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Package Panel

The 'Package' panel provides facilities to create and manage folders (Packages). New models can be added that typically contain a number of other Packages. These Packages form the structure of the model and can be used to group elements, diagrams or other Packages. A Package can also be viewed as a list of elements that will include other Packages, or as a Gantt chart describing the allocation of resources to the elements in the Package.

Package panel of the Design ribbon in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

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Click on the icon itself to open the Model Wizard view, which provides Patterns from a wide range of technologies that you can use to quickly generate new models in your project.

Alternatively, click on the drop-down arrow and select either the option to use the Model Wizard, or the 'Insert a simple Package' option to create a new child Package under the currently selected Package. The 'New Package' dialog displays, on which you specify whether to create the Package from a Pattern (with child structures), with a child diagram, or as a Package only.

Model Wizard Add a Package


Click on the drop-down arrow to select from a number of facilities that you can use to manage Packages in the model.

  • Properties - maintain the properties of the current Package, using the 'Properties' dialog
  • Manage Baselines - display a short menu from which you can select to display the 'Baselines' dialog for the selected Package, to create and compare Baselines of the Package with the current version, or to execute a report that finds and lists all the Baselines in the model
  • Advanced - display a menu of options for performing operations on the selected Package:
         -  Update Status - provide a bulk update on the Status, Phase and Version of the selected Package and its elements
         -  Apply Auto Naming - apply configured auto naming conventions to existing elements in the selected Package
         -  Toggle Level Numbering - toggle the display of automatically applied level numbering within the Specification Manager
            and the Project Browser, for elements within the currently displayed Package
         -  Generated Report Options - display a dialog on which you specify whether to include the selected Package
             in generated reports, or specifically exclude it from the reports
         -  Reset DBMS Options - display the 'Manage DBMS Options' dialog to change the DBMS Type and/or Owner of one or
            more database objects
         -  Apply Transformation - display the 'Model Transformation' dialog, from which you select and apply a model
            transformation on the elements of the current Package
  • Clone Structure as New Version - copy the structure of the selected Package and paste it into the Project Browser as a new Package and contents; a prompt displays for you to enter a version number for the new Package, followed by a browser on which you select its parent Package
  • Show in Relationship Matrix - select to display the elements of the current Package in the Relationship Matrix, using the Package as the Source, the Target, or both
  • Validation - display a short menu of options to create validation rules and run and cancel a validation of the current Package
  • Copy to Clipboard - immediately copy the selected Package to the clipboard
  • Paste from Clipboard - paste a Package held on the clipboard as a child of the selected Package
  • Search for Package - display the Find in Project view, pre-loaded with the 'Find Package' search to locate Packages of a specific name or type
  • Browse for Package - display a 'Project Browser' dialog listing only Packages, through which you can easily locate and select a specific Package from within the model hierarchy
  • Lock Package - display the 'Lock Package' dialog for the selected Package, on which you restrict changes to the Package
Relationship Matrix Options Properties Dialog Manage Baselines Model Search Configure Model Validation Run Validation Clone Structure as New Version Update Package Status Apply Auto Naming to Existing Elements Exclude Package from Report Model Transformation Manage DBMS Options


Click on this icon to display the Specification Manager, a document-based interface to a selected Package in the model, providing the means of creating and reviewing elements as text representations of objects in the Project Browser. When you select this option, the 'Design' ribbon changes to the 'Specification-Specify' ribbon.

Specification - Specify Ribbon The Specification Manager


Click on this icon to display the selected Package in the Package Browser window, in List View mode.

Package Browser


Click on this icon to display the selected Package in the Package Browser window, in Gantt View mode.

The Project Gantt View

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