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Latest News / Version 3.50 - Build 586 released
« on: December 09, 2002, 06:16:31 am »
Changes in Build 586

- Modified way method behaviour was returned in the automation interface to cope with very large strings
- Fixed bug in properties dialog of some objects which could cause a DAO error on open

Latest News / Version 3.50 - Build 585 released
« on: December 08, 2002, 03:39:14 am »
Changes in Build 585
- Fixed bug in RTF generator that caused child elements of another element to not document correctly
- Modified code generator and parser to better handle directed associations and aggregations when generating and synchronizing code
- Fix for automation interface that resulted in error when refreshing newly created package
- Added method to automation Project interface - BOOL LayoutDiagram(VARIANT DiagramGUID, LONG Style) - allows layout of diagram from automation
- Added Stereotype field to Source and Target role tab pages of Association link
- Modified UML Profile to populate Association End Role Stereotype when Appropriate
- Modified XMI 1.0 generator-parser to handle association end role stereotypes
- Modified C# code generator to create C# Attributes when set as a tagged value of Attribute for the UML attribute or UML operation
- Modified copy diagram routines to:
     1. Copy swimlanes on shallow and deep copy
     2. Copy and resolve links between owned elements (eg. notes) and linked elements (eg. classes) when doing a shallow copy
- Modified routine to save Scenario text. Presence of a '|' character could cause and error in MySQL
- Added 'Select Classifier Type' button on Attribute dialog to allow finer selection of attribute type than supported in drop list
- Added check box to Batch XMI Import dialog to prevent import from files that have the same file date as the previous import
- Modified Controlled package dialog to support "Generic XMI 1.0" as an export format type (generally should only be used for export to other tools)

Latest News / Version 3.50 - Build 584 released
« on: December 01, 2002, 04:24:06 am »
Changes in Build 584
- Modified behaviour of code generator to take into account association direction when generating member variables
- Modified C# parser to handle 'attributed' public variables in C# structs
- Added option to View/Options/CodeGeneration - "Do not generate members where association direction is 'Unspecififed'" - false by default
- Modified XMI 1.0 generator to place AssociationEnd Tags in global tag area instead of under AssociationEnd. EA will still read in both positions
- Several modifications to XMI 1.0 import/export. Mainly concerned with Packages, Dependencies and tagged values.
- Modified call made when clicking on Hyperlink and making other OS calls in EA - calls Default handler instead of default 'open' command.
- Modified JDoc parser to include last character in comment - sometimes dropped.
- Added routine to auto-name new elements with a numeric suffix to ensure unique names at creation time. Applies to all element types.

Latest News / Version 3.50 - Build 583 released
« on: November 26, 2002, 04:42:58 am »
Changes in Build 583

- Modified Collection Class source code generation from association end roles
- Added Tagged Value support to Association and Aggregation Source and Target Roles, including XMI 1.0 and 1.1 import/export support

Latest News / Version 3.50 - Build 582 released
« on: November 25, 2002, 04:24:29 am »
Changes in Build 582
- Changes to XMI 1.0 importer/exporter
- Modified SQL Server date formatting for languages other than english
- Modified Relationship Matrix: added TestCase as an option - differentiated UseCase and TestCase
- Modified Relationship Matrix: added classifier name for instance variables
- Modified way collection classes are used on association roles with multiplicity > 1
     1. Project level settings for each language in View/Options for each language
     2. Class level setting on Class Detail page of class property dialog
     3. Association level setting on Role page of link dialog
     For level one and two, you can set a default collection class, a class to use
     when the multiplicity is ordered and one to use when it is qualified.
     When generating code, the precedence is 3,2,1
     Search the help file for "Collection Classes" for more information

- Modified the docked property 'requirements and constraints' property page - now allows adding, modifying and deleting of requirements and constraints directly from the context menu
Modified HTML generator to produce hyperlinks to cross referenced model elements
Added 'Is Linked From' section in Docked Property dialog 'Hierarchy' view
- Added option to diagram dialog to suppress attribute compartment on a per diagram basis
- Added option to diagram dialog to suppress operation compartment on a per diagram basis
- Added option to diagram dialog to suppress stereotype name on attributes and operations on a per diagram basis      
- Added global option to View/Options/Diagram to suppress constraints on Association links

Latest News / Version 3.50 - Build 581 released
« on: November 21, 2002, 04:12:14 am »
Changes in Build 581

- Fixed problem with toggling line point on custom line with connector lines at some angles
- Fixed problem when dragging element from tree onto diagram with modified connector positions, state. Connector state now retained after drop operation
- Modified handling of dates in SQL Server for some non-English formats
- Modifed deletion of connectors in SQL Server ... problem with association classes in some instances.
- Fixed problem with generation of collaboration message documentation when using MySQL
- Fixed problem with line continuation characters in VB parameter lists
- Added support for indexers to C# code parser and generator
- Added support for operator overloading to C# code parser and generator
- Added support for 'dotted' method names in C#
- Fixed problem with color toolbar 'style drop list' not working correctly
- Fixed problem with backspace and \ key not navigating thru 'locked' diagrams
- Fixed problem where note and text elements could show & as _
- Added check before locking diagram .. if diagram is 'dirty' message box pops up with chance to save or cancel before locking

