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General Board / Display package in rectangular notation.
« on: September 24, 2015, 09:28:11 am »
In a diagram is it possible to display a package in rectangular notation? (i.e. similar to say a class)

General Board / Export data models from EA to PowerDesigner
« on: August 07, 2015, 12:35:52 pm »
Has anyone successfully exported data models from Sparx EA to PowerDesigner?
Could you share the steps and configurations you used?


General Board / Printing code
« on: June 30, 2015, 12:30:48 pm »
I've opened an XML file with EA.

When I print it the page appears to have 3cm left and right margins.
Does anyone know how to change these margins?

In my case I'd like to make them as small as possible.

I note that the page setup and print preview buttons in the toolbar and the file menu are greyed out.


General Board / Setting up SQL Server repository
« on: July 20, 2015, 06:42:52 am »
Setting up a SQL server repository has steps

1) get SQL Server database created
2) run script to set up schema
3) transfer a project into the schema
4) use the project

Steps 1 and 2 require ddladmin rights.

You might think that steps 3 an 4, being user activities, require only datareader and datawriter.
But no, step 3 requires permission to execute SET INDENTITY INSERT ON/OFF and therefore ddladmin rights.

It seems to me that the initial script to set up the schema should have done this. Thoughts?

General Board / Display name on thin arrows
« on: July 15, 2015, 11:03:53 am »
Hand drawn diagram:

How do I display the name of the thin arrow?
There is no 'Whiteboard' setting with fill or nameVisible options.

General Board / Change a table's database type
« on: May 29, 2015, 10:09:53 am »
I reverse engineered a SQL Server 2005 DB (using EA 1213).
I created a new data model for SQL Server 2008.
I created a new database.
I copied a table from the 2005 database to the 2008 database.

How then to change the DB type in my copied table so it matches the Database type?
I can't see any "Advanced" menu item, and the copies table has the Database Type greyed out and unchangeable.

General Board / Changing Execution Environment  element type
« on: May 21, 2015, 02:57:50 pm »

I want to change the element type from "execution environment" to, say, "device".
There is no option for this user the Advanced menu.
It appears to be stereotyped, but is not.
Any suggestions?

General Board / Connector Label value sources
« on: April 24, 2015, 02:27:23 pm »
On a connectors the are a number of labels that can be visible

The Middle Top Label displays the "name" of the connector.

Where do the other labels obtain their values from.

For example I'd like to use the Middle Bottom label or some of the other labels to show information.

General Board / Adding existing DB to Database builder
« on: March 12, 2015, 01:57:48 pm »
How do I open with, or add to, existing (reverse engineered) database to the (new in v12) database builder?

General Board / Formatting entities
« on: November 13, 2009, 11:22:57 am »
I want to format an entity (say a Packaging component) so that it has
  • a dashed or dotted border
  • transparent fill
The formatting brush visible when the object is selected does not seen to offer these options.
No doubt shape scripts might achieve this, yet this functionality seems more appropriate for the UI.


General Board / Naming boundary swim lanes
« on: October 19, 2010, 09:08:15 am »

When you create or modify a boundary it is possible to create swim lanes.

Is it possible, and if so how, to label the lanes within a boundary element?

[size=10](without using a note or a text element, I want the name associated and connected with the lane, so that in manipulating the boundary the names participate).[/size]
See also swimlanes and matrix

General Board / Hyperlink to (open) another EA model
« on: May 12, 2014, 10:47:55 am »

Is it possible to hyperlink to another EA model, e.g. in a note?

General Board / EA 11 doc gen
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:32:26 am »
Its impressive how quick doc gen to DocX is.
I wonder when we can deprecate normal.rtf in favour of a docx version.

But has anyone noticed that unlike EA10 any textual content in normal.rtf is now included in the document?

Also of note, the upgrade no longer appears to stomp on
C:\Users\userid\AppData\Roaming\Sparx Systems\EA\RTF Templates\normal.rtf
unlike previously, which is good.
I'm not sure where the install version of normal.rtf ends up instead.

General Board / Tag: "_profile_data"
« on: May 06, 2014, 02:48:51 pm »
Can anyone tell me what a package has a tagged value "_profile_data" and what it does for me?


General Board / Link note content to connector note
« on: May 02, 2014, 02:18:11 pm »
How do I link a note's content to the note in a connector?

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