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Bugs and Issues / Re: EA 9 crashes
« on: September 04, 2014, 01:01:38 pm »
Maybe it's related to the "security update" which Mickeysoft published these days. There are some threads here talking about blue screen after installing it. M$ had a new patch-patch but according to Sparx it still keeps on crashing EA.


I found Sparx EA crashes or blue-screens the system with those MS updates. As soon as I un-installed them everything worked fine again.

Bugs and Issues / Re: Launching
« on: April 01, 2011, 09:33:57 am »
Just tried launch button on EA V8.0 B864 on Windows 7 and it works fine.

Thinking about it further when Jim and I were working at your place we imported the e-government standards into EA as part of creating the standards information base. At the time all the URLs to which these standards referred launched okay - I know cause I tested each one. That was way back in August 2008.

May its how your Windows XP platform has been set up or modified. :-/

Bugs and Issues / Re: Launching
« on: March 30, 2011, 02:17:37 pm »
Launch works for me accessing web addresses. I'm using EA V7.5 B850 on Vista at present. Don't recall having any problems with EA V8.0 B864 on Windows 7 when I tested a few months ago.

Bugs and Issues / Re: RTF format going forward
« on: March 03, 2014, 07:16:38 am »
Good to see other formats like DocX being supported rather than just RTF in Document Generation. Good on you Sparxs.  :)

Bugs and Issues / Re: Displaying models online
« on: January 05, 2014, 05:30:46 pm »
Seems to work ok on Windows 7 with Chrome and Firefox. I think its created via javascript so check you have it enabled.

Bugs and Issues / Re: Cannot install Enterprise Architect Trial
« on: March 08, 2013, 07:22:15 am »
It might be your admin account doesn't have full admin rights. Do a search on google on admin accounts on windows. I had a similar problem installing an upgrade to office on my daughter's laptop when she returned from University. The IT Admin's at the Uni did something to her laptop to connect her to the uni network and seemed to have affected the rights of the normal admin accounts. I found something on google about a super admin account that could override normal admin accounts. It was a few years ago so can't remember the details but hopefully that will lead you down another path of investigation.

Bugs and Issues / Re: relationship matrice in rtf document
« on: March 08, 2013, 07:01:09 am »
In the current build it's only intended to include a single matrix. If the documentation implies otherwise then it is incorrect.
Seems a bit limited in thinking. In reality would people just want one matrix- I think not. Its a bit like saying they can have only one diagram in an RTF document. It would be really good to have the ability to include multiple matrices don't you think? I for one would like to have multiple matrices in a RTF Document. At present I have to export to CSV, edit in Excel then paste into the RTF doc. A bit of manual effort I could do without.

Bugs and Issues / Re: ArchiMate Interface non-icon style issue
« on: March 06, 2013, 07:28:05 am »
I guess ArchiMate can't be all things to all people. It was intended for Enterprise Architects working at a higher level of abstraction and it seems to cover most things reasonably well there. When it comes to data it is a bit light but then again there are plenty of data modelling notations to use so why invent yet another one. It is a bit inconvenient to define a data object in Archimate then have to re-create it in another notation but its possible to automate using transformations. Kind of similar to  PIM->PSM. But then again the guys who model behaviour have the same issue as Archimate doesn't support events and states nor sequence diagrams. I'm in two minds about whether Archimate should become more complicated to satisfy the next level of detail. Its difficult enough to get Business folk and CxO's to understand ArchiMate now without making it more complex. On the other hand it is missing the detail to implement things however there are alternatives such as UML and ERD to mention just a few. I'm okay with mixing notations to get things done but I know it can be difficult for some folk.
Well that's my 2 cents worth as they say.  :)

Bugs and Issues / Re: ArchiMate Interface non-icon style issue
« on: March 04, 2013, 03:12:22 pm »
I've just looked at version 2 of the Archimate Spec and it does seem to talk about provided and required interface notation for business, application and infrastructure in Sections 3.2.4, 4.2.3 and 5.2.4.

Interestingly the spec doesn't mentioned anything about different icons in the top right corner for the different types for the non-icon view. I suspect  it may be an oversight in the Archimate Spec and that Sparx will say we've just implemented whats in the spec.

