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Suggestions and Requests / Baseline merge
« on: January 20, 2012, 10:56:23 pm »
I wonder why nobody else had stomach ache with this one so far: When you compare a model to XMI and merge a single element EA starts the whole model compare from the beginning - which takes quite a while when comparing complete models. I simply ask: why? The result of the merge should be that the merged element is no longer different and can simply be removed from the list. This should take only a millisecond.


Suggestions and Requests / Recursive baseline merge
« on: January 20, 2012, 11:19:19 pm »
Another nuisance with baseline merge is that to get a package (or a number of different changes to an element like tags and relations) you need to manually select each and everything. That is unfold the whole thing and select everything manually. Why doesn't merge do what you would expect and recursively merge everything below an element?


Suggestions and Requests / MDG creation process
« on: December 16, 2011, 11:55:31 pm »
The current MDG creation process is quite error prone. It refers to a couple of profile XMI files located on the disk. All these files usually come from the model itself. What you do when changing the model is locating the source package or diagram and save it to disk. The position of the file is not retained (instead it refers to a last-recent-location). So it often happens you save the profile to a wrong location. Then you create the MDG anew, restart EA and find your MDG not working. An often tedious process. (I'm just looking for the profile XMI which has been clobbered by one of the last saves.)

Instead why not saving references to the source packages/diagrams inside EA and invoke the generation which uses temp saved files to create MDG?


Suggestions and Requests / Project Integrity Check for automation
« on: September 13, 2011, 01:57:06 am »
It would be nice to run the project integrity check from automation. Currently this can only be run manually. I'd simply expect the check/correction results to be returned as string (though having detailed information would be even nicer but that's a different story).


Suggestions and Requests / Element properties
« on: July 21, 2011, 02:27:11 am »
In 9.0 Sparx has re-designed the properties window in a way which makes data entry more comfortable. But then there are still Attributes and Operations which open a different window. Why have these not been left in the same window? Wouldn't it be logical to show these as sub-branches in the left pane under Details (which in turn should be on top level)? This way you could easily swap between different views. Now you still have to close/open another window.


Suggestions and Requests / Turn off hints
« on: June 16, 2011, 10:23:00 pm »
We have quite some diagrams showing classes in a layered form. When moving the mouse pointer the ballon help always pops up. This is very annoying. There should be an option to turn this off.


Suggestions and Requests / Composite/context diagrams
« on: April 01, 2011, 07:03:06 am »
EA supports composite diagrams for many elements. I use them often to show the context of the element. This is nice as navigation is possible by dbl-clicking the element.

Unfortunately there is no attribute which tells me that a diagram was chosen to be the composite diagram for an element. How nice it would be if this could be made visible!

First it should be visible in the project browser. Some (color) indicator could show that the respective diagram is the composite diagram. And the diagram itself should not be moveable outside the element (it is its composite view!). Currently you can move it to any location?!

Second it should be possible to elect an existing diagram to be the composite view from the project browser. Not only from the diagram rendering of the element's context menu (Advanced/Make Composite).

Third the API should be able to find out/set the appropriate composite attributes.

What do you think?


General Board / Forum trouble
« on: December 16, 2015, 09:28:35 pm »
It looks like I'm not the only one experiencing trouble when posting. When I send a new post the server does not respond, though saving the post. This got me re-posting 4 times the same post  yesterday until I got what to do.

Sparxians: please fix that.


General Board / UML pattern
« on: November 12, 2015, 08:06:14 am »
Last time I used patterns is a while ago but I remember it has been working for me. Now I wanted to create a pattern once again but failed at the very beginning. The help tells me "Select required diagram |  Diagram | Advanced | Save Diagram as UML Pattern". Well, there is no  Save Diagram as UML Pattern but only Save as Profile.  :-?


General Board / Method and Operation in EA
« on: December 01, 2015, 12:44:35 am »
I'm not expecting a fix but rather a confirmation:

Method class: A method represents a UML operation.

Behavior: Some further explanatory behavior notes (for example, pseudocode).

Quote operation owned by a class may have a related method that defines its detailed behavior...

So in EA an UML operation is called method and a UML method is called behavior (as attribute of an EA method). Correct?


General Board / Book about MDG
« on: November 21, 2015, 08:58:24 am »
Hi there,
I just published my latest concoction Domain Specific Profiles, Configuring EA with MDG Files.

I hope it as helpful as the other books :) Any comment is very welcome.


General Board / Icon for pattern (the next step)
« on: November 12, 2015, 06:24:20 pm »
So I got on my feet again with menus but stumbled again over the next weed as I wanted to set an icon for my pattern. As a default a pattern in the toolbox appears with the stereotype guillemets. The help now tells this
set the icon for a Toolbox item:
1. Locate the item in the Toolbox Items list and click within the Toolbox Icon column.
2. Click on the ellipsis () within this column. The Select a Toolbox Icon dialog displays.
But again: where is the "Toolbox Icon column"? I looked in the Stereotype class that extends ToolboxPage. but this of course has just a plain attribute list which does not have any "Toolbox Icon column".


P.S. I got around this by using the ToolboxItemImage. Alas, I'd like to know what the help tried to tell me.

General Board / Another fruitless GUI rant
« on: November 01, 2015, 08:36:15 am »
I know it does not help, but it makes me feel better. Trying to re-arrange the attributes with that glorious "new" V12 GUI makes me sick. The green arrows in the browser does not work (they never did, I know). The attributes dialog does not have them any more. Drag and move does not work (orthogonal to the browser :(). One needs to know the keyboard "shortcut". And then it is some strange alt/ctrl combination and that is already occupied by other applications. What else? Re-typing everything >:( Or export to XMI and use notepad++  :P

Thanks for inventing an intuitive GUI each version.


General Board / Unhide hidden label
« on: October 24, 2015, 08:58:20 am »
In a sequence diagram you can hide a label from its context menu. Ok. But when it's hidden --- where in heaven can you show it once again since there is no context menu for something invisible :-?

Unlike other relations a sequence message has no Visibility context menu.


General Board / Community?
« on: October 10, 2015, 11:55:30 pm »
Hi there,
I just tried to edit one of my tutorials. This is most scary! I'm using Safari on Mac OS X 10.10.5. The editor that pops up just shows as tiny window a quarter the size of the full screen. Well, I wanted to edit. Not to work with a microscope! Finally I clicked Submit but nothing happened. After a while the screen refreshed. So did it do anything? Tried again and the same effect. So I clicked Close and that left me with a blank screen. Refresh did not work. The screen was left blank!

I tried to send feedback. Guess what: there is none. I had to go through the FAQ to find a mail address.

Not amused at all.

That was Sep. 9. Now my article is removed and the address leads to a blank page. This "editor" is still not working (tried also with Firefox). I am really pissed.


P.S. And yes, I know that this forum is not at all related to this "Community" (why should it?). But there is no contact address one could talk to (oh, why again should there be one?)

P.P.S. Oh there is a forum: Looks exactly like my removed article >:(

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