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Bugs and Issues / Re: How to "Publish Diagram as Pattern"?
« on: October 16, 2018, 11:30:12 am »
I can't find anywhere in the Help files that refers 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?

Bugs and Issues / Re: Ribbon Sets - NO Help
« on: October 09, 2018, 12:15:36 pm »
You could have searched the Help for the exact option text you saw - 'My Ribbon Sets'. There are three references to customizing the ribbons in the output.

Anyway, to your questions:

Can I create a new ribbon?  Doesn't look like it.  I would also like to be able to select menu portions from various other menus in the new Ribbon.

No, you can't create a different ribbon. You can select to show or hide existing ribbons or portions of ribbons as a set. Effectively you ARE creating your own 'super-ribbon', with the existing ribbon, section and option names.

I can select which ribbon portion to show, but that seems to be defective.  The whole Ribbon is displayed. Have I misunderstood this functionality?

Possibly. When I apply a ribbon set and select a ribbon within it, I see the ribbon and the panels within it that I have selected to show. The panels (or complete ribbons) that I have de-selected to hide are not visible.

There is no mechanism to manipulate the Start Menu. I'm too scared to make another menu the default menu in case I lose the Start menu and can't change the Menu Sets any more!

Don't be scared, Paolo!  From the Help topic : "You cannot hide the 'Start' ribbon, 'Specification - Specify' ribbon or 'Document - Edit' ribbon, or any panels that they contain"

You don't hide or render unselectable a ribbon when you set a different one as the default. The default ribbon is the one that is expanded in the ribbon bar when you first open Enterprise Architect. All the other ribbons (within your ribbon set, which always - as the note from the Help states - includes the Start ribbon) are still there to select as and when you wish.

General Board / Re: EA13 beta: missing basic copy,paste
« on: September 26, 2018, 11:58:21 am »
I can see the options, in the Layout ribbon. The diagram has to be open to enable them, but they are still visible regardless.

In the ribbon, click on 'Diagram > Edit > Copy selected element(s)' and 'Paste as New' (or 'Paste as Reference').

On a diagram, right-click on the element and select 'Copy', then right-click on the diagram and select 'Paste', then the appropriate Paste option.

There are also Copy, Cut and Paste options in the Project Browser element context menu.

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: Change appearance of elements
« on: September 26, 2018, 11:31:08 am »
1)  The element (and in this case only that element, not other elements of that type/stereotype) has an image assigned to it via the Image Manager.

See Modeling Tools > Building Models > Diagrams > Using the Image Manager

2)  I think Qwerty is right - the Notes and Text elements are coming from a Template diagram on which they have been set to Unselectable and the Note element contains a text string. I'm happy to be corrected though.

Bugs and Issues / Re: CSV Import Character Encoding
« on: September 20, 2018, 02:07:38 pm »
Try the ribbon Publish > Model Exchange > CSV > CSV Import/Export.

For source code, look at the ribbon Configure > Model > Options > Source Code Engineering


You need to display the Diagram Properties DIALOG and select the Connectors page. The last item on this page is the Connector Notation field.

To display the dialog, right-click on the background of the open diagram and select the Properties option.

Qwerty, I think those are the Provided and Required Interface modes of the Exposed Interface element that Richard appears to have already discarded.

General Board / Re: Time traveling in EA
« on: August 09, 2018, 01:55:41 pm »
I'm not sure what kind of guide you might be referring to. Would this help?

EA 15.5?  Should that be 13.5?

General Board / Re: Icon overlay
« on: July 16, 2018, 09:24:52 am »
Bookmarks are implemented in EA 14, as described on the page that Arshad references, except that the ribbon option is 'Design > Element > Edit > Bookmark'.

If you don't want the bookmark to display, click on the element and select the ribbon option again.

General Board / Re: Default element size
« on: July 10, 2018, 09:52:48 am »
Cornelian asked what might appear to be a simple and specific question, but our responses demonstrate that there are a few variations on the theme. Have any of the responses helped you, Cornelian? What (type of) elements did you want to set the 'default size' for?

General Board / Re: Default element size
« on: July 09, 2018, 11:19:58 am »
No, I believe that Cornelian is saying that Ctrl+Z puts elements at their default size, but where does the user define what the default size is?

I am willing to stand corrected, but I think the default size in EA 'out-of-the-box' is system-defined, and the user cannot define it. However, the default size is generally the smallest 'empty' size, and the system automatically enlarges the element to give the best fit for its contents as it gains features and properties. The user can drag the borders to make the element larger and - if they have done that - smaller again.

If you are a technology developer, you can define default size as the system setting for your own elements in their shape scripts, using the defsize (width, height) method.

Bugs and Issues / Re: EA14 Special action / Properties dialog
« on: July 05, 2018, 09:37:22 am »
I hope I can clarify a few things here.

The Properties WINDOW is a dockable window that allows you to view and edit the properties of the selected modeling object - element, connector, diagram, attribute or operation. You are most likely to open the window at the start of a work session and leave it there as you work across your model. Whatever object you click on, the window immediately shows its properties.

The Properties DIALOG is a free-floating dialog box that helps you to view and edit a smaller range of object characteristics but a wider range of features, in that you can edit Notes, Requirements, Constraints, Scenarios, Tagged Values, Attributes etc. from within the dialog (these are not in the Properties WINDOW but have their own WINDOWS). The Properties dialog is specific to the selected object - you select the object, open the dialog for that object, do your work in it and then close it; you cannot move on to another object while the dialog is open.

Talking about elements (I have not gone over all the other object types yet) the options could be more consistent, but while one Properties option might just be 'Properties', there should always be another that states whether it is for the WINDOW or for the DIALOG.

Now, 'Special Action' - a number of element types have special characteristics or behaviours. For those elements, the 'Special Action' option opens a different dialog to define those special characteristics or behaviours. If the element is not a special case, then the option opens the Properties DIALOG. It basically means 'this option opens a dialog that is specific/special to the element you have chosen' whilst the associated 'Properties' option means 'this option opens a window that can show the properties of any object'.


Maybe on the problem system you have strict UML Syntax enabled, whilst it isn't enabled on the other installation?

On a diagram, attributes of an element are displayed in a compartment. You can hide the attributes in that compartment on a specific element - Right-click on the element in the diagram and select the Compartment Visibility option. Now, you can hide Attributes of a certain SCOPE by deselecting the appropriate checkbox in the Attribute Visibility panel, but to hide ALL attributes shown in the element, make sure that the Attributes checkbox is deselected in the Show Element Compartments panel.

If you want to hide the attributes on every element in a diagram, right-click on the diagram background and select the Properties option. This displays the Properties dialog for the diagram. Select the Elements page from the list on the left of the dialog. In the Show Compartments panel, again clear the Attributes checkbox.

Does that do what you wanted?

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