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Hi siriosus,

I see "Writing ArcGIS Workspace Document, please wait..." in progress bar and nothing happening
I assume you initiated the export by selecting the Workspace package in EA's Project Browser and either using the menu Extensions > ArcGIS > Export to ArcGIS Workspace XML, or right-clicking and choosing Extensions > ArcGIS > Export to ArcGIS Workspace XML... Either way, when you export an ArcGIS geodatabase schema from EA, it should select Esri's Workspace XML format for you. (It's listed as "ArcGIS" in the XML Types list)

I have seen the same behaviour you described when the MSXML 4 library was not installed on the machine. This would sometimes happen for me on a new machine. It may also have occured on an old machine after uninstalling an application that somehow took MSXML 4 with it - I can't say for sure though.

In previous EA builds, if MSXML 4 couldn't be found, the exporter was not failing gracefully by looking for another compatible version, like MSXML 6, installed on the machine. The result would be a file generated as XMI with that second header you listed, whereas normally EA would transform that XMI content into Esri's XML Workspace format before finalizing the export. This issue was reported some time ago, and it's possibly been corrected in one of the EA releases since 12.0.1214. Are you able to download and install the latest version of EA to test this out?

In any case, I've corrected this in the past simply by installing MSXML 4. This might be an option if you can't try out the latest version of EA. There seems to be a free download of MSXML 4 from Microsoft here:

Could you please suggest if ArcGIS 10.3.1 is compatible with Enterprise Architect 12?
Yes. I've been using ArcGIS 10.3.1 for a while now. Planning to update to to 10.4 soon.

I hope this helps.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: New EA version changes layouts - don't !
« on: February 15, 2005, 03:57:18 pm »

Short answer is unfortunately, no.

When a release includes major changes to the UI, like adding dockable windows etc. - user layouts are going to get clobbered. The layouts are simply not backward compatible and so have to be reset to default. I realise this is an absolute pain, but we don't really have a short-term solution for this.

On the bright side - such changes are generally part of a major release like 4.51, so you shouldn't be stung by this when upgrading between minor builds (eg 747->748). If it does occur, we'd like to know about it.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Build 745 Beta Bugs
« on: February 15, 2005, 04:30:07 pm »
Hi Fred,

Thanks for reporting these problems and providing the steps. I've compiled issues for these items to be corrected for future releases.


Fred and Bruce,

Point taken. There's something in the pipeline for this. I believe a Delphi example went up on the examples page recently ( with one or more .Net add-ins to follow.

Some skeleton add-in code/templates is a good suggestion too.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Edit properties of multiple elements.
« on: October 19, 2004, 07:14:25 pm »
It's ok guys we didn't miss the posts ... and in case I didn't mention ... coming soon :P

Regarding property updates for multiple elements- definitely under consideration, but probably not for release in the immediate term.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: multi select in project view
« on: October 19, 2004, 06:44:30 pm »
Hi All,

As always, we appreciate your constructive feedback and suggestions, so ...

Multiple select from the project view is on its way.

We've got some basic functionality in testing currently.

We're aiming to facilitate the basic move, delete, drag and drop operations. Eg :
- select and move multiple elements, and features within the tree
- select and delete multiple elements and features from the tree (with Ctrl+Delete)
- select and drag multiple elements onto a diagram
- select multiple features from one classifier and drop them onto another in a diagram ...

Initially at least, there will be a few restrictions (no multi-selecting across parent/child elements, copy/paste or context menu), but from experience the majority of everyday cases are covered.

Jason, regarding confirmation of deletes- yes just leave the option turned on (default) and you'll be prompted.

Hope this helps.


Update : The exact release date for this functionality is not decided.  All going to plan, it will be within 3-4 weeks (EA 740/741). Otherwise, it will be included with EA 4.5.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: be able to select multiple objects
« on: October 19, 2004, 06:54:58 pm »
Hi thomas and Thomas,

1) in project view, select multiple objects (the usual windows way, with CTRL or Shift) and do operations on them like move or delete

Multi-select is coming soon ... in particular move and delete will be supported. For details, see :;action=display;num=1081322019;start=0#0

2) in diagrams, select multipl objects holding down Shift. This is kind of the standard way I'd expect...

