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Start Page

The Start Page is the default landing page that displays when you first open Enterprise Architect. It provides a range of useful commands to create and/or access project files, connect to a server repository, or access a project via the Cloud. You can also access a set of Portals that provide the facilities, resources, links, tailored searches and reports for working in a particular task area, such as publishing or developing a model.

The options and commands on the Start Page are available through the 'Start' options, 'Recent' list and Portal icons.

Access

Opened by default on startup of Enterprise Architect.

Ribbon

Start > Windows > Manage > Show Start Page

Menu

Window | Show Start Page

File Options

Option

Action

See also

New File

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

Create a New Project Model Wizard

Open File

Click on this option to display the 'Select Enterprise Architect Project to Open' dialog to browse for and open an existing project file (.eap or .feap).

Server Connection

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 PostgreSQL Data Repository Connect to an ASA Data Repository Connect to a MySQL Data Repository Connect to an Oracle Data Repository (OLE DB) Connect to an Oracle Data Repository (ODBC) Connect to a SQL Server Data Repository

Cloud Connection

Click on this option to open the 'Cloud Connection' dialog, which you use to specify a project held at a remote location, and to access it 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.

Recent Files

Option

Action

See also

Recent

This is a list of up to ten Enterprise Architect projects (.eap files, .feap files and DBMS server connections) that you have opened most recently. Either:

  • Click on a project name in the list to open that project in the current instance of Enterprise Architect (and close any project you already have open), or
  • Ctrl+click on a project name in the list to launch that project in a separate instance of Enterprise Architect, in addition to the current project

You can also right-click on a project name in the list and display a short context menu with options to:

  • Open the selected project in the current instance of Enterprise Architect (and close any project you already have open)
  • Launch the selected project in a new instance of Enterprise Architect (keeping the current project open in the current instance)
  • Remove the selected project from the list (which removes the link to the project, not the project file itself)
Remove Recent Projects

Portals

Icon

Action

See also

Open the Start Portal in the Portals window, which provides links to and information on both the:

  • Facilities of the system that help you to set up, review and manage your project and your own work on the system, and
  • Resources of the Sparx Systems website that explain and demonstrate how to use the system and obtain updates on new developments and activities
Start Portal

Open the Viewpoint Portal in the Portals window, which 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
Workspaces Portal

Open the Model Portal in the Portals window, which provides links to the facilities of the system that help you to:

  • Create, develop and manage the models in your project
Model Portal

Open the Verify Portal in the Portals window, which provides links to the facilities of the system that help you to:

  • Perform tests on the model that you are developing
  • Run simulations of the behavior of sections of your model, and display the results of those simulations
Verify Portal

Open the Execute Portal in the Portals window, which provides links to the facilities of the system that help you to:

  • Perform Execution Analysis on your model
  • Profile the execution of your modeled application
  • Debug the execution of your modeled application
Execute Portal

Open the Diagram Portal in the Portals window, which 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

Open the Recent Portal in the Portals window, which provides links to the diagrams, source files and system windows that you currently have open, and the diagrams and source files that you have recently opened and then closed again.

Documents Portal

Open the Publish Portal in the Portals window, which provides links to the facilities of the system that help you to:

  • Import code and data into the model
  • Export data to an external XMI file
  • Generate code within the model
  • Generate documents and web pages on aspects of your model
  • Create and edit the templates used in code and document generation
Publish Portal

Open the Extensions Portal in the Portals window, which provides links to the facilities provided by Add-Ins and MDG Technologies that are integrated with the system.

Simulate Portal

Open the Manage Portal in the Portals window, which 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

Notes

  • You can hide the Start Page, or show it again, by toggling the 'Windows > Manage > Show Start Page' ribbon option; this setting persists after shut down and restart of Enterprise Architect until you explicitly toggle the option again

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