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The Start Page

The features described here are available from Enterprise Architect Release 14.1 onwards.

The Start Page is the default landing page that displays when you first open Enterprise Architect. It provides a range of useful commands to create and/or access project files, connect to a server repository, or access a project via the Cloud. You can also access a set of Portals that provide the facilities, resources, links, tailored searches and reports for working in a particular task area, such as publishing or developing a model.

The facilities and commands on the Start Page are made available through the 'Open' and 'New' options, the 'Recent' list and the 'Open a Portal' option.

Notice that when you open Enterprise Architect for the first time, the Project Browser contains the option '<click to open project>'. This has the same effect as the 'New > Manage Projects' option, described in the New table.

Access

Opened by default on startup of Enterprise Architect.

Ribbon

Start > View > Workspace > Show Start Page

Open

Option

Action

See also

Local project

Click on this option to display the 'Select Enterprise Architect Project to Open' dialog to browse for and open an existing project file (.eap, .eapx or .feap).

Server Connection

Click on this option to display the 'Data Link Properties' dialog, from which you begin to specify a data source to connect to, on one of a number of supported repositories.

This feature is available in the Corporate, Unified and Ultimate editions.

Connect to an ASA Data Repository Connect to an Oracle Data Repository (ODBC) Connect to a PostgreSQL Data Repository Connect to a MySQL Data Repository Connect to an Oracle Data Repository (OLE DB) Connect to a SQL Server Data Repository

Cloud Connection

Click on this option to open the 'Cloud Connection' dialog, which you use to specify a project held at a remote location, and to access it through the internet or web. You work on the project using the Enterprise Architect installation on your machine.

An advantage of working in this way is that you do not need to have the database drivers installed on your machine, as you would to work on projects held on a DBMS server.

Connecting Enterprise Architect to a Cloud Service

New

Option

Description

See also

Create a new project

Click on this option to create a new local (.eap or .feap) project file, and to add model structures to it using the Model Wizard.

Model Wizard Create a New Project

Manage projects

Click on this option to open the 'Manage Projects' dialog, which you use to manage connections to the Enterprise Architect projects (.eap files, .eapx files, .feap files, DBMS server connections and Cloud connections) to which you have access.

Managing Connections to Projects

Recent

This is a list of up to ten Enterprise Architect projects (.eap files, .eapx files, .feap files, DBMS server connections and Cloud connections) that you have opened most recently. The drop-down arrow in the list heading displays options to:

  • Switch the list between recently-accessed models and currently 'watched' models, and
  • Set up a 'Watched Model' configuration to define what projects to monitor and what actions to capture within the models (see the Model Watches Help topic)

Option

Action

See also

<Model names>

Either:

  • Click on a project name in the list to open that project in the current instance of Enterprise Architect (and close any project you already have open), or
  • Ctrl+click on a project name in the list to launch that project in a separate instance of Enterprise Architect, in addition to the current project

You can also right-click on a project name in the list and display a short context menu with options to:

  • Open the selected project in the current instance of Enterprise Architect (and close any project you already have open)
  • Launch the selected project in a new instance of Enterprise Architect (keeping the current project open in the current instance)
  • Add the model to the list of watched models that you are monitoring for various kinds of activity
  • If the project is accessed via a connection string to a DBMS or Cloud repository, change the project name
  • Remove the selected project from the list (which removes the link to the project, not the project file itself)
Model Watches Remove Recent Projects

Open a Portal

This option displays a drop-down list of the Portals available in Enterprise Architect. Click on the appropriate Portal name to display that Portal on the left or right of the screen.

Portal Name

Description

See also

Perspective

The Perspective Portal provides a number of work Perspectives grouped by general work area. Each Perspective filters the modeling windows and dialogs to present only the modeling Patterns you might use in the work defined by the Perspective. When you select a Perspective the Model Wizard displays, showing the 'Model Patterns' tab and providing the model templates that you might use to initially create a model supporting the type of work. The Portal also includes a category for Perspectives that you have created yourself.

Perspective Portal

Workspace

The Workspace Portal provides links to the system-provided workspaces and working sets that you might use to lay out the Enterprise Architect work area, and to any working sets and workspaces that you have created yourself.

Workspace Portal

Window

The Window Portal provides links to the Enterprise Architect windows you use to navigate through, develop and manage your model.

Window Portal

Status

The Status Portal provides links to run searches that locate recent activities of various types across the model.

Status Portal

Extend

The Extend Portal lists the MDG Technologies currently active in your model, and for each one provides links to the facilities for working with those technologies within Enterprise Architect.

Extend Portal

Execute

The Execute Portal provides a wide range of options that help you to perform Visual Execution Analysis, Simulation, Profiling and Debugging of your modeled application.

Execute Portal

Guidebook

The Guidebook Portal provides links to the library of Enterprise Architect User Guides in PDF format. The Portal initially displays with ten categories of document, each of which can be expanded to a list of the PDF documents in that category.

Guidebook Portal

Learning

The Learning Portal provides links to either the web version of the Enterprise Architect User Guide, or the locally-installed Help if you have downloaded that. The Portal also provides links to a number of useful web pages on the Sparx Systems website, such as the Tutorials, Webinars and Video Demonstrations pages.

Learning Portal

Revisit

The Revisit Portal provides links to the diagrams, source files and system windows that you currently have open, and the diagrams and source files that you have recently opened and then closed again.

Revisit Portal

Notes

  • You can hide the Start Page, or show it again, by toggling the 'Start > View > Workspace > Show Start Page' ribbon option; this setting persists after shut down and restart of Enterprise Architect until you explicitly toggle the option again

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