MDG Technologies - Using

The Model Driven Generation (MDG) Technologies enable you to access and use resources pertaining to a specific technology in Enterprise Architect. You have various options for bringing MDG Technologies into use with Enterprise Architect:

  • Sparx Systems already provides some technologies in the Enterprise Architect Install directory, MDGTechnologies subfolder, such as Archimate, Data Flow Diagrams, Entity Relationship Diagrams, ICONIX, and Mind Mapping.
  • You can transfer other technologies into the MDGTechnologies subfolder; these technologies are available when you restart Enterprise Architect.
  • You can access and activate MDG Technologies in remote system folders or web sites, from Enterprise Architect.
  • Technology Developers can create new MDG Technologies and deploy them to the project team either through the MDGTechnologies subfolder or from any other remote folder or website.

To see which technologies are available within Enterprise Architect, and activate the ones you require, use the MDG Technologies dialog.

You can also import Technologies into the Resources window for the current model only; however, this method is no longer recommended.

Having made the MDG Technologies available to Enterprise Architect, you can manage their availability to users and you can work with them.

You also have the facility to turn off or disable the Enterprise Architect basic UML and Extended Toolbox pages and facilities, so that you can apply the Enterprise Architect facilities and features exclusively to one or more selected MDG Technologies.