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Thanks Geert, that did give me the basic's of what I needed for my modeling which should be be good enough for now.

I'm in the process of documenting a bunch of scripts I've created over the years to post on my website, and to pass on to another team member for maintenance.

To make my job go a bit quicker, I was wondering if an XMI file is available containing the class diagrams found in the user guide?  E.g.

Having the these classes would greatly simplify creating sequence diagrams to document where and how my scripts call Sparx's API.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Select multiple connectors
« on: September 04, 2014, 11:59:53 am »
For now my work around is a script.

I select one or more elements in the diagram.
I right click to run my script.

First the script asks, would I like to update the connectors going to the
selected element(s), from the selected elment(s), or both directions.

Next the script asks, what style I'd like to change them to. LH, etc.
Then it updates the connectors, and reloads the diagram.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: 9.0 Linked documents (new formats)
« on: April 18, 2012, 12:20:38 am »
As you mentioned in the other thread, only the first page of the PDF is visible in the document, the user has to dble-click on the visible "page" to open the full document in the external PDF viewer.

I include a note at the beginning of the document with instructions on how to open the embedded PDF.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: 9.0 Linked documents (new formats)
« on: April 17, 2012, 05:24:02 am »
For now I just embed PDF files or Images in to the RTF, so far it seems to work.

Suggestions and Requests / Embedding images in Notes
« on: December 14, 2012, 12:56:26 am »
A lot of the projects I work on require the tracking of rules and requirements for Scientific Applications.

Often the "business rules" are related to the execution of an actual formula.

I'd love to be able to include the image for the formula directly in the notes instead of using the image manager, or creating a linked document.

Suggestions and Requests / Flag/icon for attatched document
« on: December 14, 2012, 01:12:24 am »
An indicator in the project browser, and/or element browser showing when the selected element has an attached document.

At the moment, unless I'm looking at a diagram containing the element (and see the small red A), there is no way (I know of) for me to tell there is an attached document.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: EA and Collaboration
« on: May 30, 2012, 11:11:36 pm »
Thanks Graham, you're right.  EA Lite users can participate in team reviews.

Now if only they could use the maintenance view too.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: EA and Collaboration
« on: May 30, 2012, 03:03:19 am »
Hi Paolo,
EA does have a "Maintenance View" Alt+4
That lets you track defects, changes, issues and task associated with each element.

You can also use the "Team Review" Ctrl+Alt+U feature to discuss a collection of elements.  

Unfortunately everyone that wants to participate will need a copy of EA and access to the repository.

I haven't seen anything about linking to Yammer.

I have been thinking about seeing how hard it would be to updated EA's HTML reporting script to include a form for each element's detailed page that would allow users to submit defects, changes, issues, and tasks for a specific element, with a scripting back end that would update the EA database with the submitted information.  

Most of EA's clients are IM/IT industry professionals.

Instead of having to search through threads in a discussion group to see if anyone else has reported a bug, or suggested a feature, I'd prefer to see the list of bugs and feature requests compiled by the Sparx's team from these discussion groups, as stored in your internal bug/request tracking system.

I could then see which requests Sparx's has taken note of, and for Bugs, I could easily find out if the Bug was previously reported, or better yet fixed, assigned to be fixed, or a suggested work around.

If that isn't possible, giving the community more formal tools for posting and searching requests and bugs would allow us to more easily find existing bug reports, and feature requests, so we could find, or submit information on resulting solutions, workarounds, etc.  It would also allow us to self moderate, guiding each other on how to submit concise and meaningful bug or feature requests instead of these omnibus discussions.

JIRA, Bugzilla and Mantis come to mind.  I'd suggest Sparx's host the solution so at the very least you'll be able to cross link your internal tracking solutions to reference the external comments of the community.

If you want to limit users, set it up so only registered EA users can submit features and bugs to the new solution, but make it readable by all.

A bit cludgy, but this might be what we are both looking for:

Creating Word Master Documents
The new RTF reports now support the creation of bookmarks for Packages, Elements and Diagrams. These bookmarks are GUID based numbers.

Bookmarks are markers that are automatically placed into your rich-text document when it is generated. You can create a master document in Word, and link to sections of an Enterprise Architect report based on bookmarks. For example, a Word document may have a section for a small part of your component model using bookmarks you can generate a full component model, and then link into just one section of the report.

This way you can maintain a complex Word document from parts of EA reports. If you link into EA reports, then you can regenerate the report and refresh Word links to update the master document, without having manually changed anything.

Took a closer look at the current use of "MAILMERGE" fields for reports.  Currently the field is named by the, and the value is the text to display.

If we could only add in an attribute for the GUID, we'd be able to have live documents.

To expand on Tom's request.

I'd love to be able to generate a report that contained "data fields" instead of just text.  The data fields would contain the visible text, but also the GUID of the element, and the name of the property the text was from.  (If this is already possible using the Report template please let me know.)

An option in EA would then allow you to import one of these living reports and re-sync the fields.

This would allow us to change the layout however we need to, but still keep the information in the document in sync with the repository.  

You can drag and drop directly in to a report.

In EA you can drag elements from your project browser in to an RTF document linked to the element.   The element text will be linked from the document to the element using the element's GUID.

Unfortunately as is this is a one way link, e.g. click on the link in the document and EA highlights the element in the project browser.

I use this mainly for importing existing documents in to EA and then highlighting text in the document to create requirements elements, etc.

To make this more powerful, I started looking EA's API.
I've created 2 scripts:
  • 1 to update the elements in the repository to have the same name as the linked text in the document,  
  • the other to update the linked text in the document to be the same as the element name

The difficulty is if someone has updated the document and someone else has updated some of the elements.  :(

So I've decided that once the document is created, all updates must happen on the element.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Multilanguage support
« on: April 29, 2012, 09:49:36 pm »
Thanks Simon, I guess it will have to stay as a manual process.

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