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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Structuration of the EA forum
« on: March 01, 2013, 07:31:03 pm »
I'm with the 'we can do better' camp here: there are more and better ways to organise this forum, and we should all encourage Sparx to move forward. I also agree with the 'lets keep it in one place' idea: I also don't want to crawl through lots of forums (fora?) to find an answer: this one has the most important asset already in place; people who actually know the answers!
And following on from Geert's point about EA User groups, these are happening. European one on 15th May 2013 in London (see and Ottawa on 1st May 2013 (just Google it). Both have lots of great speakers, and should be a good place to move this, and other Sparx-related debates, forward. I'm going to both. See you there.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: EA needs a snazzy website ...
« on: April 10, 2013, 12:14:55 am »
I agree with Querty: the retro, 1990s 'this is my first website' look may come back into fashion... ;)


Seriously - I agree. It looks tired and rather dull. Doesn't do the product justice.

Suggestions and Requests / Improve speed of forum searches
« on: November 07, 2012, 02:50:20 am »
Could Sparx possibly buy a bigger server for the forum searches? Mine usually specify 'all time periods' and each search seems to take several minutes to run - not a great user experience, but one which should be relatively easy to fix.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Linked document icon in Project Browser
« on: October 25, 2012, 09:15:54 pm »
Certainly - disproportionately large usability improvement.
How about allowing custom-icons whilst you're doing it!

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Quick Notes
« on: October 17, 2012, 05:07:02 pm »
Wow! 10 years an EA user, and I've never used this!

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Batch Update of Status.
« on: August 30, 2012, 06:20:59 pm »
 Try using the Excel support in eaDocX 3.2 (Corporate Edition). Just "open (Package) in Excel", change the status, save. Job done.

Why not have a look at eaDocX. I think it makes a good job of making documents faster & easlier than RTF.

 Have you had a look at eaDocX? Very different way of creating documents from EA. We take a document-based approach, rather than model based, which may help you.
Ian  - Bath, UK

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Feature Request - Priority Values
« on: September 08, 2009, 12:27:24 am »
I'd like to add a vote for this feature: most customers have their own pet set of priorities that no amount of persuading will wean them away from.

General Board / Re: Doc Gen Stylesheets
« on: December 09, 2015, 12:44:19 am »
You do know there's a simpler answer to all this, don't you?  ;)

General Board / Re: Is there any solution for Docs Generator (RTF)
« on: October 01, 2015, 07:53:52 am »
Ok, so a few people have suggested that I make a comment on this one.
Declaration of Interest: I'm the author of eaDocX, a competitor to the RTF generator, but I'm also a Sparx partner, so I'm treading a fine line here between what I want to write, and what won't get me into trouble with HQ.

Much of the comment above concerns how much, and what type of code you need to write in order to get a document you can be proud of.
I reject the idea that EA users should have to write any code at all in order to get great documents. There are lots and lots and lots of EA users who don't write code. And don't have access, any more, to people who can write code for them. They are business analysts and process modellers and even actual Enterprise Architects, and they just don't write code.
So any document creation mechanism which relies, even in a small way, on writing code, or even requiring understanding of the increasingly complex EA internal data model, just is not fit for purpose. When these people are told they need to write code to make a document, they go straight back to Visio and Word, and those tools are the completion here.
It's why I wrote eaDocX. So you don't need to code documents any more. You choose what to print, and how you want it to look. So the silent, non-coding majority of EA users can just keep thinking and modelling.
And I can sense I'm in trouble with HQ already.....

General Board / Schema Composer - Editing Restrictions
« on: June 22, 2015, 11:41:07 pm »
I'm a bit of a newbie to the XML Schema Composer, but think I get the basic function - which is clear and usable.
I'm now trying some of the value-add which I would expect to be doing as I generate a schema from a class model, by adding and editing Restrictions - the multiplicity/optionality of an attribute.
I right-click the attribute to see the restriction, but I can't edit it. Is there something simple I'm doing wrong?
(EA V12 build 1215, Ultimate Edition)

General Board / Re: User Tracking Statistics
« on: June 09, 2015, 07:41:36 pm »
Is this available as a solution for others? I get asked for this kind of thing quite a lot.

General Board / Re: Import relationships from Excel via a matrix
« on: March 30, 2015, 08:31:11 pm »
Apologies to the eaDocX elves: this feature is already built and delivered - someone forgot to update the help (me).
Available from v3.6 onwards.
In the spreadsheet, just add extra rows, one for each Connector, like:
Relation | ElementA name | Element B name | Relationship Type | (optional) relationship name | (optional) rel stereotype.
Restriction is that ALL the elements referenced MUST be present in the spreadsheet, including any existing elements. This gets over the problem of identifying existing elements: just add them temporarily to the target package.

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