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Bugs and Issues / Copy / paste a port from a block to another
« on: July 05, 2018, 08:12:26 pm »
Working on a diagram, I have a port on a SysML Block that I'd like to copy/paste on another Block.
I select the port from the diagram -> Ctrl + C
I select the target block and press Ctrl + Maj + V

I get the following error: Error: When pasting embedded elements, the parent element must first exist in the same diagram.   

General Board / Port isService property (SysML)
« on: July 05, 2018, 05:24:31 pm »

In my SysML BDD, I define the block's port by setting a block as the port's type. When the port has flow properties (according to the block definition), it can be useful to revert it via the Conjugated property set to true (open the port properties > Advanced tab).
I noticed there is a isService property that can be set to true/false. I don't see any rendering difference changing the value. Is that supposed to be doing anything?
Currently when a port provides features, I manually add a Provided Interface so we know it provides services (since SysML 1.3)

Suggestions and Requests / Navigation Cells custom images
« on: July 05, 2018, 04:51:58 pm »
It would be useful if we could define our own set of Image Lists when using the Navigation Cells.

General Board / Re: {unique} in SysML 1.4 Parts compartment
« on: July 04, 2018, 03:20:33 pm »
Hi Peter,

Thank you for your reply. I tried it but the unique is still visible.
It's only when I select a multiplicity value from the drop down list on the Source Role that the "unique" disappears (I wonder if it's a bug)

General Board / {unique} in SysML 1.4 Parts compartment
« on: July 03, 2018, 08:07:51 pm »

I use EA 13.5 + SysML 1.4. On a BDD, I can see the block's parts in the compartment  e.g. role1: BlockB [1] ({unique})
Is there any way to remove this unique info?

I noticed that it only appears when you enter  value e.g. a custom multiplicity e.g. 2 on the composition link to the block (instead of a selection from the drop down list).
The OMG specs show that {unique} for the references compartment only.

General Board / SysML 1.4 units & quantitykind
« on: June 22, 2018, 04:00:00 pm »
Using SysML 1.4 with EA 13.5, I noticed a change in the way units & quantitykind work.
Before then, both were stereotyped objects with RefGuid tagged values e.g. to define the quantity kind of a unit.

In SysML 1.4, units & quantitykind are instances of a hidden class and they display "attributes empty values". So to fill the quantity kind of a unit, I use Ctrl+Shift+R. This is no longer a link to an existing quantity kind.
This is somehow in line with Tim blog post here:

So am I right to understand that to use Value Types, Units and Quantity Kinds, you do the following:
- Create new Quantity Kind objects and provide the values if needed (Ctrl+Shift+R) e.g. Time
- Create new Unit objects and provide the values if needed (Ctrl+Shift+R) + create a link to the Quantity Kind e.g. Hour to Time
- Create Value Types and select when needed the quantity kind and/or unit via the tagged values


Suggestions and Requests / Quick access toolbar
« on: June 20, 2018, 06:45:27 pm »
Since ribbons are available in EA, it would be useful to have a Quick access toolbar as with Word, Excel, Powerpoint...

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Package Indicator for Baselines
« on: June 20, 2018, 04:26:06 pm »
+1 with a new option to enable/disable this icon (it can be relevant to hide it so users don't ask questions on what this is - remember the bookmarks red icon, or the linked document 'A' icon)

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Import ODATA (EDM)
« on: June 20, 2018, 04:23:22 pm »
As an update on this one, I identified as a potential solution using XSLT to generate a CSV that will let me import Classes and Attributes into EA.

Suggestions and Requests / Import ODATA (EDM)
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:11:33 pm »

I have a request to import ODATA metadata information in EA.
This is a standard and an example is available here:$metadata

I managed to import the EDM XSD in EA ( and

I tried to change the metadata XML file so it looks like an XSD, with a reference to the EDM XML schema, e.g. by adding the following (see content from the link above)

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Schema Namespace="odatatest" xmlns="">
      <EnumType Name="PersonGender">
        <Member Name="Male" Value="0"/>
        <Member Name="Female" Value="1"/>
        <Member Name="Unknown" Value="2"/>

Running the XSD import in EA doesn't generate anything, even when I enable the Import Ref XML Schema option.
I feel I'm not far from getting the expected result. Any idea?


The view height was indeed too small to see the list of parameters. It's a tricky UI design issue as moving the list at the top mayh make it difficult to update the parameters details..


Using EA14 Build 1420, I'm working with class operations. The Features&Properties view works fine to create new operations, but the Operations Properties doesn't let me enter anything.
I double click on the Parameters cell of an operation in Features&Properties -> Operation Properties opens up. Then all the fields are greyed out/disabled.

I also found an issue in using Image Assets: pressing F2 doesn't let me rename the element.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Auto Name Counters shared by 2 Types
« on: May 31, 2018, 12:32:59 am »

As a workaround you can define all your elements first, then place them on a diagram (in the order from top to bottom or left to right), and use eaUtils Generate Alias feature.
More info available from

Hope it helps.

Bugs and Issues / EA14 Special action / Properties dialog
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:46:46 pm »
When I right click on a class from a diagram to open the properties popup, I need to go to Properties > Special action...
Looking at the DESIGN ribbon > Element > Properties, the matching command is called Properties Dialog which makes sense.

It would be best to rename this Special Action with Properties Dialog.

Bugs and Issues / Re: EA 14 Import DB fails
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:44:02 pm »
I ran it on an ODBC DSN for a Postgres DB.

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