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Hi Russell,

I investigated the idea a bit further with respect to your use case, and unfortunately that won't work. EA would need a delimiter to separate the combined URL/label string (possibly something as simple as a space would suffice if the URL was listed first). The GUID/label approach I used already provides a delimiter by virtue of the braces in the GUID. Some additional smarts are probably needed in the generator to detect and handle this situation as well.

I'd encourage you to submit a feature request for this.


Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: Tabular Reports
« on: November 13, 2018, 10:41:51 am »
Hi Kewldee,

Very late reply - and too late for your project obviously :'( . For others starting out with generating tabular reports in EA - say for a data dictionary and the like - this 2-part webinar shows how to do it with a complete worked example:

Part 1 (Basics)

Part 2 (Style sheets, custom queries and virtual documents)

I hope that helps (someone)  :D


Hi Russell,

I haven't experimented with your particular use case, but I have tried something similar before when generating a data dictionary. I was generating a list of base class names (for the current class being reported on) and I wanted to combine the base name with a hyperlink to the base class (parent element) somewhere else in the document.

As Geert suggests, I had to use a custom query. The same approach could work for you - it might be worth a try anyway.

For details on how to set up the custom query, see this webinar video at around 7:30 mins:

I hope that helps.

General Board / Re: Attribute descrption in v14
« on: November 13, 2018, 10:06:32 am »
Hi Phil,

Just expanding on Simon's note and assuming you want to use the Notes field for the description information, the docked Notes window is available from the Ribbon: Start | Properties | Notes.

There's a Getting Started video that shows how you can use this window:

(You could skip to about the 1 minute mark.)

Towards the end of the same video, there's some discussion about the all-in-one modal dialog which includes the Notes field and is probably what you're used to from earlier versions. As of EA 14.1 you can re-enable that modal properties dialog as the default editor.

There's another short Getting Started video that features the Notes windows here:

Other similar videos here might be useful if you're upgrading between major versions of EA to EA 14.x:

I hope that helps.


Hi siriosus,

I see "Writing ArcGIS Workspace Document, please wait..." in progress bar and nothing happening
I assume you initiated the export by selecting the Workspace package in EA's Project Browser and either using the menu Extensions > ArcGIS > Export to ArcGIS Workspace XML, or right-clicking and choosing Extensions > ArcGIS > Export to ArcGIS Workspace XML... Either way, when you export an ArcGIS geodatabase schema from EA, it should select Esri's Workspace XML format for you. (It's listed as "ArcGIS" in the XML Types list)

I have seen the same behaviour you described when the MSXML 4 library was not installed on the machine. This would sometimes happen for me on a new machine. It may also have occured on an old machine after uninstalling an application that somehow took MSXML 4 with it - I can't say for sure though.

In previous EA builds, if MSXML 4 couldn't be found, the exporter was not failing gracefully by looking for another compatible version, like MSXML 6, installed on the machine. The result would be a file generated as XMI with that second header you listed, whereas normally EA would transform that XMI content into Esri's XML Workspace format before finalizing the export. This issue was reported some time ago, and it's possibly been corrected in one of the EA releases since 12.0.1214. Are you able to download and install the latest version of EA to test this out?

In any case, I've corrected this in the past simply by installing MSXML 4. This might be an option if you can't try out the latest version of EA. There seems to be a free download of MSXML 4 from Microsoft here:

Could you please suggest if ArcGIS 10.3.1 is compatible with Enterprise Architect 12?
Yes. I've been using ArcGIS 10.3.1 for a while now. Planning to update to to 10.4 soon.

I hope this helps.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: New EA version changes layouts - don't !
« on: February 15, 2005, 03:57:18 pm »

Short answer is unfortunately, no.

When a release includes major changes to the UI, like adding dockable windows etc. - user layouts are going to get clobbered. The layouts are simply not backward compatible and so have to be reset to default. I realise this is an absolute pain, but we don't really have a short-term solution for this.

