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Well, some of the things listed on that page are templates, and some are MACROS. And unfortunately that is the only intelligent thing I can say about any of them. I will track down the person who looks after them and see what he suggests.

As I understand it, all the listed templates are 'standard' or system-supplied templates. You can't edit standard templates themselves. You can, however, use them as the base for your own customized templates.
Basically, the template editor helps you create and edit your own templates, largely based on copies of the standard templates.

The ribbon path is 'Code > Source Code > Configure > Code Template Editor'.

General Board / Re: Refresh all diagrams after updating style
« on: December 16, 2016, 09:49:14 am »
Yes. Your statement "the default appearance for the Checklist element, lite blue background color, client wants it white" suggests that you want to change all elements of type Checklist. Or are you working on all uses of a single element named 'Checklist'?
There are many ways in which you can apply and, in most cases, change the appearance of objects on diagrams. All the options listed here are described in greater detail in the Help.

To set the global appearance of all elements throughout a model, use the 'Preferences' dialog; select the 'Start > Workspace > Preferences' ribbon option, then select 'Standard Colors' and 'Diagram | Appearance' from the options tree. There is an option on the Appearance page called 'Use Element Group Style', which will apply a particular colour to each element of a particular type or extensions of that type. I don't believe that you can change that colour as a preference definition.

To set the appearance of all elements of a specific type (e.g. Checklist) so that they have the required appearance as you create them, define or edit that appearance on an element template diagram in a Template Package. Alternatively, and with the same effect, define the elements in a Profile.

To override the global appearance and define a default appearance of a specific element (e.g. MyAccount) on all diagrams on which it occurs, set the Default Appearance for that element; right-click on the element and choose the 'Appearance | Default Appearance' option.

To override the global or default appearances of a specific INSTANCE of an element (e.g. MyAccount just on the Class diagram 'PayThem') select that element on that diagram and use the options on the Style panel of the Layout ribbon.

Some elements of a specific type (e.g. elements of type Class) might have a customized appearance that is applied using a stereotype that either defines fill, border and font settings, or that actions a ShapeScript. To change the appearance of all elements of that type and that stereotype, edit the stereotype settings or the ShapeScript. A stereotype overrides all other appearance definitions.

You can also apply a standard or customized Theme to all of your diagrams, or to specific diagrams. I'm not sure how flexible that is in changing the fill colour of all elements of a specific type; I don't think it was designed for that purpose.

Yes, I can't see any reference to the keystore in the background document for the webinar:

This does, however, refer to installing the Cloud Service.

I'm not sure I have the right idea about what you need either, but if you avoid PowerPoint and stay within EA, would the Diagram Slide Show feature in Model Views be of any use to you?

That forum is for users to discuss things that might or might not be bugs, and to say that they have or have not reported them to Sparx Systems.

To actually report a bug to Sparx Support, submit a Bug Report using the 'Report a Bug' option in the 'Support' column at the foot of this page.

Bugs and Issues / Re: 1309: User Defined Boundary - how?
« on: December 05, 2016, 02:46:18 pm »
The description is in the Help now (I was on holiday when the spec came through) and will be published with the next release.  The text reads:

Shape Field
Click on the drop-down arrow and select from these options:
  • 'Rectangle' - if you have previously switched from the default rectangular border with sharp corners, return to that default
  • 'Rounded Rectangle' - set the shape to a rectangle with rounded corners
  • 'Ellipse' - set the shape to a circle or oval to accommodate the enclosed elements
  • 'User Defined' - enable setting drag-points on the border to create a custom shape (see the Customize System Boundary section); this option disables the 'Horizontal Swim Lanes' and 'Vertical Swim Lanes' fields

Customize System Boundary
When you have selected the 'User Defined' option in the 'Shape' field, you can add way-points to the sides of the System Boundary, to drag in a vertical or horizontal direction. This helps you to create shapes that enclose more-scattered elements than could be enclosed in a rectangle or ellipse.
To set a way-point on an edge:
  o  Ctrl+click on the edge
To clear a way-point:
  o  Ctrl+click on it
To move a way point:
  o  Move the cursor onto it until it changes to an 'up-down' arrow or 'left-right' arrow, and move the way-point
      in the appropriate direction; the boundary is orthogonal, maintaining horizontal and vertical lines during

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Find and delete orphanded items
« on: November 17, 2016, 02:26:23 pm »
It is also not a good idea to delete everything on the Find Orphans report without knowing exactly why it is an orphan. As several of you have pointed out many times, diagrams are just a human-support mechanism to help you visualize an aspect of your model, and you could - if you felt so inclined - develop part or all of your model without using diagrams at all.

@hfrmobile - what documentation are you referring to? As far as I can see, the release 13 Help is up to date; where did you find the not-updated material?

Bugs and Issues / Re: Publish to Joomla! failed
« on: November 15, 2016, 09:50:45 am »

General Board / Re: Format Toolbar missing
« on: October 28, 2016, 04:40:37 pm »
Yeah, the Format Toolbar has been merged into the Layout Ribbon, which provides a few more facilities than the Toolbar did.
You can also still get a mini-toolbar on an element or connector:
     -  Elements, select one or more elements on the diagram and click on the 'paintbrush' icon beside the element
        (and, for multiple selected elements, the threedot icon)
     -  Connectors, right-click on the connector; the toolbar appears above the context menu
I have removed references to the Format Toolbar from the Help; the changes will be apparent in the next build of the Help, probably for the next release of EA.

General Board / Re: Format Toolbar missing
« on: October 26, 2016, 10:15:43 am »
The facilities of the Format Toolbar are provided by the Layout ribbon, in the Style, Alignment, Tools and Filter segments. I don't believe that the Format toolbar should be there any more, but I will follow this up.
I think what Geert is referring to is the Diagram Toolbar.

General Board / Re: Breaking long element names
« on: October 18, 2016, 02:26:19 pm »
German allows to assemble substantives almost at will. The captain is build from five different ones and you could easily add more.
In my youth, I visited Hamburg with a group of friends. We wanted to inspect and possibly rent a couple of rooms in a small hotel, but the hotelier took a dislike to us for any number of reasons - we were a group of boys and girls, some of us were English, some American, most of us spoke bad German or no German at all, some of us were not especially keen on the hotel in the first place... - and he thought he could get away with insulting us in German. However, one of our party was a Bavarian, who did not make his presence felt until the Hamburg Hotelier was well under way. The rest of us then got a fascinating lesson in 'assembling substantives' as the two of them swapped insults, taking deeper and deeper breaths in order to shout an ever increasing string of words at each other.

We didn't get to look at the rooms.

General Board / Re: Visualizing the overall process tree
« on: October 03, 2016, 12:15:45 pm »
Perhaps you could generate a Diagrams Only report on the whole model, or the appropriate chunk of it? You won't get all the business process flow on one diagram, but you will have all the diagrams printed in one place without having - as you say - to go and open each diagram separately. You will have to make sure that your labeling and cross referencing are clear, so that you can easily follow the direct flow and the expansion into detail from diagram to diagram.

Personally, I can find loads of arguments against the validity of 'a picture is worth a thousand words', but change 'picture' to 'diagram' and I can at least (unlike Paolo) concede that complex diagrams are more self-explanatory than simple ones.

General Board / Re: Model Transfer from Cloud server
« on: September 16, 2016, 10:23:14 am »
I assume that Geert submitted a feature request or support email directly to Sparx Systems, but did Polymorph do likewise? The Feature Request option can be found in the Support column at the foot of this page.

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