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Messages - Paolo F Cantoni

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General Board / Diagram filters across Groups
« on: October 09, 2018, 02:05:24 pm »
We have some Diagram Filter Groups defined.  We have one group for the specific value of a tag, in this case, the Lifecycle status of the item.  The Group is defined as an OR group.  So the user can select both "Released" and "Deprecated"  to select those items "In Production".
We have a separate group for aggregate status where one selection "In Production" will select the same two values.

We were hoping to be able to select from both the aggregate and specific groups, for example, to show those items "In Production" (aggregate) and "Retired" (specific), but this doesn't seem possible.

Is there any "secret sauce" that we're not applying to be able to do this?

TIA,
Paolo

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I notice that with v14.1, this is still not available.  Are there any plans to rectify this anomaly?

Paolo


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Bugs and Issues / Re: Ribbon Sets - NO Help
« on: October 09, 2018, 01:40:09 pm »
Thanks, Roy,
You could have searched the Help for the exact option text you saw - 'My Ribbon Sets'. There are three references to customizing the ribbons in the output.
Isn't it one of the central tenets of searching that if a specific search finds a set of items "My Ribbon Sets", the more general search e.g.  "Ribbon Sets" MUST also find the same set of items?
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Anyway, to your questions:

Can I create a new ribbon?  Doesn't look like it.  I would also like to be able to select menu portions from various other menus in the new Ribbon.

No, you can't create a different ribbon. You can select to show or hide existing ribbons or portions of ribbons as a set. Effectively you ARE creating your own 'super-ribbon', with the existing ribbon, section and option names.
Got it.  There is one Ribbon Framework, consisting of  a variable number of Ribbons, with variable numbers of Sections with Options.
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I can select which ribbon portion to show, but that seems to be defective.  The whole Ribbon is displayed. Have I misunderstood this functionality?

Possibly. When I apply a ribbon set and select a ribbon within it, I see the ribbon and the panels within it that I have selected to show. The panels (or complete ribbons) that I have de-selected to hide are not visible.
If I select only one section on a ribbon, say Package Section in the Design Ribbon (the others are deselected), the entire Ribbon displays, not just the selected Section.  I don't think that's the way it's supposed to work.
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There is no mechanism to manipulate the Start Menu. I'm too scared to make another menu the default menu in case I lose the Start menu and can't change the Menu Sets any more!
I think we should, at least be able to display/not display the Start section option sets.  Perhaps, a few need to be permanently available (to inhibit foot shooting), but the rest should be controllable.
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Don't be scared, Paolo!  From the Help topic: "You cannot hide the 'Start' ribbon, 'Specification - Specify' ribbon or 'Document - Edit' ribbon, or any panels that they contain"
The last two sections aren't there.  I can hide all the available ribbons except "Start"
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You don't hide or render unselectable a ribbon when you set a different one as the default. The default ribbon is the one that is expanded in the ribbon bar when you first open Enterprise Architect. All the other ribbons (within your ribbon set, which always - as the note from the Help states - includes the Start ribbon) are still there to select as and when you wish.

BTW: What is the relationship between the Ribbon Sets and Workspaces?  They seem to be orthogonal.  Is that correct?

Paolo

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General Board / Re: Automatically create aggregation relationships?
« on: October 09, 2018, 11:17:57 am »
Weird thing is that you have to model it with the part as source and the whole as the target.
And there is something fishy going on with the direction as well. If I don't specify anything I get an arrow pointing to the part, and Direction "Destination -> Source" ???
The code above does the same thing compared to adding one manually.

The ArchiMate direction is the reverse of the UML direction, so properly modelled connections look backwards in the traceability view.  Years ago I asked Sparx if they could just flip the ArchiMate shapescript but that idea seemed to fall on deaf ears.
Indeed the ArchiMate "direction" is the reverse of the UML, as it also is with Specialization/Generalization.  However, I believe the ArchiMate directionality is more conceptually correct.  In both cases, the client and supplier items are at the "Correct" end of the relationship.  I'll have to check the direction in the traceability view since I don't use it much - preferring to use our Neighborhood diagrams.

Paolo

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Bugs and Issues / Re: Ribbon Sets - NO Help
« on: October 09, 2018, 11:13:02 am »
I've now had a little bit of a play with the Ribbon Sets functionality as referenced by TomO.

I now have a few questions.
  • Can I create a new ribbon?  Doesn't look like it.  I would also like to be able to select menu portions from various other menus in the new Ribbon.
  • I can select which ribbon portion to show, but that seems to be defective.  The whole Ribbon is displayed. Have I misunderstood this functionality?
  • There is no mechanism to manipulate the Start Menu. I'm too scared to make another menu the default menu in case I lose the Start menu and can't change the Menu Sets any more!

