Enterprise Architect enables you to create a desktop shortcut (or Proxy file) to your model or (for a .EAP file) a direct copy of your model. You cannot create a copy of a DBMS model.
If you are using a database repository other than MS Access 97, 2000 or 2003, you can configure the shortcut to encrypt the password used to set up the connection between Enterprise Architect and the repository. The Enterprise Architect user does not have the real password, thereby preventing them from accessing the repository using other tools such as Query Analyzer or SQLPlus.
Each shortcut is a file containing the connection string for the model. However, the shortcut also defines views that Enterprise Architect should open as it opens the model, such as:
- The Model Search with a specific text string and search type
You can define more than one diagram to open (but not more than one search, Team Review or Relationship Matrix profile). Enterprise Architect opens the appropriate windows in the sequence in which you list the options, displaying the last view in the list. For example, you might create your shortcut to open, in sequence:
- A Development module
- The Model Search for a simple search on the term Issue
- The module Issues diagram
- The module Changes diagram.
The project would then open with the Enterprise Architect work area showing the two diagram tabs and the Model Search tab, and with the Changes diagram displayed in the Diagram View.
To create a copy of your model or a shortcut to your model, you have two options:
- Define each view to open (for example, if you are specifying a working environment in advance, perhaps for other users)
- Capture the current Enterprise Architect work environment to access the model at exactly the same point in exactly the same environment when you resume work.