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Model Panel

The 'Model' 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.

Available Facilities

Facility

Description

See also

Perspectives

Click on the drop-down arrow to display these commands:

  • Single Perspective - switch to or open the Perspective Portal, from which you can select a Perspective to apply to your Enterprise Architect user interface
  • All Perspectives - reset the system windows and dialogs to display all Patterns and not any group defined by a Perspective
  • Manage Perspectives - display the Perspective Sets window, where you can filter the Perspectives displayed for selection, or customize your own
  • Model Wizard - display the Model Wizard at the 'Model Patterns' tab, showing the last-selected Perspective
  • Help - display the Help topic Perspectives
Perspectives Model Wizard Perspectives Portal Customizing Perspectives

Add

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 '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

Manage

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
  • Update Status - provide a bulk update on the Status, Phase and Version of the selected Package and its elements
  • Lock - display the 'Lock Package' dialog for the selected Package, on which you restrict changes to the Package
  • Clone Structure as New Version - copy the structure of the selected Package and paste it into the Browser window 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
  • Apply Transformation - display the 'Model Transformation' dialog, from which you select and apply a model transformation on the elements of the current Package
  • Validate - display a short menu of options to create validation rules and run and cancel a validation of the current Package
  • Manage Baselines - display the 'Baselines' dialog for the selected Package, to create and compare Baselines of the Package with the current version
  • Find Baselines - execute a report that finds and lists all the Baselines in the model
  • Level Numbering - toggle the display of automatically applied level numbering within the Specification Manager and the Browser window, for elements within the currently displayed Package
  • Auto Naming - apply configured auto naming conventions to existing elements in the selected Package
  • 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
  • DBMS Options - display the 'Manage DBMS Options' dialog to change the DBMS Type and/or Owner of one or more database objects
  • 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 'Find Package' dialog listing only Packages, through which you can easily locate and select a specific Package from within the model hierarchy
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

Specify

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 Browser window. When you select this option, the 'Design' ribbon changes to the 'Specification-Specify' ribbon.

Specification - Specify Ribbon The Specification Manager

List View

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

Package Browser

Gantt

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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