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Bugs and Issues / Re: EA12 with Oracle repository is very slow
« on: March 01, 2016, 07:33:20 pm »
I can confirm that over the last 8 years every time an organisation has used Oracle for Sparx EA we've had performance issues. You need a really good Oracle DBA to tinker with the DB to get Oracle to perform. The other performance bottle neck can be the network and its some times difficult to get the Network and Database folk to work together to find the problem. Best bet is to use MSSQL Server or MySQL if you can to see if that works better. If it does then you know it was probably the Oracle DB. On the other hand if you're stuck with Oracle get the DBA to optimise. If the DBA can't make it perform then may be it might be the network or maybe the DBA isn't a good as they claim.
Problem solving techniques like Kepner Tregoe can sometimes help find the cause working across multi disciplines like network and database folk.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Image library
« on: February 29, 2016, 07:15:02 am »

General Board / Re: ModelView column width
« on: February 27, 2016, 07:28:09 am »
If you are referring to the model view on the dashboard toolbox then yes. Right click on the model view in the diagram and select 'Edit List View' then you can change width. After that right click and click 'exit edit mode'.

Hope that helps

Uml Process / Re: Roadmap
« on: January 29, 2016, 06:29:40 am »
Sparx doesn't support that type of notation but you can do road maps.
You could use UML activity diagrams but I use ArchiMate Implementation Diagrams with the new roadmap feature
Check out the following links;

I use the auto colour option with the legend to show the status of the work package on the roadmap.
Check out that feature;

I use horizontal swim lanes to separate the groups of work packages on the roadmap

Hope that helps

Hope that helps

General Board / Re: Documentation - numbering & fragments
« on: December 23, 2015, 04:15:43 pm »
Yes this was a common problem before style sheets. Use the style sheets to get the results its a much better option.

General Board / Re: EA drifting away?
« on: December 23, 2015, 04:13:34 pm »
Well I've found the latest versions and features really useful and think Sparx have done a great job. Yes maybe performance is slowing down but its not intolerable. I've used a lot of tools in this space and I've got to say Sparx certainly provides value for money and I've had that re-confirmed several times in the last 5 years by trying out others which always seem to disappoint me.
Menus change well I can see that there is logic in where things are being place and I can live with that. After all I am human and have learnt to adapt. Just please don't put a ribbon in place of the menus and cheese everyone off like MS did with Office.
Merry Christmas everyone.

General Board / Re: Forum trouble
« on: December 21, 2015, 08:47:04 pm »
Sparx Support helped me get back - seems like I couldn't login using my user name Sunshine but could using an old email which I'd stopped using.
Good guys at Sparx Aye?

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Alternative deployment of image library
« on: November 22, 2014, 07:51:58 am »
Great idea, I'm bemused that it is not pre-installed.
To be fair I don't think anyone has brought it up before. And lets face it Sparx haven't been short of requests.
However it isn't too hard to do and doesn't take too long. May be in V12 production release
Would be really nice to see that new image library too ;)

Suggestions and Requests / Alternative deployment of image library
« on: November 11, 2014, 06:53:31 am »
It would be good to deploy the image library as an MDG as part of the build like BPMN,Archimate etc. The advantage is that you don't have to download it separately and its available in any model when its enabled. Saves having to import into the model too.
I've found over the last few years I've been in several organisations and they all want to access the image library without having to import it so that's the solution I came up with. Seems to work well for the user base.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Improve Shape Script!
« on: November 10, 2014, 07:51:08 am »
I agree that it needs improving. As the shapescript is c-like language it would be good if the shape script language could be added as an extension/library to one of the scripting languages already supported like jscript or javascript. That way you get the arithmetic and logic features of these languages we've learned to love of the years. Just a thought.  :)

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Merge components
« on: November 07, 2014, 07:34:25 am »
Yes. Though I think it's quite tricky to make it user friendly. Especially replacing occurrences of the replaced element (be it in diagrams or as classifier) is challenging.

Tricky maybe but not impossible. I've seen it implemented on another tool  ;)

Suggestions and Requests / Merge components
« on: October 31, 2014, 01:34:01 pm »
One of the common problem when modelling with a team of many people is that two people sometimes create the same object. It would be a really great feature to be able to merge objects. Something like dragging an object with the ctrl or shft key pressed in the project browser and dropping it onto the another of the same type. A dialog would pop up saying do you want to merge with options of overwrite target or source (for properties and tag values). Sparx EA would then merge the two objects into one, replacing the instances in diagrams and combining relationships with other objects.
This would facilitate rationalisation of objects when working large teams.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: show notes on archimate objects
« on: April 22, 2014, 12:20:04 pm »
Unfortunately the archimate MDG doesn't support that feature. Two options you can consider;
a) Add a note and link it to your archimate shape. Right click on the link and choose "link this note to feature" and choose the notes field. The notes will then be displayed in the newly added note. If you want to hide them and show them the consider using the diagram filters and filter on say phase field by deleting the 1.0 default value in the notes and filter on phase = 1.0.
b) Create your own ArchiMate MDG and add the feature in the scripts for the shapes. This will be a whole lot of work probably more than you are prepared to do.

BTW this is probably the wrong place this post. Should have placed it under the general discussion

Hope that helps

Spreading a little Sunshine to those dark areas of EA.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: EA 11 wishlist
« on: March 27, 2013, 08:17:45 am »
Upgrade of image library would be good. More avatar's and technology items would be cool.
Also the ability to use images on Archimate entities in diagrams. Seems like anything with a shapescript disables using images. I find the IT folk are okay with Archimate but the business folk and CxO's need images. The Archimate folk do talk about representing Archimate with alternative images for different audiences in one of their many papers after all.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Linked document icon in Project Browser
« on: November 02, 2012, 10:43:02 am »
Good idea - gets my vote.

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