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General Board / Re: ERwin to EA
« on: March 04, 2008, 06:07:40 am »

We are currently working on the release of TA 2.0 (due out today...) once that is complete, I will have a look at some of the XMI formats and see if I can get you any more details.

Best regards,


General Board / Re: ERwin to EA
« on: March 01, 2008, 02:25:00 am »

I would like at some of the XMI export profiles that are available in ERwin.  These are certainly available in the version of ERwin that we are running ( - sorry can't remember whether they were added at 7.0 or 7.1.

We have tended to reverse engineer from a completed database...

How much of the model are you hoping to recreate in EA?  Tables and links or much lower than that?

Best regards,


General Board / Re: Exporting items based on a theme
« on: February 06, 2008, 02:15:33 am »

there are two Excel export options.  The first one is without notes, the second option is with Notes.

We don't keep the notes in the data that we hold, so we needed to make it a second option to go and get the note information on demand.  There could be a lot of notes and we were trying to keep the footprint small!

Can you let me know if this works out for you?

Many thanks,


General Board / Re: Exporting items based on a theme
« on: February 05, 2008, 08:15:56 am »

I have just looked at this with version (the sneak peak version...)

If you export to Excel - then you only get what is in the grid - filtered, sorted, grouped etc.

If you export to CSV - you don't!  It exports the full list!  If possible, can I suggest that you export to Excel instead of CSV?

(In 2.0 you can specify that you only want use cases in the first case! - it will be out soon...)

Please feel free to let me know if you need any assistance.

Best regards,


General Board / Re: Exporting items based on a theme
« on: February 01, 2008, 03:52:12 pm »
Hi Max,

If I understand you correctly, you are trying to export only certain elements from within your package structure but these are spread out in various places across your structure.  However, I think from what you have said they are all under one parent folder?  If not, please see suggestion 2...

(Please note, instructions assume you have pulled down 2.0 Sneak Peak version...)

1.  Although TA tries to create a Gantt chart of everything (this is being changed ready for the new release...) it also has some very useful features for 'normal' modellers too! :D
  • Right click on the parent package and select Add-In>Time Architect>Draw Gantt Chart.
  • When the system pops up the dialog box, select 'Include Child Packages' then click the top, big button 'Get Gantt Chart - Element View'
  • TA will now try and draw a Gantt Chart that represents your structure - ignore that for now.
  • Click on the Grid button (Last but 1 button on the bottom icon bar) - Tooltip states 'Show Grid'
  • You will now get a full data grid view of all your elements.  From here you can filter based on just about all the criteria that you can think of - Phase, Version, Type, Duration, Resource, Complexity, Stereotype and more.  You can even add Tagged Values into the grid.  You can combine filters too, so you can hopefully filter down to only the elements you require.
  • From the export menu - you can then select export to Excel (you can include element notes if required....)

2.  If the elements you require are complex or really spread out then try the following:
  • Create a new package called 'Export' (or something similar)
  • Add a diagram to this export (any type will do).
  • Run the create Gantt step as above as far as the Grid step.
  • Select elements that you need to export either through filters or you can select rows in the grid (CTRL allows you to select non contiguous rows).
  • Now, right click on any highlighted row and click 'Move element(s)'.
  • In the folder view select Package created above, it will then show the name of the diagram in the diagram list.
  • Click 'copy to diagram only'.
  • TA will copy those elements to the diagram specified.
  • Repeat as needed.
  • Now open that diagram with all your elements.
  • Select the diagram in the project browser
  • Right click anywhere on the diagram Add-In>Time Architect>Draw Gantt Chart.  Make sure 'From Diagram' is ticked.  TA will now list all those elements that are on that diagram.
  • Go to grid view and Export to Excel, only the elements you want are exported.

There are many more variations of cool things you can do - the TA website is about to be updated with loads of these - and stuff that is in 2.0 that is not in the sneak peak.

TA has a load of features that make working with EA easier - move and copy elements from anywhere in the project.  Multiple element properties and many more.

Version 2.0 (due very soon) allows many of these functions straight from diagrams too!

Have a look - after all it's free (for 20 days :D)  Let me know if you need any help...


Solutions Reality
Creators of Time Architect

General Board / Re: Exporting items based on a theme
« on: January 31, 2008, 03:50:13 pm »
Try downloading the free 20 day trial of Time Architect - very powerful, flexible filtering available (it's not just for Project Managers...)

Whatever you set up in the grid can then be exported out to Microsoft Excel - true WYSIWYG!

Give it a go, saves writing your own add-in...

General Board / Re: Stereotype Tagged Values as collection
« on: January 24, 2008, 04:36:47 pm »
In the profile that we are building for Time Architect 2.0 - we have used an Enum in the profile to achieve what I think you are trying to do.
  • Add an enumeration to your Profile diagram and call it something meaningful.
  • Add attributes that represent the values that you want to use.
  • Then in your tagged value, define the type as your enumeration.
  • Set an initial value to one of the values in your enumeration

You will then have your list of string values.

hope that helps,


General Board / Re: Show tagged value of association ends
« on: January 24, 2008, 04:41:31 pm »
Unfortunately you can't run a shapescript without a stereotype...

...that bit is in the manual...  ;D

Can I apply a Shapescript without using Stereotypes?

(from the EA manual!)

General Board / Re: Tagged values in CSV export, how?
« on: December 21, 2007, 03:49:10 am »
Hi there,

Can I suggest that you take a look at the new, sneak peak of Time Architect 2.0? available from

This version includes improved grid functionality that lets you add tagged values to the grid as columns.

