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This is a suggestion for SparxSystems to provide the latest stable (non-beta) version of EA in the Microsoft store.

This would make it very easy, in our enterprise environment, to install and keep up to date our version of EA in a modern way.

Bugs and Issues / EA stability
« on: June 26, 2024, 06:02:06 am »
With EA 17 in the pipeline my wish is for more stability, and optional phone home error reporting
(those long in the tooth will recall this from some time back).

My experience is that EA disappears (crashes) without any warning (i.e. crashes are not caught and no error message or log file is created) at least weekly and generally several times a week (EA 16.1.1627).

The purpose of this post is is ask if you observe crashes and at what frequency.


PCS Bugs and Issues / PHP security
« on: June 19, 2024, 09:10:57 am »
Recent PHP security issues (CVE-2024-4577) mean we need to urgently update to PHP 8.3.8.
Is anyone running PCS on this version of PHP and is it working OK?

(and its a nuisance that XAMPP releases seen to be running so far behind)

General Board / UML Type user security permission
« on: May 16, 2024, 02:38:18 pm »
What is the user security permission I need to set to allow users to define 'Tagged Value Types' (under 'UML Types').



Using EA 1627 I observer that the Azure Icons and Images date from Nov 2022.

These are in many cases
Product Name Changes | M365 Maps
well out of date

Are there any newer version available or downloadable?



Bugs and Issues / Applying legend autocolour to Hyperlink entities
« on: December 22, 2023, 09:39:32 am »
I appear to be able to apply fill, line colour, and line width to some types of hyperlink entities, e.g. those with external hyperlinks, but not those linking say to diagrams (which is weird in itself).

When I try to do this using legend autocolour based on tagged value tyles (defined in UML types) nothing happens
- bug or feature?

Bugs and Issues / Images with transparent background.
« on: December 13, 2023, 07:28:02 am »
When an image with a transparent background (e.g. .png)s is pasted from the clipboard to a diagram the transparent background displays as black. (16.1).
Does this happen for you?

The images is pasted as a boundary, so I tried setting the boundary to solid with a white background, to no effect.

The same thing happens when I paste as an image asset, changing the fill colour has no effect.

Any ideas?

Bugs and Issues / Diagram display of connector alias and name
« on: December 12, 2023, 10:59:03 am »
In diagrams properties  we have set
  • use alias if available
In preferences Diagram Behaviour we have set
  • Alias usage: alias and name
This means that enties display the (alias) and name,
but connectors, do not,
is this a bug or a feature?
How can I get both the connector (alias) AND name to display?

Bugs and Issues / SVG and WEBP as image asset
« on: December 08, 2023, 06:38:01 am »
When I drag a .svg, or .webp file to create an image asset the menu item is missing.
Is it possible that EA does not support SVG or .webp as a format?

Suggestions and Requests / Adjusting Diagram matrix rows and columns
« on: November 16, 2023, 11:55:29 am »
Noticing more things about EA 16.

In a diagram, when using Swimlanes and Matrix - as a matrix,
I like the fact that when I adjust the with of a column or height of a row the items contained move in their 'cell',
but I've got some questions:
  • is it possible to changed (reduce) the width of the Title Column?
  • is it possible to change (reduce) the height of the Title Row?
  • is it possible to drag an internal column or row line to change the width or height of only the two adjacent row or columns without changing the overall width or height of the matrix (.e.g. perhaps by shift drag)
I note that "hiding" Title 2 or Title 3 makes no difference to widths or heights.

I appreciate being able to change the background colour of a title cell
  • is it possible to set the background colour for non-title cell
  • is it possible to set the background colour for a full row or column
  • is it possible to set the background colour for the entire matrix?
I like being able to use the empty cell which in the intersection of the Title Row and Column as a heading, but
  • how do I get the Heading Title to wrap in the Heading cell? It writes over (if it is long enough) the column headings?
  • how do I get the Column Titles to wrap?
  • how do I get the Row Titles to wrap?

Why does the BB editor keep changing my text to size=2?

Bugs and Issues / EA 16 panes opening out of view ports
« on: November 14, 2023, 01:10:14 pm »
I've just started using EA 16 and I'm not sure if these are new issues, or I'm just re-noticing them.

Using two screens of different resolutions (2880x1920, 1920x1200) I find that sometime EA opens a pane, e.g. diagram properties, either completely off both screens, or only provides a glimpse of an edge that I cannot move or resize.

It doesn't seem to matter on which screen EA is, although with finessing the size and position of the main EA screen I can gain access to the errant pane.

Should I report this?

General Board / OCLS and Sharepoint
« on: September 27, 2023, 07:00:57 am »
Does Pro Cloud Server have any integrations with SharePoint?

I've had a squiz at, and search of, the user guide and nothing jumps out at me.



General Board / Wanted: diagram reuse ideas
« on: July 25, 2023, 06:30:33 am »
I have a diagram for which there are different views (copies) produced by the use of an autofill legend. Separate tagged values (type=enum) for each view highlight the entities on the diagram.
Rather than duplicate (shallow copy) the same diagram multiple times, each with a different autofill legend, and incur the overhead of updating multiple copies whenever there is a change, is there a method of having a "clone" of the diagram (e.g. like a diagram frame) where the legend can be applied to the clone or diagram frame?
Or is there another way perhaps of achieving this?

General Board / Tagged value Type formats
« on: July 20, 2023, 01:55:22 pm »
I'm delving into some old area of the model.
In UML Types > Tagged Value Types

for a defined tag type I see
Reference Architecture,
Strategic Architecture,
Segment Architecture,
Capability Architecture,
Solution Architecture

This type=list is not documented any more Predefined Structured Types | Enterprise Architect User Guide (

Is "Type=List" a synonym for "Type=Enum "   


General Board / Pre setting default diagram properties
« on: July 06, 2023, 01:00:19 pm »
There has been some conversation over the years, for example
Changing default properties for a set of diagrams (
Changing default diagram properties (
Set default values for diagram properties (

I wonder what the state of the art is now.
For example I would like all new diagrams to have preset
  • use alias if available
  • (unset) show additional parents)
  • (unset) show namespace
  • display element lock status
  • (unset) show element stereotypes (Elements)
  • (unset) stow stereotype labels (Connectors)

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