous or discrete stereotype
-rate (managed as a tagged value linking to an object)
The Feature/Compartment Visibility does not change anything.

When one reads the diagram, such information should be available. Is there any plan to show such details in the future?
At the moment I have to create annotations linked to the rate tag and manually add "continuous" in the action pin name which is not ideal.

Note -> this is related with a message submitted 2 years ago :,30958.msg224570.html#msg224570


I'd like to use state invariants on sequence diagrams that are binded with a state from an STM. So if I rename StateA in the STM to StateA2, it will be automatically updated in the sequence diagram.
I need to use the same state several times on the sequence diagram so I don't want to use a State element itself, but rather an "instance" of it.

Is there something to achieve that or does it need to be submitted as a feature request?

Bugs and Issues / Copy / paste a port from a block to another
« on: July 05, 2018, 08:12:26 pm »
Working on a diagram, I have a port on a SysML Block that I'd like to copy/paste on another Block.
I select the port from the diagram -> Ctrl + C
I select the target block and press Ctrl + Maj + V

I get the following error: Error: When pasting embedded elements, the parent element must first exist in the same diagram.   

General Board / Port isService property (SysML)
« on: July 05, 2018, 05:24:31 pm »

In my SysML BDD, I define the block's port by setting a block as the port's type. When the port has flow properties (according to the block definition), it can be useful to revert it via the Conjugated property set to true (open the port properties > Advanced tab).
I noticed there is a isService property that can be set to true/false. I don't see any rendering difference changing the value. Is that supposed to be doing anything?
Currently when a port provides features, I manually add a Provided Interface so we know it provides services (since SysML 1.3)

Suggestions and Requests / Navigation Cells custom images
« on: July 05, 2018, 04:51:58 pm »
It would be useful if we could define our own set of Image Lists when using the Navigation Cells.

General Board / {unique} in SysML 1.4 Parts compartment
« on: July 03, 2018, 08:07:51 pm »

I use EA 13.5 + SysML 1.4. On a BDD, I can see the block's parts in the compartment  e.g. role1: BlockB [1] ({unique})
Is there any way to remove this unique info?

I noticed that it only appears when you enter  value e.g. a custom multiplicity e.g. 2 on the composition link to the block (instead of a selection from the drop down list).
The OMG specs show that {unique} for the references compartment only.

General Board / SysML 1.4 units & quantitykind
« on: June 22, 2018, 04:00:00 pm »
Using SysML 1.4 with EA 13.5, I noticed a change in the way units & quantitykind work.
Before then, both were stereotyped objects with RefGuid tagged values e.g. to define the quantity kind of a unit.

In SysML 1.4, units & quantitykind are instances of a hidden class and they display "attributes empty values". So to fill the quantity kind of a unit, I use Ctrl+Shift+R. This is no longer a link to an existing quantity kind.
This is somehow in line with Tim blog post here:

So am I right to understand that to use Value Types, Units and Quantity Kinds, you do the following:
- Create new Quantity Kind objects and provide the values if needed (Ctrl+Shift+R) e.g. Time
- Create new Unit objects and provide the values if needed (Ctrl+Shift+R) + create a link to the Quantity Kind e.g. Hour to Time
- Create Value Types and select when needed the quantity kind and/or unit via the tagged values


Suggestions and Requests / Quick access toolbar
« on: June 20, 2018, 06:45:27 pm »
Since ribbons are available in EA, it would be useful to have a Quick access toolbar as with Word, Excel, Powerpoint...

Suggestions and Requests / Import ODATA (EDM)
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:11:33 pm »

I have a request to import ODATA metadata information in EA.
This is a standard and an example is available here:$metadata

I managed to import the EDM XSD in EA ( and

I tried to change the metadata XML file so it looks like an XSD, with a reference to the EDM XML schema, e.g. by adding the following (see content from the link above)

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Schema Namespace="odatatest" xmlns="">
      <EnumType Name="PersonGender">
        <Member Name="Male" Value="0"/>
        <Member Name="Female" Value="1"/>
        <Member Name="Unknown" Value="2"/>

Running the XSD import in EA doesn't generate anything, even when I enable the Import Ref XML Schema option.
I feel I'm not far from getting the expected result. Any idea?



Using EA14 Build 1420, I'm working with class operations. The Features&Properties view works fine to create new operations, but the Operations Properties doesn't let me enter anything.
I double click on the Parameters cell of an operation in Features&Properties -> Operation Properties opens up. Then all the fields are greyed out/disabled.

I also found an issue in using Image Assets: pressing F2 doesn't let me rename the element.

Bugs and Issues / EA14 Special action / Properties dialog
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:46:46 pm »
When I right click on a class from a diagram to open the properties popup, I need to go to Properties > Special action...
Looking at the DESIGN ribbon > Element > Properties, the matching command is called Properties Dialog which makes sense.

It would be best to rename this Special Action with Properties Dialog.

Bugs and Issues / EA 14 Import DB fails
« on: May 24, 2018, 06:26:58 pm »

I try to run an Import DB Schema in EA from an existing DB via an ODBC data source.
Once the Import starts, I get an 'Error retrieving table list' message when using EA 14 build 1420.

Running the same test in EA13.5 works fine.

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