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Suggestions and Requests / Rename resources
« on: April 12, 2011, 06:42:24 am »
We export and import resources to share them between separate models.

When we update the resources we would like them to replace (update) existing resources when we export and then import an updated resource.

I assume that resources, like much else, have a GUID.
What we want to do, and can't, is rename a resource,
yet if we create a new resource (to change the name) we loose the GUID and therefore the connection that means resources are updated.

Please can we have a rename for resources, esp document templates. (for version 9?)

[edit]Submitted as a feature request[/edit]

Suggestions and Requests / Arrange Resources by package
« on: April 13, 2011, 09:24:26 am »
As the number of Resources (see Resources tab) grows it would be useful, and natural to arrange them by packages (folders).
How about this as a feature request?

Suggestions and Requests / Model Search columns
« on: February 18, 2011, 09:20:19 am »
In the model search I want to add a column for the name of the parent package.
I can't see a way to add it.

So this is a feature request to add parent package as a model search column.

Suggestions and Requests / All I want for a Sparxly Christmas:
« on: December 21, 2010, 06:35:56 am »
By way of wishing you all the very best for the festive and holiday season,
I thought it might be fun to have a constructive thread where we all add our number one suggestion or improvement that we'd like Santa Sparx to bring us in 2011.

So relax and enjoy, and make time for family and friends.

Suggestions and Requests / Improve the element usage window
« on: December 21, 2010, 06:30:50 am »
Allow the Element Usage window (Ctrl-U) to be docked with Properties, Notes, Tagged Values, Project Browser etc.
And please please, stop it stealing the focus and being modal.

Suggestions and Requests / Unable to modify table in RTF document template
« on: September 10, 2010, 09:04:53 am »
I have a fresh copy of a Jet_4 eap file, and have copied, and am now wanting to modify a built in template.
I've done this before some time ago, but now keep getting the message "This selection contains protected text."

In the diagram below I want to delete two columns.
I first tried deleting the columns, and got the message, so I then deleted the fields in the body of each column, but still get the same error.

This seems very buggy to me.
As usual rtf templates are proving frustrating to use.

I'd certainly appreciate any suggestions or work arounds.


I'm not sure if this is a bug, feature, or EAUI, but it is driving me up the wall (or should that be out the window).

I'm using the element usage window (ctrl-U) to locate all diagrams a component is in.
There are a lot of them and I wish to view many of them.

When I select one and click "Open" on the element usage window the diagram opens OK, but the Element Usage Windows closes.
How do I stop this?
What should be a trivial  task becomes a mission.

Suggestions and Requests / Website: add links to Community
« on: September 27, 2010, 01:38:22 pm »
A suggestion:
Now the Community is out of beta how about adding some links to it from the main sparx website,
eg perhaps the top menu list, or the registered LHS sidebar menu, ...



Suggestions and Requests / Feature request: Confirm close
« on: August 18, 2010, 09:38:53 am »
I've lost count of the times I've closed EA rather than the current diagram.

This feature request is to add a setting option for confirm on close of EA.

Suggestions and Requests / Relax modal dialogues
« on: October 01, 2010, 11:30:56 am »
I'm using the element usage dialogue
 to try to find where a particular connector is used.

From this dialogue I can open the diagram.
The suggestion is to relax the modal dialogue so that on the main EA screen I can manipulate the diagram to (without having to close the element usage dialogue)
  • close the diagram
  • scroll the diagram
  • open diagram entity properties
  • open diagram properties
  • lock and unlock the diagram

Suggestions and Requests / Default databases, time for an update
« on: September 08, 2010, 02:20:57 pm »
Now we have v8, could we please have updates to the default database types, viz
  • SQL Server 2005
  • SQL Server 2008

Suggestions and Requests / Reopen closed tab
« on: November 17, 2009, 02:45:03 pm »
Is there functionality to reopen the last or a recently closed tab?

Suggestions and Requests / Documentation of RTF documention
« on: August 16, 2010, 11:39:10 am »
In the struggle to get artefacts on a diagram to be documented I came across the following help on Diagram properties
Document each contained element in RTF
 Include documentation on each element in the diagram, in any RTF document generated on the parent package or element.

([highlight]Applies only in the Legacy RTF Report Generator[/highlight]; for the extended RTF Report Generator, use the Generate RTF Documentation dialog.
and Generate help
Include all Diagram Elements in Report
 Include elements in the report from external packages that are referenced from a diagram, for every diagram covered by the report. Defaults to selected. The Package.Diagram.Element or Package.Element checkbox must be selected in the current template.

If external elements are to be included only for selected diagrams, deselect this checkbox and [highlight]select the Document each contained element in RTF checkbox in the diagram properties[/highlight] for each required report.

When both options are deselected, or when neither of the Package.Diagram.Element or Package.Element checkboxes are selected in the template, only elements in the current package are documented.

It seems to me that there is a discrepancy between the two  highlighted items.

By default the document generator uses 'heading 1', 'heading 2', etc styles for outline numbers. Somehow it automagically increments these as the nesting of packages occurs (reflected by the child packages and child elements commands in the RTF document templates).
My use case is that a separate set of heading styles are required, eg 'appendix 1', 'appendix 2', etc.
How can I get EA to automagically increments these if encountered in a RTF template?

In a model document (or better in a package in a model document) I wish to set the initial heading level (ie to 2, 3, etc).
The heading level for each package in a model document starts at 'heading 1', this means that reusing a package from another area of the model does not fit in the the document hierarchy I require.



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