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By default the document generator uses 'heading 1', 'heading 2', etc styles for outline numbers. Somehow it automagically increments these as the nesting of packages occurs (reflected by the child packages and child elements commands in the RTF document templates).
My use case is that a separate set of heading styles are required, eg 'appendix 1', 'appendix 2', etc.
How can I get EA to automagically increments these if encountered in a RTF template?

In a model document (or better in a package in a model document) I wish to set the initial heading level (ie to 2, 3, etc).
The heading level for each package in a model document starts at 'heading 1', this means that reusing a package from another area of the model does not fit in the the document hierarchy I require.



I have submitted the following featrue request with the above subject.

The ability for EA to share resources such as
* normal.rtf
* eabase.eap
* dictionaries
perhaps by having an option that specified the path to each of these file system files

Suggestions and Requests / 8.0 diagram columns - sortable
« on: July 16, 2010, 09:01:02 am »
How about, by default, making all columns in dialogue boxes sortable.

This one is a prime example

Suggestions and Requests / Black Box
« on: February 05, 2010, 07:53:23 am »
Here is a thought for version 8.
I have EA crash on me from time to time (probably on average monthly).
All I get is a tiny dialogue box, I'm not sure how much info this gives Sparx so they and find an fix such faults, so I tend not to report - cause how hard is it to remember what you were doing, document it, export the related objects, yadda yadda.

I propose, for version 8, some instrumentation added to EA, that provides a broader crash dump, log of recent user actions, export of objects, etc etc.

Then as a user I could simply add this file to my registered user fault report and get a glow from being a good guy and providing feedback to improve the product.

Thoughts? Support?

Suggestions and Requests / Image Manager ... doesn't?
« on: March 04, 2010, 09:20:26 am »
I wanted to add a perfectly good .png image, with a transparent background using the Appearance context menu to an entity.
Frustratingly the image manager seems tp convert it to a bit map, loosing all transparency information.
(The help says it stored it as a PNG, perhaps there is a bug elsewhere, but image manager displays it as file type bitmap).
It says only metafiles (what) and bitmaps are supported.
I have no idea how to convert a png to a metafile, and shouldn't have to.

Can image manager (in v8) be enhanced to support other formats, ie png, gif, jpeg, svg, and support transparency

Here are some other things I'd like to do to manage my images
  • find out where images are used (find in diagrams)
  • allow renaming of images
  • show name of image under preview when opening from diagram
  • provide quick key searching of name
  • add keyword associations with images to facilitate searching (aka Office clip art)

feature request made

Suggestions and Requests / Find in project quirk, open many instances
« on: March 01, 2010, 11:16:04 am »

Here is a little quirk, I found that clicking on the Find in Project icon (both in the Project Browser pane, or the Project toolbar on the main window,
opens a new instance of the dialogue.

If the dialogue is already open it should simply switch to the open dialogue and bring it to the front.

Suggestions and Requests / Version 8
« on: January 11, 2010, 07:04:07 am »

Can we have a teaser of what improvements are on offer (given the major version numbering change).


Suggestions and Requests / Resource Document suggestions
« on: December 24, 2009, 06:51:58 am »
This morning I wanted to change the template for the resource document (virtual document) in the Resource window.
The field to do this on the Generate tab is greyed out (see image below) on the Generate RTF Documentation dialogue.

Checking back to the Master document I found that the field is also greyed out there. However I also determined that on the Templates tab I was able to select a different template and it updated the greyed out template !

As an aside I believe that the Templates tab is not required and is inappropriately supplied as part of this dialogue. You go to the resources windows to access this functionality.

Back to the Resource document, I tried to change the template on the templates tab, but it did not work.

My suggestions:
  • Allow the Resource Document to be modified out of the resources window.
  • Preserve and show the ResourceDocument (or documents) related to a Master Document and show them on the Generate RTF documentation dialogue
  • and for good measure remove the Templates tab from Generate RTF documentation dialogue

Suggestions and Requests / Setting label visibility.
« on: December 02, 2009, 12:58:58 pm »
In the diagram properties dialogue it should be possible to set, for all connectors in the diagram,
the same visibility as can be done individually (and painstakingly) for each connector.

I'd like to see this on the Connector tab or the diagram properies dialogue.

Feature request: Project Integrity Dialogue box enhancements
The Project Integrity Check dialogue box seems to be "usability" challenged".
I make the following suggestions
  • allow the box to be resized by user (this would assist with reducing scrolling and increase visibility)
  • allow sort by columns
  • add (optional) column for object name, package name
  • provide ability to view name of object with error
  • enable context menu for items listed, to enable ability to find (in project browser) them
  • enable context menu for items listed, to enable ability to edit them

Suggestions and Requests / What does this mean (laugh and cry)
« on: September 23, 2009, 01:03:30 pm »
I'm confused, what does this mean

[highlight]or should I say "what fields"?[/highlight]

Suggestions and Requests / Enhanced notes field
« on: August 25, 2009, 01:11:40 pm »
I find the notes field works well, but could benefit from additional formatting options,
to save having to create linked RTF documents.

In particular it would be useful to have indented bullets and numbering, hyperlinks, styles (from normal.rtf),
and simple tables.

Suggestions and Requests / Enhancement request: default target file name
« on: August 12, 2009, 12:52:25 pm »
When exporting a package,
or generating a document,
the default filename seems to be the last one used (ie entered in any similar dialogue box).

This is less than useful (because it seems to be the last one used for any package for any type of output) because of the risk of overwriting a non related output.

It would be more useful (and safer) if the filename was the package or diagram name, or better the last file name used for this specific local package.

Suggestions and Requests / Feature request: Manage locks dialogue box
« on: August 07, 2009, 08:08:31 am »
When managing locks the dialogue box (see below) is too small, and provides insufficient information.

This is a feature request to
  • Make the dialogue box resizable
  • Add information so that the element can be associated with the packages that it is defined in
  • or, provide some means of filtering elements, or navigating to a specific element
  • quick key on element name, etc

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