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@ Sunshine & Nizam,

Thank you for your feedback and input. I actually picked up a very basic SQL book over the weekend as that is the direction I was thinking of exploring for not just docs but also charting and other EA features. We'll just need to work through the syntax differences of the two different databases; Progress for the BPM Team, Oracle for the Business Architect Team.

Thanks again for the responses!

Business Architecture Team
They run a very basic template on the Business Class sub folder, to capture the Name and Notes of the class objects. Notes are are being used as a description of the class object. For example, Agreement class in Agreement sub sub folder.

The issue I feel, is due to the hierarchical organization and separation by sub sub folder as the class objects in the report are listed first by the sub sub folder and then alphabetically. What is wanted in the report is all classes listed alphabetically, which is currently being done manually as rework.

The BPM group has a similar package structure but we are not limited to elements being listed alphabetically, and use a VBA script to generate documentation.

But any ideas on how to print Names and Notes in many layers of packages, and list them alphabetically is welcome.

I read through the Help but could not locate details on adding .png images to my post. How do I do that? Normally I just copy and paste works on other forums.

Sections I'm including are Package, Child Package, Diagram. Fields for now are just and Diagram.Notes. For the Class objects, Package, Child Package, Objects or artifacts (I forget at the moment) since they are not creating diagrams, just individual class objects to represent aspects of Business Architecture.

Wanting to keep it simple for a training class I'm developing for total EA newbies.

4th of July here in the States, so I'm off from work. I'll post images tomorrow.

Thanks for the input!

I've tried numerous times to get a new RTF template for generating reports to include some really basic information. One group is creating BPMN diagrams, with titles or labels of the process diagram and descriptions in the Notes field. Another is creating packages and Class objects with names or labels of the class and also using the Notes field as a description.

We need a solution for this as every attempt at creating a template does not pick up the Notes field for Diagram or Class objects.

Thanks in advance for any and all input!

Use the link bottom right of this very page.


Thanks! Going to wait for reply on my last more detailed question, just to make sure this issue is not self-inflicted due to incorrect usage of Call Activities.


Is the global re-usable process (activity/child diagram) being called, stored outside of the project browser package/folder structure  that you are exporting?   If so that could be the reason it gets dropped.

I was hoping you could elaborate on this a bit more, as you may have identified one cause of our broken link to Call Activity issues.

If we identify an activity or sub process as a candidate to become a Call Activity (global re-usable process), what is the correct usage if it is needed by another higher/lower level process branch?

For example, B. is the parent process and contains and uses Call Activity B. As modeling progresses into other branches, we discover the same Call Activity can be used by parent processes B.1.2.4 and B.

No, what is the procedure for completing that?

No, it is part of the same package/folder structure.

We are using Call Activities (BPMN 2.0) within our business process diagrams, and then linking them to their relevant diagrams.

We also each have to work locally and then use XMI Export, the XMI Import Merge up to the client's master repository. (I use the Direct merge option as I am the only one currently on the team using ver 13.0 EA.)

After the Import completes the link from the Call Activity to the Child diagram for it, is dropped and has to be added back in manually on the repository copy.

The main reason to use XMI Export/Import is the lack of SVN being deployed and used by the client. The team and I are hoping that will change in the very near future, although I personally feel the client will need to make additional improvements regarding network and DB optimization too.

General Board / Re: Refresh all diagrams after updating style
« on: December 18, 2016, 11:38:13 am »
Thanks everyone for the feedback! I'll try these Monday. And yeah this is a standard element/artifact Checklist, which literally gives a custom 'list' of items to check off as completed, in our case a simple status progress. (I'm actually hoping to convince the client to replace it though.)

General Board / Re: Refresh all diagrams after updating style
« on: December 16, 2016, 05:36:10 am »
Yup, know about the keyboard shortcuts and menu access. Issue is it does not apply changes 'globally' as noted above to all identical elements in all diagrams, just that diagram you are currently in.

General Board / Re: Refresh all diagrams after updating style
« on: December 16, 2016, 02:05:34 am »
I have a similar issue and request. It clearly states in the ver 13.0 User Guide, topic, Set an Element's Default Appearance, that you can apply an appearance change to all diagrams containing that element. The one I am now having to target, yet again is the default appearance for the Checklist element, lite blue background color, client wants it white.
<Quote from topic.>
All elements that you use have global default appearance settings for:
•The fill, border and font colors
•Font styles, including font face and size
•The border thickness

You define these settings on the 'Preferences' dialog. However, you can change the default appearance for a specific element on all diagrams on which it is found, using the 'Default Appearance' dialog.
</Quote from topic.>

I have yet to discover how to get this to work, in my prior versions of EA and now 13.

Bugs and Issues / Sparx Systems Cloud Services [2003] error
« on: November 09, 2016, 01:40:03 am »
Received this pop-up/error message during import of an XMI file, size is 102MB.

Sparx Systems Cloud Services [2003]

Transmission error communicating with server.
The operation timed out.

EA version 12.1. 1224 (Build: 1224)

Our current work configuration is: We all work locally on models, export our models via XMI and hand-off to a team admin with a centralized local of EA that consolidates and combines the individual XMI via import. That is then exported from the admins local and imported to the EA repository.

The prior team admin was using a laptop with 8GB, and the one I've been assigned has only 4GB (3.88GB usable.) I'm curious if this is contributing to this as uploads are and always have been painfully slow.

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: Office MDG Performance
« on: November 05, 2016, 09:42:36 pm »
Yes, and still an issue over a year later. My guess is either not optimized or cannot be optimized.

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