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Bugs and Issues / Re: EA14: Swimlanes line width not working ?
« on: October 19, 2018, 05:51:30 pm »

Unfortunately, the Sparx backlog of bug fixes is not published so it is not possible to tell whether a bug has been reported or not, nor any information on a likelihood of a fix anytime soon (although perhaps seeing the backlog of known bugs would be a depressing sight ...)
That's why we "oldies" and "ancients" copy the report here into the forum.   ;)


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[ 16.5,11.5 ] x 96 = [ 1584,1123 ]Although those page sizes are only accurate to one decimal place.

ISO 216 which defines those sizes was updated in 2007, so you could be right. But I expect the page size didn't change.

But why am I getting 1622x1138?  From vague memory, we were using HP printers then and that's where we got the 1600x1100 from (other printers gave different values).  That's why I think it may be driver specific.


We autogenerate our Neighborhood diagrams.  We settled on a default of A3 Landscape and determined that the cx and cy values were 1600x1100.  It's been thus for almost a decade.

However, in investigating the Persistent Zoom functionality, I found that creating an A3 landscape diagram manually created a 1622x1138 diagram.  That got us wondering, is the value entered into those fields driver related?

Is there any impact of printing a 1600x1100 onto a printer that expects 1622x1138?

Is there a standard value for A3 Landscape that may have changed over the years?


Doesn't WebEA require a separate licence?
It doesn't necessarily cost you more. Last I knew you could get a license for Pro Cloud Express that provides access to WebEA. The only requirement was a minimum of 5 corporate licenses.

The advantage of WebEA over the lite version is that the user doesn't need to install a copy of EA to view it. They can even view it, contribute to discussions and make some changes from a mobile device. Like your idea of the first free heroin shot, WebEA aims to lower the boundary of getting involved even further.
Thanks, Simon,

Do Academic licences count?


FYI It will be stored in the column SCALE in t_diagram table.

Can this be altered?

Yes, you need to access Scale property from the Diagram Class.

Thanks, Arshad, I just figured it out myself.  Its location implies that setting this makes it common for all viewers.

I guess, if there are specific diagrams that need to be set as a specific zoom/Scale level, we need to be able to discourage the users from altering it via the UI.


Anyone know (and is prepared to share) where the Persistent Zoom is stored?  We're experimenting with this and for some diagrams, it looks like we'd need something smaller than 50%.

Can this be altered?


Bugs and Issues / Re: How to "Publish Diagram as Pattern"?
« on: October 18, 2018, 02:59:30 pm »
What have the CIA drowned another one?

... is that a service they offer ... ? Rate card ?
I think these days you contact the Saudis.


Quite some time ago someone in the community wrote something that implemented a protocol handler to do that, but there's nothing in EA itself.

Generally, I'd be recommending WebEA for that purpose now,
Doesn't WebEA require a separate licence?

One thing I like about the shortcut file is that you can open an entire ecosystem for a particular view of the repository.

Can something similar be done with WebEA?

Also, as I understand it, if all you want to do is view (as opposed to reviewing) the viewpoints in the repository, EA-Lite provides the richest experience.  We want to provide users with the richest read-only experience (like your first free heroin shot) to get them hooked on the repository to become a full user.


Bugs and Issues / Re: How to "Publish Diagram as Pattern"?
« on: October 18, 2018, 10:38:30 am »

The Sparxians need to be stuck into a large corporate for a couple of weeks to learn the difficulties of working in large managed IT environments.  It's not all thongs, budgie smugglers and Fosters.
You might well think that...  I couldn't possibly say that.

BTW: Fosters is essentially an export brand.  Just about nobody drinks Fosters in Oz.
Also, our 2nd Budgie Smuggling PM is now long gone, although he doesn't seem to realise it.


If we generate an HTML report, we are able to get to specific diagrams from outside the browser by the documented means.

However, we can't do this with EA (whether Full or Lite).  Can anyone confirm that?

We'd like to provide users with the richer EA-Lite experience rather than simple HTML.  But we'd like to be able to provide an external reference (similar to the HTML mechanism).

I guess we could distribute shortcut files, but that seems a bit clumsy and will "pepper" the storage with transient files.



Bugs and Issues / Re: How to "Publish Diagram as Pattern"?
« on: October 17, 2018, 04:06:27 pm »
The REAL issue is none of these.

As I have tried to explain on other forums - when you have a consist (for example a particular set of files for the User Guide).  You have an evolving artifact.  When you have multiple instances of the artifact (such as the online versus local User Guide) the consist variant MUST be provided (somewhere) so that the user can check what they are looking at.

Typically, the consist variant identifier is made up of the version and timepoint of generation.  However, in the case of say a game, where there was no software rebuild but only a change in some data files, a specific consist identifier may be added.  See the Steam | Library | <Game file> | Properties | Local Files | Current content BuildID

Is there such a beast within the Help File | User Guide mechanism?

That way, we could compare and contrast.  And indeed, the Local Help file Mechanism could even cross-check for updates!


Bugs and Issues / Re: How to "Publish Diagram as Pattern"?
« on: October 16, 2018, 11:45:49 am »
I can't find anywhere in the Help files that refer to the ribbon path that you quote, Paolo. All references are to the correct path that Geert quotes, and the 'Modified Date' field on the text element is at least 6 months ago.  Where did you see the incorrect ribbon path?
User Guide... Publish a Pattern

Note: this is the local copy of the Help file/User Guide (from the v14.1 download area).


Suggestions and Requests / Re: New connectors doesn't show in a diagram
« on: October 16, 2018, 10:50:59 am »
Hi rekelyei1,
We have done this but it is not trivial.
Firstly, your Connector_IDs need to be monotonically increasing (depending on your configuration they may not be).
Consequently, a new connector will have a Connector_ID larger than the current highest Connector_ID on the diagram.
If you can record the highest Connector_ID at a point in time, you can write a script to hide any connector with a Connector_ID greater than the recorded Connector_ID.

We, therefore, "Freeze" a diagram by recording the highest available Connector_ID in the Title Block (Diagram Notes Element) as a Tag.
We regularly (or on demand) run a script to remove the spurious connectors.  If the diagram actually needs to change, the modeller changes the diagram then "Re-Freezes" the diagram.

It's not perfect, but it works well enough to be a popular function on our human maintained (as opposed to automagically maintained) diagrams.


General Board / Re: How to enable the "Find Command..." widget
« on: October 15, 2018, 06:53:04 pm »
Yes, just below Print to PDF on my machine

See printscreen:

Oh!   We are in Post-Consistency!   For some strange reason, I was expecting a "Find Command..." widget, not a Search box!

Still, at least it's always present, whether there's a widget on the ribbon or not.

Thanks again,

General Board / Re: How to enable the "Find Command..." widget
« on: October 15, 2018, 06:17:10 pm »
For the visual styles that don't support the Find Command in the top bar.
If you click the top left EA Icon-Menu, the last option is the same Find Command.

Switched to VS 2013  - no widget and NO command on the EA Icon-Menu.  Last option is "Print to PDF".

Am I looking in the right place?


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