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Model Exchange Panel

The 'Model Exchange' Panel contains tools for controlling Packages and for importing and exporting parts of the model both in the XML-based model exchange format, and in other formats that can be opened in a spreadsheet. The Reusable Asset Server (RAS) is a valuable resource for either sourcing existing model fragments or saving parts of the current model for reuse on future initiatives.

Available Facilities



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Reusable Assets

Click on this icon to open the Reusable Asset Service (RAS) view in the central work area. The RAS provides a simple and convenient mechanism for modelers to distribute or download reusable model structures, information, corporate directives and standards. The shared repository is accessible via a  Pro Cloud Server connection, making it accessible for distributed teams.

Reuseable Asset Service (RAS)

Publish As...

Click on this icon to publish a Package at any level in the model as an external file in one of several XML formats, including XMI 1.1, XMI 2.1, Enterprise Architect's Native XML, ArcGIS and BPMN 2.0 XML. The 'Publish Model Package' dialog displays.

Model Publishing to Various Formats


Click on this icon to access the CSV Import and Export facilities, and to create and maintain the CSV specifications that define how the imports and exports proceed. You can also display the summary Help topic for CSV transfers.

CSV Import and Export

Package Control

Click on this icon to display a menu of options for storing and managing Packages by creating XMI files from them (Package Control), supporting lightweight version management and model exchange.

  • Package Control - configure Package Control using the 'Package Control Options' dialog
  • Save to File - save the Package to its configured XMI file (from the 'Package Control' option), using the 'Export to Native/XMI File' dialog
  • Load from File - replace the Package from its saved XMI file, using the 'Import Package from Native/XM File' dialog
  • View XMI File for Controlled Package - review the content of the (exported) XMI file for the Package, in the Code Editor
  • Compare Package to XMI - compare the current version of the Package with the exported  XMI file for the Package (the 'Compare Model to File' option in Managing Baselines)
Configure Packages Export to XMI Import from XMI Editing Source Code The Compare Utility (Diff)


Click on this icon to display options for exporting the current Package to a Native File or XMI file for use in other models and/or different modeling tools.

  • Native Format (or XMI Format) - export the Package to a file in one of several Native or XMI formats, using the 'Export to Native/XMI File' dialog
  • (Batch) Export Controlled Packages - export a number of controlled Packages to Native/XMI format in a batch process, using the 'Batch Export Controlled Packages' dialog

A range of other output formats is supported, and you can further tailor the output by including or excluding diagram information, Enterprise Architect specific extensions and so on. You would tailor your published file for the capabilities of the tool or process expected to consume it.

The 'Normative XMI 2.4.2' option provides a quick means of exporting model information in the latest UML/XMI combination with no Enterprise Architect extension information or diagram information. This format is most useful for standards development and for base interoperability with other UML based tools.

Batch Export Controlled Packages Export to XMI


Click on this icon to display options for importing a Native/XMI file to update one or more Packages in the model.

  • Native File, or XMI File - import a Package from a file in one of several Native/XMI formats, using the 'Import Package from Native/XMI File' dialog
  • Merge Model XML into Current Package - import an XML file for the Package and merge the content of the file with the Package; you might do this with a sequence of XML files for the Package, such as when a number of people are working on the same Package offline and storing their work in separate XML files
  • Batch Import Controlled Packages - import model Packages from an import set for controlled Packages, using the 'Batch Import Controlled Packages' dialog

The menu provides options for importing XMI/XML from a variety of other formats. ArcGIS, EMX/UML2, Rhapsody, OWL/RDF, BPMN 2.0, DMN 1.1 and MDZIP are specifically supported, but a range of other tools' XML output can be imported into Enterprise Architect using the 'Other Tools/Formats' menu option.

Batch Import Controlled Packages Merge with XMI Using Merge File Import from XMI