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Suggestions and Requests / Preview element when adding to a diagram
« on: April 29, 2014, 12:28:32 am »

When you drag/drop an existing element from the Project Browser to the current diagram, an icon is displayed before releasing the mouse button to add the element. It lets you choose where to add the element.
Would it be possible to show what the element, e.g. a class, interface looks like before it is added to the diagram? (some kind of preview)


The specification manager should provide the same sorting and grouping functions based on the active fields as all other reports in EA (e.g. search results, package list view, etc.)


I started to use EA11 Specification Manager to create new requirements. As I have a UML profile with stereotyped requirements, I need to show and update the tagged values ( inherited from the stereotype).

Could tagged values be added to the Field Chooser list?


Suggestions and Requests / Search in Compare Baseline view
« on: April 29, 2014, 01:18:54 am »

When I run a comparison between the model and a file (XMI) in the package baselines, I cannot run a simple search e.g. to find a deleted activity in the baseline results based on its name.
Could a Search similar to the Project Browser search be implemented in the baseline?


Suggestions and Requests / Set Run State on a selection of instances
« on: April 18, 2014, 06:49:10 pm »
Would it be possible to set property values on a selection of instances, rather than having to do it on an individual basis?

Can this be implemented as an enhancement?


Suggestions and Requests / Add property values to the Element Browser
« on: April 17, 2014, 07:43:16 pm »
When managing instances and parts, you can set property values.
Could we have them listed in the Element Browser so they can easily be accessed/deleted?


Suggestions and Requests / Set default values for diagram properties
« on: March 13, 2014, 09:59:25 pm »

It would be nice to change the default values on the diagram properties for future diagrams created in Enterprise Architect, e.g. under General, Diagram, Elements, Features, and Connectors tabs.
In the diagram tab, I could for instance disable "Show Diagram Details" & "Show namespace" for all future diagrams to be created in the model.

this could be set via the Tools menu > Options : Diagram -> "Default Properties"

what do you think?


Suggestions and Requests / Add Package in the Field Chooser list (search)
« on: February 08, 2014, 12:01:38 am »
When I run a search on my project (ctrl-F > extended or simple), I'd like to see and group my results by the package name. Could this field be added in the Field Chooser list?


Suggestions and Requests / Create multiple connectors from a selection
« on: September 26, 2013, 06:37:14 pm »

It would be really handy if we could create the same type of connector from a selection of element to a target element.

process :
- select the elements e.g. 5 classes you need to link to a main class via an aggregation
- press a key e.g. ctrl, alt... => result the quick linker arrow is displayed on all selected elements
- draw a link from either quicklinker to the main class, select the link type (e.g. Aggregration to Whole) => result: 5 aggregation links are created from each class to the target class

this could be useful for many diagrams : link all use cases to a single actor or vice versa, link several activities to a gateway...

What do you think?


Suggestions and Requests / Revert to previous manual order
« on: August 30, 2013, 04:57:48 pm »

It is possible in the Project Browser to change the sorting order of the elements displayed within a diagram using the green up & down arrows.
Once you run the Reset Sort Order, you revert back to the alphabetical sorting.

Feature request : once you have your "manual sorting order", could EA save this order before applying the alphabetical order, so we would have a new command available : Apply the previous manual order -> the original order for all elements that still exist within this package (based on the GUID) would be applied, and all new elements would be by default placed at the end of the list, for the user to sort manually.

I can provide an illustration of the requirement if needed


Suggestions and Requests / Image library only supports bitmaps
« on: May 07, 2013, 05:10:17 pm »

When I add PNG files to the image library, they're automatically converted in the bitmap format.
As a result I lose the transparent property of my PNG image in EA.

Would it be possible to resolve this issue in a future build of EA?



The CSV export/import with requirement or classes can be useful to change the elements title, notes, and create new ones via Excel.
However if I use classes or interfaces, I cannot update or create attributes or operations since those aren't exported.

Could this CSV export be improved to have those added?
Could it export directly in an Excel file to avoid the cumbersome CSV import in Excel?


Suggestions and Requests / Feature to group associations on a diagram
« on: March 29, 2013, 10:24:13 pm »

I often find it difficult and time consuming to draw a number of associations from let's say 10 activities to the same node such as gateway on a BPMN diagram. Line styles help but once you move e.g. a pool, it can be a pain to re-align everything..

Could we have in EA a feature that groups a selection of associations/links so they all align on the path :



Suggestions and Requests / New element property : composite diagram
« on: February 27, 2013, 01:47:42 am »

In EA, when you make an activity composite, it creates an activity diagram underneath it ; once you double click on the composite activity it opens this new diagram.
This activity is associated via an internal ref (not GUID?) with this diagram since you are free to move this diagram elsewhere in the project browser.

A trick involves moving an existing activity diagram under a non-composite activity, and make this activity composite => it gets associated with the existing activity diagram that I can move around again.
To avoid using this trick, and to re-use the same activity diagram for several composite activities, would it be possible in EA to show in the advanced properties of an activity (or use case, etc.) a field to set/change/remove the associated composite diagram (from none to an existing one)?


Suggestions and Requests / Structured scenarios for use cases in V8
« on: April 27, 2010, 04:35:23 pm »

Having tried the beta versions of EAv8 and the final release, I found a limitation in the structured scenarios of EA v8: it is only possible to navigate to a single alternate path from basic path

In many cases, I can do the following when writing my use case flows/scenarios:
- navigate from an alternate flow back to the main flow or to another alternate flow
- navigate from an alternate flow to a specific step in the main flow (e.g. step 5)

To illustrate this, the activity diagram generated from the structured scenarios should allow several branches, going forward or backward.

I think the idea behind the structured scenarios is fantastic, but as it currently stands, it's very limited.
I don't think Sparx is far for reaching the ultimate goal and it would push EA features against other UML tools even further

Any hope this will be available in a future release?

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