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Hi all,
The Gap Analysis Matrix, looks like it should be a very powerful tool and has some very clever features built in.  Ironically, it also seems to have some gaps in its own functionality, which is why I am posting this question here.

One of the first gaps seems to be around simple formatting of the contents of the cells.  This matrix allows a really useful way to show tabular data, fed from the model which can then be analysed.  It would be great if you could add something like a colour to the background to indicate something like 'priority'.
Because this would be something powerful to our end users, I am working on how I could do something like that as an add-in/script/view.  However, before I go too far down that path, I was wondering if someone else had already solved such a thing and am I just duplicating work?  It is likely quicker and easier to deploy an existing add-in (although not that easy due to the way we are running our EA setup).

I have already got scripts etc extracting the data so that I can do stuff with it, but want to present it in a better, easy way.

Any nudges or suggestions would be gratefully received.  Alternatively, if you think it might be useful, that would be good to hear too :D

Hello all,
it has been a long time since I was deep in EA land but I am back now and remembering how much fun it is and how good the community around it is...

I am trying to make sense of the document generator and I am wanting to do something that I think should be fairly simple and was wondering if some kind soul could point me in the right direction please.

I have a simple deployment diagram.  I have a bunch of nodes that are connected together with InformationFlow relationships.  On other diagrams there are lots of links from the Nodes to other things.

I would like to document the Node details and ONLY either the links that are visible on the current diagram, or even better only the InformationFlow relationships that are visible on the current diagram.

In the Section tool I can find that there is a diagram box [] and that from there I can get to connectors... but I then don't get to anything interesting as there is SourceColumns and TargetColumns.

Does this mean that I need to use some sort of fragment to detail the links that I want, please?
Ideally I want to add the details to a table showing something as simple as Source.Name and Target.Name...

I have tried looking through the documentation, and the forum to see if there was any obvious clues before asking but didn't manage to find anything that went far enough...

Very many thanks, in advance for any assistance provided...

Suggestions and Requests / Font Sizes in Screen Windows
« on: December 16, 2004, 08:23:49 am »
Hi folks, I raised this originally in the discussion forum to see if there was a way to do this:;action=display;num=1101894940

And the suggestion was that I raised it as a request.

Is there any chance in the future that we will be able to specify a text size /font for items such as the notes panel or editor so that it is easier to read.  I know that we can cut it out and paste it into Wordpad or Word, but it would be really nice to be able to do this 'in-line' especially as the model gets large and you spend a lot of time in EA!



General Board / EA community assistance required (please)
« on: October 10, 2008, 02:40:12 am »
Dear all,

As part of the development for Time Architect 2.2 ( (that will be launched very soon) we have included the ability to export directly to MS Excel pre-formated in the way such that it can be read by MS Project for importing (MS Excel Workbook format).

However, during the beta testing (which is under way at the moment) it was discovered that MS Project needs the MS Excel file in the correct language that is being used on the computer.  So, if you are running MS Project in German, Dutch or French (for example) then the headings must be in the appropriate language...

To resolve this, we have added an extra feature to the MS Excel workbook export that allows you to give Time Architect an example MS Project Excel file and it will read the correct headings and sheet names from that when it creates the output.

We are asking the EA community to help by providing examples of exports from MS Project in 'Workbook format' in as many languages as possible (we currently have German - and the default of English).  It only needs a single task in the file so there is no risk of disclosure.  We can then test these locally and we will then make these template files available on the web-site as part of the downloads for the future.  If you are willing to help, then please contact us via this forum or the Solutions Reality contact form (

Please note, we have taken this route as we believe that it is more flexible and dynamic than just using the resource files route as we can respond to all users demands.

Thank you in advance for your assistance on this.

General Board / Time Architect 2.0 is here!
« on: March 13, 2008, 12:24:14 am »
Actually launched 3 March, but been waiting for 7.1 final before telling you all!

The latest version of Time Architect has arrived with the following NEW features (these are beyond the features in the sneak peak!):

Firstly, we have extended the evaluation period to 30 days!
When you see the list of new features, you will understand why we have given you more time to look at TA!
Secondly, we have reset the License key.
Even if you have evaluated TA 1.x and your trial expired you can still evaluate TA 2.0!
  • Virtual Machine Support
  • Excel Import Functionality ('97 - 2003 ONLY!)
  • Improved PDF Report Generator
  • Improved Multi Element Management
  • Critical Path Analysis
  • Email Integration
  • Element Filtering
  • Start to Finish Relationships
  • Milestones
  • Fully Customiseable Tooltip
  • Time Architect Profile
  • Create Risk Elements
  • TA 'Floating' Window
  • Improved User Interface
  • Performance Improvements


Even better, the introductory price is still valid! (but only until 1st April 2008!)

For full details or to download a fully functional 30 day evaluation copy visit: today!

** new version of the help manual is being completed... **

General Board / Time Architect - Version 2.0 Announced....
« on: November 05, 2007, 08:34:19 am »
[size=13]Just launched!  Time Architect – a project planning, management and tracking Add-in for Enterprise Architect.[/size]

Solutions Reality is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Time Architect (TA).

TA brings full project and time management tools into EA.  Fully integrated into the EA workspace, TA allows you to plan and manage your software development from inside EA.

Manage resources, allocations and tasks.  Calculate durations and the impact of holidays and dependencies through a fully interactive Gantt Chart and data view that allows your whole team to clearly see who, is doing what, when and for how long!  Create progress reports and work sheets with the click of the mouse (HTML or PDF) and take control of your development lifecycle.

