The Start Page

The Start Page is the default jump-off point that displays when you first open Enterprise Architect. It provides a range of useful tools and resources such as commands to select from a list of recently-opened projects, open some other existing project, create a completely new project or copy a template project, connect to a server repository, or access a project via the Cloud.  You can also access online resources and the Enterprise Architect Community website to further explore the possibilities of Enterprise Architect and broader aspects of modeling and the UML.

The options and commands on the Start Page are available through the Side Buttons, Projects options, Recent files list and web site Resources.

Access     Opened by default on startup of Enterprise Architect; if not displayed, select Window | Show Start Page

Side Buttons

Option

Action

See also

Learning Center

Click on this icon to display the Learning Center window, providing a wealth of useful tutorials for a wide range of work areas, helping both new and experienced users become familiar with specific features and operations of the system.

 

Learning Center

Help

Click on this icon to display the Contents list, Index tab, Search tab, Favorites list and Introduction page of the Enterprise Architect integrated Help.

 

Help and Support

Open Example Model

Click on this icon to open the EAExample model provided with Enterprise Architect.

New users can explore the example model to immediately see a range of existing model structures and diagrams, several of which are constructed to help demonstrate many of Enterprise Architect's modeling features.

 

 

Keyboard Accelerators

Click on this icon to open the Help Keyboard dialog to view the keyboard  key combinations you can use in Enterprise Architect.

You cannot change these key combinations on this dialog, but you can customize them through the Customize dialog.

 

Keyboard Shortcuts

Customize Keyboard Shortcuts

 

Interface Customization

Click on this icon to open the Interface Customization Wizard, which you can use to tailor and simplify your personal user interface to the system, and improve workflow. This can include:

Customize the window layout
Limit the available menu options based upon pre-defined user roles
Specify which technologies and toolboxes are visible

 

User Interface Customization

Manage Workspace Layout

Customize Command Sets

Manage MDG Technologies

Projects

Option

Action

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Manage Projects

Click on this option to display the Open Project dialog, from which 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 project from the Recent list.

 

Open a Project

Remove Recent Projects

Open a Project File

Click on this option to display the Select Enterprise Architect Project to Open dialog to browse for and open an existing project file.

 

Open a Project

Create a New Project

Click on this option to create a new EAP or FEAP project file, and to add models to it using the Model Wizard dialog.

Create a New Project

Model Wizard

 

Copy a Base Project

Click on this option to create a new project file based upon a copy of an existing project. The existing project can be one of your own, or the EABase file provided with the system.

 

Copy a Base Project

Connect to Server

Click on this option to display the Data Link Properties dialog, from which you begin to specify a data source to connect to, on one of a number of  supported repositories.

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 an Oracle Data Repository (ODBC)

Connect to an Oracle Data Repository (OLE DB)

 

Connect to Cloud

Click on this option to open the Cloud Connection dialog, which you use to specify projects held at a remote location, and to access them through the internet or web. You work on the project using the Enterprise Architect installation on your machine.

An advantage of working in this way is that you do not need to have the database drivers installed on your machine, as you would to work on projects held on a DBMS server.

 

Connect to a Project Via the Cloud

 

Recent

Option

Action

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<project names>

This is a list of up to 10 Enterprise Architect projects (.EAP files, .FEAP files and DBMS server connections) that you have opened most recently.

Click on a project name in the list to open that project.

If necessary, you can remove projects from this list.

 

 

 
Remove Recent Projects

 

Resources

Option

Action

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Resources Portal

Click on this option to open the Sparx Systems website Help, Tutorials & White papers page and Resources page within the internal web browser. These pages provide access to a wide range of Enterprise Architect and UML tutorials, demonstrations, examples, base files, Add-Ins and general information.

 

The Web Browser

Quick Start Video Demos

Click on this option to open the Sparx Systems website Product Demonstrations page within the internal web browser. This page provides a  number of pre-recorded video demonstrations ranging from general overviews of Enterprise Architect to detailed instructions for using specific  features.

 

 

EA & UML Tutorials

Click on this option to open the Sparx Systems website Tutorials page within the internal web browser. This page provides tutorials on general UML modeling and doing work with Enterprise Architect.

 

 

EA Overview Guide PDF

Click on this option to open the Enterprise Architect Reviewers Guide PDF document within the internal web browser. This document provides a comprehensive overview of the capabilities of the most recent version of Enterprise Architect. Each section focuses on a particular aspect of the system. The document is very helpful to trial users who are currently evaluating Enterprise Architect.

 

 

Available MDG Technologies

Click on this option to open the Sparx Systems website MDG Products page within the internal web browser. This page provides a brief description of, and the download links for, each supported MDG Add-In product for a selected edition of Enterprise Architect - select your installed edition from the drop-down list.

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

Click on this option to open the Sparx Systems website Third Party Extensions page within the internal web browser. This page provides listings of additional Enterprise Architect Add-Ins developed by partners and other members of the Enterprise Architect community.

 

 

DBMS Repository Scripts

Click on this option to open the Sparx Systems website Team Modeling Resources page within the internal web browser.  This page provides links to download the SQL scripts used to create new server-based repositories for Enterprise Architect projects.

 

Server Based Repositories

Download Latest Version

Click on this option to open a login portal for accessing the Sparx Systems website Registered Downloads page within the internal web browser. This page provides access to download the installer for the latest version of Enterprise Architect.

When you purchase Enterprise Architect license keys, you are given a username and password for accessing this site and downloading the latest releases. These remain valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

 

 

Sparx Systems Newsletter

Click on this option to open the Sparx Systems website Newsletters page within the internal web browser.  This page provides links to view newsletters previously released by Sparx Systems, or to subscribe to receive future newsletters as they are released.

 

 

Webinar Registration

Click on this option to open the Sparx Systems website Webinar Registration page within the internal web browser. This page:

Describes the most recent webinar (a real-time seminar hosted via the internet) scheduled by Sparx Systems, and
Provides links to the registration form, for you to register your participation in the webinar

 

 

Release History

Click on this option to open the Sparx Systems website Recent Features page on the internal web browser.  This page provides a full history of changes in each build of Enterprise Architect.

 

 

Enterprise Architect Community

Click on this option to open the Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Community Site within the internal web browser.

The 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 to 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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