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Portals

The Portals facility provides a high level, logical grouping of Enterprise Architect's feature set, to form an entry point into specific areas of work that you might need to perform. It provides access to common tools, custom searches, window layouts and perspectives. For example, if you  want to set up a project for team development, or manage the model Testing, or simulate the execution of your modeled application, you can select a Portal to identify and provide access to the facilities appropriate to that area of work. This makes it much easier to set up the work environment within the system, and carry out the relevant tasks in a smooth sequence.

Access

Ribbon

Show > Window > Show Portals Bar

Menu

View | Portals | Show Portals Bar

Keyboard Shortcuts

Shift+Alt+P

Other

Start Page: The Portal icons

Navigator toolbar: 

Portals Window

The Portals window is a docked window to the left- or right-hand side of your Enterprise Architect work area. It consists of a selected portal with a 'bar' at the foot, through which you change the portal and adjust the display of the portal selection buttons. You can also use a short context menu to control the display of the window itself.

If the selected portal is longer than can be shown in the window, scroll buttons automatically display at the top and bottom of the portal:

Within a certain area, you can also reduce or increase the area of window occupied by the bar, by dragging the 'handle' button above the bar:

As you drag this handle down, the individual portal buttons are transferred to the bottom row of the bar as icons.

Portals

The system currently provides ten portals. Each Portal consists of a set of collapsible pages that each offers a set of related facilities.

Portal

Description

See also

Start

Provides links to the facilities and resources of the system that you use to set up and connect to your models, identify changes to them and locate information within them.

Start Portal

Viewpoint

Provides links to the facilities of the system that help you to structure the user interface to present the information and dialogs you need to perform the tasks specific to your area of work - namely working sets, perspectives and window layout.

Viewpoint Portal

Model

Provides links to the facilities of the system that help you to create and develop the models in your project.

Model Portal

Verify

Provides links to the facilities of the system that help you to simulate the execution of your modeled application, perform tests on the model and validate the model.

Verify Portal

Execute

Provides links to the facilities of the system that help you to:

  • Perform Execution Analysis on your model - build the application and then debug and record its execution
  • Profile the execution of your modeled application
  • Access various windows that display specific aspects of the execution analysis
Execute Portal

Diagram

Provides links to the facilities for defining the appearance of objects on a diagram, and the way in which the diagram itself displays.

Diagram Portal

Recent

Provides links to the diagrams and system windows that you currently have open, and the diagrams and source files that you have recently opened and then closed again.

Recent Portal

Publish

Provides links to facilities of the system that help you to:

  • Import code and data into your model and export data from your model
  • Generate code, documents and web pages from the model content
  • Create and edit the templates from which the code and documentation is generated
Publish Portal

Extensions

Provides links to the facilities of the system provided by Add-Ins and MDG Technologies that have been integrated with the system.

Extensions Portal

Manage

Provides links to the facilities of the system that help you to report on and manage the work that team members are performing on the model.

Manage Portal

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It is possible to create your own portal, or for portals to be provided by any Add-Ins you might install.

Add a Portal

Portals Window Context Menu

Right-click on a Portal title bar or button to display the context menu. Certain options are currently permanently blocked or set. You can select the options in this table:

Portal

Description

See also

Dock Left

Docks the Portals window on the left hand side of the work area.

Dock Right

Docks the Portals window on the right hand side of the work area.

Docking

Automatically set when Auto Hide is deselected, to fix the Portals as a docked window on one side of the screen or the other.

Auto Hide

Condenses the Portals window to a tab on the edge of the work area. Mouse-over the tab to re-open the window, move the cursor off the window to return it to a tab.

Hide

Hides - and effectively closes - the Portals window. To re-open the window, select one of the original access options.

Portals Bar

The Portals bar consists of a set of buttons that you select from to display a specific Portal, and a bar through which you access a small number of Portal display options. The bar also displays the portal selection buttons as icons as you increase the depth of the portal window itself.

To display the Portal you require, click on the appropriate named button or on the equivalent icon in the bar itself.

To display the bar options, click on the Toolbar Options button (). Select the option:

  • Show more buttons - to convert the next Portal icon into a selection button
  • Show fewer buttons - to convert the next Portal button into an icon
  • Navigation Pane Options - to display the 'Navigation Pane' dialog, through which you can organize the Portal buttons/icons in a different sequence

On the 'Navigation Pane Options' dialog, click on a Portal name and on:

  • The Move Up button once to move the Portal button one place earlier in the sequence
  • The Move Down button once to move the Portal button one place later in the sequence
  • The Reset button to restore the order to the system-provided sequence
  • The OK button to apply the changes