For full details please visit the website at today!

Start planning, managing and tracking your projects today with the twenty day evaluation trial or buy a full license at the special introductory price of only $100 (+ taxes).  Visit for more pricing details.

General Board / Time, Resource and Project Management in EA
« on: August 29, 2007, 09:32:13 am »
  • Are you using EA for time calculations?
  • Are you using EA for resource management?
  • Are you using the project management capabilities in EA?
  • Do you wish there was an easy way to extract information from EA to MS Project?
  • Would you like to be able to quickly report on unallocated tasks?
  • Would you like to easily check and report on the overall status of tasks in EA?
  • Do you wish that you could quickly and  easily draw gantt charts live in EA from your models?
  • What if you could do all of these tasks(and more) now live inside EA?

Solutions Reality are currently finalising the development of an add-in for EA that already offers all these features (and more are planned for future releases).

Time Architect (for EA) is currently in private beta.  We will be announcing more details in the next few days but we are interested, by a quick 'show of hands' (reply below), the level of interest from the forum users.

Thanks for your help...

General Board / 7.0 Beta
« on: May 21, 2007, 06:51:20 am »
Hopefully an easy one,

Can this be installed alongside 6.5 or do I need to find a 'clean' machine?

Many thanks...

General Board / Font Sizes
« on: December 01, 2004, 01:55:40 am »
Hi folks, maybe you can help.  Hopefully this is just a setting that I have missed somewhere in the options.

Is there any way to set the size of the working screen font - most importantly for the Notes window?  We are currently building a very large model and with all the reading that is needed it would be really helpful to be able to change the font size to something more readable at times.



General Board / ERROR!!!! ------ ADODB Recordset Error -2146825023
« on: July 20, 2004, 02:03:28 am »

When using the model against build 729 all works as expected.  We have upgraded one instance to 731 and this error occurs everytime we drag something into a diagram.

No links are created as the object is added, however once saved and refreshed then everything works as would be expected.

This is happening on every single drag action!

EA is running on XP Pro against a SQL Server 2000 model - any and all advice gratefully taken!

Please advise...

Many thanks,


General Board / EA360 Corporate Security Glitch
« on: September 02, 2003, 07:02:37 am »
Hi there, installed 635 running against SQL Server 2000 and tried to set the security to 'Require User Lock to Edit' - gives much greater sense of control - but tells me that there are existing locks (there aren't) do I wish to remove them?  Say yes and get "incorrect syntax near '*'"  and remains in normal lock mode.

Saw that there was a bug fix in 636 that seemed to be the same, downloaded update, installed but same problem!

Many thanks for the fix.......... ;D


General Board / Accessing style through automation
« on: June 24, 2003, 02:37:43 pm »
I am trying to access various parts of the application through Automation - using both VB6 and VB.NET (as the mood takes me)

What I need to do is set up some of the classes on my diagram so that the style is configured differently according  to certain rules coming from another location.  (I know that UML advises against relying on colour - but the whole point of the reverse engineering I have done is to quickly show a client how badly affected their current system is - 1 diagram, lots of colour - clearly shows what I am trying to achieve)

Now, a diagramobject exposes a style property but I can't get it to do anything - either reading it or writing to it.

The only way I have been able to change the display colour is by deriving the ElementID from the diagram and then issuing a SQL update statement to the t_object table for that elementID in the t_object table to set the background colour to what I need.

My question, after the very long explanation is does this automation property work correctly?  Is there an automation property that I have missed that lets me set the background colour correctly?  What is .styleex on element?

In addition, sometime ago there was a question about multiple styles for objects depending on which diagram the object was on - has there been any more work done on this?

Many thanks,


General Board / 2 Bugs or stupidity on my part?
« on: June 19, 2003, 12:15:30 pm »
Hi there I have just discovered 2 issues that I don't believe are operator error......

If I stereotype a class as a form and forward engineer into VB.NET - it does not automatically inherit System.Windows.Form.Forms - the only way to get it to work is to set that as the parent element in the diagram?!

On the Use case estimation screen - setting tags seems to 'glitch' if I want to add keywords to the filter so that estimation is done only on particular use cases (or not) then I must have something in the keyword field - not like ignores blanks?! blank <> selected words therefore should show up?!

Any help gratefully received,


General Board / Business Process - Help Required Please
« on: May 02, 2003, 05:23:50 am »
Hi there,

I think I am getting my head around most of the UML process but I am currently trying to document some business process steps for the project I am working on and I have run into some confussion.

I have read Geoff's white paper on business process modelling - and that has caused some of the confusion!  The document talks about <<uses>> <<goal>> <<input>> & <<supplies>> stereotypes - but I can't work out what they should apply to - none of them seem to be defined within EA.

I could set them up within my project but not quite sure which type of link they should apply to.

If something <<supplies>> information then that would seem to be a dependency - as it is relied on to provide that information.  Or is it only an association?

Please can someone advise on which links I should be using.

I even loaded the Profile but that didn't help!

Any and all help gratefully received,


General Board / Namespace hierarchy - building in .NET
« on: March 12, 2003, 05:25:07 am »
Hi there, maybe I missed this but I don't think so.

I am trying to model the structure of the application that I am building and it needs to have a nested hierarchy of namespaces to break it up correctly.

I have constructed the classes in the logical view using packages to contain the relevant classes.  However, when I construct the project the classes only pick up the namespace of the package above them - they do not pick up the namespaces of all packages above them and wrap the class structure accordingly.

Have I missed something?  I have the namespaces option checked in the VBNet options but still only parent namespaces!


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