Share a Project

The easiest way to share a project amongst a work group of developers and analysts is to place the project file on a shared network drive and have people connect from their workstations. Individual developers and analysts can then open and work on the project concurrently.


Enterprise Architect accepts a number of concurrent connections without issue, although there can be occasional 'lock-outs' when one user tries to access or update something another user is in the process of modifying.

Network Issues

The main issues with shared network access are:

  • Changes to the Project Browser (and other project views) are not automatically updated; to compensate for this, users must occasionally reload their project to see changes made by other users.
  • If two or more people work on the same diagram concurrently, unexpected results can occur; it is best to enable only one analyst to work on a diagram at a time.
  • If a user's machine crashes, the network suffers an outage or a machine is turned off unexpectedly, the project file might require repair to compensate for the sudden inconsistency; a repair facility is provided (select the Tools | Manage .EAP File | Repair .EAP File menu option) to carry out this task. This only applies to the file-based version of Enterprise Architect; the DBMS-based version does not suffer this problem.