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Bugs and Issues / Mouse Icon keep getting stuck
« on: August 29, 2016, 09:15:40 am »
In 12.1 when I drag and drop an icon from the toolbox (Custom icons - not sure if that is a reason), the mouse seems to stay in drag and drop mode and often I am unable to drop the component or do anything else in SPARX.

I have to keep clicking outside of sparx and returning to the application to resume.
Sparx 12.1

Bugs and Issues / Link this note to an element feature not rendering
« on: August 29, 2016, 09:13:15 am »
When you create a linked note to a child compartment for embedded components, and there are a several  sub components (using UML components embedded with more UML components in 12.1), the normal screen overwrites the writing of title of the container over content of notes.

It's not until one zooms way out that the writing becomes rendered properly that you can read it.

Bugs and Issues / Zoom weird n 12.1
« on: August 29, 2016, 09:09:54 am »
On more than 1 occasion in 12.1 I have used the zoom (cntrl-shift-n) to zoom out, and the application seems to go into an infinite loop and stretches the notes elements, on and on. I have to kill sparx to get out of it, as it keeps growing and growing.

I might have inadvertently had a note element selected, but still is an issue.

Bugs and Issues / Dependency and Custom compartments not working
« on: August 29, 2016, 09:07:56 am »
When you create Custom compartments, they don't work from the perspective of showing in the element, or from a linked note.
Though the linked note does show sometimes, but disappears.

I was using 12.1, using a UML native component element, with realized and dependent connectors, with features realized and dependency enable for the elements, and connected elements.

I also saved and re-loaded diagram. 

If there is an initiative to fix this, can you give an ETA please as we have a large programme of work coming up, and we are going to have to embed lots of elements, rather than connected to them, if these are not available  soon.

General Board / Re: Dependency and Custom departments not working
« on: August 29, 2016, 06:24:29 am »
Hi Qwerty,
Thanks for your confirmation, I am assuming the process for raising a bug is through the appropriate forum?

It's a shame as I spent a lot of time on this thinking there was something I was doing wrong, and we are just kicking of a project which depends on these features being available.

I changed the title - hope it suites ;-)

General Board / Re: Exhibit "A", your honour
« on: August 28, 2016, 05:29:32 pm »
No - I tried that already. It all works as should when you use embedded elements, but the RelatedElements seems to work totally random.

Some time the "dependsOn" title for example comes up when you assign a note to it, sometimes it is the actual other element name with a number. Sometimes when you delete a note link, save it, reload it, the note works again, but allocate the note link again and it dissapears.

I have never got the actual representation to work on the element, even with the features, sometimes the notes link works sometimes it doesn't.

General Board / Dependency and Custom departments not working
« on: August 28, 2016, 12:54:56 pm »
I think Sparx EA is an incredibly good tool, and I recommend it to all my clients, but this is an example of how incredibly frustrating it is to get value out of the documentation, and I also notice other commentaries on this.

I am trying to shapescript a UML component in 12.1, to give me a list of dependencies as a separate compartment as per the example on this link.

I have tried and tried and tried and cannot get this to work.

I have cut and pasted the code and pasted it into the target shape script, and still no response. I've refreshed the screen etc. after I loaded and no change whatsoever.

Does this work or not? if it works WHAT ADDITIONAL THINGS DO WE NEED TO DO MR SPARX?
shape RelatedElement


     //Check if the current connector we are processing has a

     //dependency type.

     if(HasProperty("Connector.Type", "Dependency"))


          //Check if the element we are currently checking is

          //the target of the current connector.



               //Set the compartment Name


               if(HasProperty("Element.Stereotype", ""))











General Board / Re: Report generator - using external elements
« on: August 26, 2016, 03:48:50 pm »
I will try thanks for both replies.

I was hoping it would be something a bit simpler as I find Sparx documentation very challenging to read.

General Board / Report generator - using external elements
« on: August 26, 2016, 08:12:31 am »
I have generated a report template for a particular project that I aim to use as a template for generating an outline of Solutions Architecture for input to projects.

I would also like to include in that project a reminder of the architecture principles that are in a totally different package at a different level.

I know you can include these as a diagram within the package in question, as external elements, but I would only like to report on the principles (Notes) only , and not rely on solutions architects to take a copy of the diagram in their project.

Does anyone know if there is a way to do this in Sparx?
In other words. specifically  reference a specific package within a template at the beginning, and then go on to business as usual for generating.

Yes interesting, the only think that happened after months of use is there was machine update the night before.

The randomness is such you can drag a shapescripted element onto a diagram and it works, drag the next one on and the icons have changed back to components as do the diagram component.

It is triggered by doing something to the diagram, either moving the element or dragging a new element on there.

I did create a new MDG package with a new ID, and that seems to have worked, altought I am getting duplicate ID now.

General Board / Re: SPARX on different channels
« on: August 19, 2016, 04:39:25 pm »
JOOMLA is an open source web content management system life Drupal etc. Interesting that you would force architects down a path of introducing diverse technology to use a tool that helps then architect ;-)

Thanks for the details and the links guys, I shall search some more.

Hi - I created some custom MDG profiles a few months ago, that are currently being used by our Business Architect people, but they have suddenly started switching between the Native element images, and the shape script ones in a rather random fashion.

Sometimes I can go to the package and they are properly shape shifted, other times, they go back to UML components. These are elements on diagrams as well as the ICONs in the toolbox.

Has this happened to anyone else?

Sparx 12.1 is the tool I am using.

Bugs and Issues / Re: self-message MDG
« on: August 18, 2016, 04:09:59 pm »
woh brilliannt - I never knew that was a feature!! Thanks

Bugs and Issues / self-message MDG
« on: August 17, 2016, 05:54:10 pm »
Hi I suspect this is a bug as I have tried for a while and cannot get it to work.

I have created lots of custom built elements, by sequence diagram works, my messages work, but my self-message does not seem to want to stereo type.

All I get on the toolbar is the default <<>> symbol.

Is this a bug?

General Board / Re: Sequence diagrams with Shape scripts
« on: August 15, 2016, 07:55:40 pm »
Yes but I have checked for an add-in.
Now that I know one exists for sure I'll check again

Anyone heard of diagram.stereotype and what does it do?

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