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Suggestions and Requests / Re: "Reset to Default Standard Colours"
« on: October 02, 2008, 09:10:27 am »

Just for the record -- I've reconsidered my earlier comments.

The currently implemented UI method for allowing resetting to 'default' colors and settings on diagrams is fine. Probably better, actually, than how similar functionality is commonly implemented in other applications.

One becomes accustomed to how things are commonly done in other applications and looks immediately for a similar approach. If I'd looked closer, I would have seen the word 'DEFAULT' staring straight at me.

+1 for EA. -1 for me. Apologies.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: "Reset to Default Standard Colours"
« on: September 30, 2008, 12:50:57 pm »
Thanks, Roy.

While this fixes the immediate problem, it points out perhaps another issue that Sparx may want to consider. With respect.

People such as myself -- and I'm sure I'm not an isolated instance -- have become accustomed over the years to "common" user interface consistencies. Having used a range of different applications over the years.

When I experienced the situation I reported, I immediately thought "Oops, I've stuffed up. Now -- all the other applications I've used over the last 10 years implement something like a single "Reset to Default Colours" button. Where is it?"

I guess my point is: Sparx developers are probably very much aware that certain aspects of the EA user interface adopt inventive, often very clever, but non-standard designs. Printing is another area where the EA user interface is unexpectedly innovative in ways that are not necessarily appreciated by ordinary folk such as moi.

Happy to provide more substantiation for these views. Love your work. Do you remember coming down to Melbourne to talk to us at the TAC about four years ago?


Jon McLeod

Suggestions and Requests / "Reset to Default Standard Colours"
« on: September 30, 2008, 10:43:48 am »

This morning I was experimenting with Tools | Options | Standard Colours.

Turns out any changes are immediately persistent.

There is no "UNDO" or "RESET TO DEFAULT COLOURS" button.

Can this please be considered for next release?

Great idea.

EA is a great tool, but needs some fresh eyes to review certain aspects of the UI -- an example of which you have identified.

It could be so. much. better.

Suggestions and Requests / Bi-Directional Interface Relationship Matrix CSV
« on: September 16, 2008, 10:59:50 pm »

The Relationship Matrix can be exported to CSV, but bi-directional interfaces (information flows connecting components) are not indicated in the exported CSV data, nor is the directionality of the connection. The CSV file contains only an 'X' to indicate that there is some kind of interface.

Please consider putting an 'X' if one direction (horizontal source to vertical target on the matrix)  and a 'Y' if the other direction (vertical source to horizontal target) and an 'XY' if the information flow is bi-directional.

This would make the CSV output more useful that the Relationship Matrix as I can format an Excel spreadsheet to print on an A3 form -- but can't get the Relationship Matrix to print directly to A3.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Back/Forward, Navigation
« on: September 16, 2008, 09:06:25 pm »

Me too.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Flexible index matrix
« on: September 11, 2008, 05:05:33 pm »
Me too.

If all reports could be generated to a simple CSV format that I could then import into MS Excel -- I'd be very pleased.

The Relationship Matrix is something I'm finding very useful at the moment, but I'm having the dickens of a time getting it to print the whole matrix on an A3 single sheet of paper.

But if it could be exported as CSV -- it would be perfect. Simple and perfect.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: EA Lite with EA Corporate on same machine
« on: September 06, 2008, 10:18:57 am »
Thanks for the guidance guys - I'm sure that will fix me up - I was just thinking that after installation, there would have been two instances of EA in 'Programs' menu - one for full version and one for EA Lite. At least that would have been on my wish list, anyway.  :)

Suggestions and Requests / EA Lite with EA Corporate on same machine
« on: September 05, 2008, 03:45:29 pm »
It would be good if I could install BOTH on the same machine to demonstrate how the Lite version works to persons who need to view the models I have created in the full version.

Currently, if one installs EA Lite, one's corporate version is over-written.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Paste Position
« on: August 26, 2008, 10:59:18 pm »
Having Sparx write software to handle, or even detect, the compatibility level of the target would draw very considerable resources away from the UML focus of EA, with only limited prospects for improving the product.

