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When you define a model search you are able to return an alias ‘name’ which could be a ‘concat’ of several strings. Especially for unnamed elements, one can add e.g. type/classifiers to that name to provide some context.
Unfortunately the relationship matrix uses the real name of the elements and not was is returned by the model search. This makes the relationship matrix for unnamed elements useless.
So please provide a way that rows and columns can use data returned from the model search to be displayed.

Referring to,36071.msg232266.html#msg232266

I think that the Matrix Specification Artifact not allowing to use Model Search is just a kind of inconsistency.
However to have those feature for the Matrix Specification Artifact would be helpful.

According user documentation Step 6 here:

It should be possible to set a swimlane to horizontal by this: Orientation=Horizontal
But EA ignores at least in build 1310.

If have stereotypes define in my MDG technology profile having some tags. Most of those are just text, enums or structures. I also use Date as defined here:
what works fine for me.

To do that, I add to my stereotype definition in the profile an attribute and type in as Type of that attribute “Date”.

By doing so, an element using that stereotype get a tag that shows a calendar to select a date. All fine!

However when I try the same e.g. with Memo or Time my tag is just a pure String (neither a memo, nor a time).

Is it a bug that Memo, Time, … does not work?
Or is it a bug that Date works?
What is the right way to do such thing within UML Profiles (not Reference Data )?

Currently I am investigation, if the new formal review feature is suitable for our “formal reviews.

However I realized that it is implemented more as a chat or discussion. From our needs it is quiet unhandy to not be able to correct a topic once it was left be the editor.

Personally I think the edit blocking of discussion topics or posts is also not helpful but unhandy.

Can anyone illuminate me, why not allow later editing of that stuff is helpful/needed?

I published a style sheet with MDG, but when having a User Template and trying to use Update Style, the shown list does not contain the MDG published style sheet.

Bugs and Issues / Kanban Element Inconsistency
« on: August 01, 2017, 08:51:12 pm »
When you use a Kanban diagram you can drag and drop probably any element from the project browser to the diagram and particularly packages as well.

The cool thing about Kanbans is that you can specify queries, defining what elements to show on the Kanban to get a more or less self-maintained Kanban diagram.
However packages delivered by the queries are filtered out when the diagram is updated.

In other words, manually dragged you can have packages on the Kanban diagram but when using a SQL query you cannot. This is just inconsistency and from my point of view packages delivered by a SQL query should not be filtered out by the diagram "updater" at all.

When you look in the EA DB scheme you see that a package is “more” than the other stuff (t_object + t_package). When you are using EA, packages are “less” than other stuff (see this issue or e.g. the Specification Manager).
I ask myself why you Sparxians spend all this effort the reduce Package features where there is no need to, or where we users would have some benefits just if you would do nothing.

Today up upgraded to Build. After that I realized that now several items of model elements in the “Feature and Compartment Visibility” are ticked (which were not before).

This potentially makes the layout of lots of my diagrams more or less ugly.
Opening the same repository with build 1310 those “Show element Compartments” elements are not ticked.
I always thought that those “Show element Compartments” elements ticks are related to the model elements rather that related to a build version. :o ::) :'(

Bugs and Issues / Activity Loop Node Resize Problem
« on: July 06, 2017, 10:23:12 pm »
When you have a loop node with some content and you resize that node, as a result you get a shape that is much larger than expected in high and all content is somehow unmotivated replaced somewhere on the diagram.
Build 1350

Bugs and Issues / Again problems with labels of action pins.
« on: July 05, 2017, 05:08:01 pm »
Precondition: “Show invoked Activity name” is checked

When you type an unnamed pin the label looks like this: “Pin Type”:”Pin Type” and when the pin has a name it looks like this “name”:”Pin Type”.
From my perspective it should look like “name”:”Pin Type” even if the name is empty.
Found in Build 1350

Colleges in my organization complain that after upgrading from V12 to V13 the colors of their colorful diagrams changed.
I know that there are a lot of features to influence the colors in EA, but I have not lots experience with that, because I use always the “monochrome for printing” theme.

Has anyone an idea what caused the color change in V13 and how we can get the V12 colors back?

Bugs and Issues / Drag/Drop a UseCase with “Drag as” instance !?
« on: April 28, 2017, 02:22:14 am »
I do not use Use Cases so much, but while supporting a college I realized that he had lots of Use Case instances in the diragram.

I assume that UML does not know anything what  a instance of the use case is at all.

Looking on what my college does, I saw when dragging and dropping a use case from the project browser to the diagram “Drag as” is set to  instance (UseCase) by default.

To get Link as default do I need a feature request or a bug report? ;)

Bugs and Issues / State Machine State select Composite Diagram
« on: April 27, 2017, 08:14:42 pm »
When you add a state in a state machine you are able to assign a composite diagrams e.g. another state machine diagram (Select Composite Diagram) to it.
Later you are able to assign e.g. a State Machine as a classifier to that state (Instance Classifier…)  to use a substate machine.

When you drag a state machine to a state machine diagram by default “Drop as” is "Invocation (State)" what basically leads to the same thing as described above, however you are not able to assign a composite diagram any more (context menu item is missed).

Is that an intended feature, and if so why?

I belief it is a bug.

Currently there are two possibilities to create relationships between two elements/items:

-Within a diagram or,
-By using the Relationship Matrix

The Relationship Matrix shows that there are use cases where it is better to maintain relations without a diagram. However if the relevant items (source/target) are spread over the whole repository and are of any type, the Relationship Matrix gets unhandy.

In these cases it would help if EA would allow to add links within Properties/Links and in the Relationship view, rather than only allowing to delete existing links.

In such cases I currently create a diagram, drag and drop the relevant elements, create the relationship and delete the diagram, just because I do not need it. What is really not very straight forward. ::)

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