You can then use these to help filter and sort your elements.

Time Architect also includes export to Excel functionality (with or without notes) which exports the contents of the datagrid directly to .xls format.  From this you can then convert to CSV (if you need to).

It also adds lots of other functionality too - take a look around the website for full details...

I think that you should find that this does exactly what you are looking for!

The fully functional evaluation version lasts 20 days so this should give you a chance to fully try it!  It is still at the special introductory price of $100 - so give it a try...

General Board / Re: Copy diagram
« on: December 21, 2007, 02:55:04 am »

can I suggest that you take a look at Time Architect?

We have just released the sneak peak of version 2.0 that includes element move functionality.

With this you can select elements from anywhere in your model (via the grid interface) and move those elements to a different package/diagram or you can just copy the elements straight to a diagram.

It also adds lots of other functionality too - take a look around the website for full details...

I think that you should find that this does exactly what you are looking for!

The fully functional evaluation version lasts 20 days so this should give you a chance to fully try it!  It is still at the special introductory price of $100 - so give it a try...

General Board / Re: Time Architect - Version 2.0 Announced....
« on: December 21, 2007, 06:27:56 am »
Dear all,

Solutions Reality are pleased to announce that Time Architect 2.0 is coming soon (January 2008) - for an overview of the new features please see:

For those of you that think Time Architect is only for Project Managers, we invite you to have a read of some of the new features which include the ability to work with multiple elements:

and improvements to the datagrid that means that you can now work with Tagged Values as columns of the datagrid:

For those of you using Time Architect for Project Management, we have added a new review column making it simple to focus on the tasks that need attention NOW:

For those that can't wait there is a 'sneak peak' version available for download that features most of the new features:

Please be aware, this sneak peak does not include the Virtual Machine functionality - this will be in the full release of 2.0 in January 2008!

Why not take a look at it today...?

General Board / Re: Time Architect - Feedback requested
« on: November 29, 2007, 01:24:17 am »
Thomas, thanks for spotting that, it is now corrected!

General Board / Re: Time Architect - Feedback requested
« on: November 28, 2007, 01:18:23 pm »
Dear all,

we are finalising version 1.2 of Time Architect and it will be entering testing soon prior to an expected release next week (during the week beginning 3rd December).

1.2 adds a number of key features to the tool including a review column that allows you see the tasks that need attention. It clearly shows the tasks that are late, those that are finished, due to start or end etc.

In addition it adds the ability to manipulate many tasks/EA elements at the same time updating both resource information and EA values.

We are now starting to plan version 1.3 (using Time Architect of course ;D) what we would like to know is what you would like to see in this release?

We know that people are downloading TA, we know that some of you are buying TA and a few of you are discussing with us about TA - Thank you!

What we would like to know is:
  • What is it you like about TA?
  • What is it that you don't?
  • If you have bought it - what made you decide to buy?
  • If you have decided not to buy - why not? What is it missing?
  • What do you really need to see in TA before you decide to buy it?

If you are not happy to add your comments here then please feel free to add your comments on the Solutions Reality forum at alternatively, contact us through the form on the Time Architect site.

Thank you in anticipation of your help.


General Board / Re: UPDATED! - Time Architect - v1.1 Released
« on: November 16, 2007, 10:36:41 am »
[size=16]Time Architect v1.1 Released! [/size]
Solutions Reality are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Time Architect version 1.1.

Time Architect version 1.1 adds the following features:
[size=13]Quick Chart mode[/size]
The optional Quick Chart mode allows the creation of Gantt and project information from any UML model in EA!
By automatically allocating a duration based on element complexity/difficulty and assigning a resource (labelled 'unknown') to any elements without a resource assigned, Time Architect is able to help you sketch out the scope of the project and kick start the project planning and management processes.  

Please note:  even in Quick Chart mode, TA only saves the data back to EA when you ask it to, allowing you to quickly and easily see what has to be done, without changing anything in EA!

[size=13]Export to Microsoft Excel mode [/size]
As well as exporting to CSV, Time Architect now provides a full export to Microsoft Excel format.  This can export the contents of the data grid out to Microsoft Excel format and optionally can pick up the notes from all elements exported.

[size=13]Improved Grid functions[/size]
As well as increasing the available columns (see below).  We have also improved the functionality of the Grid to allow pinning of columns.

[size=13]Increased Columns in data grid[/size]
TA now shows the following additional columns in the data grid:
  • Type
  • Stereotype
  • Difficulty / Complexity
  • Priority
  • Status
  • Phase
  • Version
  • Modified

All of which can be used for filtering, sorting and grouping your element data.

[size=13]Minor Bug fixes[/size]
A number of minor bug fixes to issues identified since the previous release.

[size=13]User Guide Improvements[/size]
As well as documenting the new features we have made a number of improvements to the User Guide.  This includes a section on how to link and unlink tasks.

[size=13]Download Now...[/size]
Download your copy of version 1.1 from today and see the new intro movie too!

We welcome your feedback either through the contact form on the TimeArchitect site - or break the ice and talk to us via the forum at - see you there!

General Board / Re: Time Architect - v1.0.1 released
« on: November 08, 2007, 09:01:57 am »
Solutions Reality has released version 1.0.1 of Time Architect.  This is available from

This minor release repairs an Internationalisation issue that affected some users of the tool.

We advise all users to update to the latest version as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

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