Any help appreciated!
Paolo

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Bugs and Issues / Re: Ribbon Sets - NO Help
« on: October 08, 2018, 06:50:15 pm »
What SHOULD I have searched for?

... apparently, someone from Sparx who knows the answer (!)
As Francis Urquhart would say...  "you might well think that.  I couldn't possibly say that!"

@TomO, while I'm grateful for the information, it was a "rhetorical question".
We users need to be able to search and find items on the menus.

Paolo

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Bugs and Issues / Ribbon Sets - NO Help
« on: October 08, 2018, 04:08:37 pm »
I'm interested in managing the sets of Ribbons available for my users.  There's a menu item called "My Ribbon Sets" under the "Perspectives" drop-down (top right).

([Thinks]) Oh, that might be what I'm after...  So I search Help for "Ribbon Set" - no matches!   :'(
(as does "Manage Ribbon")

What SHOULD I have searched for?

Searching for "Ribbon" yields:
Search Complete! 1314 matches in 1029 files, total files searched 3102 in 0m 17s

I might as well attempt to read the entire Help file.  The output is in the order of the files, so every entry needs to be examined in case it might be pertinent.

Paolo

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A stereotype always belongs to a profile. The FQN is always unique. The non-FQ name might be ambiguous.

q.
We ensure there is NO ambiguity.

Manage Complexity,
   .   .   Reduce Ambiguity,
   .   .   .   .   Eliminate Inconsistency!
TM


Paolo

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General Board / Re: Resizable pipe shape script
« on: October 04, 2018, 08:38:15 am »
OK, I'll bite... What's a deportment diagram?   ;) ;)

It's an orderly deployment diagram.
Does it have a "book" widget at the top to ensure it's smooth passage?

Paolo

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General Board / Re: Resizable pipe shape script
« on: October 03, 2018, 04:43:36 pm »
I'd say that when you copied the rest of my script you lost the following from the top of your script.
Code: [Select]
layouttype="border";

Ahh yes, obviously. Thanks.

I've been busy translated Visio fruit salad into proper deportment diagrams so it's been a bit hard to get my head properly into shape script mode. :-)
OK, I'll bite... What's a deportment diagram?   ;) ;)

Paolo

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How many exceptions does it take to make a norm?

You're both right.  Hiding arcs (on most diagrams) should not be automatic, but there should be better control over arc display on diagrams at arc creation time.

As  MaxXym says, some views (especially in Enterprise-wide modelling) require some arcs to be hidden as not helpful to that particular viewpoint.

BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING is to provide a "widget" to indicate that there are hidden arcs on a given diagram.  We created our own to do that. It is vitally important that the view is informed that they are NOT seeing the "full story".

Paolo

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General Board / Re: Local User Guide v14?
« on: September 27, 2018, 11:24:00 am »
Start | Help | Explore Online Resources | Install Help Locally
Well, that WAS obvious.  ("That was irony, Joyce")

But thanks, hugely!  Would never have found it.  I tried searching for it in the (online) Help and it didn't find it.  Perhaps because I searched for "Local User Guide"  not "Local Help".

Paolo
Now that I have installed the local Help File from the EAUserGuide.msi file (using the Start | Help | Explore Online Resources | Install Help Locally command), I have searched it and found: 1 Entry for Local Help and NONE for Local User Guide!

Come on Sparxians, what is it; a Help file or User Guide?

Concistency, konsistency, consistensy! TMUffe - after Paolo
Paolo

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Enable security. That's just what it was designed for. If on takes two steps (lock, delete) it's intentional.

q.

The idea is to allow connecting elements but not to delete them. It could be better designed if Delete elements was a permission different from Update elements.
+1!

As Arquesoft said, in an Enterprise situation, there may be too many modellers!

Hell, even I've accidentally deleted the wrong arc.

Paolo

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General Board / Re: Local User Guide v14?
« on: September 26, 2018, 04:33:38 pm »
Start | Help | Explore Online Resources | Install Help Locally
Well, that WAS obvious.  ("That was irony, Joyce")

But thanks, hugely!  Would never have found it.  I tried searching for it in the (online) Help and it didn't find it.  Perhaps because I searched for "Local User Guide"  not "Local Help".

Paolo

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General Board / Local User Guide v14?
« on: September 26, 2018, 02:26:01 pm »
I previously (to v14) used the Local (to my machine) copy of the User Guide.  This allowed me to look up Help while travelling on the bus (1 hour each way).  I can't seem to find the v14 version.  Is there one?  How do I download and install it?

Paolo

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