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For an entity you can "Find in all diagrams", or "Element | Relationships".

What is the equivalent for a connector, I'd love the find a "Find (connector) in all diagrams)" or "Connector | Entities" equivalent?

All I know of is the unsatisfactory (because I can't click through) "visibility | Hide Connector in other diagrams"

Suggestions and Requests / 8.0 diagram enhancements
« on: June 21, 2010, 02:30:07 pm »
Elsewhere I suggested that there was no reason why EA diagrams and diagramming should not be on a par with Visio for both look and ease of editing and layout.

As I struggled to do some basics today I thought it might be instructive to list some of the issues, in the hope that
1) someone will tell me that it can be done, and why
2) others in the community will add to the list
3) at some point lots of us will submit these as feature requests
4) Sparx will implement the feature requests  :D

PS when are we going to be allowed to upload images directly instead of having to go to twice the effort.

When setting the colour of an object (say the border color) in a diagram the dialogue box shown is

When setting the colour of a connector in a diagram the dialogue box shown is

A different range of different colours is shown.

This makes it hard in some cases to choose the same colour,
and I wonder why there isn't consistency,
such that all colour dialogues are the same (reuse!)

Suggestions and Requests / Feature request: Note lists indentation
« on: November 20, 2009, 09:49:40 am »
I have today submitted a modest (blush) feature request, your support (votes) welcome.


In the notes field add support for indented (hierarchies) of bulleted and numbered lists

Steps to Reproduce:  

I'd like to see indentation icons added to support the formatting options of notes so that we see

or in html (for any combination of ol and ul)

      <li>support for this construct</li>

Suggestions and Requests / OMG EA 12
« on: November 10, 2014, 04:40:42 pm »

Suggestions and Requests / Addition to new diagram defaults
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:56:07 am »
Diagrams have the option "Print page header and footer"

This feature request is to be able to set this as one of the new diagram defaults.


Suggestions and Requests / v9 diagram requests
« on: December 14, 2011, 01:35:55 pm »
The reason I was having such fun on Friday was that I was trying to draw a diagram.
Now I know EA is not a diagramming tool - its a modelling tool.
But it is also a knowledge management tool, and I find it particularly convenient to maintain all my resources in EA, eg Diagrams for presentations that perhaps are not strongly related to models (but never the less have all the advantages of the underlying meta data (esp notes) for all elements and connectors, can be slotted into documents etc. So bear with me.

I wanted to produce a continuum diagram. (another type of diagram I'd find useful is a timeline)
So I thought, all I need is a line, and a few note boxes and I'd be away. Right.

The problem with a line is that its actually a connector, so it needs to be connected to two elements. So connect it between two, say, boundaries, make them as small as possible, and white. (FR: why can't we have transparent as a colour option for everything, oh and opacity too). This doesn't work because a note connector only connects to the centre of the line and cannot be adjusted, so much for a timeline.

I could have used an arrow, but there is no arrow without a head (FR: arrow without a head, AND arrow with head at each end). This would have worked well, although the thinnest you can make an arrow is a little too fat for my taste.

Then I tried a boundary with a connector to provide the line. As it turns out the cursor keys can make the boundary as thin as you like which is excellent (dragging leaves a gap) so the line was superfluous.

FR: For hand/whiteboard drawings please allow more flexibility and options, as we would have on a whiteboard!
For example Braces would be good, as would hand drawn lines.

Also while I'm into Feature Requests, FR: how about allowing rotation of arrows and perhaps some other shapes.
I could go on (eg FR: "callouts" docking or connecting to other elements and being able to drag the pointy bit from other than pointing straight down)

Suggestions and Requests / Installation and language
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:46:26 pm »
A suggestion that the installer make an educated guess on setting the spelling language based on the existing regional settings.

I don't like the default of American English.

Suggestions and Requests / Links to EA website
« on: August 18, 2014, 08:35:48 am »
I have some links to the Sparx website, viz

Is there any way to have a link that is not version specific, but simply points to the information for the most current release?


Suggestions and Requests / v11 diagram konsistency and functionality
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:06:07 am »

  • while a Note element can be linked to a connector a Text element cannot.

thus a Text element  cannot use features such as linked to connector tagged values

  • how about allowing "Link to Connector Note"
  • using a tagged value (_Bezier) to control element behaviour is wrong, it confuses business information with configuring the product.

If this is going to be the case at least let us multi-select the tagged values to be displayed, or mark some tagged values as never to be displayed.

Suggestions and Requests / Labelling swim lanes in a boundary
« on: August 13, 2014, 08:12:01 am »
Like in a diagram, a boundary allows you to have swim lanes

But how do you label the swimlanes and set their background colour?

Suggestions and Requests / SQL Server 2012 and 2014
« on: May 01, 2014, 01:28:45 pm »
It would be most useful if data modelling data types for SQL Server 2012 and 2014 were added to the resources available from

Suggestions and Requests / 9.0 whiteboard diagrams
« on: June 13, 2011, 09:26:15 am »
Some initial feedback

How, yes how, do I get the name, alias, or notes appear in, or beside, the new shapes and arrows that are available?

Its great to have arrows that are not connectors, but how can we rotate them to an arbitrary direction, surely this could have been available from the start?

Can we connect the callout arrow to a shape, or rotate it to sides, top, etc?

How do we fill them?

Suggestions and Requests / 9.0 diagram enhancements
« on: August 15, 2011, 11:49:41 am »
We had a constructive and productive thread for 8.0 diagram enhancements, but there is a lot more that can be achieved, so I'd like to again collate suggestions and improvements, with the end goal of a widely supported feature request to Sparxs that hopefully will achieve success and favour in subsequent releases.

Some suggestions for 9.0 that have already been made areSome 8.0 enhancements not actionedAnd earlier

Suggestions and Requests / 9.0 Linked documents (new formats)
« on: May 10, 2011, 01:40:06 pm »
Now 9.0 EA can generate pdf documents.
This makes me think that it would be useful if Linked documents could be pdf, as well as RTF. (and perhaps images)

We find linked documents are a good way to preserve evidence within our models.

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