Extensions

Whilst modeling in Enterprise Architect, you can extend and specialize the product's capabilities by using Add-Ins (extensions written in COM that interact with the Enterprise Architect user interface), and by importing XML files from, working with and publishing model information in XMI format to, specific technologies.

Menu options are provided for:

An Add-In when the product has been loaded into the system on start-up using the Manage Add-Ins dialog (below)
ODM, ArcGIS, BPMN 2.0 and GML when they have been enabled through the MDG Technologies dialog (Settings | MDG Technologies)
 

Access     Extensions

Technology Options

Option

Action

Shortcut

See also

ArcGIS

Display a menu of options for the built-in MDG Technology for ArcGIS, a technology supporting geospatial data modeling. Using this menu you can:

Create new model packages using patterns
Import ArcGIS data models
Export models to schema and
Configure the ArcGIS technology
 

 

 

Ctrl+Shift+M

ArcGIS UML Profile

ODM

Display a menu of options for the built-in MDG Technology for Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM), a technology for developing large-scale ontologies for project domains. Using this menu you can:

Import OWL/RDF XMI files
Export packages as OWL/RDF XMI files
Define new namespaces for ODM packages and
Define new labels for OWL and RDF elements
 

 

MDG Technology for ODM

GML

Display a menu of options for the built-in MDG Technology for GML, a technology supporting geographical feature modeling. Using this menu you can:

Generate GML Application Schema from models

 

 

MDG Technology For GML

Import

Display a menu of options for importing XMI/XML from a variety of formats. ArcGIS, OWL/RDF and EMX are specifically supported, but a wide range of other tools' XML output can be imported into Enterprise Architect using the Other Tools/Formats menu option.

 

 

ODM Commands

Import ArcGIS XML Workspace

Publish

Display a menu of options for Publishing (exporting) Enterprise Architect model information in a specific format for consumption by other tools or processes.

A wide range of output formats is supported, and you can further tailor the output by including or excluding diagram information, Enterprise Architect specific extensions and so on. You would tailor your published file for the capabilities of the tool or process expected to consume it.

The Normative XMI 2.4.1 option provides a quick means of exporting model information in the latest UML/XMI combination with no Enterprise Architect extension information or diagram information. This format is most useful for standards development and for base interoperability with other UML based tools.

Note that you should not use this menu to Publish model information for consumption by other users of Enterprise Architect. For that purpose, use the Project | Model Import/Export options.

 

 

Publish Model Package

Import/Export Submenu

ODM Commands

Export ArcGIS XML Workspace

 

Dynamic/Configuration options for Add-Ins such as TOGAF or UPDM

Option

Action

Shortcut

See also

<Add-In Name(s)>

Access the facilities of the selected Add-In, through a submenu (below).

For example, if you have TOGAF enabled on your system, you could click on the TOGAF menu option and display the options available to you as a  TOGAF user.

 

 

 

Add-In Windows

Display a window, or list of windows, provided by any Add-Ins you have installed and enabled.

If no windows are provided, an empty, docked Add-Ins window displays.

 

 

 

Manage Add-Ins

Display the Manage Add-Ins dialog, which you use to enable or disable Add-Ins for use.

Any technology loaded by an Add-In is automatically enabled; if you do not want to use it, you can disable it on the dialog.

 

 

The Add-In Manager

Add-In Submenu

Option

Action

Shortcut

See also

<Add-In specific options>

List options to perform various functions specific to the Add-In.

For example, the MDG Technology For Zachman Framework, as an Add-In, has the options Open Example Model and Insert New Framework Model.

 

 

 

Help

Display the Help subsystem for the Add-In (if one has been provided).

 

 

 

About

Display information on the Add-In installation, such as version, registration details and copyright statement.