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General Board / Association(end).isID missing?
« on: October 21, 2015, 05:19:09 pm »
A client of mine uses the isID property of an attribute to indicate a the fact that the attribute is a key for the element.
Now they also want to do this for associations. According to the UML specifications an association links 2 or more properties (=>association role). A Property has following attributes:
· aggregation : AggregationKind [1..1] = none
Specifies the kind of aggregation that applies to the Property.
· /isComposite : Boolean [1..1] = false
If isComposite is true, the object containing the attribute is a container for the object or value contained in the
attribute. This is a derived value, indicating whether the aggregation of the Property is composite or not.
· isDerived : Boolean [1..1] = false
Specifies whether the Property is derived, i.e., whether its value or values can be computed from other
· isDerivedUnion : Boolean [1..1] = false
Specifies whether the property is derived as the union of all of the Properties that are constrained to subset it.
·[highlight] isID [/highlight]: Boolean [1..1] = false
True indicates this property can be used to uniquely identify an instance of the containing Class.

but I can't seem to find any checkbox or field on the association roles to indicate isID.

Am I missing something, or did I misunderstood something here? :-/

Since Simon makes sure EA follows the UML standard tot the letter I'm sure there must be something I overlooked.


General Board / Keep diagram and caption on the same page in RTF
« on: June 19, 2015, 05:29:50 pm »
When generating RTF documents EA resizes my diagrams so they fit exactly on a page.

That is a good thing of course, but...
With each diagram we add a caption containing the figure number, and the name of the diagram.
Because the diagrams are resized to fit the page, the caption is consistently put on the next page.
So after generating the document we have to go over it and make each diagram a little bit smaller so the caption is on the same page as the actual diagram.

Is there any way we can tell EA that the diagram + caption need to fit on a page?


General Board / EA v12 (BETA) feedback
« on: November 07, 2014, 11:33:48 pm »
I just installed EA v12 and looked around a bit.
Here are my first impressions:

- I lost my workpace layouts !?! Why? I needed those, they worked for me and now I have to redo them. Pretty annoying start.

- BreadCrum/Navigation bar on top is nice. The "back/forward" arrows promise something much better, but unfortunately they don't deliver. Pressing the "back" button only selects the parent package in the project browser, not the previously opened diagram.

- The properties dialogs. OMG Everything is different, and they have re-instated tabs, TABS EVERYWHERE!!! Anyone who had any documentation about EA can now start to rewrite (and copy/paste printscreens) because it all look very different now.

What are your first impressions?

General Board / Integration with Microsoft Test Manager (MTM)
« on: November 28, 2014, 07:11:01 pm »
Does anyone know if there's an existing integration between EA and Microsoft Test Manager (MTM - part of the Visual Studio/TFS suite)

We would like to define our tests in EA, but the management of the test execution should be in Microsoft Test Manager.


General Board / Learn how to write an EA add-in in Munich Oct 7
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:02:59 pm »
I'll be giving a workshop titled "Create your first Enterprise Architect add-in
in 10 minutes" at the EA user group event in Munich where I will demonstrate just how easy it is to create an add-in for EA.

Of course there's much more, check the full agenda at


General Board / Opening all sections in the toolbox by default?
« on: July 29, 2014, 06:14:54 pm »
Since v11 suddenly only one section in my toolboxes is opened, and the other sections (relationships, common, artifacts) are collapsed.
So I now need an extra mouseclick if I want to add a relationship, or a note.

Is there some kind of setting that restores the old behavior where all sections were opened by default?


General Board / Enterprise Architect 11 Beta 1 (1101.4) - Released
« on: February 12, 2014, 05:31:12 pm »
Anyone know what has been changed since the previous beta release (11.0.1100) ?


General Board / EA on FireBird is so slow!
« on: February 12, 2014, 05:51:55 pm »
I've been playing around with the FireBird backend to make the EA Navigator add-in work on that repository as well. (don't you just love the subtle differences in SQL "standard")
By testing it I noticed that it is lots and lots slower then .eap.
From my gut feeling (I haven't actually measured it) from fast to slow measured on a scale from 1 to 10
- .eap (MS Access) => 1
- MySQL => 3
- Oracle => 5
- .feap (FireBird) => 10

What is your experience?


General Board / EA User group event Utrecht, NL February 5, 2014
« on: January 10, 2014, 06:49:07 pm »
Hi Everyone,

I would like to invite everyone on this part of the globe to the next EA user group event in Utrecht Netherlands on the 5th of February 2014.

It's an exiting opportunity to meet fellow EA users, exchange experiences and learn new things about EA.

I will be doing a presentation about creating add-ins that day.

I hope so see all of you there.

For all info an booking see:


General Board / EA Navigator 2.4 released
« on: August 06, 2013, 04:18:27 pm »
The main new feature of the version 2.4 of the EA Navigator is the Quicksearch.

The Quicksearch feature is undoubtedly the fastest way to find anything in a (large) EA model. It is the type of feature which makes you wonder how you could live without it all that time before.

More info: EA Navigator 2.4 released


General Board / Re:  A problem when using  SQLRepository
« on: May 14, 2013, 04:30:16 pm »
Does this forum allow duplicates? :P
I just answered your other post:


General Board / Forum email notifications stopped working
« on: March 30, 2012, 07:35:58 pm »
Anyone else noticed that the forum has stopped sending email notifications for things like "topic reply"?


General Board / Sharing workingsets
« on: February 27, 2012, 06:36:54 pm »
I recently started using workingsets in EA and I really like it (See View|Personal Information and choose the tab Working Sets)
But then I wanted to share my working set with another user, and I was disappointed. Working Sets are strictly personal and cannot be shared with other users.
So I decided to dig in and find a way to make it happen.
I wrote a little add-in that allows me to copy any Working Set to any user.

Here's the link to the Windows installer:

The code can be found on github here:

System requirements are:
  • Enterprise Architect 8.0 or higher (I think)
  • .Net 4.0 framework

I'd love any and all feedback. :)


General Board / Free open source add-in EA Navigator 2.1 released
« on: January 09, 2012, 06:32:43 pm »
I've just released version 2.1 of my free open source add-in for EA.
See :
This is how it looks now:


General Board / Change color of inactive selected items Windows 7
« on: January 12, 2012, 05:10:20 pm »
Since we upgraded to Windows 7 I'v had numerous complaints of users saying they can't see which element is selected in the project browser anymore.
Apparently the color used for inactive selected items has changed in Windows 7 to a very very light shade of gray that is almost not distinguishable from the white background.

So I searched and found the solution to that, which I've written down here:


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