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Suggestions and Requests / Is EA Forum Search broken ?
« on: May 02, 2007, 12:48:42 am »
There have been comments in threads about forum Search not finding postings that are known to be in there, unless very specific terms are used.

Is there any forum admin activity that needs to be performed here - perhaps reindexing the forum (if that's applicable) and maybe reviewing the search system's list of ignored 'common words' which might be excluding too many.

This is possibly quite apart from YaBB itself having any problems, which would be addressed by installing a newer YaBB - without losing the forum database !!

Any 'test case' examples of blatantly incorrect behaviour ?

Suggestions and Requests / Structured Auto numbering
« on: October 06, 2004, 07:18:46 am »
For items like Requirements, it would be useful to be able to control Auto Element Naming (numbering) at the Package level, so that within a package, numbering could start at 0001 (or as required), with the prefix (possibly partially numeric) then being made different for each package.

An alternative would be to have a 'hierarchical numbering' option which would allow automatic numbering in the traditional structured format where descending one (package) level would insert a '.' and restart the auto-numbering.

Suggestions and Requests / Apostrophe typos on website
« on: February 06, 2006, 05:17:47 am »
If you Google on "lot's", you will see that lot's more is incorrectly used instead of lots more three times.

Also, it's (= it is) is misused (use the same Google trick); all the below should use its:
  • At it's simplest
  • bring up it's context menu
  • takes it's topmost default
  • in it's current form
  • have it's own local SCC project
  • it's powerful built-in requirements tracking
  • It's interfaces represent  
  • This Add-in in it's current form
  • evolved from it's roots

Suggestions and Requests / Auto layout on diagram subset
« on: December 03, 2004, 06:34:26 am »
It would be useful to be able to select several elements on a diagram, and then be able to run the Auto Layout on only these elements - i.e. only these elements may be moved.

Currently you can only run this on the whole diagram.

Much as there is a list of 'most recent' models on the EA start page. it would be convenient if there was a dropdown list of models in the Tools - Data management -  Data Transfer dialog.

This would then avoid having to reconstruct the database connection details, when EA has them to hand already.

Suggestions and Requests / Issues Report dialog needs Closed filter
« on: March 08, 2005, 08:17:14 am »
Or even Status filter.

Currently the RTF report shows all issues regardless of status, even though you can filter the list in the dialog.

Oh yes, and the dialog button naming should be consistent with the Documentation - RTF report dialog.

Should be (Report) 'Create' and 'View' rather than 'Report' and 'View RTF' - don't you think ?

Suggestions and Requests / Align & Space - auto choose orientation ?
« on: February 24, 2005, 07:53:10 am »
I note that in many cases where you are doing Align Centres and Space Evenly, the tool could in principle determine whether you meant horizontally or vertically depending on the current position of the elements.

This would save time having to tell it each time which way you meant, when most of the time it's "obvious".

Where it was not clear, the tool could still give you the choice.

Also, (e.g.) clicking and holding the context menu item could still give you the choice where you wanted to change things round - while discreetly flagging the choice it would have made for you otherwise!

Suggestions and Requests / Support for Feature (Variant) Models
« on: February 16, 2005, 02:57:59 am »
As described in e.g., to allow modelling of families of products/systems - also called "variants".

Though the paper above suggests using stereotypes, some kind of tool support allowing direct construction of a system family would be very useful.

Must also have a look at

Wonder if Sparx intend to investigate any of this area ?

Suggestions and Requests / New EA version changes layouts - don't !
« on: February 15, 2005, 07:26:56 am »
Can new EA installations please not mess up existing window settings ?

I have various windows set into various tabs, and if I upgrade EA to a new version, have to redo all the work to put them back again to correct sizes and locations.


Suggestions and Requests / Documentation from Components
« on: February 03, 2005, 04:03:33 am »
Is there any good reason why the Documentation context menu item is unavailable from a Component element ?

I realise I can achieve a similar result by going Element - Documentation ... but it's less obvious, and more laborious in some cases (e.g. Testing docs)

Suggestions and Requests / Create/mod timestamp for Diagram detail
« on: January 26, 2005, 06:15:59 am »
The Diagram Note text element added to a diagram by pressing the toolbar button shows Create and Updated times.

However the text displayed by "Diagram Properties - Show details on diagram" does not have this extra info.

Any chance that the two could be brought into agreement - or at least have the option to add the timestamps ?

The properties one is nice in that it's in a fixed place and can't get moved/deleted by diagram edits.

Suggestions and Requests / More filters in Import Element Tests
« on: December 07, 2004, 09:06:15 am »
[build 738]
Currently, when selecting which element to import from (Import Tests from Other Elements), you are given the choice of a) ALL elements in the model, or b) those elements that have a relation with the current element.

You can also filter according to Element Type.

a) gives too many and b) too few, but the type filter is a step in the right direction.

Currently, elements are listed even if they have no tests at all, so a couple of extra useful selection filters would be:

1. (always) Only show elements that have any tests
2. (selectable, default) Show elements in same Package (and/or Diagram ?)

And for convenience, it would be good to have a checkbox to restrict the view to those elements of the same type as the current element - I know you could type it in as an Element Type selector, but surely it makes sense to make this a one-click operation for the majority of cases.

Suggestions and Requests / More detail in View and Manage Locks
« on: December 07, 2004, 07:23:44 am »
[build 738]
Could do with another column in the View and Manage Locks report.

Currently it only seems to show Diagram and Element, whereas the Find dialog shows the detailed element type plus the package, which is more helpful.

Also a Locate Selected would be useful.

Suggestions and Requests / Print command on Diagram context menu
« on: December 03, 2004, 07:25:40 am »
Convenience factor - a Print command on the context menu for a Diagram on the Project Browser.

Suggestions and Requests / Space evenly - anchor element clicked
« on: November 17, 2004, 05:10:47 am »
In Align Left etc., the alignment is referenced to the element over which the context menu was invoked (right click).

If you have a 1-3-1 arrangement of elements and you would like them evenly spaced in a cross, using 'Space Evenly' upsets any alignment of the middle element if you have previously done an Align Centres.

It would be better if the Space Evenly 'anchored' the element over which the command was clicked (analogous to the Align commands), thus in the 1-3-1 case, allowing the central element to remain centred while Aligning and Spacing horizontally and vertically.

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