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The one time we tried this, I seem to remember that, because there are so many HTML files produced by the HTML generator, SharePoint didn't like it, so we had to ZIP the file structure and save that. Not ideal.

Yes :-)
..but you need to be a detective to do it :-(
eaDocX reads the Profile for the matrix reports, but its in an un-documented name/value pair format. It's fairly obvious what it means, but its a lot of work to un-pack it.
Any chance that Sparx might make this into part of the API ??

Basing the v11 mechanism on RTF documents seems much more sensible, as these kinds of help files need rich content.
Where is the script which you mention, which will do the conversion, or is that one of the 'in progress' bits?
I'm really keen on the idea of delivering training material about EA using EA itself, so I'm happy to have a go with anything that's available.

Ah Ha! - I am using v11 Beta, so I'll wait for the full documentation.
It would still be really good if you could include a little example.

I've only just discovered that we're allowed to create content for the Learning Center, which would mean I can write training material which the user can view at the same time they are using EA: should be great!
But the instructions are quite brief, and I've spent a while not making much progress.
Does anyone have an example - even a simple  'hello world' one - which shows how I can create a bunch of pages, have them link to each other, and have some diagrams etc. this would help me see what I'm aiming at. Or perhaps Sparx might make a little bit of the actual Learning Center content available, as a ready-made example?

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: MS Word Import tool ?
« on: October 17, 2013, 07:17:30 pm »
Thanks @SimonM - that's the direction I was thinking of, but I thought that the quickest way to get there was to see if someone had already done it.
I'm surprised nobody has, as it's a scenario which I come across quite a lot in the UK.
Ho Hum - back to the maze of twisty passages...

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: MS Word Import tool ?
« on: October 16, 2013, 07:57:37 pm »
Thanks for the tips chaps, but.....DOORS?? Seriously??
This is the tool I spend my life trying to get people AWAY from!
Any suggestions which don't involve selling competitive (and expensive) products to my customer ?

They just want a 1-time migration from Word documents to EA. I'm sure SOMEONE must have done this before.

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / MS Word Import tool ?
« on: October 15, 2013, 04:45:27 pm »
I have a customer who needs a way of doing a 1-off import of a number of large MS Word documents into EA, and breaking them up into separate Packages, Requirements, Classes, Features etc. so they can then use EA to manage the data.
Does anyone know of any tools which might help them ?

What I had in mind was a 2-stage process.
  • First they take the heading structure of the document and make it into the EA Package structure. Maybe they might then take the content under each heading and make it into a Linked Document under each EA Package. This would at least get everything into EA.
  • They would then have to go through all the content, and highlight individual sentences/paragraphs, and make then into the relevant EA elements.

Has anyone written anything to do this? Has anyone any experience of doing his some other way?

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: Debug EA addin from EA
« on: February 17, 2014, 09:16:26 pm »
Have a look at - I think Adrian has figured a way to do this...

It would make me happy too.
So that would be me, Geert AND Helmut made happy, and that's GOT to be worth a tiny little code change....Please ?

@Sparx - does this function exist internally?
Please can you externalize it ? It would make the CloneProject function REALLY useful....

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Test for Identical elements ?
« on: October 28, 2013, 11:12:18 pm »
Does anyone know of a way to test if two elements, created using the ClonePackage call, are identical i.e. has the clone been changed ?
Clearly, the GUIDs will always be different, so I need to ignore that, but there seems to be an almost limitless depths to checks needed to say whether one has changed: not just basic attribute values (Name, Status), but Attributes & Methods (and all their internal sub-structure e.g. parameters), Tagged value names and values, sub-elements like Constraints.....
There must be an easier way ? Maybe ? (and No, I don't want to create baselines : this is for an element-by-element comparison)

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: How to close a tab?
« on: September 20, 2013, 12:31:40 am »
Thanks chaps - that works splendidly!

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / How to close a tab?
« on: September 18, 2013, 12:14:41 am »
I'm using the repository.addTab() method to create new tabs, but now I'd like to close them again, under program control.

The other "addXX" methods have equivalent "removeXX" methods, like removeOutputTab and RemoveWindow, but where's the 'removeTab' method?
Or does anyone know a way to close such a tab in some other way ?

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: Creating New Property Group
« on: September 10, 2013, 11:16:01 pm »
I'm also following the same track, though in my case I'd really like to extend the Sparx BPMN implementation, to just add a 'Measures' group of tagged values to all BPMN Activities. Measures are not defined by BPMN, so are quite correctly not in the Sparx implementation, but I recommend to all my customers that they capture them.

If we had access to the 'source' of the Sparx BPMN MDG, this would be trivial, but I'm faced with having to dive into the depths of the raw MDG XML file, which I have done before, but as Querty says, this is hard. Its also makes it difficult for my customers to add additional TVs later.
Does anyone have any instructions as to how to edit the Sparx MDG to add such a new TaggedValue group?
Or even better, perhaps our friends at Sparx could make the MDG source file available :-) That would be REALLY helpful!

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