Latest News / Version 3.50 - Build 580 released
« on: November 19, 2002, 03:55:33 am »
Changes in Build 580

- Added support for TestCases in HTML and RTF documentation
- Added support for Resource allocation in HTML and RTF documentation
- Added support for element changes and defects in HTML report
- Fixed bug in XMI 1.0 importer ... not picking up multiplicity
- Fixed bug in XMI 1.0 importer ... not picking up nested classes
- Fixed bug in auto counter for test scenarios
- Added * indicator on Not Null table columns in diagram view
- Fixed error when doing data transfer from MySQL to another destination (EA reports version conflict)

Latest News / Version 3.50 - Build 579 released
« on: November 15, 2002, 05:25:21 am »
Changes in Build 579

- Added support for VB.Net 'Attributes'
- Added function to conver a linked class (from another package) into a local copy (linked class context menu). Any connectors in curent diagram will be assigned to new copy.
- Fixed bug in assigning Default Database using View/Options dialog
- Modified copy diagram function to provide improved handling of messages in sequence diagrams when 'shallow copying'
- Fixed bug that could cause Speller to display evaluation message
- Modifed the way RTF bookmarks are generated and handled. Copy RTF Bookmark to clipboard function (context menu in browser) now returns correct bookmark string.
- Added "List Header" to the list of customizable RTF style (Resource Tab/Templates/RTF Style Templates)
- Fixed bug in selection of inbuilt RTF <Basic> style when generating RTF reports
- Some modifications to the Undo function when editing diagrams
- Modified 'Set Aggregation Strength' to be right click menu option on aggregation link (instead of dialog)
- Fixed bug in deleting diagrams using Automation Interface
- Modified XMI 1.0 importer to handle attribute classifier types correctly
- Modified diagram zoom in and zoom out functions to provide a more consistent scaling effect of text and element details
- Modified drag/drop handler for diagrams when dropping from tree to correctly place elements at large zoom levels and scroll offsets
- Modified diagram drawing code to prevent packages becoming distorted in size after zooming out to very high levels
- Modified snap to grid function to account for new zoom functions

Latest News / Version 3.50 - Build 578 released
« on: November 12, 2002, 03:10:55 am »
Changes in Build 578

- Ability to disconnect an association class into association and class
- Ability to import Constraints and Requirements and Scenarios into all Test Types for an element
- Fixed bug when dropping requirement from tree onto another element, when diagram scrolled down or right
- Added support for TestCase Icon (use case with black cross drawn internally)
- Modified XMI importer to handle some specific data type import issues
- Added support for batch XMI import
- Added second Security Mode - 'Require User Lock to Edit' (see Admin/Security menu) - marks all elements as readonly until a lock acquired
- Modified security to prevent applying package locks on top of exisiting locks
- Modified security to prevent deletion of model elements from browser if locked by another user or group

Latest News / Version 3.50 - Build 577 released
« on: November 05, 2002, 03:28:55 am »
Changes in Build 577

- Fixed bug in Desktop version that could cause exception when upgrading project file
- Modified Aggregation to show Multiplicity values
- Fixed error that prevented use of the File/Save As function in some situations

Latest News / Version 3.50 - Build 576 released
« on: November 04, 2002, 05:00:32 am »
Changes in Build 576

- Added "ClassifierID" property to Element interface for automation
- Modified sequence diagrams to include 'Continue Activation' feature (right click menu on Sequence message)
- Modified sequence diagrams to include 'Stop Activation' feature (right click menu on Sequence message) terminates Forced Activation above
- Modified VB.Net parser to handle Events with default scope in Interfaces especially). Same for Properties.
- Modified Sequence diagram to allow messages from object after receiving delete message and before terminating X
- Added dialog to allow setting of locks on package elements and diagrams - right click package in Browser
- Check to ensure RTF - Save as Document feature returns an error if no RTF Template set up in RTF DOcument dialog
- Fixed bug in VB Parser - missing parameters if ByRef or ByVal keyword used on some parameters
- Hierarchy view modified to put association link in separate node (Is Linked To)
- Added ability to update stereotyped elements with tagged values and constraints from asociated UML Profile item
- Fixed bug in UML PRofile function that didnt insert Constraints when Constraint type not specified in Porifle XML (made Invariant the default)
- Added list of shortcut keys to Help file
- Disabled ability to resize Test Dialog access from the docked Test toolbar
- Added Object FIles to the list of related elements searched in Search Dialog when 'Scenario, Tags etc. ticked (does not apply to MySQL)
- Where user ticks 'Remember ID in Login dialog, focus automatically set to password when Login dialog opens
- Fixed error in Manage User Locks dialog that prvented limiting list display to only User or only Group locks working correctly
- Modified default behaviour of Element toolbar to use 3D shadow colour for background instead of a specific colour
- Modified Code Engineering "Import Source Directory"
     * checking for duplicate classes improved (check done on package not diagram content)
     * ability to import source directory without generating diagrams improved
     * Local path replacements now update Package "Code Generation" path as well as object's
- Added support for UML Qualifiers graphically displayed as rectangle attached to one side of class or object.
     * Qualifiers are set in the Associaiton source and target role dialogs
     * Qualifier rectangles may be suppressed for those wishing to continue using the current text based Qualifiers (see View/Options/Diagram)
     *Qualifers mays be highlighted with some shading (see View/Options/Diagram)
- Fixed bugs in Associaton Class handling - Association class itself may now appear in other diagrams without the Association link
- Fixed bug in drawing of connector end that had Aggreagtion diamond and arrowhead - arrowhead and diamond are now draw one after the other - instead of on top of each other

