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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Improve text format options in notes field
« on: November 06, 2012, 03:43:24 am »
With my eaDocX hat on, I'd welcome your first point: richer text in the description field would add greatly to readability: so long as the HTML which Sparx keep in the database is well-formed (which it isn't always at the moment).
I also agree with the second point, but I can see how that would be hard for Sparx to implement given the DB structure. The alternative is to connect the elements with a connector, then the target element name can be printed in an eaDocX document, without maintaining the name. But that does move the reference from inside the Notes field, which changes your model structure.....:-(

Ian - Designer, eaDocX.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Ability to change text direction
« on: May 22, 2012, 07:29:37 pm »
I can't give the changes you want directly in EA, but eaDocX will give you much greater control of text styles etc when documents are generated.
We also managed to get Vertical text into our Relationship Matrix!
So, have a look at eadocx
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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Multi-item edit at the same time
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:25:13 am »
..which is why we wrote the Excel bit of eaDocX to solve exactly this problem. Export a whole load of stuff to Excel (eaDocX / Open in Excel) then edit it using all the Excel bells & whistles, then just save the result back into EA.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: EA 11 wishlist
« on: April 15, 2013, 02:10:38 am »
...and then, Sparx joined the discussion, and said.....

Suggestions and Requests / Re: EA 11 wishlist
« on: March 22, 2013, 10:26:53 pm »
There is also a discussion running on the LinkedIn EA User Group forum on "What I'd like to see in EA V11" .
It would be great if someone from Sparx could comment on it - there are some great ideas, and so far, it's just EA fans contributing.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Image library showing its age
« on: July 10, 2013, 06:15:00 pm »
I'm sure one of those computers has a floppy drive :-)
(for those under the age of 40, Google it...)

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Tagged value collumn editable
« on: June 26, 2013, 12:28:26 am »
Try the eaDocX Excel integration: lets you create & edit Tagged Values.

I'd vote for this as well. Sparx are making a big thing about the Traceability view in their latest Webinar (soon to be on the website) and I was reminded of how useful it is.
This would make it even more useful!

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Multiple instances of element in diagram
« on: August 29, 2012, 06:08:49 pm »
I'm with Geert on this one. Having been teaching people EA for a while now, it's about the most common question from new users when they start to use EA diagrams. I, like others above, have mumbled something about 'better style', 'smaller diagrams' etc, which is partly true, but it's a decision I'D like to make, not have EA do for me.
So, Spaxians, please can you look at this for us? Or is it, as Geert suggests, hard-coded?

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Structuration of the EA forum
« on: March 01, 2013, 07:31:03 pm »
I'm with the 'we can do better' camp here: there are more and better ways to organise this forum, and we should all encourage Sparx to move forward. I also agree with the 'lets keep it in one place' idea: I also don't want to crawl through lots of forums (fora?) to find an answer: this one has the most important asset already in place; people who actually know the answers!
And following on from Geert's point about EA User groups, these are happening. European one on 15th May 2013 in London (see and Ottawa on 1st May 2013 (just Google it). Both have lots of great speakers, and should be a good place to move this, and other Sparx-related debates, forward. I'm going to both. See you there.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: EA needs a snazzy website ...
« on: April 10, 2013, 12:14:55 am »
I agree with Querty: the retro, 1990s 'this is my first website' look may come back into fashion... ;)


Seriously - I agree. It looks tired and rather dull. Doesn't do the product justice.

Suggestions and Requests / Improve speed of forum searches
« on: November 07, 2012, 02:50:20 am »
Could Sparx possibly buy a bigger server for the forum searches? Mine usually specify 'all time periods' and each search seems to take several minutes to run - not a great user experience, but one which should be relatively easy to fix.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Linked document icon in Project Browser
« on: October 25, 2012, 09:15:54 pm »
Certainly - disproportionately large usability improvement.
How about allowing custom-icons whilst you're doing it!

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Quick Notes
« on: October 17, 2012, 05:07:02 pm »
Wow! 10 years an EA user, and I've never used this!

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Batch Update of Status.
« on: August 30, 2012, 06:20:59 pm »
 Try using the Excel support in eaDocX 3.2 (Corporate Edition). Just "open (Package) in Excel", change the status, save. Job done.

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