Ctrl+Click does the trick. A related post :;action=display;num=1080730365

... but it is not possible to open the properties window. Since there is a base class ELEMENT I could imagine that one would like to change attributes (like version etc.) commonly.

It's a good suggestion, it's being considered, but not for short-term release.

Hope that helps.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: C# Indentation when generating code
« on: July 05, 2004, 03:34:35 pm »
Hello SilverFox,

Regarding Property templates: try the Operation templates, stereotyped "Property".

Regarding Destructors: see the C# options for Finalizer and Dispose also.

Regarding Reboot : not required for template changes.

I hope that explains.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Tabbed MDI Windows for Diagrams
« on: December 23, 2003, 01:28:27 pm »
Hi All,

Thanks for your feedback and suggestions.

Your votes have been counted ...

Diagram tabs will be available with the release of EA 4.0 due for release early February, 2004. This should allow for more convenient switching between diagrams.

Initially, only the tabbed view will be available- no cascaded/tiled views.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Programming with EA
« on: September 30, 2003, 11:32:07 pm »
Hi n!

The behaviour field is really intended to provide some comments within the body of the function on intial generation.  Code and comments within function bodies however, is not currently reversed or synchronized by EA.

If you are only interesting in forward generating initial code stubs, you could "bend" the behaviour field to your purpose.  Override the default code generation template for OperationBody change the following lines:

$behaviour = %WRAP_COMMENT(opBehaviour, "40", "\t", "//")%
%if $behaviour != ""%



Now it will just dump the behaviour field directly between the curly braces. (Refer to the help file for more details on modifying code generation templates)

Note: EA currently ignores function bodies- so you won't be able to change the behaviour field in EA and have it update in the source file and vice versa.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Variable initialization
« on: September 30, 2003, 11:10:21 pm »
Hi n!

Currently, EA does not generate intialisation code base on attribute's default values.  It's something we are looking into as a longer term endeavor.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: suppress .cpp for abstract interfaces
« on: September 30, 2003, 11:04:05 pm »
Hi n!

Thanks for the note.
Yes, we will change this behaviour for interfaces- so that only the header is generated.  It probably won't be in the next build, but the one following.


General Board / Re: New Image Library?
« on: July 20, 2015, 03:03:15 pm »
OK - have a look at this page again ;) We just updated the page today actually...

There's a bunch of new images in that library.

Note: The rendering of the EMF's in EA diagrams is the same as before (so they look a bit jagged on screen), but print very nicely as vector graphics. It seems the jagged screen rendering issue is being addressed though, as the sample diagram on that URL above is taken from a pre-release of EA 12.x

I hope that helps,

General Board / Re: Keep diagram and caption on the same page in R
« on: June 19, 2015, 09:40:42 pm »
Hi Geert,

As far as I know there is not yet an option in EA for this. We have struck a similar issue before... I think it was the opposite end of the diagram though: trying to keep diagram headings or names together with diagram images.

So there is a submitted request for this - something like the "keep together" flag that exists for text, but it's not quite that simple of course...

How much should EA be allowed to shrink a diagram to force it on the same page as a bit of text (caption, heading, name, some other label)?
And maybe I have 'poster' diagrams that I don't want shrunk at all - so a global option to keep say headings+images together doesn't work for all scenarios.

I do think a "keep together" option would be nice and probably straightforward for your caption scenario, since it appears after the diagram image. But to make things work generically - especially for situations where the text/label/caption appears before the diagram image, anywhere on the page (for example near the end of a page) - I think a 'maximum scale-down' value and maybe a diagram-level overriding option would be useful.

Something like that was proposed in the original request. For now, the only workaround I know of is manual work, sorry.


General Board / Re: Import ArcGIS XML Workspace
« on: June 08, 2015, 01:52:55 pm »

Would you mind sending a report into Sparx Support? I'm not aware of an issue importing relationship classes... but if you can send in a small sample schema that triggers the problem that will help us to investigate.

I hope we can help.


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