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Create a Project

A project is a single file or repository-based store for one or more models.

  • The first step in getting started with Enterprise Architect is to either open an existing project, or create a new one
  • In this example we create a new file-based project and add a template-based model to kick-start our modeling
  • Once your new project has been created it will have a simple Use Case model added for you to explore and tailor to your requirements
  • You can re-open your project at any time by double-clicking on it in a file browser
  • It should also appear in the 'Recent' list on the Start Page

Create a New Project

Step

Description

1

Start Enterprise Architect.

2

When the 'Start' page displays, click on the 'New File' option.

Result: The standard Windows file browser dialog displays.

File-based Enterprise Architect projects are named with:

  • A .eap extension (JET 3)
  • A .eapx extension (JET 4)

You can also create projects on Firebird by clicking on the drop-down arrow in the 'Files of type' field and selecting the '*.feap' option.

3

Locate a suitable folder for your project and, in the 'File name' field, type in a distinctive name.

Click on the Save button to continue.

Result: Enterprise Architect creates a new project file and places it in the specified location.

The project is then opened automatically. The Project Browser window displays with the 'Model' icon at the top.

4

Click on the New Package icon. icon in the Project Browser toolbar; the Model Wizard window displays, showing the 'Model Patterns' tab.

In the left hand column header, click on the drop-down arrow and select 'UML > Behavioral' and scroll down to 'Use Case Diagrams'.  Select 'Basic Use Case Model'.

Click on the Create Patterns button.

Result: The Model Wizard automatically creates a new Use Case model for you, with an initial diagram, some notes and default elements to help get you started.

5

Close the Model Wizard window.

At this stage all your changes have been saved to file and do not require further action.

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