Relationship Matrix Options

The Relationship Matrix provides a number of menu options for modifying the output of information, for preserving the settings for such modifications, and for capturing the output.

Access:    View | Relationship Matrix: Options

Use to:

  • Output the information on the Relationship Matrix to the printer or to a metafile, .png file or .csv file
  • Create and update profiles of the configurations of the matrix that you have designed
  • Define local settings to control what the Relationship Matrix displays




See also

Print Relationship Matrix

Click on the Matrix | Print menu option

The Print dialog displays, on which you select the output printer and specify the printer properties, the range of pages to print, and the number of copies

The output is a WYSIWYG representation of the Relationship Matrix contents


Display a preview of printout

Click on the Matrix | Print Preview menu option

The Print Preview screen displays, showing the Relationship Matrix printout

Print Preview

Scale printout

When you print the Relationship Matrix, by default it prints on as many pages wide and long as the matrix requires

You can scale the printout into a fixed number of pages wide, and the row height is automatically adjusted to maintain the proportions of the matrix; this reduces the overall size of the printout and improves appearance, especially when used in conjunction with the Landscape option in the printer properties

For example, a 16-page printout without scaling can, with a scaling of 2 pages wide, be reduced to 6 pages


To set the page scaling:

  1. Click on the Matrix | Scale Setting menu option
    The Scale Matrix dialog displays
  2. Select the Scale Matrix Width Into Pages checkbox, and type or select the number of pages in width to scale to
  3. Click on the OK button to apply the setting


Save Relationship Matrix as graphic file

Click on the Matrix | Save as Metafile or Matrix | Save as PNG menu options

A Browser dialog displays that enables you to select the target file location and specify the filename of the .emf or .png file in which to save the output

You can incorporate these files in an RTF or HTML report, as a hyperlinked file or an included file


Export output to CSV file

The contents of the Relationship Matrix can be exported to a CSV file, which provides a convenient mechanism for moving the matrix data to a spreadsheet environment such as Microsoft Excel

This option is also active in the 'Lite', read-only version of Enterprise Architect

To export to CSV:

  1. Select the Matrix | Export to CSV menu option
    The Windows Browser dialog displays
  2. Browse to the required file location and type in a .CSV filename to export to
  3. Click on the Save button to export the data

The Read-only 'Lite' Edition

Create and manage matrix profiles

If you use a particular combination of field values often, you can save that combination as a profile to make it easier to recall them for use

Matrix Profiles

Manage display content

Select the Options menu option

The Matrix Options dialog displays; select one or more of the following checkboxes as required:

  • Include Source Children - to recursively include child packages and contents under the Source
  • Include Target Children - to recursively include child packages and contents under the Target
  • Include All Extended Meta Types - to include elements that are extensions of a specified meta-type; for example, if there are Block elements (extending Class) in the package, selecting this option and specifying the type Class includes Class and Block elements, and any further derivatives of Block in the matrix
  • Sort Axes - to ensure package elements display in alphabetical order
  • Show Package Names - to hide or show package names in the Relationship Matrix; this is useful for shortening the displayed texts, especially in circumstances where packages have long names
  • Use Element Alias If Available - to display an element's alias instead of the element name, if an alias has been defined
  • Show Level Numbering If Available - to reproduce level numbering in the Relationship Matrix, if it is turned on in the Project Browser