Are you kidding? The Sparx guys are rolling in cash! They can afford to hire developers to wash their cars! ;)

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Wider 'Recent' Box in Start Page
« on: July 29, 2008, 09:52:26 pm »
To save you some sniffing time, just click the Feature Request link below the Support link near the bottom of any forum page.

The Sparxians do participate actively in the forum, but sending a feature request directly is the 'official' way to make the request, and still the best route. This is a user forum, so posts here are not guaranteed to make it onto the list for consideration.

Still, please start a thread in the forum - as you've done here - for each new suggestion. This allows the rest of us, users and Sparxians alike, to get involved in the discussion. Often solutions, workarounds, or improvements are posted. It's also a good idea to paste in the title and URL of the forum thread when you make the feature request, so the Sparxians can more easily join any discussion.

Finally, if you hear back from Sparx on the request, please post back to the forum thread to keep the rest of us in the loop.


Meanwhile, the situation here in the Frozen North is similar to your observations in Melbourne. It's worth noting though, that EA should be the home-town favorite in your area though...

Thanks, guys. Will do.

While EA is local to us here in Melbourne, they're definitely focused on reaching the world market via Internet sales. They are happy to live in the lovely historical town of Creswick in country Victoria and produce world class software. Nice work if you can get it.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Wider 'Recent' Box in Start Page
« on: July 27, 2008, 03:04:26 pm »
No - wasn't aware that users are able to formally submit feature requests (I was thinking perhaps Sparx would be tracking this forum and using it for that purpose. Delusional again.).

I will sniff around the EA website, find the feature request form, and do my small bit for improving EA.

I note that EA is becoming the dominant modelling tool (after Visio) for major dev projects here in Melbourne. Three years ago I had to explain what EA was to people. Now they're already using it wherever I go.

Suggestions and Requests / Wider 'Recent' Box in Start Page
« on: July 23, 2008, 08:59:32 am »
Looks like the 'Recent' box in Start Page is hard-coded to display only 31 or 32 characters of file name for EA projects.

I tend to be fairly liberal in using long file names, with version and date at the end of the name.

So when I try to open a project from Start Page, all I see is multiple projects all with the same first 32 characters, with the information that would tell me which one I want to open at the end of the file name. Which I can't see.

Can this display field / box be widened to say 128 characters or so?

This problem seems also to exist with other 'open file' windows and dialogue boxes - I can't resize the 'Open Project' window - it's hard-coded to a defined window size.

General Board / Re: Business Capability Model
« on: December 01, 2014, 04:18:01 pm »

Understand if you can't mention any of your organisation's capabilities. But how about giving me an example of _any_ capability that is somewhat comparable to what you're doing.

Reason for asking: different organisations and people define things differently. There's an implicit meta model behind everything. Capability, function, process are things that I can define based on my meta model. Your meta model may be way different. A "business" capability to you can - in fact - be what I may perceive as an "IT capability". Which I would think of as part of a business capability.

If your stakeholders are not familiar with BPMN notation or that meta model, then I'd just use Visio or PowerPoint. I can speak UML, BPMN, TOGAF, and ArchiMate. Knowledge in the repository and models can be rendered using those meta models, but when I need to communicate to business stakeholders, I translate into a visual form that is easily understood by that audience.

But it sounds like you're on the right track.

General Board / Re: Business Capability Model
« on: December 01, 2014, 03:18:51 pm »

An Enterprise Capability Map is a business architecture output generally done as a consulting engagement. No reason why you can't do it yourself in your organisation.

Are you focusing on a single business capability? Or all of them? Can you give us an example of what you are calling a business capability?

Creating the diagram is the easy part.

The authority and validity of the artefact derives from a series of structured interviews with business executives, GMs, subject matter experts, and IT people.

Interestingly you may find senior business stakeholders disagree among themselves - often stridently - about basic facts that  define their own organisation. Which perhaps highlights the value in doing one.

Bus Cap Map ("The Anchor Model") is often based on a "Capability Maturity Assessment" (CMM). Which defines multiple broad categories of performance, the maturity of which is estimated by stakeholders through a structured survey.

Capability Map - Google what Forrester says as just one initial point of reference.

"Stages of capability development" - Google SEI CMU CMM and you will find information there. The 0 ... 5 or 6 model.

"Benefits Realisation" - Google MSP from Axelos - and NSW Gov.


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