Manage MDG Technologies

You use the MDG Technologies dialog to manage the MDG Technologies available and accessible to Enterprise Architect users. To display this dialog, select the Settings | MDG Technologies menu option.


The MDG Technologies dialog lists the technologies held in the Enterprise Architect Install directory, in alphabetical order.

Enable and Disable MDG Technologies

All MDG Technologies listed can be made available (enabled) or removed from use (disabled). To enable or disable a Technology, click on its Enabled checkbox.

When an MDG Technology is enabled, three things happen:

  • The MDG Technology is added to the list of available options in the profile field of the Default Tools toolbar, so that you can apply the interface profiles of the MDG Technology
  • At least one set of Toolbox pages for the MDG Technology is automatically added to the Toolbox; you can access the added Toolbox pages through the More Tools menu
  • Any MDG Technology-specific diagram templates are added to the New Diagram dialog for selection; when selected, these display the diagram-specific Toolbox pages.

You can quickly enable or disable all the listed MDG Technologies by clicking on the All or None buttons. However, if you click on the None button, you should scroll to the top of the list and select the Basic UML 2 Technology checkbox to re-enable the UML and Extended Toolbox pages and diagram types.

Set as Default

You can make an MDG Technology the default interface to Enterprise Architect. Depending on the MDG Technology selected, this can change the way Enterprise Architect windows are displayed and override the Toolbox pages with pages specific to that Technology.

To set an MDG Technology as the default interface, click on it in the Technology panel and click on the Set Active button.

This displays an asterisk against the MDG Technology name in the Technology panel, and selects the MDG Technology in the profile field of the Default Tools toolbar. If the MDG Technology has not been enabled, this also enables it.

You can also enable one or more of the MDG Technologies (and likely make one of them the default) and then deselect the Basic UML 2 Technology checkbox, to work exclusively in the selected technologies only. The UML and Extended Toolbox pages, diagram types and quicklinks are excluded from the Toolbox, More tools menu, diagrams and New Diagram dialog in the user interface.

MDG Technologies Outside Enterprise Architect

The MDG Technologies dialog lists technologies that have been loaded into the Enterprise Architect install directory. You can also add MDG Technologies in folders and websites remote from Enterprise Architect. To do this, click on the Advanced button. See the Access Remote MDG Technologies topic.