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General Board / Re: how to mark sequence flow as the default
« on: February 18, 2019, 08:37:22 am »
If you are talking about BPMN sequence flow, set its tagged value conditionType=Default.

Uml Process / Re: Data Modelling - how to flatten class inheritance?
« on: February 06, 2019, 04:15:58 pm »
"What is the best way in EA to migrate attributes down from a generalisation/inheritance parent class to a child class?"

To copy an attribute from one element to another, drag the attribute with the mouse from the Project Browser and drop it onto an element in the diagram.

To move an attribute from one element to another, drag the attribute with the mouse from the Project Browser and drop it onto an element in the Project Browser.

General Board / Re: Destruction symbol
« on: February 06, 2019, 01:47:13 pm »
There is an option to switch it off:

ribbon | Start | Preferences | Diagram | Sequence | Garbage Collect (auto delete)

How does the saying go?
If you can't explain it simply ...

If you can't draw it with crayons you don't understand it.
Except it's the viewer that needs to understand, not the drawer...

The failure to explain is generally a failure to understand it yourself.
There's an assumption there that, in my experience isn't universally valid.

The recent Brexit vote is an illustration of the invalidity.
(paraphrased) Quote from a young British person: "Where I voted to leave, I didn't mean that they should leave".

I am continually amazed by the number of people who use words whose meaning they don't actually know (nevermind understand).


I think at the end of the day, I would rather trust a drawing that the author understood than one that the author didn't understand, so I'm with Glassboy. And I can't talk about Brexit in my house because my dog thinks I'm saying "biscuit" and gets excited.

General Board / Re: i have a question about specification manager
« on: January 29, 2019, 03:16:42 pm »
And in case you meant the other way around: from an element in the Project Browser, how do you find the same element in the Specification Manager? Well the Specification view is just an alternative view of a diagram, so Ctrl+U in the Project Browser to find the diagram, then right-click the diagram and switch to Specification view.

General Board / Re: i have a question about specification manager
« on: January 29, 2019, 01:59:26 pm »
What version are you using? In EA 14.1.1427, whenever I move to an element in the Specification Manager, the selection in the Project Browser also moves. I don't know if that was true of earlier versions. If not, try Alt+G.

General Board / Re: Sequence diagram messages
« on: January 25, 2019, 12:31:51 pm »
Right-click > Advanced > Set Source and Target

Bugs and Issues / Re: Canvas' grid not working
« on: January 25, 2019, 08:48:05 am »
5 is the minimum value allowed. If you want smaller, switch off snap to grid and you get an effective grid size of 1.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Turning off MDGs
« on: January 21, 2019, 10:10:44 am »
From EA 14 onwards, the preferred method is to leave all MDG Technologies enabled and switch perspectives instead. It should be a lot quicker and easier.

Still no excuse. I just wrote a sort function myself and it took me all of 15 minutes or so?
Yes, and so could I, but my Helper couldn't write it in 15mins.

At a later date, we'll fix it.


Wait, what? First you call him Santa's little helper, then you call him YOUR helper. You aren't... you couldn't be... are you...?  :o

Hi All

Has anyone else experienced the following when generating an MDG in EA 14.1?

1) Create an MDG consisting of the usual profile, custom diagram(s) and toolbox(es)
2) Use the SPECIALIZE Publish -> Publish Diagram as UML Profile for the custom diagram(s), and toolbox(es) to create the XML files
3) Use the SPECIALIZE Publish -> Publish Package as UML Profile for the profile to create the XML files
4) Generate the MDG and select to include Profile, Diagrams, Toolboxes (etc) in the MTS

Only the Package Profile XML shows up the profile selections for profiles / diagrams / toolboxes! That is the XML files generated for the diagram(s) and toolbox(es) are not listed within the MDG Builder dialogs.

If I revert to EA 13.5 and re-generate all the XML files, the MDG builds fine in EA 14.1

Any thoughts?


Please check that you gave your profile a non-blank version number and notes field when saving. The technology wizard checks each .xml file is a "valid" profile before listing it, and believes (rightly or wrongly) that a valid profile must have non-blank values in these fields. There is a bug fix in the works.

General Board / Re: attributes in an object
« on: January 04, 2019, 03:17:30 pm »
It's the Set Run State command: right-click > Features > Set Run State. Ctrl+Shift+R is the shortcut.

Bugs and Issues / Re: Model parallel processes in SDs
« on: January 03, 2019, 09:29:39 am »
It is a limitation of EA sequence diagrams that you cannot have two messages at the same vertical position. The closest you can manage is one pixel apart (on my dev build; I haven't tried the current release build). However, relative vertical position on unconnected lifelines says nothing about timing. So going back to Sunshine's example:

Draw SD with 4 Os then M1 between O1 and O2 then M2 between O3 and O4 then move M2 upto same pos as M1. Thus simultaneous messages between two separate computers to two other different computers in parallel.

EA won't let you move M2 to the same vertical position as M1, but whether M2 is higher or lower than M1 doesn't tell you anything about which occurs first or whether they happen simultaneously.

Uml Process / Re: Adding new columns to UML class diagram
« on: January 03, 2019, 08:32:26 am »
My guess is you're talking about the Attributes tab on the Features & Properties window. In most tables in EA, if you want to see which columns are available you can right-click one of the column headings and use the Field Chooser command. Unfortunately, in this case it shows that the six columns you get by default are the only columns available (Name, Type, Scope, Stereotype, Alias, Initial Value).

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: EPPRofile:: ?
« on: December 14, 2018, 09:09:45 am »
I used "Search in Files" from Notepad++ to find it. Didn't event think of using windows search.

Me too.

I always use the Find in Files docked window in EA...  8)

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