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Discussion => General Board => Topic started by: Nizam on December 29, 2017, 01:52:46 pm

Title: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nizam on December 29, 2017, 01:52:46 pm
EA has never failed to surprise me with hidden gems every now and then. I've also been asked repeatedly to share EA tips and tricks to make things easier.

We've started a post in LinkedIn (EAUG) (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1356/1356-6349523866678816768)  to share these tips. Starting this thread to share these tips here too, as suggested by fellow users.
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nizam on December 29, 2017, 01:58:08 pm
Sharing the tips shared thus far (Thanks to Phil Chudley, Daniel Bjarsch for the contribution). Request fellow EA Users in this forum to please contribute too. TIA
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nizam on December 30, 2017, 03:31:45 am
You can select an item in a diagram,  then use 'ctrl +shift + arrow keys' to create an item without using a mouse.

Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nizam on December 30, 2017, 05:31:12 pm
Use 'alt+g' to find a selected element in Project Browser
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nizam on December 31, 2017, 04:59:17 pm
use 'ctrl + U' to find an element usage across other diagrams
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nizam on January 01, 2018, 07:47:48 pm
use 'ctrl + Tab' to switch between diagrams. one of the less known, highly useful feature to flip between item diagrams.
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nizam on January 02, 2018, 12:21:23 pm
select an object in diagram, hold ctrl and drag to a new position to create object as new ( copy)
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Sunshine on January 03, 2018, 08:29:02 am
Whilst I admire your enthusiasm I think there are two problems with your approach.
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nizam on January 03, 2018, 03:37:28 pm
Whilst I admire your enthusiasm I think there are two problems with your approach.
  • Listing the shortcuts in a forum isn't the easiest way to find things and doesn't provide much context.
  • Hasn't this information already been provided in the user guides?
    For example ;
    Keyboard Shortcuts
    http://www.sparxsystems.com/resources/user-guides/basics/keyboard-shortcuts.pdf (http://www.sparxsystems.com/resources/user-guides/basics/keyboard-shortcuts.pdf)
    Using Sparx EA in general
    http://www.sparxsystems.com/downloads/resources/booklets/using_enterprise_architect.pdf (http://www.sparxsystems.com/downloads/resources/booklets/using_enterprise_architect.pdf)
    and there are other user guides available along with the context for use.
    http://www.sparxsystems.com/resources/user-guides/ (http://www.sparxsystems.com/resources/user-guides/)

Thanks for the note, i wasn't intending only shortcuts, but selective usage tips. This is something I get asked in every training, to have a place where people can share their tips. i was hoping  EA users here would contribute as they find something interesting. Will do for a  sometime, and if  it is not seen highly relevant in the forum, will leave it there.
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nizam on January 03, 2018, 03:37:59 pm
Use Traceability window to quickly drag and drop a related item into the diagram. Simple Drag and drop (Classes, Components, etc) or Right click and 'Place element in Diagram' (Activity, events, etc)
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nizam on January 04, 2018, 02:05:27 pm
Copy attributes or operations  from one class to another by just dragging and dropping from Element Browser (Select source class, choose the intended attribute and drop it on the target class)
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Graham_Moir on January 09, 2018, 10:21:00 pm

While I understand what Sunshine is saying, I actually find this quite useful. 
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nabil on January 10, 2018, 12:56:00 am
Posting a tip from my old community article (unpublished now because of broken links)
Differentiate incoming & outgoing connectors of an element. Select an element in a diagram (workspace) and press "L" (keyboard) to highlight. Incoming flows will be highlighted in Red and Outgoing in Green.

Cheers
Nabil
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nizam on January 10, 2018, 02:50:51 am
Use the 'Create multiple Elements' utility (diagram toolbox by pressing space or ctrl right click in a diagram) to quickly create multiple elements at a time.
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nizam on January 10, 2018, 03:01:18 am

While I understand what Sunshine is saying, I actually find this quite useful.
Thanks.  Just thought this could be one thread which we all could share our little tricks that makes a modelers life more interesting. 
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nizam on January 10, 2018, 04:54:39 pm
Add attributes inline with 'Ctrl + Shift + F9' - one of the most commonly used trick in Class models
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nizam on January 11, 2018, 04:42:24 pm
Title: Re: Enterprise Architect - User Tips
Post by: Nizam on January 15, 2018, 11:58:52 am
Use Diagram Filters, and set mode to 'Hide' this will allow normal 'Context Filtering' to hide non-context items (Default behavior is graying out)