I don't think its a bug its just the spec is missing clarification.

I think the Archimate Spec still requires some work for instance I did notice that spec had data object under structural concepts for the application layer yet the meta model has it as an informational  concept. When I raised it with Sparx I got the we've just implemented the spec response. Thus the data object is under structural elements for the tool box.  :(

Bugs and Issues / Re: ArchiMate non-icon style rendering
« on: February 26, 2013, 06:59:34 am »
I think its because of the way the base UML elements work. Some of them have the rectangular notation option and some don't. The Archimate Profile stereotypes are based UML elements and thus inherits that property. So Archimate stereotypes that inherit from UML elements like activity, actor etc have the rectangular notation but those that inherit from things like classes don't.
I suspect its a functional feature rather than a bug as such.

Bugs and Issues / Re: MDG Technologies and Tagged Value Types
« on: September 19, 2011, 10:32:38 am »
I deploy the MDG Technologies files by copying the file to C:\Program Files\Sparx Systems\EA\MDGTechnologies or whatever path Sparx EA is installed in. Seems to work fine with tagged values  :)

Bugs and Issues / Re: RTF Element Diagram without linked element
« on: August 17, 2011, 01:02:41 pm »
I have the following structure in the project browser

Package A contains Element XYZ (BPMN – Business process).

Element XYZ contains Diagram 1 which refers to child elements D, E, F (contained within XYZ) as well as linked elements M, N, O (contained in external packages).

The RTF File I generate out of this structure does not pick up any information for linked elements contained in Diagram1. It does show notes for child elements D, E, F but nothing for M, N and O.

-      I am using EA version 8.0
-      I have ticked “Include All Diagram Element in Report” in the RTF generation window
-      And I have ticked “Package.Diagram.Element or Package.Element” in the RTF template configuration.

Think there is two models of doc generation.
A) Doc things in model hierarchy
B) Doc things on diagram.

When things are in different packages not under the package I'm wanting to generate I use option B) (NB you need to also tick the "Document each contained element in RTF" in the diagram properties)
I then put all the diagrams I want under one package and generate a document showing the diagram followed by elements in it.
Not perfect but its a work around.

Bugs and Issues / Re: 908 crashing with NO messages
« on: July 14, 2011, 11:47:09 am »
I'm using EA V8.0 Build 864 on Vista and found it to crash free. However the other day I was consulting with one of my colleagues using EA V8.0 on XP SP3 and it crashed. Which reminded when I was using V8.0 on XP it crashed a couple of times a week. So it posses the question does the combination of EA on XP have some stability issues? :-/

Bugs and Issues / Re: Section breaks in model document templates (9.
« on: June 23, 2011, 07:38:14 am »
When generating documents in that way with a mix of landscape and portrait I edit the templates in MS Word adding section breaks in that and then import them into EA as templates. I've found in the past that investing time in using the built-in Editor does not bear fruit so resorted to doing all the formatting in MS Word.

The pattern I follow for creating such at document is that in the model doc templates I put section breaks at the end of the document. The template it self is set up to have either portrait or landscape layout. I usually do this to mix A4 portrait with A3 landscape so I can bind larger diagrams into a document. It seems to work ok if the master document and first model document templates have the same page layout such as A4 portrait.

Hope that helps.  :)

Happy to walk you though it Simon if you want. Drop me an email or give me a call. Must admit haven't done it in V9 - we are still using V8.

Bugs and Issues / Re: Archimate element instances - names and icons?
« on: June 10, 2011, 08:00:40 am »
If an object is an instance of a class what is an instance of a Function called?  
Perhaps a Thunk
Interesting suggestion but none of the definitions seem to cover instances of function

Thunk may refer to:

  • Thunk (functional programming), a piece of code to perform a delayed computation (similar to a closure)
  • Thunk (object-oriented programming): a feature of some virtual function table implementations
  • Thunk (compatibility mapping), a mapping of machine data from one system-specific form to another, usually for compatibility reasons
  • A measure of time, used on Digital Equipment Corporation computers, measuring the number of clock ticks since the founding of the Smithsonian Institution

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