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General Board / Re: Basic Approval Workflow
« on: September 05, 2017, 02:43:16 am »
EA simply doesn't have the necessary concepts to implement a propose-review-approve cycle.

Such a cycle typically includes the following steps:
  • Changes to a configuration item are proposed.
  • Proposed changes are submitted for review and approval.
  • Reviewers approve or reject changes.
  • A new version of the configuration item is released, or the item is reverted to the previous version.

EA doesn't have a concept of a configuration item in the first place, so everything else falls down.

Does anyone know whether the "Formal Review" functionality released by Sparx in verson 13.5 of EA supports this sort of cycle?

General Board / Re: Use Case x Test Case
« on: September 04, 2017, 07:10:44 pm »
Anyhow, AFAIK the csv import can only import one dimension. The relation between elements needs to be added manually or with another script.

That's not completely true, a simple hierarchy is supported in the csv importer.  See

General Board / Re: Data Dictionary
« on: September 04, 2017, 07:03:38 pm »

It's none of those Roy.   The white paper is actually called "Data Modelling - From conceptual model to DBMS", which means you can't find it searching on "Data Dictionary".   

This is an official, albeit old, paper written by Sparx that was originally on the main Sparx site in the white papers section.  Not sure why it's been removed from there, perhaps because it's been superceded by more recent functionality in EA?

Anyway, it can still be found on the community site at this link

As I said before the data dictionary bit is in the appendix from page 16 onwards.   
As it's an old paper, use with caution.


Have you contacted support as suggested by Simon M. ?

Bugs and Issues / Re: Kanban Element Inconsistency
« on: August 03, 2017, 06:23:01 pm »

Shouldn't you raise this as a formal support query and/or bug?

Bugs and Issues / Re: no lock context menu and other issues
« on: July 31, 2017, 10:55:08 pm »

In that case you should probably report it formally to Sparx.


Time to submit enhancements requests then I think..  Further discussion here probably won't go anywhere.


Actually the correct version number also appears on the start page if you're using that.


Yes, it's irritating you have to go to Help/About EA to find out if it's really 13.5

For reference you might want to look at this thread,38290.msg

There is an acknowledged bug for which a fix is awaited.


Yes, but rumour has it that there is a fix coming in 13.5

General Board / Re: Find Command in EA 13
« on: June 08, 2017, 02:22:16 am »
"Find Command" doesn't always appear. 

It depends on the 'Application Look' you have chosen. 

If you choose Office 2016, then it definitely appears, not sure which others support it. 

Bugs and Issues / Re: Connector: Aggregation. Notation lost
« on: June 02, 2017, 08:49:52 pm »
I raised this as a support issue, and the problem appears to be as Paolo has described.

Here's the info from Sparx:

"the earliest aggregations (with the lowest IDs) are Associations with the stereotype 'ArchiMate_Aggregation', then there is a single NoteLink with the stereotype 'ArchiMate3::ArchiMate_Aggregation', and then after that there are many Associations with stereotype 'ArchiMate3::ArchiMate_Aggregation'.  It appears that the stereotyped NoteLink was created accidentally and that caused subsequent problems......  We are working on a fix to prevent the same thing happening in the future.   Issue ID: 17056234..... "

And for new aggregations
".... the problem is that there is now a stereotype named "ArchiMate3::ArchiMate_Aggregation" in the stereotypes table. When you create an Archimate aggregation from the toolbox, EA looks for a stereotype match for "ArchiMate3::ArchiMate_Aggregation" and finds an incorrect match in the stereotypes table when it is hoped it would have instead found "ArchiMate_Aggregation" in the "ArchiMate3" profile. Deleting the stereotype "ArchiMate3::ArchiMate_Aggregation" from the stereotypes table will prevent any future incorrect matching."

General Board / Re: Re-using standard shapescripts
« on: June 02, 2017, 08:34:55 pm »
My shapescript repository is found on github at:

It contains all shapescripts of all MDG's that are shipped with EA (with the approval of Sparx) along with some of my own, and some other contributions.


That's really great Geert, thank you.

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