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Latest News / Automation Interface Examples with VB Available
« on: September 19, 2003, 12:04:50 am »
We now have some extensive examples of using Visual Basic to access the EA automation interface and create Word documentation.

Details can be found at:

Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 642 Released
« on: September 16, 2003, 09:13:03 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 642

Fixed problem with import of WMF and EMF files for stereotypes in Unicode build
Modified self-reference sonnectors to allow moving down the full height of extended elements
Fixed error in Implementation report under Oracle
Modified behavior of Requirement elements when resizing using "auto-size"
Modified Configure Default Appearance to allow setting more than one element at a time
Fixed error in Save Diagram as Profile function which could cause incorrect XML
Modified code generation template for C++
Added ability to sort UML Profile elements in resource tree in different ways (context menu option)
Fixed error that could occur when closing Element property dialog using Alt+C

Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 641 Released
« on: September 11, 2003, 09:50:57 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 641

Fixed C++ Rev Eng : Incorrectly parsed attributes with nested template types
Modified Use Case drawing to hide extension points when diagram option "Hide Attributes" is checked
Removed namspace blank line in DDL generation for Oracle
Fixed missing attribute name on associations with multiple primary keys
Fixed error in import of tables where more than one foreign key relationship existed between two tables
Fixed bug that could cause Operations and Attributes dialog to abort when Alt+C pressed
Fixed problem with buttons to move method params up and down being disabled
Fixed issue with UI when changing visual layouts that have docked tear-off menus showing
Modified use of stereotype colors to work when base class type is not matched in target element
Fixed caption display of sequence diagram so that when diagram is scrolled, element captions in title are correctly positioned

Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 640 Released
« on: September 09, 2003, 10:11:42 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 640

Added additional Attribute details to RTF reports
Fixed error in System docked window that could cause exception when no project loaded
Fixed C++ Rev Eng : Incorrectly parsed parents, if namespace resolved.
Added support for namespace of parent in C++ inheritance declaration
Fixed bug in Foreign Key Dialog allowing Update Cascade checkbox to show for Oracle tables
Improved DDL Import and DDL script generation.
Namespace Declaration fix for VBNet,
Generation options Dialog fix when using Japanese version of EA
Remove Comment style from VBNet Generation options,
Add advanced checkbox & supporting code to Template Editor ("Namespace *" "Class Base" "Class Interface" "Import Section" moved to advanced),
Template edits (added warning comments to advanced templates),
Fixed problem with Virtual Inherited parents not showing in 'Inherits' section of class caption when appropriate
Added some checks on Version Control before allowing changes to configuration
Tightened up some security items related to version control
Fixed C++ Rev Eng : Incorrectly parsed complex template-based attributes eg. vector< const TestType& > listConst
Modified Actor to allow use of Rectangle notation from Actor context menu - rather than from a single stereotype (<<system>>) as previously

Latest News / 'Gang of Four' Design Patterns Now Available
« on: September 08, 2003, 12:13:16 am »
To get you started with Design Patterns in Enterprise Architect, there is now a zip file containing the Patterns decribed in the book "Design Patterns - Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software" by Gamma et al., herafter referred to as the 'Gang of Four' or GoF for short.

These patterns have been especially prepared for EA by Noumenaut Software (

Visit for more information or download the patterns directly from

Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 639 Released
« on: September 07, 2003, 10:20:24 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 639

Added Configure Version Control and Use Version control permission types to Security Model in Coporate version of EA
Modified Apply Pattern function to allow setting both Rename and Link check boxes - and have EA only apply one
Modified apply pattern function to prevent doubling up of applied operations in some cases
Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down shortcut keys added to Project Browser (move elements up and down)
Fixed context menu on element properties dialog - Link page to be non-modal
Sub-Activities now handled correctly in XMI import/export
Fixed error in stereotype dialog which only allowed a stereotype for one base type instead of many
Fixed element search dialog to handle particular Japanese character(s) that were causing SQL errors.
Added a new check to Integrity dialog to update Foreign Key definitions to new mode in EA 3,60
Added 'Advanced' check box to Code Templates dialog to show all templates
Some minor fixes in VB.Net code generation and templates
Some additional code template macros for handling Parameterized and Instantiated classes

Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 638 Released
« on: September 04, 2003, 09:59:30 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 638
Added ability to Save specially set-up diagrams as UML Profiles (see Help file)
Fixed issue with object font color set from Format Toolbar
Fixed error with multiple extension points being defned in Use Cases
Modified XMI importer to correct possible import error when importing a full model
Fixed problem with EA always opening maximized even with local option - Open Maximized -  unchecked
Fixed issue with use of refernce character when defining properties
Fixed issues with import of VB.Net nested classes
Fixed problem with multiple copies of operation pre- and post- conditions appearing in RTF documents

Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 637 Released
« on: September 02, 2003, 09:45:31 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 637
Fixed problem of Local Paths dialog not saving paths
Fixed issue with saving scenarios and some reference types when regional settings use , (comma) as the decimal separator
Fixed issue with not being able to modify namespace root when Require User Lock to Edit enabled
Fixed error in MySQL when changing Locking Mode in Corporate version of EA
Fixed error in RTF output in Unicode version of EA - document could be corrupt when Scenarios included in output

Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 636 Released
« on: September 01, 2003, 10:33:07 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 636
-Fixed problem with useage of Apply/Release User lock in Corporate version of EA
-Added Select Classifier dialog to Operations dialog for Return Type
-Fixed problem with Operations Return Type combo losing contents after dialog canceled
-Fixed problem with importing indexed properties in VB.Net

Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 635 Released
« on: September 01, 2003, 12:35:43 am »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 635
User Interface Changes:
     Major changes to docked windows...
     Upgraded docking behavior - pull out and redock tabbed windows (eg. Notes docked window)
     Flexible docking algorithm allows a number of new docking methods
     Dock windows in a larger variety of places
     Autohide (slide away) enabled on all major docked windows
     Main menu reworked to include new functions and makes many features more accessible
     Addition of Element menu to handle Element functions on currently selected element
     Context menus for elements, diagram etc. reworked to limit complexity
     Toolbar added to docked property window      
     Added syntax highlighting source code editor as dockable window within EA
     Quick customization menu on toolbars (add/remove buttons)
     Improved graphical indication of version controlled and package controlled packages in browser
     Added scope icons to method and attribute nodes in browser
     Ability to display text below toolbar icons
     Keyboard accelerator map added to Help menu
     Added ability to save and load screen layouts (up to 5)
     Improved keyboard access to all windows. Ctrl+F4 hotkey to close current docked window
     Improved Hierarchy view to show more information
     Added ability to Select elements in a diagram by type (Edit menu)
     Improved Snap to Grid and Grid display function (now in View Menu)
     Made a selection of submenus 'tear off' - so they can be detached and docked like toolbars
     Clean up of many graphical elements within EA      

Code Generation Changes:
     Code generation templates for C#, C++, Delphi, Java, VB and VB.Net
     Ability to generate code for user languages using templates
     Inbuilt Source Code Editor with syntax highlighting
     Ability to synchronize and generate from the source editor
     Code template editor with syntax highlighting for template macros
     Extensive Code Template language for modifying all aspects of code generation
     Bug fixes and improvements to Parser

Version Control:
     Enabled SCC cmpatible version control
     Currently tested with Visual Source Safe and CVS (using Igloo). Generic support for SCC compliant providers
     Uses a local 'virtual repository' to store XMI text files from EA, which integrate with the SCC provider
     Project/Version Control menu option to configure.
     Context menu option on package in Browser to use
     Improved XMI import/export for version control - relinking and control of cross package references
     Improved XMI export/import speed

