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Auto Refresh

When working in a team environment, the Auto Refresh feature assists in collaborative diagram design, by providing improved support for multiple people giving input on the same diagram and allowing users to monitor changes on a specific diagram.

The automatic refresh mode is enabled when a user selects a refresh interval on a diagram. This effectively prevents all users from editing the diagram. The model database is polled to check for changes to the diagram and the diagram is reloaded from the database when changes are detected. To make changes to the diagram, you must choose the 'Pause & Edit' option, which allows you to make updates to the diagram. Once you have finished making changes, you select the 'Resume' option, whereupon diagram updates are automatically saved to the database.

As a best practice, it is recommended that you lock the diagram before enabling 'Pause & edit', and press Ctrl+S at appropriate times so that the updated diagram is visible to other users.

This feature is available in Enterprise Architect version 16.0 and later.

Access

Ribbon

Layout > Auto Refresh > Auto Refresh

Context Menu

Right-click on diagram background | Collaborate > Auto Refresh

Menu Options

These options are used to enable or disable the functionality, to set the diagram refresh interval and to 'pause' the auto-refresh setting to allow editing of the diagram. When enabled a clock icon is shown in the diagram icon panel. When Pause & Edit is selected the pause icon is shown.

Option

Action

See also

Disabled

This is the default setting for all diagrams. Click on the option if Auto Refresh has been put into operation on the diagram and you want to turn it off.

Clicking on this option will also save any pending changes to the diagram.

7

Enable automatic refresh mode for the current diagram and set the refresh interval to 7 seconds.

15

Enable automatic refresh mode for the current diagram and set the refresh interval to 15 seconds.

30

Enable automatic refresh mode for the current diagram and set the refresh interval to 30 seconds.

60

Enable automatic refresh mode for the current diagram and set the refresh interval to 60 seconds.

Pause & Edit

Pause automatic refreshing of the diagram and allow you, the current user, to edit the diagram.

Resume

Save any outstanding changes to the diagram and resume automatic refresh of the diagram, preventing any further modification to it until either the 'Disabled' or 'Pause & Refresh' option is applied.