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Bugs and Issues / QL: Actors & Objects
« on: September 30, 2009, 01:38:21 pm »
Has anyone been able to create a QuickLinker definition to go between Actors and Objects (and/or vice versa)?

I've been building a QuickLinker definition file connecting all sorts of elements to all sorts of other elements - all good until this morning when I tried to add some links between Actors and Objects (specifically ObjectFlows and Dependencies).  QuickLinker just seems to ignore these definitions.

I've got definitions between Objects and non-Actors and Actors and non-Objects that are working fine. It's just this combination that seems (that word again) inconsistent.


Bugs and Issues / New Tagged Value dialog - EAUI
« on: September 22, 2009, 02:23:02 pm »
The "New Tagged Value" dialog allows you to set the value of the tagged value - unless it's a predefined Tagged Value Type (in Settings|UML...|Tagged Value Types) and it has an entry in the Details field, in which case it's disabled (greyed out).  You have to exit the dialog and reselect the tag from the list and THEN you can set the value according to the rules.

EA should provide the same control in the dialog as is present in the list.  The additional mouse/key clicks add up!  Not to mention the inconsistency....


[EDIT: Oh, BTW, if the details specifies a Default value; the disabled control is populated with the default - but with NO way to change it within the dialog.  That's not my definition of default value.]

Bugs and Issues / Tagged Value Types - default values
« on: September 20, 2009, 02:10:32 pm »
Some Tagged Value types (such as Enum) have the ability to specify default values.

I guess all Tagged Values Types are equal, but some are more equal than others...  ;)

ALL Tagged Value Types should have the ability to specify a default value.


Bugs and Issues / Bi-directional Object Flows
« on: September 19, 2009, 10:39:47 pm »
In Standard UML, ObjectFlows are unidirectional and EA, correctly, only allows such.  However, it seems to me that if Tools|Options|Diagrams|[  ] Strict UML Syntax is unmarked, then I should be able to create non unidirectional ObjectFlows.

Thoughts? Votes?


Bugs and Issues / Quick Link - won't connect Note
« on: September 17, 2009, 06:05:39 pm »
If I create a Boundary and then a Note, I can attached the Note to the Boundary using the quick linker in both directions.  However, If place a stereotype on the Boundary, even though the Quick Linker will select the Boundary (from the Note), it doesn't make the connection - a different functionality is invoked.  The Quick Link TO the Note, FROM the Boundary works consistently - regardless of the presence of the stereotype.


Bugs and Issues / fixedAspectRatio="false" - Spurious Error Message
« on: September 11, 2009, 04:43:10 pm »
 in a shape script generates the  spurious error message:

Error: Invalid value for orientation. Acceptable values are: "nw", "n", "ne", "e", "se", "s", "sw", "w", "nw",  and "center"'false


Bugs and Issues / drawnativeshape unresponsive to appearance
« on: September 09, 2009, 02:31:01 pm »
{EDIT: This post has been refactored, following diagnosis as to what was actually causing the problem.}

The shapescript formatting will not override any local formating applied by a "Style" from the Format Tool - nor should it.

However, there is a problem if you've previously applied such a style and now you wish to apply formatting via stereotyping.  There doesn't seem to be a way to remove the direct formatting via the UI (To be confirmed by Sparxians)


VERY frustrated,

Bugs and Issues / PseudoStates don't respond to stereotype
« on: September 04, 2009, 01:59:11 pm »
If you put a stereotype on a pseudostate (StateNode) it won't respond to shape scripts or to any other setting within the Setting|UML... dialog.

They don't even auto-select within the list as other stereotyped elements do.

While Sparx is fixing 09083313 - StateNodes - DON'T respond to FILL Colour, they might as well fix this...


Bugs and Issues / Partion names don't wrap
« on: September 03, 2009, 03:37:58 pm »
If you make a parttiion smaller than the width of its name, it will not wrap the name.

I think it should...


Bugs and Issues / Shape script stops partition flip
« on: September 03, 2009, 01:06:07 pm »
If you set a stereotype with a shape script on a partition, it disables the Vertical Partition functionality.

I would have thought that whether a partition was "Vertical" or "Horizontal" was s property of the partition and should not be affected by the presence of a shape script.  The shape script might choose to be cognisant of the setting or not, but the setting shouldn't be inhibited.

This should be true for all elements which have "partition like" qualities.

[EDIT: Because of self-inconsistent EAUI, you can still flip using the little "thingy" at top right near the QuickLinker]


Bugs and Issues / Additional Views - Column settings NOT sticky
« on: September 02, 2009, 04:17:28 pm »
Some of the additional views:
System [Alt+2]
Testing [Alt+3]
Maintenance [Alt+4]

Have columns to show the various properties.  The column width settings are only SOMETIMES sticky.

Particularly if you switch between Show/Hide Properties functionality, the settings can get reset.  Strangely  ;), the settings seem to persist between closures of EA, but not during the live switch above...

Since I've not running a standard config, anyone else seen this?  If so, then I'll report it.

Also (and in a sense more importantly), these column settings don't appear to be saved when you save a custom layout.  I think they should.

Confirmation anyone?

Bugs and Issues / StateNodes - Composite - NO image!
« on: August 27, 2009, 05:03:33 pm »
We have developed some SDK Automation to create/maintain auto-updatable diagrams.

We have recently expanded this to include Activity diagrams.

Much to our surprise we discovered that when we made the StateNode "composite:, the image disappeared and left us with a blank area (if the correct size - since we can select it...).

All the other composite stuff works, you get the "chain link" glyph, double clicking the element will hyperlink tot he required diagram.  It's just a bit tough to be sure you're double-clicking on the element when there's no image to target!


Bugs and Issues / StateNodes - DON'T respond to FILL Colour
« on: August 27, 2009, 05:57:43 pm »
You can adjust the Font and Border colour for a State Node, but you can't adjust the Fill colour.  (You can set it and the value will be in the repository - but it doesn't affect the displayed shape).

StateNodes should behave as much like other elements as possible.


Bugs and Issues / Actions - Composite - NO "links" glyph
« on: August 27, 2009, 05:39:37 pm »
We reported in StateNodes - Composite - NO image! StateNodes lose their image when made composite.

As a temporary workaround, we decided to reclassify them as actions.  Imagine our surprise when we found we could now SEE the element, but couldn't tell if it was composite or not because the link symbol never appears - regardless of the state of the element.  The hyperlinking works!

But if you double click the action you get a "Magical Mystery Tour" as to whether you'll get a Properties box or a Hyperlink...

Since you can set whether or not the action is "composite" directly via the UI; this is, by definition, a bug...

Actions should behave as much like other elements as possible.

Actions should have Rectangular notation - as should ALL elements!


Bugs and Issues / StateNodes - CAN'T display any Compartments
« on: August 27, 2009, 05:16:43 pm »
We have developed some SDK Automation to create/maintain auto-updatable diagrams.

We have recently expanded this to include Activity diagrams.

Much to our surprise we discovered that when we added Notes to a StateNode there was no way to display them directly as you can with other element types - such as UseCases etc.

You can mark the Set Feature Visibility check boxes, but no notes appear.

EDIT: This applies to ALL the compartments.

StateNodes should behave as much like other elements as possible.

StateNodes should have Rectangular notation - as should ALL elements!


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