The Start Page

The Start Page provides useful tools and resources when you first open Enterprise Architect - including commands to open an existing project, create a new project, copy an existing project, connect to a server repository, or select from a list of recent files.  Links to online resources and to the Enterprise Architect Community website can also help you to further explore the possibilities of Enterprise Architect.

For new users, an Example Model (EAExample) is provided with Enterprise Architect to immediately allow exploration of existing diagrams and to learn more about various modeling features.  The Learning Center window provides useful tutorials, helping first time users get started with creation of new projects.

The available commands on the Start Page are divided into the following sections: Side Buttons, Projects, Recent and Resources.

Access    Opened by default upon startup of Enterprise Architect.  If not displayed, select Window | Show Start Page

Side Buttons Section

Option

Usage

See also

Learning Center

Open the Learning Center, to display useful topics and guides for various areas of work in Enterprise Architect.

 

Learning Center

Help

Display the Enterprise Architect Help, starting at the introductory page.

 

 

Open Example Model

Open the EAExample model provided with Enterprise Architect.

Contains existing models and diagrams to explore and help demonstrate many of Enterprise Architect's features.

 

 

Keyboard Accelerators

Open the Help Keyboard dialog to view available keyboard shortcuts used  by Enterprise Architect.

 

Keyboard Shortcuts

Customize Keyboard Shortcuts

 

Interface Customization

Opens the Interface Customization Wizard dialog.

Customize the window layout, limit the available menu options based upon pre-defined user roles, and specify which technologies and toolboxes are made visible to simplify the user interface and improve workflow.

 

User Interface Customization

Manage Workspace Layout

Customize Command Sets

Manage MDG Technologies

Projects Section

Option

Usage

See also

Manage Projects

Display the Open Project dialog.  From this dialog you can open an existing project, connect to a server repository, create a new project, select from a list of recent projects or remove a recent project the list on the Start Page.

 

Open a Project

Remove Recent Projects

Open a Project File

Display the Select Enterprise Architect Project to Open dialog to browse  for an existing EAP project on the file system.

 

Open a Project

Create a New Project

Create a new EAP project file and open the Model Wizard dialog.

 

Create a New Project

Model Wizard

 

Copy a Base Project

Create a new EAP project file based upon a copy of an existing project.

 

Copy a Base Project

 

Connect to Server

Specify a Data Source name to connect to; the supported repositories are listed on the right.

This feature is available in the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions.

 

Connect to a SQL Server Data Repository

Connect to a MySQL Data Repository

Connect to a PostgreSQL Data Repository

Connect to an ASA Data Repository

Connect to a Progress OpenEdge Repository

Connect to an Oracle Data Repository (ODBC)

Connect to an Oracle Data Repository (OLE DB)

 

Recent Section

Option

Usage

See also

Recent Files

Select from a list of the 10 most recently used Enterprise Architect projects (both .EAP files and DBMS server connections).

If necessary, you can remove projects from this list.

 

Remove Recent Projects

Resources Section

Option

Usage

See also

Resources Portal

Opens the Resources page on the Sparx Systems website.  This page provides access to a wide range of Enterprise Architect and UML tutorials, demonstrations, examples, add-ins and general information.

 

The Web Browser

Quick Start Video Demos

Opens the Products Demonstrations page on the Sparx Systems website.  This page contains a variety of pre-recorded video demonstrations ranging from general overviews of Enterprise Architect, to detailed instructions for using specific Enterprise Architect features.

 

 

EA & UML Tutorials

Opens the Tutorials page on the Sparx Systems website.  Provides tutorials regarding general UML modeling and using Enterprise Architect.

 

 

EA Overview Guide PDF

Download and view the Enterprise Architect Reviewers Guide PDF document.  This document provides an overview of all Enterprise Architect features and is useful for trial users who are currently evaluating Enterprise Architect.

 

 

Available MDG Technologies

Provides download links for all MDG add-in products available for Enterprise Architect.  Select your installed edition of Enterprise Architect from the provided drop-list to see the appropriate options.

Enterprise Architect editions such as Systems Engineering, Business & Software Engineering and Ultimate will automatically register certain add-in products; however these add-ins are not included in the default Enterprise Architect installation and must be downloaded separately.

 

 

3rd Party Extensions

Opens the Third Party Extensions page on the Sparx Systems website.  Provides listings of additional Enterprise Architect add-ins developed by Partners and other members of the Enterprise Architect Community.

 

 

DBMS Repository Scripts

Opens the Team Modeling Resources page on the Sparx Systems website.  Provides download of SQL scripts used to create new server-based repositories for Enterprise Architect.

 

Server Based Repositories

Download Latest Version

Opens a login portal for accessing the Registered Downloads page on the Sparx Systems website.  Provides access to download the installer for the latest version of Enterprise Architect.

A Username and Password for accessing this site are provided upon purchase of Enterprise Architect license keys and remain valid for 12 months after the date of purchase.

 

 

Sparx Systems Newsletter

Opens the Newsletters page on the Sparx Systems website.  Provides access to view newsletters previously released by Sparx Systems, or to subscribe to receive newsletters as they are released.

 

 

Release History

Opens the Recent Features page on the Sparx Systems website.  Provides a full history of changes in each build of Enterprise Architect.

 

 

Enterprise Architect Community

Opens the Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Community Site.

Contains a range of articles, tutorials, examples, case studies and resources provided by Sparx Systems and members of the Enterprise Architect user community.

Registration for this site is free and provides full access to view and download published resources, and submit comments. You can also register as an Author to submit your own articles and examples to be published on the website.

 

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Community Site

Notes

You can hide the Start Page, or show it again, by toggling the Window | Show Start Page option.  This setting persists after shut down and restart of Enterprise Architect until you explicitly toggle the option again

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