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Guide to the Trial Edition

Thank you for downloading the Trial Version of Enterprise Architect and taking this time to become acquainted with what the tool suite has to offer. We hope this short guide will prove helpful in showing you how to get started and understand some of the crucial modeling concepts underlying the tool.

Over the next 30 days you will have the opportunity to test drive Enterprise Architect in all its different editions and find out for yourself how it can help visualize, examine, verify and enhance your understanding of complex solution domains across the Business, Software, Systems and Architecture areas.

This guide is intended to supplement and support your initial contact with Enterprise Architect, and covers the more important concepts and behaviors that are critical to getting the most out of the tool.

Here is an overview of the guide and its intended purpose:

  • Part 1 is a brief introduction to some important concepts concerning the tool, its repository based modeling and the general function of the user interface
  • Part 2 will step you through starting up Enterprise Architect, finding the most common and necessary controls and windows, and learning how to customize the user interface
  • Part 3 will walk through creating a new model, setting a perspective and using pattern based model fragments to fast track model construction
  • Part 4 is a collection of 'where to next' suggested links to other material that will enhance and enrich your Trial experience, depending on your personal requirements  

Please take the time to read through this document if you are a newcomer to Enterprise Architect, as it covers some of the most fundamental concepts and tools you will be using during this Trial period. Enterprise Architect is an incredibly rich and extremely powerful modeling and design tool that implements many technologies, frameworks and tools. Walking through this guide will help you find the right tools and right modeling language(s) for your needs.

Thanks once again for taking the time to try out Enterprise Architect.  If you have any problems with installation or getting started, please contact Sparx Systems Trial support team, at trial-assist@sparxsystems.com.