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General Board / Re: We are dissapointed since Version 13
« on: December 06, 2017, 09:35:38 pm »
Integration of the ribbons by Sparx is an expected move to be in line with other tools UI.

I understand the difficulties in introducing the ribbons in EA13, yet this is just the same situation as when we first got Office 2007.
I initially didn't like it, yet I'm now used to it...

To help clients in the same situation as yours, I produced and shared a mapping helper doc, available to download from
Compared with MS Office, such move can indeed introduce tensions from users who didn't in the 1st place do any modelling, and were happy with powerpoint and Visio.

The only criticism I have on the current EA ribbons is that you cannot hide single functions from menus as you're limited to groups of functions. This is something that should hopefully be addressed in the future.


I had the same query from a client a month ago and it was very easy to enable the set the right log level on the keystore server.
Really straightforward to set up and I could see some nice CSV details that could be consumed in a suitable third party tool.

Where Sparx let you generare the core log files, it's feasible to set up a custom tool that will provide access to those stats (an Excel file shared somewhere, a daily email notification, or a web interface with computed details). As it often happens, when a client has a specific need, it's most of the time possible to implement it through the API combined with a script, addin or third party tool. One has to appreciate that whilst Sparx EA includes numerous features, one cannot expect that its own top priorities must match the editor's.

As a final note I really disagree with your harsh comment.


General Board / Re: ARIS import/export
« on: December 01, 2017, 03:08:20 am »
Thanks for the reply.

Based on an old version of ARIS DTD, and an XML ARIS extract I got, it seems to handle diagram content with objects and not actual elements such as processes, actors, etc.

To your knowledge, should there be a different export to run from ARIS?

General Board / Re: ARIS import/export
« on: December 01, 2017, 02:19:48 am »

Reopening this old thread as I'm currently looking at way to import ARIS XML extracts (using "ARIS-Export.dtd"), I was wondering if at the end you imported elements only, or also some of the diagrams with matching positions and sizes?


Hi Helmut,

Thanks for the info. I seem to have found a solution by combining your approach with custom actions as suggested by Geert.
I wanted to use Custom Actions to avoid having to run Wix Heat tool and copy/paste each time the content.
The way I defined it lets me register and unregister the DLL respectively during the install and uninstall processes.

I will write something up once tests and installation from various users don't bring any other issue.
I published both the standard and portable editions of eaUtils on Please feel free to install and send me your feedback (successful or else...)


Suggestions and Requests / Diagram custom attribute order
« on: November 27, 2017, 07:48:54 pm »

It would be useful to have a way to define a custom order of a class attributes that is specific to a diagram.
The order is currently specific to a class, however I have several diagrams on which I need to show attributes in a different order.

Diagram A

Diagram B

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: Linked to Element Feature
« on: November 27, 2017, 06:27:00 pm »
Hi George,

I think the LFSP & LFEP are not associated with the right attribute.
Have you tried switching them to:

   newStyleEx = "LFEP=" & oAttributeTarget.AttributeGUID & "L;LFSP=" & oAttributeSource.AttributeGUID & "R;"     


General Board / UML communication diagrams and messages font
« on: November 24, 2017, 06:41:17 pm »

A colleague has used UML communication diagrams and would like to increase the messages font size so it's more visible. I don't think this is possible ; any way round?


Found some info on creating Wix Custom Actions that would let me run the suggested Registry update you sent.
Am looking into it as a better & cleaner option.

These installation setup projects aren't straightforward...

General Board / Re: IS there a guide to recommended security groups
« on: November 23, 2017, 08:22:10 pm »
Hi Tony,

Note that a description on each permission is available from Sparx Help:

I used this list to help the teams decide the permissions allocation for each group (, before providing some Excel extraction (and update now actually to maintain consistency amongst all EA projects).

Bugs and Issues / Re: attribute order messed up
« on: November 23, 2017, 06:05:02 pm »
Funny I am just working now on the attributes order for a custom script.

To complete Geert's finding, I changed the attributes order via a script e.g. to update t_attribute.pos values to 1,2,3,4...
Opening the class attributes via the GUI and running a right click > Restore sort order doesn't do anything where it should change them to 0,1,2,3 with the default order (which can be found with the creation order stored in the attribute ID).

Hi Geert,

I seem to have found a working solution yesterday by copying the content from the file generated via the following command line:
Heat.exe file "c:\<addin path>\addin.tlb" -out addinWix.dll.wxs

So far it works but the solution you mentioned looks much more appropriate. I will try it out.

When I get some time, I will try to write something about it.



Making progress, I managed getting the addin to be installed on a local folder (appdata, local) and some of the registry values set.
Testing it on a blank PC, I found out that the DLL is not registered i.e. the result from the regasm /codebase is missing.

I wrongly thought that I had fixed it on my main PC since the addin DLL is registered by compiling new versions.

I started looking at running WiX Heat tool on tlb files (see hints on

Bugs and Issues / Re: To rectangle or not to rectangle?
« on: November 21, 2017, 02:41:14 am »

I was looking for thread matching a bug I'm experiencing with SysML and it could match this one.
The issue is quite easy to reproduce :
- create a SysML requirement diagram
- create a few requirements
- create a new diagram (sysml ou uml) + drag drop the existing requirements.
Result: the reqs are displayed with a rectangle notation. I even get an odd side behaviour with a Requirement label appearing underneath...

Experienced with build 1351.

Hi Uffe,

Thanks for your reply. Please note that I have a working Wix installer and I'm looking at a way to publish a portable version as a number of EA users don't have admin rights on their PC (e.g. especially in large/industrial companies).


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