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Hello Xi,
It will be on the Visual Studio Marketplace, accessible from within Visual Studio in the usual manner.
As to when, I'm afraid I can't give you an exact date. My main client requested an eleventh-hour extension to my contract, so I'm consulting full time for another month.
But tentatively, second half of November.

Is there a link?

Does anyone know of any plugins that can be used to output an OpenAPI spec from a model?
Or read an OpenAPI spec and create a model?

If I understood your first request correctly this tool is supposed to create OpenAPI specifications based on EA models:

You can use virtual documents to create a selection of packages for HTML export.

I was hoping for a button :) O.K., I will go for virtual documents. Thanks @Geert


our repository consists of several models (top level packages).

Is there a possibility to create 1 HTML-report  out-of-the-box for all of them or to merge the reports afterwards? If not, is there a reason that Sparx supports HTML-reports only for 1 model or 1 package?

Are there alternatives (e.g., Web Publication Platform or iDEA) that create an integrated report for several models?

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Change color of properties
« on: June 30, 2023, 03:56:41 am »
I had my experience with color demands by management and some are logical.

Eg. I had a competitor for the company applying colors for customer reports where they were using the colors green for all mistakes by their company, orange for shared responsibility, and green for mistakes made by the competitor (which was us).

Customer was very focused on the amount of reds on the chart and less on the green (which was way larger)
Unfortunately they didn't specify properly to their sales to not share this report with customers who might show it to competitors where we could simply point out the psychological trick.

Therefor I will do my best to help you formulate the feature request for a potential workaround:

1) Ask to add text color to the Legend element item details option (which seems like a logical request, I'm surprised this isn't already the case)
2) use tags on each attribute in order to apply the text color to the element

Thank you, BobM. That is more than I expected. Great.

I think it would be already very helpful if the text color of the element name gets inherited by the properties / attributes.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Change color of properties
« on: June 29, 2023, 10:59:39 pm »
I have to tell the management that unfortunately they cannot read most of the text. This is certainly not good for the reputation of the tool.
Or you could simply not use dark colors if you can't change the font color. :o
Doing something else would not be good for the reputation of the author of the diagrams 8)

The colors are standard colors used by the management and they are expected. That's why asking this forum.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Change color of properties
« on: June 29, 2023, 09:58:21 pm »
IIRC, the solution is simple; there is no solution.  I, too, wanted this over a decade ago.  Try a bug report/ feature request, but don't hold out hope.

Many thanks, Paolo.

I have to tell the management that unfortunately they cannot read most of the text. This is certainly not good for the reputation of the tool.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Open Diagrams as Overview
« on: June 29, 2023, 09:01:58 pm »
The feature request you could make is a setting to automatically open diagrams in the "Fit to view" setting

If this is the desired outcome?


While you are at it, this would be a welcome global setting but the global setting should be able to be overwritten by a check on individual diagram property level.

Setting applicable as well to Procloud applications diagram lookups

Yes, exactly !

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Open Diagrams as Overview
« on: June 29, 2023, 06:47:13 pm »
I had checked the "Zoom to best scale". So, that does not solve the issue.

Suggestions and Requests / Open Diagrams as Overview
« on: June 29, 2023, 06:00:32 pm »
While navigating through the models I want that the diagrams open and showing all elements. Or they should open at least in I size, I specified before. At the moment diagrams open and show only some elements, but that does not give an overview. It’s annoying resizing the diagrams every time.

Is that possible?

Suggestions and Requests / Change color of properties
« on: June 29, 2023, 03:43:14 pm »
Hi, for a UML Class Diagram I am using colors for the shapes. Some colors are dark, so I need white text (instead of black).

I followed the instructions in to change the colors. The documentation says “This setting affects all text in the selected element except for the Note compartment text”.

But only the color of the element name changes. I did not find a way to change the colors of the attributes / properties according the color of the class name.

The solution is certainly too simple. But please tell me :-) V.

IIRC you can add patterns that create multiple elements to the toolbox.
I haven't used that myself, but it should be documented in the manual somewhere.

O.K. If I can add patterns to the toolbox then maybe this is what I am looking for. I found this only as part of the Model Wizard. I will try to find your suggestion.

More than one only through a pattern which can be shown in the toolbox. Or probably with an add-in.

Thank you @qwerty.

Profile Helpers create more than one element and they are part of the toolbox. So are Profile Helpers a built-in technology?

@Geert's answer is really helpful. But using the toolbox is better known by user than using patterns.

Does anybody know if the same behavior as the Profile Helpers (creating more than 1 element at once) can be implemented by myself? Probably only the Spaxians know the answer.

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