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Extend Ribbon

The Extend Ribbon provides facilities to enable and access Add-In technologies (extensions written in COM) that interact with the Enterprise Architect user interface to extend and specialize the product's capabilities. When an Add-In is added to Enterprise Architect, either by inclusion with the installer or by subsequently importing into Enterprise Architect, it can be assigned to the particular area of functionality that it supports (using the EA_GetRibbonCategory function), and is represented by an icon in an 'Add-In' panel in the appropriate Ribbon. Icons for unassigned Add-Ins are shown on this Extend Ribbon.

The contents of this Ribbon therefore depend on what Add-Ins you have installed and enabled, and whether they have been assigned to a particular functional area of Enterprise Architect. In this illustration of the Ribbon, there is an 'Add-In' panel that gives access to UAF/UPDM and Zachman Framework as 'unassigned' Add-Ins. If these had been assigned, the Ribbon would not include an 'Add-In' panel.

Panels

Panel

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Configure

This panel provides two icons for enabling and configuring Add-Ins:

  • Manage Add-Ins - display the 'Manage Add-Ins' dialog, which you use to enable or disable Add-Ins for use; an Add-In that is disabled is not loaded when you start up Enterprise Architect, and no icon appears for it in the Ribbons
  • Add-In Windows - display the Add-In window containing any window that has been defined to display in this space, for the currently active Add-In
Custom Docked Window The Add-In Manager

Add-Ins

This panel displays in the Extend ribbon only if there are unassigned, enabled Add_Ins in Enterprise Architect. Each Add-In is represented by an icon that displays a drop-down list of options for working with the Add-In. These options might include:

  • Help - open the Help file for the Add-in
  • About - display a short panel of information on your installation of the Add-In
  • Open Example Model - open the EAExample Model in another instance of Enterprise Architect, to explore the use of the Add-In
  • Synchronize Tagged Values - page through your model and synchronize Tagged Values in Enterprise Architect against those defined by the Add-In
  • Import <data> - import data defined in the Add-In into Enterprise Architect
  • Export <data> - export data from Enterprise Architect to data structures specific to the Add-In
  • Generate <data> - generate data structures defined by the Add-In, into Enterprise Architect

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