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Model Options

The 'Manage Model Options' dialog provides facilities for configuring various actions of Enterprise Architect for the current model or project, affecting all users of that model. When you open the dialog it defaults to the 'General' page, which helps you to set the system behavior options such as the required release of Enterprise Architect, diagram text appearance, Sequence message spacing and SysML Control Flows format.

The dialog also has pages for identifying MDG Technologies; the Cloud configuration; Reusable Asset Service Registry configuration for Baselines; the central connection for managing Collaboration text such as Model Diary entries, Model Mail and Chats; the element status that locks elements against review comments, and Code Engineering options and code language options that are specific to the model.

Access

Ribbon

Settings > Model > Options

Control System Behavior

Field/Button

Action

See also

File Directory

Type in the default directory name for the shared files you define on the 'Files' tab of an element's 'Properties' dialog (maximum 50 characters).

Associated Files

Minimum Version

Click on the drop-down arrow and select the minimum release of Enterprise Architect required to open this model.

Minimum Build

Type in the number of the earliest build required to open this model. Alternatively, click on the Select Current button to select the build of the system that the model is currently open in.

Font Face

Click on the drop-down arrow and select the font in which to display all element text in diagram renditions of elements.

Set Element Font

Font Size

Click on the drop-down arrow and select the font size in which to display all element text in diagram renditions of elements.

Clear

Click on this button to clear the 'Font Face' and 'Font Size' fields.

Notes Font

Click on the drop-down arrow and select the default font of all text displayed in Notes elements and fields on diagrams.

Clear

Click on this button to clear the 'Notes Font' field.

Ignore image transparency

Select this checkbox to ignore transparency for all images in the model, effectively rendering them as 24-bit images.

Deselect the checkbox to show the transparency for all (32-bit) images on which it has been used.

If you change the selection, you must restart Enterprise Architect to bring that change into effect.

Message Spacing

Type in the vertical gap (in points, between 15 and 45) to maintain between Sequence Messages on a Sequence diagram.

This spacing can be overridden manually by dragging a Message up or down.

Enable Structure Compartments

Defaults to selected to automatically display Structure compartments on elements in rectangular notation on diagrams across the model. Clear the checkbox if you do not want to display Structure compartments on elements.

DiagramObject Class Feature Visibility

XMI/VC Import Policy for Discussions

Click on the drop-down arrow and select an option that determines how to import Discussions from XMI:

  • Always Merge - select this option to retain the existing Discussions in the model and merge those in XMI
  • Always Restore - select this option to delete the existing Discussions in the model and import those in XMI

Notes :

  • The selected option determines how Discussions are imported during these imports: XMI 1.1, XMI 2.1, Native XML, Package Control, Version Control and Baselines
  • The selected option can be overridden in the 'Import Package from Native/XMI File' dialog if the checkbox 'Allow user to override if prompted' is selected
  • In Corporate, Unified and Ultimate Editions of Enterprise Architect, if security is enabled then only the Admin administrator or a user in the Administrators group can select these options
Import from XMI Baselines Version Control Using Controlled Packages

Allow user to override if prompted

Select the checkbox to override the option selected for 'XMI/VC Import Policy for Discussions' in the 'Import Package from Native/XMI File' dialog.

Import from XMI

SysML Options

Field/Button

Action

See also

Dashed Line for Control Flow

Select this option to draw all control flows on SysML diagrams as dashed lines. Deselect this option to draw all control flows on SysML diagrams as solid lines.

This option does not affect control flows on non-SysML diagrams, which will always be drawn as solid lines.

Notes

  • In the Corporate, Unified and Ultimate Editions of Enterprise Architect, if security is enabled you must have 'Manage Project Settings' permission to set, change or clear the 'Font Face' and 'Font Size' fields, and to enable/disable diagram image-maps
  • Similarly, if security is enabled you must have 'Configure Project Prerequisites' permission to update the 'Minimum Version' and 'Minimum Build' settings
  • You can also define User fonts on the 'Preferences' dialog that apply to any diagram you display in any model; the User font is overridden by the Model font, to ensure that all members of the project team have a consistent and coherent view of the model
  • Model fonts are themselves overridden by specifically-defined element fonts, so that the element is viewed as designed regardless of the model defaults; to define the font for a specific element, right-click on the element in a diagram and select the 'Appearance | Set Font' option
  • It is recommended that a project authority sets the Model font, and all project members abide by it and do not change it without project approval; in editions where security is enabled, changes can be restricted by allocating permission only to the project authority

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