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Bugs and Issues / Re: How to "Publish Diagram as Pattern"?
« on: October 15, 2018, 06:09:25 pm »
Specialize | Technologies | Publish | Publish Diagram as Pattern


@RoyC, help file needs revision.


General Board / Re: How to enable the "Find Command..." widget
« on: October 15, 2018, 05:16:58 pm »
Hello Paolo,

try: Start, Visual Style, Microsoft Office 2016

Best Regards,

Thanks Helmut, but is there no other way? 

Supposing my users don't want the rest of the style and just want to get their widget back?

What is it?  A toolbar?


It would appear there is no mechanism for recording which pattern (if any) an item was created or merged from.  We need to record (almost like the «trace» in Time Aware Modelling) so we can correctly manage the evolution of patterns.

I guess we'd have to "roll our own".  However, even this presents a problem.  There is no GUID available to uniquely identify the pattern - even though the name might change.

Any suggestions as to what "best practice" might be?


Bugs and Issues / How to "Publish Diagram as Pattern"?
« on: October 15, 2018, 03:50:20 pm »
Publish > Technology > Publish > Publish Diagram as Pattern

Isn't an available path under b1427.  In order to publish the "Publish Diagram as Pattern", I have to enter the term Publish in the "Find Command..." widget to be able to access the functionality.

Is this functionality available via the Ribbon in v14.1?  If so where?


Bugs and Issues / Diagram Notes added to Pattern
« on: October 15, 2018, 03:44:49 pm »
When you create a pattern using Publish Diagram as Pattern, if you have a Diagram Notes Text element, even though it is unselected, it is included in the pattern.
There is NO mechanism to selectively exclude these kinds of "administrative" elements from the pattern.


We're starting to experiment (yet again) with EA Patterns (I know, we're masochists...).  I was hoping that the Patterns functionality would allow us to automatically replace dependent names as the pattern was created.  For example, for a simple intersector pattern, if we have the two endpoints Left & Right, we'd like the intersector to default to Left-Right.  We can change Left and Right, but we have to manually change Left-Right.

Can anyone confirm that this can't be done?  (without additional automation)

If so, then what does the [  ] Use Auto Names checkbox do?  Using Help with Use Auto Names as the search parameter, reveals only one hit to say that the option will be disabled.  There's nothing that says what it actually does.  Can a kind soul please enlighten me?


General Board / How to enable the "Find Command..." widget
« on: October 15, 2018, 02:40:41 pm »
On one of our machines, we've lost the "Find Command..." widget at the top right of the Ribbon.  How can we get it back, please?


General Board / Re: Configuring Element Label in Project Browser
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:59:49 am »
Being able to configure the Element Label in the Project Browser would be very useful for all sorts of reasons.

Gets my vote.


General Board / Re: Auto creation of a composition with ArchiMate
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:57:36 am »
Make sure there's no confusion between formal nesting and meronymy.  Search for "visual embedding nesting" to see some clarifications on what may be needed.  Particularly, see Re: Advice - to nest or to compose? reply #7.

My U$0.05


But hey that might be old-fashioned thinking.
The new approach seems to be make 'em do it our way. Let's see how that plays out.
Dare I say we might be moving into "Post Consistency?"    ;)


Did some more testing.

So I guess the bug is in the Filter to toolbox functionality

Actually, Geert, I think the problem is elsewhere.  You may find you have a «trace» relationship in the "Common" stereotype list.  Filter to Toolbox should exclude it (only the MDG version is selected), whereas unmarked Filter to Toolbox, doesn't - because the common one "kicks in" first.

That's why we purge ANY common stereotype that matches our MDG defined stereotypes in our overnight processing.


General Board / Re: Status property of diagrams
« on: October 10, 2018, 01:42:02 pm »
You could use a stereotyped text element that's (automatically) placed on a diagram (top left). This can contain status (color) information and what you need else like the author, last change and so forth.

We require our diagrams to have a Title Block item (the Diagram Notes item).  That is used as a proxy for the diagram.  Works well, we can attach Tags etc.


Bugs and Issues / Re: Ribbon Sets - NO Help
« on: October 09, 2018, 04:42:14 pm »
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?
If I search for ribbon sets, the help shows 14 pages of results. I don't know how it orders those pages, but I don't think I'm going to find what I want. Advanced and selecting phrase search comes up with the right answer.
It may be a local problem on my machine.  Yesterday's working search now returns no hits.
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.
Just tested this. I unchecked the simulate ribbon, which unchecked all the sections inside. I then checked the Show section. It also checked the Simulate grouping. When I go to this ribbon it only contains the show group. Am I missing something?
It may be a local problem on my machine.  I see the full ribbon.  I'll try other machines.  [Edit: Tried it on 3 other machines - all the same.]
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.
I can imagine allowing the removal of the Collaborate section. The rest seem pretty essential, so the advantage of this seems minimal at best.
The last two sections aren't there.  I can hide all the available ribbons except "Start"
The last two sections mentioned are dynamic/context driven. But like 'Start' you don't get the option of hiding anything in them, so they don't show in the list.
Just read up on them - my Bad.
BTW: What is the relationship between the Ribbon Sets and Workspaces?  They seem to be orthogonal.  Is that correct?
Workspace is the position and size of all the docked windows and does not impact the ribbon.
That's what I thought, so then I wondered what is the Ribbon Sets page doing way down in the Workspaces branch? It doesn't make sense (and, is had to find).
How can I automate the creation of a default setup?  i.e. this workspace and that ribbon set.  (By pre-populating the AppData Roaming?)


General Board / Re: Status property of diagrams
« on: October 09, 2018, 04:22:32 pm »
Because no fields have been added to the DB schema since at least 2004. (Version 4.0 of EA was the last one that required a database upgrade. Even then I don't think that upgrade was significant.)
But properties have been added - left, right and centre...  8)


When we create searches, the output sometimes shows the Metatype in the Type field and other times the base type.  We have examined the items that differ and we can find NO difference in them.  Both the t_object and t_xref entries have the same information.

What is the secret sauce to get the metatype to show consistently in the Type field?


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