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General Board / Import several XMI files at once
« on: January 10, 2014, 09:15:40 pm »

Is there any script or plug-in available that makes it possible to import a selection of XMI files into the model within the selected package from the Project Browser?
A customer needs to import dozens of XMI within an EA project, so they're looking for a solution preventing from executing it once every file.


General Board / Image library for Infrastruct architecture diagram
« on: December 12, 2013, 08:20:24 pm »

I need to define the project infrastructure onto a diagram to show the servers, clients, networks, etc.
Software architects currently use Visio diagrams since they have a large selection of cool images to illustrate servers, PCs, switches, and so on.

I can't find any suitable image library in EA than can provide a similar rendering within a component or deployment diagram. Is such resource available somewhere via an additional image library or MDG?

I'm looking for something similar to diagrams shown on


General Board / Run GetAllLatest everytime you open the EAP file
« on: November 13, 2013, 08:12:58 pm »
We set up an EA project in the following collaborative mode : local EAP file + SVN server for the controlled packages (XMI).
Once a user has set up the local EAP file, no further update with SVN is required. Our client would like to prevent the manual task of having to run the GetAllLatest every day, when the EAP file is opened.

I guess the easiest way to set this up is to create a script that runs the Get All Latest once the EAP file is opened.
Does such a script already exist in the community? Is there any warning in terms of network issues to be aware of ?


General Board / Select projects to keep after a DBMS to EAP xfer
« on: October 17, 2013, 09:06:12 pm »

I've got to start a migration of EA projects from a DBMS to EAP files.
Given the DBMS holds 10 EA project roots, I need to create a single EAP file for each project root. All projects won't be transferred at the same time (projects 1 & 2 on week 1, projects 3/4/5 on week 2, etc.) so I'll have to run several times the DBMS to EAP project transfer (and flag projects as obsolete once done in the DBMS).

The issue I have is that I cannot select project roots to keep in my EAP. Furthermore, deleting each project require the deletion of the whole content within each project' views. This can obviously take ages based on the content held.

Is there any workaround to help the process of deleting single projects ?


General Board / Win32 UI
« on: September 03, 2012, 11:52:10 pm »

I just played a bit with the new Win32 User Interface profile (available from EA 9.x) since it looks much better than the original UI design profile (with fairly old fashioned UI elements or too basic).
The main issue I have : I cannot change the elements or text's colour, font, etc.
for instance if I create a button and select blue as the background, the rendering remains the same.

Is there a workaround or will this be enhanced in the future?


General Board / Import DB schema -> error import table
« on: September 17, 2013, 11:48:36 pm »

I ran an Import DB Schema from ODBC to retrieve the DB schema from a remote MySQL 5.1.
For each imported table, I got the following error :

Error importing Table: <name of the table> => There was an error parsing  on line < line number >. Unexpected symbol: (

Is there any way to gather exactly what happened? (and if there's any impact on the generated tables in EA)


General Board / Struggling with BPMN diagrams : pool/lanes
« on: August 27, 2013, 07:03:17 pm »

EA's way of handling Pools and Lanes on a BPMN diagram is a bit of a struggle, especially when moving a selection of elements (activities, events, gateways) including pools or lanes, or moving/resizing a lane.
The main issue is that lanes are easily moved outside the lane by EA when you look at the Project Browser. Sometimes it is also difficult to move a lane at the right place on the diagram.

I tried various combinations by enabling/disabling Dockable on the Pool & Lane, and I can't find any suitable one.

Any thoughts to share? Could an improvement be carried by Sparx to make this easier?
Note : I've made sure that lanes are properly resized to fit within the pool


General Board / Win 7 64 bit : ODBC error to access the DB
« on: July 08, 2013, 10:33:13 pm »

I need to access a shared MySQL database via ODBC from EA using a 64 bit Win7 PC.
I followed the instructions on

I'm getting the following error when using the connection wizard : "The specified DSN contains an architecture mismatch between the Driver and the Application".

Is there any solution?


Note : I already tried running C:\Windows\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe

General Board / Display the same Activity twice on a BPMN diagram
« on: June 27, 2013, 08:16:51 pm »

Is there any way in EA to show twice the same element on the same diagram? Could EA support it e.g. by allowing this if we enable an option in the diagram properties?

I currently have a business process modelled in a BPMN2 diagram. I need to use at 2 separate places the same activity.
I'm currently duplicating it because using the same will make my diagram difficult to read & understand.

Could we use references or something similar? I realise this is not without impacts

General Board / How to import DDL from an SQL dump
« on: June 28, 2013, 07:49:17 pm »

EA lets you import a DB schema via an ODBC connexion. It also lets you generate into a file the scripts to generate the schema from a model.

I have an SQL dump that I need to import into EA (no access to the DBMS) and it looks to me that EA should be able to do that, however this feature seems to be hidden somewhere.

Any idea on achieving this?


General Board / Display an empty class compartment?
« on: June 27, 2013, 08:06:29 pm »

If I create a new class, it is displayed as a box with no compartment.
Is there a way to force showing an empty attributes and/or operations compartment?


General Board / Linked Doc marker missing on BPMN activities
« on: June 20, 2013, 11:36:52 pm »

Once a linked document is created on any EA element such as a class, use case, etc, a marker ('A' character in red) is displayed on the element to indicate that a linked doc exists.
When using BPMN2, the marker is missing on the activity elements.

Is this a bug?

General Board / Change the font for the class attributes
« on: May 23, 2013, 01:34:32 am »

EA makes it possible to choose the colour of the font for the attributes and operations of the classes in a project (set in the EA Client).

Is there a way via a UML profile or other to change the font, at least the font size), for the attributes and operations of the classes?


General Board / MySQL error when attempting a project transfer
« on: April 25, 2013, 04:01:14 pm »

I need to take an offline EAP copy of a project that's maintained in MySQL
However when running the project transfer, I get an error code and a short message : DB has failed

I haven't yet run a Project Integrity Check (analysis only prompts one error to fix on an orphan element) -> is it safe to run? Is there something else I should run to fix this issue?


General Board / Class rectangle notation with analysis stereotype?
« on: April 15, 2013, 05:22:35 pm »

I'm using Jacobson's analysis stereotype on class elements.
The class is rendered by default with the boundary/entity/control icon so we cannot see the class compartments (to see the attributes & operations).
If I change the diagram's options > Elements > Use Stereotype Icons (unchecked), I see the class with the stereotype name.
If there any way to show the icon on the upper right corner of the class, similar to the component's rendering?


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