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It is relatively easy to add a UML Type -> Tagged Values With a drop Down list or whatever you need.
Then use the import/export feature and edit the values in Excel.
Tip: Excel can configure the tagged value column to reference a predefined list to make it easy to choose the correct value.

General Board / Modelling security and security classification
« on: August 08, 2018, 12:17:37 am »

Got a question from our security group about what would be an appropriate modelling language to use for modelling security. I see that there is:
1. a Risk MDG as standard.
2. ArchiMate Motivation could also work
3. some years ago there was an ArchiMate white paper for modelling security but that is still not implemented as part of the language.

What have you been using?

/ Eamonn J. //

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Diagrams with callapsable elements
« on: August 03, 2018, 06:29:29 pm »
Simon - I was thinking the same. Moving and repositioning elements and Connectors dynamically would be too complex.
That is why I would suggest a pop-up window style instead. Maybe you would model a Composite Diagram and EA would show that in a pop-up window without having to open the composite diagram and moving the architects focus from the main diagram.

In our organisation we use Enterprise Architect to Draw the diagrams but use other Tools to expose those diagrams to others. This means the Learning curve for end-users does not include actual knowledge og Enterprise Architect (and licensing costs).

For example:
1. In a few lines of code you can run the HTMLReport to an IIS web site. Accessable for Confluence usage.
2. There are a few products (prolaterate? or something) that directly plug into EA Pro Cloud Server.
3. Sparx WebEA is also an alternative but there are SSO limitations which stop our organisation from rolling that out.

Suggestions and Requests / Diagrams with callapsable elements
« on: August 03, 2018, 12:55:56 am »
Had a question from one of Our architects and thought that would be a good feature.

Instead of using Composite Diagrams og Diagram Filter feature it would be useful to collapse and expand (+/-) parts of the diagram.

For example - if one element was a composite of 10 elements you could use the + / - to show / hide the complexity. Maybe something like Add Related Elements but visual and maybe some sort of filter. Might not be necessary to place the elements on the diagram and fool around with drawing it nicely.

General Board / Import NoMagic Magic Draw to Enterprise Architect
« on: June 27, 2018, 07:36:31 pm »
We have two teams - one using No Magic and one using Enterprise Architect.

Has anyone tried and succeeded inimporting from No Magic to Enterprise Architect?

Diagrams do not Draw the same and relationships og missing.

Any advice / options?

OMG recently released a UML profile for ArchiMate in XMI. Why would the two profiles be different? Or is the OMG one more open to interpretation?

Thought these guys were basically the same and worked together!

Maybe something to do With OMGs Unified Architect Framework and aligning ArchiMate to that...

General Board / Windows Authentication & User Principal Name
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:15:13 pm »
Has anyone experience With using User Principal Name instead of the usual Domain\Username Method of logging into EA?
Would I have to create a New set of users using the UPN instead?
Would this affect the SSO feature - that we would have to log in each time?

Thanks for any feedback on this!

Sunshine - I agree. I looked at the XMI and it doesn't make sense to map active elements to Class and not Activity. Think Open Group has got it wrong  :D. But for UML-only Tools like Magic Draw maybe it is a benifit for them?

Is there any plans t updae the ArchiMate MDG to be more in line With the OMG UML Profile ?

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / EU GDPR MDG Technology
« on: April 11, 2018, 05:46:53 pm »
This question is specific for people modelling information flows in preperation for compliance to the European Unions General Data Protection Regulation.

1. Is anyone using EA to model and document data flows for GDPR?
2. Anyone made or knows og MDG Technologies that can be used? I came on this one which is basically UML Activity.

Input appreaciated,
Eamonn J.

Thanks for the post.

Almost got it working. In UML Types I got Base Class set to class. That is the same base class for ArchiMate3: Components. But the shape script will only draw when I remove the ArchiMate3 stereotype from the Component.

Seems like ArchiMate3 shape script hides the rengering I am trying to do.


I am using ArchiMate v3 and one of the things in the specification is placing a letter in the top left corner to signify which layer the element belongs to. I am New to schape scripting but don't know where to start.
I have added Project Template Package as in the documentation buut need now to change the script.

Thinking maybe something like:
Code: [Select]
orientation = ne

Which menu in Enteprrise Architect v13.5 need I be using?

Eamonn J.


>> 1. Strong Programming skills.
I have fumbled my way through the documentation og the EA API and definitly used this forum MANY times. When scripting diagram generation it was the complexity of X,Y coordinates and ensuring nothing overlaps. Enterprise Architect Diagram Layout usually gives very bad results in my opinion.

>> 2. Citrix
We use a locked down network as weill. To "program on the outside" you'll need an development environment like SharpDeveloper. Not an option here (or for me). Luckily we develop alot of our own software for ourselves - so we got a developer environment With more freedom. Don't have one? Then you will need to "program on the inside" within EA as indicated by Arshad.

Another tip: You can use EA to reverse engineer the database to discover attributes that are not available in the API. The EA API responds With JSON format. But using JSon2CSharp free online convert you get classes to deserialise anything.

Check out my GitHub link I sent. I admit I am no guru either but thankfully we got Internet.

/ EjC //

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: WebEA user authentication
« on: February 20, 2018, 02:34:53 am »
 I registered this With Supprt a few weeks back and the response is that Windows Arctive Directory login "does not work as intended".

I do not want to og to the bother of:
a. Creating a Enterprise Architect account for each Active Directory user (e.g. AD/Account --> EA/EA_Account).
b. Neither do I want to open the WebEA for "Public Access" (no user).

If you post it as a Bug, I will +1 it. Just simply have not the time right now.

Here is Support:
Re: Reference Number: 17127682 : WebEA: 400 Request does not contain User ID

Unfortunately there is not currently any workaround to login to a security enabled model in WebEA without entering an ID/Password. Currently you will need to use login_prompt = "true" and enter credentials to log in.

Please also note, WebEA does not support automatic login using Windows Authentication. When functioning as intended, the only way to login (to a Security enabled model) in WebEA without a User/Password prompt is to use...

From this it seems that Active Directory Security MUST be switched off....

Eamonn J.

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