Latest News / Enterprise Architect 3.50 Released
« on: October 28, 2002, 04:55:37 am »
New!! Enterprise Architect 3.50 Released October 28, 2002

Sparx Systems are pleased to announce the release of version 3.50 of the UML tool Enterprise Architect. This includes many new features, a new Coporate Edition, bug fixes and refinements from previous versions. Release 3.50 builds on the success of Enterpise Architect and extends its range in a number of ways. Registered users can download the new version from the Registered User’s page. A trial version is available here.

Whats new at glance:

1. New Corporate Edition, which includes all the features of the Desktop and Professional version, with the added ability to use SQL Server or MySQL as the model repository, and to set up and administer user security for a model. This edition is for larger teams that require fine control over who can edit what elements in a model.  The Corporate edition is being offered at $US 179 – with an upgrade price of only $US 20 (for a limited time) from the Professional version until the end of November.

2. New ‘XP’ style look and feel with XP menus, docking windows, toolbars etc. It also lets you customize the main menu shortcuts to your preferred keystrokes.

3. UML Pattern support. Save complete digrams with parameterised elements as XML pattern – then import into available Resources as a re-useable pattern

4. Upgrading has also been made a lot easier with the availability for purchase of  on-line ‘Upgrade’ keys. Moving from the Desktop to Professional or Corporate edition – and from the Professional to Corporate edition is a simple no-fuss process.

5. Data transfer, data integrity and data compare functions. Changes and refinements to RTF/HTML, code generation and import, new language dictionaries for spell checker (separate download). New toolbars, new options, a simple method to override parent methods and realize interfaces, new ‘See also...’ function for diagram elements.

Latest News / EA Beta build 571 released
« on: October 26, 2002, 05:02:41 am »
Build 571 & 570

- Fixes to the MySQL uploader when uploading previously replicated databases
- Fixes for images to the MySQL uploader routines
- Fixes to C# generation for overriding operations
- Fixes to VB.Net generation for overriding operations

Latest News / EA Beta build 567 released
« on: October 23, 2002, 04:33:58 am »
Build 567
Fixed bug that could cause EA to use 100% CPU when adding new message to sequence diagram
Modified HTML report generator to replace < and > characters with < and > in object,diagram,attribute and method notes
Revised user security - mainly for lite and trial versions

Build 566
Added support for spell checking in other languages other than English.

Build 565

Fixed bug with anonymous enums causing repeated import for C++
Patched various spots in EA that could cause a problem when no model file is open
Added in support for Corporate Edition key and Lite Edition functionality

Latest News / EA Beta build 564 released
« on: October 20, 2002, 05:13:00 am »
For the registered Enterprise Architect User

This is a short message to inform all interested registered users that a new beta build (564) has been uploaded and is available for download.  see beta page for details

Build 564

- Added simple password 'mangling' to security
- Modified MySQL to fix error when notes and names contained [ or ] character
- Modified SQL to handle 'and " characters in various element names and properties
- Added Attribute Constraint details to HTML report
- Added ability to show operation Behaviour in a diagram (indented under Method name) - see Operation/Behaviour dialog

Build 563 (Unrelease so functionality included into 564)
- Fixed bug that prevented realisation links being created on initial import of source directories
- Fixed drawing problem with Actor instance name field being clipped in exported images
- Node and Components dropped as instances from tree onto diagram now draw as Node or Component instead of object
- Problem with last message on sequence diagram behaving erratically when moved fixed
- Problem with comments in enumerations in VB.Net corrected
Import statements and Namespace declarations now imported into VB.Net and retained on generation
- Modified text element such that left, centre and right aligning is possible (from context menu)
- Modified Note element sych that double spaced lines are now possible.

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