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Introducing the Journal

Enterprise Architect provides a great facility for maintaining a personal daily journal, in which you can type all kinds of ideas, comments, notes, suggestions, events, to-do lists and other reminders of what you have done or intend to do within the model. This is a good way to keep the momentum flowing day to day. The facility is simple to use, allowing you to quickly jot down your thoughts as they occur to you.

The 'Journal' tab is part of the Collaborate window, which allows you to take notes as you engage in formal or informal discussions and chats with other team members, as well as during your work on other screens and dialogs.

The Journal page of the Collaborate window in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect. 

Because the Journal entries are specific to your login, this facility is only available within a model for which User Security has been enabled.

Access

Ribbon

Start > Collaborate > Journal > Journal

Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl+9 > Journal

Creating the first Journal Entry

When you first access the 'Journal' tab, it has the single entry 'Today' in the 'Date' column. You can type freely in the 'Journal Entry' column against 'Today', including carriage returns and text formatting. Right-click on selected text to access the editing options, which include:

  • Creating a Glossary definition from the text, and inserting existing definitions in the text
  • Generating a new element in the same Package, with the selected text as the name and linked to the text
  • Creating a link from the selected text to an existing element in the model
  • Creating a hyperlink to a wide range of target objects, including image files, diagram images, web pages, text files, Help topics and Enterprise Architect commands
  • Marking selected text for special translation, or to be omitted from automatic translation
  • Searching for instances of the selected text in a range of sources (options derived from the 'Code Editor' context menu)
  • Undoing the latest change to the text
  • Editing the text, with cut, copy, paste and delete, selecting all the Journal Entry text entered for a day, setting fonts, and setting paragraph format
  • Printing the selected text, and checking meanings and synonyms using the online Thesaurus

When you have finished typing your note, click off the Collaborate window.

You can return to the Journal Entry at any time and:

  • Add further notes; you use the same entry to record all your notes and comments on the element throughout the day
  • Edit the existing text, including reformatting
  • Delete text or complete notes; select the text and click on the Delete key or use the 'Delete' context menu option

Journal Entries Each Day

Every day, when you open Enterprise Architect and the 'Journal' tab, it has a 'Today' item at the top, against which you record the day's Journal entries. Beneath the 'Today' item are the entries for previous days, identified by the date on which you made them. This only lists dates on which you have made an entry; there are no blank lines for days on which you did not make an entry.

As well as formatting and editing today's entry, you can edit the entries for previous days. This means you can remove information that is no longer relevant (such as old reminders) or things you listed to be achieved that you have now completed. On the other hand, you can also highlight entries that are still significant, and refer back to them from the 'Today' entry.