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Bugs and Issues / Non-solid line doesnít get suppressed by label
« on: May 01, 2017, 05:03:34 pm »
For Associations, (which have a solid line), the label will "interrupt" the line and overlay the line so that the label can be clearly led.  With non-solid lines (such as "DASH"), this doesn't seem to be the case.

Can this be fixed, please?


As I've mentioned, we're maintaining our own MDG file outside of the Sparx provided mechanisms.

One thing we've thought about doing is to add additional properties (attributes) to the <Stereotype> section - this is to aid various automation and validation initiaives.  We added a new attribute (of our making) and EA didn't complain when we loaded the new MDG.
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<Stereotype name="AbbrvtnOf" metatype="Abbreviation Of" notes="" cx="101" cy="70" bgcolor="-1" fontcolor="-1" bordercolor="49407" borderwidth="-1" hideicon="0" strictness="all" nature="Arc">
(See "nature" attribute)

We think we'll go ahead and give it a go.  Apart from the maintenance problem - which we already have anyway, are there any other downsides?


Bugs and Issues / Sort order on Custom References dialog is wonky!
« on: April 26, 2017, 05:23:52 pm »
The sort order on the  Custom References dialog is wonky, also you canít sort using headings even though this is indicated.


I mention elsewhere that we are using the Element Browser to drag and drop Tagged Values onto diagram elements.

It seems that one can't do much else.  You can't add/delete Tagged Values (and other properties).

It would be useful (and orthogonal) if one could.


Bugs and Issues / No GetUserPenWidth()
« on: April 20, 2017, 06:02:48 pm »
In another post (Can't set default line width for Shape) I note you can't set a default line width for a shape.

You can't even get around that in a shapescript because there is NO GetUserPenWidth() function.  It needs to be added to round out the Color Queries.


Bugs and Issues / Can't set default line width for Shape
« on: April 20, 2017, 05:24:37 pm »
There's no way to set a default user pen width in the Appearance Dialog for a shape.  You CAN do that for an Arc.

The lack of this means that once set (via the borderwidth setting in an MDG), there's no way to change it. This is inconsistent.

It is preferable to move as much as possible to the MDG to give the MDG developer the maximum flexibility.

It needs to be rectified.


Before I submit a feature request, I thought I'd ask if you thought it was a good idea.

We've started to use the Custom References functionality (as you might be able to tell from the number of bugs I've just submitted).  It seems pretty useful, but take quite a bit of effort to set up.

You can already drag off the browser onto the diagram - but normally this is into empty space.  It occurred to me that dragging onto a diagram object (perhaps with a modifying keyboard key - such as Ctrl /Alt) could automatically add the browser object as a Custom Reference to the object on the diagram.


Subject says it...

The dialog ONLY shows the type, not even the stereotype.  In any event with modern EA usage, it should show the metatype.


Bugs and Issues / Custom References Dialog NOT sizable NOR sticky!
« on: April 07, 2017, 04:43:11 pm »
Subject says it all.  Just another to add to the list...


General Board / How do you select MDGs in EA Lite?
« on: April 06, 2017, 05:57:41 pm »
I couldn't find how to enable our two specialised MDGs if you ONLY have installed the EA Lite Viewer.  Am I Missing some "secret sauce"?


"Reload Current Package" appears to only reload the current package (that is, to the one level).  It would be useful to also have a "Reload Current Branch" command to reload the package and all its descendants.


General Board / Layout | Style - how to "ignore" some style attributes
« on: April 04, 2017, 04:54:53 pm »
We're starting to use the Layout | Style functionality (which is stored in t_trxtypes).  We'd like to be able to specify different sets of attributes for different styles; so that one might say: set the border only, another might say set the fill colour only.

We've found we can have some control over this by editing the t_trxtypes.Notes field directly and setting (some) of the values we want left alone to "-1": Fill=-1;Border=255;Line=2;  - leave fill colour alone, set border to 2 pixels, blue.

It would be nice to be able to do this via the UI,  but since these change so rarely, it's not a big imposition.

However, it isn't obvious if we can do the same to the Font attributes.  Is it possible? and what values do we need to set?


I'd been using Sparx EA for over a decade before I came across the notion of "Diagram Specific Objects".  In case you don't know what they are, if you copy the items on a diagram and paste into another using "links", things like Notes, Texts and Boundaries (I don't know if I've covered everything) are NOT pasted as links, but as NEW objects in that diagram.

This was a big surprise to me!  Somehow or other, in my 10 years of (fairly carefully) reading the EA documentation, I'd managed to miss it.  Perhaps someone could point me at the reference?

Anyway, at an enterprise level, this is anathema!  Especially for re-use. Users are expecting that if they change the text of a note on one diagram, it will change in the other diagrams they've put it on.  We also encourage the re-use of Boundary objects, but that's difficult since they're unique to diagrams.

We have implemented technologies to reverse this "feature" of EA and the only object that is diagram specific is the Title Block (so-called Diagram Note Element).

Can anyone explain the rationale behind diagram specific objects (apart from Title Blocks)?


I'm sure I've posted and /or reported this before, but I can't find it.

When adding elements via the browser "Add element" context menu option, it is added at the top left of the entire diagram.  If you have a large diagram, this is inconvenient.  It would be easier for the user to add it at the top left of the current window so that the new element is easier to find and place in the current scope.


When printing a diagram to Adobe PDF the default title is NOT the Diagram Name, but the Repository Name.  This both makes no sense and is very annoying!


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