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Overview

Mr Ben Constable, Senior Analyst at Sparx Systems, demonstrates powerful tools for rapid visual modeling in Enterprise Architect. Learn about important features for customizing diagram elements, and recent enhancements that help you create and explore diagrams faster and more effectively.

In this webinar you will learn how to:

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Session 1

Melbourne Fri 05 April 08:00 am
New York Thu 04 April 17:00 pm
Los Angeles Thu 04 April 14:00 pm
London Thu 04 April 22:00 pm
Auckland Fri 05 April 10:00 am

Session 2

Presenters

Ben ConstableSparx Systems

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Questions & Answers

General

Yes. For example, if you change the name of one of the original classes either via the diagram or Project Browser, you will see the class names update on both diagrams. This is because the underlying model information was not duplicated - only the diagram/layout information.
When pasting a copy of the original domain diagram in the Project Browser, the "Shallow" copy option was used. As noted above, this means the model elements were not duplicated. Our aim was to create a simpler view of the original information for a different audience - so a Shallow copy is ideal in this scenario.

The other options, "Deep" and "Smart" copy, actually duplicate the model elements in the Project Browser as well. This could be handy if you want to create a new model, or duplicate model elements, based on an existing, similar portion of the model. The "Deep" and "Smart" copy options work slightly differently, as described in this help topic.
Right-Click the element and choose from the context menu:
New Diagram > Select Composite Diagram.
Note: This feature was introduced with the Enterprise Architect 10 release.
We are considering implementing support for this in a future release of Enterprise Architect and we are interested in comments on the most commonly required operations for multi-selected connectors and what the underlying editing need is (eg. To make all Generalization connectors on the diagram blue, with double-line width per standard XYZ). So the actual use case scenario is of primary importance, rather than the mechanism (multi-select, right-click vs style paintbrush etc.). Please send us your thoughts via: webinar@sparxsystems.com
Currently, double-clicking a Component element on a diagram will invoke its properties, if it does not have a composite diagram. If it has a Composite diagram, that diagram will be opened on double-click instead. These are the only two behaviors supported out-of-the-box currently. You could use an add-in to override these default actions however. Your add-in would catch and handle the event:
EA_OnContextItemDoubleClicked.
This is an excellent suggestion. We will consider the topic for a future session.
Right-Click the diagram. From the context menu, choose: Properties. Under the Elements tab, you can check or uncheck the compartments that you want show or hide.
No. Currently the Orthogonal line styles cannot be made default for the model. There are plans to support doing so in a future release however.
I used full screen mode. Access it from the menu:
Window > Full Screen
I used a keyboard short cut to do that, Ctrl+Tab. Enterprise Architect brings up a screen of currently open diagrams. You can cycle through them by holding the Ctrl key down and using the tab or arrow keys, or select one with Left-Click. Alternatively, use Ctrl+Shift+Tab to cycle through open diagrams in reverse.
Tools Menu > Options > Diagram > Behaviour > Grid
Yes. You can view the video demonstration from this page or from the following YouTube link: www.youtube.com/sparxsystems
The Filter Bar was introduced in Enterprise Architect 10. If you are already using this version, ensure that you have the diagram caption bar and associated toolbar displayed:
View Menu > Visual Style > (Uncheck) Hide Diagram Caption Bar.
Ensure the diagram toolbar is visible by clicking this icon if necessary:
These are excellent topics that we have planned for a future webinar.
Another excellent topic for a future webinar.
There's a few options.
  1. You could use the <> dialog: View Menu > Advanced > Visible Relations. This means you are choosing which specific relationships to hide, but they are conveniently sorted by type.

  2. Alternatively, you could apply a Diagram Filter: Diagram Menu > Diagram Filters.
    You would then create a filter based on Connector type (matching one type, or one of multiple types). This filter can be turned on or off, and works for any open diagram when the filter is on.

  3. Otherwise, you could use a Model Script or add-in to achieve something more specific. This demonstration might help if you opt for a Model Script.

Enterprise Architect supports model simulation. Model simulation is beyond the scope of this webinar, but is being considered for a future session. Below are some online resources to help get you started with model simulation in Enterprise Architect:
You can effectively do this if you use Enterprise Architect's Role-based (User) Security.
We are planning a webinar that will focus on preparing diagrams for publication - that will include non-trivial diagrams and will suit users like yourself who deal with large reverse engineered or imported diagrams. In the meantime, you may be able to leverage Enterprise Architect's Diagram Layout tool (Diagram Menu > Diagram Layout). It can get you part of the way. In combination with some of Enterprise Architect's diagram display options and formatting tools much, but not all, manual work can be avoided.
Yes.
  1. Select an element in the list.
  2. Then Ctrl+A to select all.
  3. Copy the selected elements (Ctrl+C).
  4. Open Excel and paste. (Then use the paste option "Text Import Wizard" to import as a comma separated list.)
  1. Place the existing class on the diagram in which the Association connector appears (or create such a relationship if you need to).
  2. Right-Click the "to-be" Association Class
  3. Select from the context menu: Advanced > Association Class...
  4. Select the appropriate relationship when prompted, then OK.
A default diagram can be set per user or per model via Diagram Menu > Advanced. Currently however this cannot be done for a group of users (or role).
Currently discussion comments from the Team Review (View Menu > Team Review) cannot be displayed on diagrams. Otherwise, one of the Text or Note elements available from the Common toolbox page can be a useful to annotate the diagram.
No. We are aware, however, of such a keyboard shortcut template on the Enterprise Architect Community Site. It may be suitable for you.
Yes. Simply reorder the diagrams in your working set (using up/down buttons) such that the diagram you want displayed "on top" is the last in the list.
Yes. You may be interested in the recorded presentation from our Enhanced Reporting webinar, December 2012.

You may also wish to see our Requirements Reporting video demonstration, which includes HTML output from Enterprise Architect. (The reporting concepts covered in the video can be applied beyond requirements)
Yes. These have been addressed to some extent in previous presentations on traceability. You may like to see the "Requirements Traceability" video here for example:
http://www.sparxsystems.com/resources/demos/requirements-management.html

Also, our next webinar will focus on tools for traceability, scheduled for May, 2013.
A few possibilities may relate to this need:
  1. Create a shortcut EAP file which opens one or more specific diagrams within the model. See the User Guide topic on Capturing the Current Work Environment.

  2. Generate HTML documentation from the model and hyperlink directly to a diagram using its GUID.

  3. or

  4. You could try using the third-party open source EA Protocol Handler to hyperlink directly into a model. This was posted on the Enterprise Architect Community Site.
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