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Open a Project

An Enterprise Architect project is used for storing and managing the components of one or more UML models.  The Desktop and Professional versions of Enterprise Architect use an MS JET database as the model repository.  If you are using the Corporate edition (or above), you can also use DBMSs such as Oracle and MySQL to host the model repository.

Access   File | Open Project

Use to

Create a new Enterprise Architect project file (the model repository is created as an MS Jet database file)
Browse for an existing project file to open
Specify connection details for opening a project hosted on a DBMS
Select a recent project to open
Remove items from the list of recent projects




See also

New Project...

Create a new project, as a .EAP file.


File Based Repositories

Browse for Project

Open a file browser dialog, to select an existing EAP file; the EAP file can be a project file or a shortcut to a project hosted on a DBMS.


Model Shortcuts

Connect to Server

Specify connection details for opening an Enterprise Architect project that is hosted on a DBMS.

If you double-click on the option, the Windows Data Link Properties dialog displays; start to define the connection to the project's server-based repository.

If you click on the drop-down arrow and select the Connection Wizard option, the Data Link Properties dialog again displays.

If you click on the drop-down arrow and select the Connection String option, the Connection String dialog displays; type in or paste the connection string and click on the OK button to  connect directly to the project.


Server-Based Repositories

Recent Projects

Show a list of the ten most recently opened projects.

This list is also displayed:

On the Start Page, under the Recent heading
As a drop-down menu under the Open Project button on the Default Tools toolbar
As part of the File menu

On the Open Enterprise Architect Project dialog, each project name is shown with its access path.

You can edit the access path by right-clicking on it and selecting the Edit Connection String context menu option;  make the changes on the Connection String dialog.



Remove Selection from List

Remove the currently selected project from the Recent Projects list.



Show this Dialog at Startup

Select whether or not to show the Open Enterprise Architect Project dialog upon starting Enterprise Architect.




Open the currently selected project in the Recent Project list.




Close this dialog without any further action.




Display this Help topic.




Use of a DBMS for hosting the model repository is only available in the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions of Enterprise Architect
Enterprise Architect supports the following DBMS products for hosting model repositories; SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle 9i, 10g or 11g, Postgre SQL, ASA, MSDE Server and Progress OpenEdge

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