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Start Ribbon

The 'Start' ribbon provides a range of facilities for exploring, navigating and viewing the information in the repository. These include tools to navigate to items, to view the important events, messages, discussions and work that is relevant to a modeler on a given day, and to view and change your workspace settings, including styles and preferences. This ribbon also provides access to the Help facilities, including registering licence keys and checking for updates.




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All Windows

You can use the 'All Windows' panel to access  a range of Window Selectors to select and open a window or a workspace. You can define any number of workspace layouts and working sets, saving combinations and arrangements of windows that are specific to a role that ultimately increases your productivity as a modeler.

All Windows Panel


You can also define the look and feel of the application, setting preferences that change the style of the interface to suit the work role you are performing. There is a wide range of preferences you can set to tailor the way the application behaves under your login, including setting colors, fonts and diagram styles.


Enterprise Architect is a collaboration platform and allows any number of people to work on models and diagrams at the same time, in a cooperative and team effort. The collaboration tools include Reviews and Discussions of elements, the Model Library, Model Mail - which contains messages from other modelers - the Project Calendar listing important events, the 'Journal' informal comment capture facility. The tools ensure that communication about the elements, diagrams, lists and matrices are available in the model and links can be created back to these items from the collaboration tools. The 'Collaborate' panel conveniently brings these tools together, ensuring that you are informed about what you need to attend to and made aware of information that is important to your role.

Collaborate Panel


The 'Personal' panel gives access to a great facility for maintaining a daily diary, in which you can note down reminders of what you have done or intend to do within the model. It provides an option for opening the 'Working Sets' tab of the Focus window, to set up and maintain groups of windows, diagrams and views to return to as a set in later work sessions. On the right hand side it has a set of options for displaying and managing your user default diagram and your default work Package, and for displaying the Gantt Chart listing your work allocations and the Kanban diagram you have set as your personal default.


The 'Help' panel provides access to the Help system and to a wide range of on-line facilities to support your use of the tool, including the management of License Keys through the 'Register' option. The Help system contains both overviews of functional areas of the application and detailed topics on how to use specific tools, helping you to be highly productive. The Help is normally accessed as an on-line, web-based system, but you can select to download the file-based Help to provide a local Help system. You can also open the Learning Center library, which provides user-focused guidance for common tasks.

Help Panel