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General Board / Re: Exporting from Visio UML to EA - how?
« on: September 23, 2005, 02:05:20 am »
From the same discussion:
Yeah - I spent a number of fruitless hours trying to import (so-called) XMI that Visio had puked up Sad

This is the process I have also started, but I will have to delay it until later, because I have something else, I need to finish today.
I did find one of the DTDs from here, that sort of works:
but there are still problems.
I will return later, if I get any further.


General Board / Re: Exporting from Visio UML to EA - how?
« on: September 23, 2005, 12:42:24 am »
Hello again,

I don't know exactly what has changed, but today the XMI Export menu item decided to appear in the Add-ons menu. Maybe it's because the sun is shining outdoors. ::)

Now I have run into a new problem: The UML.DTD supplied by  Sparx apparently does not fit the XMI exported from Visio. Can anyone help me find a suitable UML.DTD? MS claims that it is downloadable from, but I can't find it there.


General Board / Re: Exporting from Visio UML to EA - how?
« on: September 23, 2005, 12:11:54 am »
Sort of.
I had found something like that, but I was hoping for a solution that didn't require me to build my own plugin. I also found a similar plugin example for Visio 2003.

Amazing, that MS did not provide built-in XMI export. Anyway, nice to know that apparently there isn't any better way around it.

I haven't been able to get this plugin example to work. I found someone with Visual Studio who could build it for me, but the menu item that I think should appear, just isn't there.

If there is someone out there who has actually succeeded in exporting any XMI from Visio (2003), I would like to hear from them.

Best regards,

General Board / Exporting from Visio UML to EA - how?
« on: September 22, 2005, 08:55:30 am »
We have a model in Visio Professional, that someone has spent a long time on creating. We would like to continue working on it in EA.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a way to export any usable format from Visio, e.g. XMI.

From what I could read in some other threads, I think it must be possible, but I haven't been able to find out exactly how?

Thanks in advance,

General Board / Re: How do I move visual user layouts between mach
« on: August 31, 2005, 12:44:58 am »
Please add a complete copying of all local settings (not only visual layout) to that feature request. I am the "EA expert" in our company, and while I like to have all the options that EA has, I think it is a pain to remember every little checkbox that I once found when I help a new user get started.


General Board / Re: Floating license
« on: August 11, 2005, 03:36:14 am »
I would like to add a question:

What happens if the license server is unavailable for some reason? It is not inconceivable that network or server problems could sometime occur, and it would be very unfortunate if all the floating EA users are prevented from working during these down-periods.


General Board / Re: Sequence Diagram - callback messages
« on: August 02, 2005, 07:15:30 am »
For your information, I have requested this from Sparx Systems in February 2004:

My request:
One is that when Object1 calls a function in Object2, which in turn calls a function of Object 1, I think there should be a rectangle on top of the original invocation rectangle, like there is for self-messages.

Their reply:
Unfortunately, we don't currently have the functionality to support your first request -- reflecting a new method invocation from an external call to the target lifeline.  This is something that should and will be implemented.  Thank you for the note.

As far as I know, it is still not implemented.

Best regards,

General Board / Re: about html document generation ??
« on: July 20, 2005, 05:09:57 am »
You can edit the HTML templates and remove these fields.

Resource View - Templates - Web Style Templates


General Board / Re: How many kinds of Diagram Note?
« on: June 28, 2005, 06:31:52 am »
You can get rid of the selectable one by selecting it and pressing Delete.
You can add an unselectable note by opening the Diagram Properties dialog (double-click on the diagram) and check Show Details on Diagram.


General Board / Re: Dragging Classes onto Sequence Diagrams
« on: June 27, 2005, 08:29:05 am »
If you want to create new operations while working on your sequence diagram, click on the "Operations" button in the Message Properties dialog. Then you can add a new operation and afterwards you can select it from the drop-down list.


General Board / Re: Linking Parent and child Activity diagrams
« on: June 22, 2005, 03:55:05 am »
There is no keyboard shortcut, but there is a menu item in the Diagram menu: Locate in Browser.


General Board / How to hide object classifier name on diagram?
« on: June 22, 2005, 04:19:12 am »
Hi all

I would like to hide the classifier names of some objects on a diagram so that only the the object names are shown. I can't find any option to achieve this but I am sure it should be there somewhere. Can anyone help me?


General Board / Re: Local options - can I export them?
« on: June 08, 2005, 03:52:12 am »
I have thought about trying to fiddle with the registry settings directly (that would surely be possible) but it would be better if EA had an official export/import procedure. That way they could also provide some intelligent handling of old settings when the available options are changed in new versions.

General Board / Local options - can I export them?
« on: June 06, 2005, 04:24:51 am »
Enterprise Architect has come to have quite a few options that the user can set to fit his taste. This I think is a GOOD thing.
I have changed a lot of options to fit what I think works best, and have consequently also spent a good bit of time doing so.
Now comes the problem: I have the task of introducing EA (and OO methods) to a lot of new users in our organization. I would like them to start out with the same set of options that I have found to work well.
Is there a way to copy my options to their installation?

Best regards,

General Board / Re: Use Case questions
« on: April 12, 2005, 06:36:08 am »
If it doesn't get too large, I think I would go with option number 2, otherwise 3. I think it is mostly a matter of taste.

I don't like option number 1 because it shows design.

The purpose of a use case diagram is to capture requirements of a system. It takes a lot of discipline for a software developer to stick strictly with requirements and avoiding design decisions, because we automatically get design ideas popping into our heads while considering requirements. When you already have a partly finished systems, it might even be harder. But remember, although the design is already partly settled, the use case diagram is still not the proper place to show it.

As I see it, you have 2 systems with different requirements:

System 1 is required to take some user input and output a file.

System 2 is required to take some input as a file and upload it to the database. The fact that system 2 may also monitor other kinds of files from other sources is not really relevant to this use case. Simply put, use cases just describe things that the actor (which can be a person or another system) wants the system to do.

You could have separate use cases "Add configuration file", "Add recipe for soup", etc. that are separate purposes seen from the user's point of view. The fact that the designer may later decide that they can all be implemented as one single routine that monitors any kind of files doesn't matter to the user or the use cases.
The fact that you already know that it will be implemented this way doesn't matter either. The use case should only show the requirements.

Also remember that use cases are mostly about writing, not about drawing diagrams.


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