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Bugs and Issues / Link to element feature
« on: January 11, 2010, 11:29:51 am »
What a neat new feature.
Very useful for data modelling.

But seems to have some teething problems
1) note poor positioning of some open rectangles
2) note incorrect positioning of line end in one example
2) where line has feature enabled for both ends in some cases it is no longer selectable

Bugs and Issues / Foreign Keys
« on: January 11, 2010, 02:19:49 pm »
I'm struggling with foreight keys, while doing a little bit of physical data modelling (somebody has to).

In the above diag I have created an association, selected Foreign Keys from the association context menus, and get the message shown.

Bugs and Issues / Data model - export column attributes
« on: December 23, 2009, 12:14:35 pm »
A question for which I am seeking assistance.

How would I go about extracting and exporting to a spreadsheet (or CSV) a list of all tables, their columns, and attribute details (eg name, type, length, PK, FK, not null, unique, ...) from a package (and all sub packages)?



Bugs and Issues / Data model - show length attribute
« on: December 23, 2009, 12:18:22 pm »
In the attributes dialogue box columns "PK, Name, Type, etc" are shown in the columns table.

How can I also display the length in that table.
I tried RMB but there is no context menu for this table in tha dialogue box.



Bugs and Issues / How to show diagram that is under an element
« on: December 10, 2009, 09:48:36 am »
I have a package, with elements, and to get the order right, a diagram under an element. See this diagram - section 1.2.3 services.

The diagram does not show in the RTF document.
Here are the document template settings I have. Note that the diagram name shows, but not the image,
any suggestions?

Bugs and Issues / Non elements appearing in generated documents
« on: November 17, 2009, 08:39:18 am »
In 849 and 850 we are seeing "non elements" (such as boundaries) appearing in generated RTF documents in some circumstances as child elements.

Has anyone else observed this behaviour?

It appears different from previous versions (ie documents that used to look OK are now different), and looks buggy.

Bugs and Issues / Diagram with elements from locked packages
« on: November 24, 2009, 01:09:42 pm »
I'm creating and updating diagrams which contain elements from other packages.
Using SQL Server we have the User Lock on all objects in the model.

Most formatting works on these elements when they not locked by me, but there are two things that I can't do when the elements are I don't have the elements locked.
These things are display/formatting only, so they should not, I think, require the original element to be unlocked:
  • change Z Order of element
  • Use Rectangle Notation

Thoughts anyone?

Bugs and Issues / Data modelling: removing primary key
« on: November 23, 2009, 02:46:27 pm »
I added a primary key to a table that already had one primary key.

I then realised I didn't want to do that, and tried to remove it
(both by unselecting the PK check box, and by deleting the column).

In both cases I got the following error message.

Sorry this attribute is part of a foreigh key relationship.

The table had an association (connector) with another table, and EA has deduced the relationship.

Without deleting the connector how do I remove (this part of) the primary key.

I'm sure there is an easy answer, but it does not appear obvious.


Bugs and Issues / Hide connector in other diagrams (don't use no dou
« on: November 09, 2009, 07:47:02 am »
I don't know about you, but first thing on a Monday morning (yes we are 12 hours ahead of many of you) this kind of think hurts my brain

"Clear check box to hide connector in diagram"

Perhaps it would be better phrased

[highlight]"Set check box to show connector in other diagram"[/highlight]

[size=9]You know - 'accentuate the positive' - 'don't use no double negatives'[/size]

PS trivial I know, but votes welcome

PPS at the bottom is a button showing "Suppress All". Its not quite clear to me if this is simply a way of untoggling all the check boxes (it doesn't check them) or it has a deeper meaning of 'don't show this connector on any current or future diagram'

Bugs and Issues / Package Linked document -> RTF report
« on: November 16, 2009, 10:30:50 am »
I have a (sub) package which has a linked document.

Try as I might I can't make the linked document appear in an RTF report.

In my RTF template I have turned on every type of Lined Document there is (three!!!) - see image.

Any suggestions gratefully received.


Bugs and Issues / Notes paste does not work as expected.
« on: November 06, 2009, 10:06:13 am »
I copy something from the clipboard into the notes field.

After it looks good,
but next time the field is opened no formatting is preserved (and some html appears). Ahem

Is this just an 850 problem?

Bugs and Issues / Website documentation links
« on: November 02, 2009, 09:41:49 am »
On page

there is a link as follows:

More Information
A tutorial on using the RTF Generator and creating RTF documentation is provided on the Sparx Systems website. Click on the following link:

However despite its blue colour the link isn't clickable.

Bugs and Issues / RTF generated documents - style and layout changes
« on: October 30, 2009, 09:52:27 am »
Here's something that bugs me:
  • why does document generation add the style Auto:Left 0.38cm in a lot of places
  • why are all tables indented by 0.19cm?
  • It also appears that the before and after spacing of paragraphs is changed in some instances, why?
These are not the styles I have loaded in normal.rtf, WHY ARE THEY CHANGED?

Also, why does the RTF editor use the names heading 1, heading 2, etc instead of Heading 1, Heading 2, etc. A minor point, but pointing to inconsistencies.

These are issues when it comes to producing a quality document.

Bugs and Issues / RTF Editor and page headers and footers
« on: October 22, 2009, 06:49:03 am »
I have been struggling to determine where the page header and footer comes from.
That is

  • does it come from the Documentation package RTFTemplate
  • does it come from the first model document RTFTemplate
  • does it come from the current model document RTFTemplate?
  • does it come from the previous or current document artefact?

It seems that the page header and footer come from the Documentation package RTFTemplate.

If Documentation package RTFTemplate does not have a header or footer it seems that the header and footer comes from the first model document RTFTemplate that does have a header and footer (ignoring any document artefacts that are previously part of the document that have a header and footer.

My issue: this is neither clear or expected. Why are not document artefacts equivalent to model documents for participating in, and generating documents.
Neither does it seem documented clearly what the behaviour is or should be.

My request: document clearly the expected behaviour of header and footers.

Make all document parts equal.

Bugs and Issues / RTF Editor and fields
« on: October 22, 2009, 07:12:53 am »
I create a field { FILENAME } in an external document and import it so the file will correctly contain the file name after generation on printing.

After importing, saving, and generating the document I see {MERGEFIELD FIELNAME }.
This doesn't do the same thing at all.

My issue is: Why are things in the document changed under my feet.

My request:
  • Minimise the changes made to documents (eg fields, styles)
  • maximise the features of RTF supported (eg style options, table otpions)
  • enhance the round trip capability and of externally generated or modified RTF documents and document artefacts and documents templates
  • fix or improve the function of numbered styles across document artefacts and model documents (ie numbering does not continue)

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