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I found an issue workaround that avoids scripting.   Simply right click on the destination package and select to open this in a List View.   Then it is just a case of dragging elements from your package in the browser to the list view.   

When you specify a tagged value with a type of "Date" there seems to be no way to allow for it to be blank; for example for when the date is not known or is not applicable for the element object in question.  Is that correct and if so, is there an alternative option?   I did look at the "Custom" type but it does not force a set date format (e.g. "dd/mm/yy") template option.


Thanks qwerty.  You put me on the right path.  It did work by disabling "Show shape script" for the diagram properties.   Unfortunately it does muck up the stereotype icons though.  I've got the good people from Sparx looking into this as well.


Bugs and Issues / <<stereotype>> not showing for elements on diagrams
« on: March 28, 2020, 10:16:00 am »
Hi.  For some reason I cannot get Sparx to show the <<stereotype>> for elements on my diagrams, even although I have set the diagram properties to "Show element stereotype".  Neither can I find any global setting that over rides this for all diagrams.  Any help very much appreciated!


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Creating diagram-specific relationships
« on: November 14, 2014, 01:23:39 pm »
Hey Ron

As an interim solution, you might want to belt out a simple script that traverses the project structure and removes links of this type from any diagram not of the type that you specify.

Although not automatic, it would offer a similar outcome.

Jays  :)
Not a bad suggestion, except that you are left with diagrams with missing links/relationships.  Even if the project/piece of work may have finished, there's always a chance to someone will look at it at a later stage and go "what the..?"

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Creating diagram-specific relationships
« on: November 14, 2014, 01:19:12 pm »
The OP's wish does not make sense. A diagram is not a model. To mark connectors as temporary apply a stereotype or add a tagged value.

Keen to hear what approach does makes practical sense.  Applying a stereotype or tagged value may work, but is not practical.  

It may help if I try to better explain the actual issue that I've got.  I am creating 3 different diagrams to show what different software procurement approaches you can use to realize a common set of application components (e.g. single vendor/monolithic system, single vendor/best of breed product suite, multi-vendor, best of breed components).  It is purely hypothetical, so don't want the application components in our central model to be loaded with all the resulting relationships.  Hope that explanation does help..  :)

Suggestions and Requests / Creating diagram-specific relationships
« on: November 14, 2014, 10:15:51 am »
I would like to recommend that Sparx allows users to create a relationships between elements that are saved as part of that diagram, but not persisted / recorded against the elements that are used in that diagram.

At times I want to model different scenarios using some application elements but showing the different ways they may be able to interact or be realized.  Particularly as these are hypothetical scenarios, I don't want to persist these relationships in our central model repository.

It would be much easier if I would be able to change a setting for a specific diagram to tell it not to update the elements to persist any relationships lines that I draw.  

Yes, this makes Sparx a bit like Visio.  But better that than to be forced to use Visio itself, or Powerpoint!  

Suggestions and Requests / Setting defaults for new diagrams
« on: November 14, 2014, 10:02:14 am »
Each time I create a new diagram, the first thing I always do is go into the diagram properties to change
- Disable "show additional parents", "show diagram details", "show namespace"
- Enable "Disable fully scoped object names
- Disable "Show element stereotypes"
- Disable "Show stereotype labels"

Which obviously gets tedious when you create a lot of diagrams.  A suggested improvement to Sparx is that it allows these settings to be configured as defaults.  Either through [Tools]/[Options].  Which in fact does allow this for the "Disable fully scoped object names" but not the other settings.   Or allow the user to right click in the diagram and select to save all settings as a default for new diagrams.

General Board / Managing a change log
« on: May 28, 2013, 08:29:34 am »
Is there a common approach to managing a change log for a model in Sparx; e.g. one that users can update manually to keep track of changes they've made, and that can be updated as part of a script that makes changes to a model?

We see that there is a "Change" element in the Toolbox, so that's perhaps something to use for this purpose?

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