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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Support for ISO20022
« on: October 27, 2015, 09:35:10 pm »
Definitely +1

It really is difficult to understand (except for the reason that a training organization hasn't requested them) why requests for sensible usability improvements like these that have a profound impact on the day to day productivity of people using EA have been just plain ignored by Sparx for years and years.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Context filters bound to a diagram
« on: September 07, 2015, 10:43:40 pm »
I think you're referring to this thread qwerty

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Allow shapescripts to call common code
« on: September 07, 2015, 10:41:45 pm »

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Swimlanes
« on: August 18, 2015, 07:12:42 pm »

I would like the swimlanes in the activity diagram to be more than just a set of lines... first of all, I would like them to behave like a boundary, i.e. when I move/resize a swimlane, all the objects in it move with it.
Also, if I have specified a classifier for a swimlane (in my case typically an actor), would it be possible to automatically create an association between the classifier (actor) and the objects in the swimlane?
That would save a lot of work


Sadly, nothing has changed as far as I know.

"There may be a way around this though, and that is to provide more configurability to filters, to let them meet several differing use cases."

I agree with Skiwi that this would be the best way to go.

Thanks for the feedback guys.  I agree that dynamic filters could be useful in the way described but their use is limited if it's restricted to the current user only.  I would also maintain that being able to clone a diagram multiple times, apply different filters to each clone AND have the filters persist, i.e. be static basically would help productivity and communication.   This is because:
- the whole context of the original diagram is maintained in each clone, but different aspects are emphasized
- I wouldn't have to spend time rebuilding each additional diagram, either by removing unwanted elements or building a new diagram from scratch with the elements I want to emphasize.   Basically, yes it's "always been possible by building the diagrams to express the points that you want."  but I would like to save time from needing to do that.

... global

From information from RoyC in a separate thread it has come to light that diagram filters only apply to the current user, i.e. if another user opens the model and looks at a diagram where you have a filter applied, they won't see it.  

Together with the fact that the filters are global - i.e. once you've set a filter it applies to all diagrams you look at, it seems to me that the  functionality defined for diagram filters is fatally flawed.  

I would definitely like to:
- apply a filter and have a diagram with the filter applied visible to other users.
Also, I'd like to:
- create a diagram and populate it,
- then clone it multiple times and highlight different specific parts of it on each clone using different filters
- have the HTML output reflect the set of diagrams and applied filters

In my view, this would be a very useful communication and education mechanism.

Link to other threads on this topic

Suggestions and Requests / Re: 8.0 diagram enhancements
« on: February 28, 2014, 12:51:18 am »
I'm not sure that a "network of trainers" is the right user population in order to receive rounded feedback, especially on usability.  

In my experience, trainers do not immerse themselves in EA in the same way that a project team tasked with delivering a real solution does.  Trainers are generally theoretical, project teams are practical.  We had a trainer that was absolutely fantastic with regard to UML and good with regard to getting started with EA,  but did not have the in depth knowledge that is gained through day to day intimate usage of the tool.   Only after the trainer had long gone did we start to come up against the little usability things that drag what could be a truly excellent tool down.  

Basically it is the project team that comes up against the constraints on their productivity that are introduced by the user interface of EA, especially with regard to diagramming which this thread is about.   Even little things matter in this context.  Something which irritates and may only take seconds to workaround can result in mandays or weeks lost over the course of a sizable project.  

The people on this board are seasoned practitioners, and from my reading of the posts, actively involved in trying to use EA for real.  I really can't understand why Sparx would exclude this experienced community from their feedback process.   Whichever way you look at it, solely canvassing feedback from trainers and partner companies results in a very blinkered view of the world.    

Suggestions and Requests / Re: 8.0 diagram enhancements
« on: February 26, 2014, 08:50:38 pm »
This thread is SO DEPRESSING !

While I agree the report generation and template handling etc.. needed some serious attention, so does diagram usability - please let the items here be next on the list !  

And please include allowing filters to be diagram specific rather than global.

I also agree that I haven't seen any information on how customer feedback is collected and analyzed in order to determine priorities, and the bug report/feature request process still seems to be a black hole.

The fact that this is not consistent, along with other inconsistencies in EA leaves an unfinished and inconsistent image of the application at the users.

That image reflects to the overall feeling of quality the users get.

Completely agree.  Also saying that the dialogues are not written by Sparx doesn't help either.  Someone at Sparx must have decided to use and mix them.

My favorite here: One wood worker meets another one in the forest. While the first is busy swinging his axe the seconds observes him one for a while and then says: "You could be faster if you'd sharpen your axe". So the other replies: "No time. Got to chop those trees."

Excellent analogy !


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Comments in HTML report
« on: March 24, 2015, 03:16:36 am »
While waiting for this enhancement (and it could be decades before it arrives if it ever does),  you could investigate the use of EA Lite.  It's free and doesn't allow the model to be updated, but it does permit users to use Team Review to leave comments.

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