On the bright side - such changes are generally part of a major release like 4.51, so you shouldn't be stung by this when upgrading between minor builds (eg 747->748). If it does occur, we'd like to know about it.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Build 745 Beta Bugs
« on: February 15, 2005, 04:30:07 pm »
Hi Fred,

Thanks for reporting these problems and providing the steps. I've compiled issues for these items to be corrected for future releases.


Fred and Bruce,

Point taken. There's something in the pipeline for this. I believe a Delphi example went up on the examples page recently ( with one or more .Net add-ins to follow.

Some skeleton add-in code/templates is a good suggestion too.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Edit properties of multiple elements.
« on: October 19, 2004, 07:14:25 pm »
It's ok guys we didn't miss the posts ... and in case I didn't mention ... coming soon :P

Regarding property updates for multiple elements- definitely under consideration, but probably not for release in the immediate term.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: multi select in project view
« on: October 19, 2004, 06:44:30 pm »
Hi All,

As always, we appreciate your constructive feedback and suggestions, so ...

Multiple select from the project view is on its way.

We've got some basic functionality in testing currently.

We're aiming to facilitate the basic move, delete, drag and drop operations. Eg :
- select and move multiple elements, and features within the tree
- select and delete multiple elements and features from the tree (with Ctrl+Delete)
- select and drag multiple elements onto a diagram
- select multiple features from one classifier and drop them onto another in a diagram ...

Initially at least, there will be a few restrictions (no multi-selecting across parent/child elements, copy/paste or context menu), but from experience the majority of everyday cases are covered.

Jason, regarding confirmation of deletes- yes just leave the option turned on (default) and you'll be prompted.

Hope this helps.


Update : The exact release date for this functionality is not decided.  All going to plan, it will be within 3-4 weeks (EA 740/741). Otherwise, it will be included with EA 4.5.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: be able to select multiple objects
« on: October 19, 2004, 06:54:58 pm »
Hi thomas and Thomas,

1) in project view, select multiple objects (the usual windows way, with CTRL or Shift) and do operations on them like move or delete

Multi-select is coming soon ... in particular move and delete will be supported. For details, see :;action=display;num=1081322019;start=0#0

2) in diagrams, select multipl objects holding down Shift. This is kind of the standard way I'd expect...

Ctrl+Click does the trick. A related post :;action=display;num=1080730365

... but it is not possible to open the properties window. Since there is a base class ELEMENT I could imagine that one would like to change attributes (like version etc.) commonly.

It's a good suggestion, it's being considered, but not for short-term release.

Hope that helps.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: C# Indentation when generating code
« on: July 05, 2004, 03:34:35 pm »
Hello SilverFox,

Regarding Property templates: try the Operation templates, stereotyped "Property".

Regarding Destructors: see the C# options for Finalizer and Dispose also.

Regarding Reboot : not required for template changes.

I hope that explains.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Tabbed MDI Windows for Diagrams
« on: December 23, 2003, 01:28:27 pm »
Hi All,

Thanks for your feedback and suggestions.

Your votes have been counted ...

Diagram tabs will be available with the release of EA 4.0 due for release early February, 2004. This should allow for more convenient switching between diagrams.

Initially, only the tabbed view will be available- no cascaded/tiled views.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Programming with EA
« on: September 30, 2003, 11:32:07 pm »
Hi n!

The behaviour field is really intended to provide some comments within the body of the function on intial generation.  Code and comments within function bodies however, is not currently reversed or synchronized by EA.

If you are only interesting in forward generating initial code stubs, you could "bend" the behaviour field to your purpose.  Override the default code generation template for OperationBody change the following lines:

$behaviour = %WRAP_COMMENT(opBehaviour, "40", "\t", "//")%
%if $behaviour != ""%



Now it will just dump the behaviour field directly between the curly braces. (Refer to the help file for more details on modifying code generation templates)

Note: EA currently ignores function bodies- so you won't be able to change the behaviour field in EA and have it update in the source file and vice versa.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Variable initialization
« on: September 30, 2003, 11:10:21 pm »
Hi n!

Currently, EA does not generate intialisation code base on attribute's default values.  It's something we are looking into as a longer term endeavor.


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