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A base project can be deployed as a resource that you tell users to use when starting a new project, or you can distribute it and overwrite the one (strictly speaking there are two, one .eap and one .feap) in the EA installation directory.

Three! :)

There is now an .eapx (JET4) base model installed with EA.

Is it possible to edit the existing BPMN 2.0 MDG and add my stereotype there? I started researching that but had to shelve it for now.
I guess you could modify the MDG technology as is just xml file so you could hack the BPMN 2.0. MDG located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\EA\MDGTechnologies\BPMN 2.0 Technology.xml

Open the file with text editor and search for the 'Stereotype' tag then find the next 'tagged values' tag. Copy one the the tag names and add your new one.
<Stereotype name="BusinessProcess" .../>
<Tag name= ... />

You then need to copy the file to some place all users can access and point Sparx EA to that using the advanced options. You need to figure a way not to have conflicts with the original BPMN 2.0 mdg. Easiest way is to just rename it to BPMN 2.0 Technology.bak located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\EA\MDGTechnologies\ for all users or simply delete it.

There's new functionality that means you don't have to do any of the above. Have a look at This should allow you to create your own profile that redefines one or more BPMN stereotypes to have additional tagged values.

It's in the Element Properties window (Alt+1), the first item on the Property tab.

General Board / Re: Class compartments
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:50:04 am »
Receptions were added at EA 14.0, I believe. And for the internal structure compartment, drop a Part onto the Class and the compartment will be created.

Bugs and Issues / Re: Diagram Running Slow
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:42:08 am »
Also, what kinds of element on the diagram, and how many? What other windows do you have docked (e.g. Traceability window)?

General Board / Re: Connection not UML compliant (MDG - EA14)
« on: July 26, 2018, 09:11:32 am »
Perhaps the requested connection is not UML compliant? ;)

What are the UML base metaclasses of your source and target elements and connector? Have you used the _metatype attribute in your profile to define your stereotypes as metatypes? Have you tried using the new <<metarelationship>> or <<stereotype relationship>> connectors to define your valid connections?

Unfortunately, it isn't possible to override decorations in inherited shape scripts. EA will show all decorations for all stereotypes up the inheritance hierarchy.

General Board / Re: Main Diagram Tabs
« on: July 26, 2018, 09:01:56 am »
ribbon | Start | View | Visual Style | Visual Style... | Main View Tabs at bottom (restart)

Is your diagram locked? EA saves the profile options (filename etc) in the diagram's properties so it needs to be unlocked.

General Board / Re: Editing Diagram Links
« on: July 25, 2018, 01:15:06 pm »
For diagram hyperlinks, you can change the display text either in the Notes window (Ctrl+Shift+1) or the Notes field of the Properties dialog (Alt+Return).

General Board / Re: Help - UML Types and shapescripts ...
« on: July 13, 2018, 12:18:13 pm »
Just type boundary in the Base Class combo.

I've asked about the logic behind showing the the legend in the project browser and awaiting a response.

Don't take this as an official response, but my guess would be to make it easier to use on multiple diagrams.

General Board / Re: Search for *connections* ... ?
« on: June 25, 2018, 04:34:02 pm »
Well you don't have to insert related elements but it's a quick way of seeing what connections exist.  Plus each element has a Related Links tab.

Not sure what you're saying in that first sentence
I do know that you can see connections through the elements property tabs, but that presumes that you know where the connector might be and can find the relevant element(s)

I think GB is saying that you can open the Insert Related Elements dialog to see that information; you don't have to actually insert anything.

And don't forget that you can use intellisense. Unfortunately, when typing a SQL statement like this into EA's SQL builder

select c.Connector_ID as id, from t_connector c where"External Reference"

you don't get intellisense when you type c. but if you type t_connector. then you will see all the fields available in that table.

General Board / Re: Mind map connectors
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:17:16 pm »
Nothing to do with shape scripts, it's the nature of Bezier connectors. Bezier connectors have three points: the two end points and a control point that determines how far the line bends (visible if you select the connector). If you select and move both the source and target diagram objects at the same time, all three Bezier points will move by the same amount. If you only move one end, the control point won't move, so the line will bend to a different degree and you will probably need to adjust the control point manually.

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