Unicode Edition:
     A Unicode edition of EA is now available for users wishing to mix languages
     Unicode version enabled for WIn98, ME as well as NT, 2000 and XP
Database Engineering Changes:
     Added Dialog to streamline creation/editing of foreign keys.
     Added option to write a log file for Data Transfer errors and Remove Replication transfer errors.
     Specified a direction for the link between tables linked by a foreign key.
     Added foreign key details to table link.
     Fixed adding and removal of Foreign Key link.
     Fixed deleting foreign key operations when association deleted.
     Fixed DDL import of table default values from Oracle using Microsoft ODBC Oracle driver.
     Fixed missing header comments in DDL generation of Data Model package.
     Fixed sp_addextendedproperty DDL generation for SQL Server.
     Fixed syntax of drop table statement.
     Fixed creation of Primary Key operation where attribute allowed nulls.
     Fixed primary key in t_seclocks table in Oracle9i script.
     Fixed truncation of requirement type name.
     Fixed adding of extra columns to Primary Key.
     Fixed crash when saving operation on databases built with SQL Server 7 script.
     Fixed crash when cancelling data transfer.
     Reversed sort order of reference data types
     Display default DDL filename in file dialog when browsing to location to save DDL script.
     Warning against deleteing foreign key using Operations dialog.
     Additional fixes and updates

Document Generator:
     Added ability to create a 'Virtual Document' from s Class stereotyped as a <<Model Document>> (ie. 'Model Document' - case sensisitive)
     Drag packages from the Browser onto the virtual document to add packages as 'attributes'
     Sort the package order using the Attribute dialog
     Generate using the Element/Documentation dialog. EA will detect the <<document>> stereotype and generate the full document
     Added ability to generate RTF for a single element (Element/Documentation)

New Example Mode:
     A new example model is now distributed with the base EA application. This provides a more 'worked example' than the previous example      

     Modified function that applies a UML Pattern to the model. Provides ability to add pattern features to targets pattern is applied to
     Updated Help System. An extensive reworking, reformatting and tidy up of the Help system has been started.
     Fixed problem with Message dialog when classifier of target had circular Realization graph
     Fixed display of Interface and Stereotyped elements in Sequence diagrams
     Elements retain selection status between generation and synchronization
     Imrpoved locking semantics and detection of locked elements when security is enabled
     Added function to export linked files in RTF as RTF Hyperlins
     Fixed some problems with Printing - especially a problem that caused a crash when page dialog accessed repeatedly
     Fixed some docked windows which were not being kept up to date when they were not visible.
     Default page size now set when EA first runs on a machine - detects Letter/A4 and printer resolution etc.
     Added a function to reset tagged values for intances of a class (to match the class tagged values)
     Modified Collaboration message arrows to match Sequence style
     Added ability to number collaboration messages in indented groups (eg., ... etc)
     Option to show sequence message numbers in Sequence diagram
     Numerous other bug fixes and tune-ups

Latest News / Zicom Mentor - Version 2.03 Released
« on: August 18, 2003, 09:14:43 pm »
Changes in Version 2.03
Resolved a problem when clicking on the Courses, Books or Papers icons in the header frame. JavaScript errors were generated on some Browser versions on particular platforms including IE 6.x running on XP. No new features or content have been added in this version.

Latest News / EA 3.60 Beta Release
« on: August 17, 2003, 10:56:24 pm »
Currently registered EA users are invited to take part in beta testing of EA 3.60 - the next major release of EA which is due out very soon.

Find details in the registered users section -

Latest News / Version 3.51 - Build 618 Released
« on: July 13, 2003, 11:29:57 pm »
Changes in Build 618
Fixed problem introduced in 617 with Conditions and Constraints on Sequence messages not showing correctly
Fixed error in CSV import with delimiter specification not showing correctly in dialog
Added Collaboration diagrams to possible sub-activity types
Fixed problem with node elements having Tagged values causing drawing error when tag name wider than node body

Latest News / Version 3.51 - Build 617 Released
« on: July 03, 2003, 12:09:19 am »
Fixed problem with Nodes rendering Tagged Values twice when diagram dialog option to show tagged value compartment checked
Fixed error with C++ import of pointer variables (eg. A* pA;)
Added Sequence and State diagrams to those that appear as sub-activities in Activity diagrams
Fixed error with saving element Template Package in projects with replication enabled

Latest News / Zicom Mentor - Version 2.00 Released
« on: June 24, 2003, 11:48:20 pm »
Changes and Fixes for Zicom Mentor Version 2.00
- Introduction to Enterprise Architect course added.
- New book selection mechanism implemented.
- Bookmarking facility added.

Zicom Mentor - Visual UML Dictionary fully integrates with Enterprise Architect. For more information and to download a trial, visit

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