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Bugs and Issues / Re: Notes for class attributes
« on: August 15, 2018, 08:56:02 am »
Apparently version 14.1 is bringing back the attributes dialog :)
Just downloaded V14.1 beta to see if that is true. The attributes window remains and I can't see anyway of getting to the attributes dialog so may its fake news :)

Select a class and press F9. Or right-click > Features > Attributes. Both bring up a modal Features dialog where you can create attributes with their notes. The modeless Features & Properties window remains which will need to be used in conjunction with the modeless Notes window.

General Board / Re: Aggregates connector is shown the wrong way around
« on: August 15, 2018, 08:47:31 am »
As explained many times in the past...

In UML 1, it was explicitly stated that aggregations and compositions had the diamonds at the target end. In UML 2, there is no separate metaclass for aggregations and composition; they are associations. Associations are undirected, so the diamond can go on either end.

It seems to me that the A in Project-1 is not the same A as the A in Project-2 (evidence: the A in Project-1 doesn't have a link to C). Therefore they need to be separate elements. Try creating instances of A and using those. (Ctrl+Drag A from Project Browser onto diagram and select "Instance" instead of "Link").

General Board / Re: EA14 and non-modal windows
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:54:13 am »
It works in the latest release, EA 14.0.1423. Just select the DataType or Enumeration element and press F9.

A base project can be deployed as a resource that you tell users to use when starting a new project, or you can distribute it and overwrite the one (strictly speaking there are two, one .eap and one .feap) in the EA installation directory.

Three! :)

There is now an .eapx (JET4) base model installed with EA.

Is it possible to edit the existing BPMN 2.0 MDG and add my stereotype there? I started researching that but had to shelve it for now.
I guess you could modify the MDG technology as is just xml file so you could hack the BPMN 2.0. MDG located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\EA\MDGTechnologies\BPMN 2.0 Technology.xml

Open the file with text editor and search for the 'Stereotype' tag then find the next 'tagged values' tag. Copy one the the tag names and add your new one.
<Stereotype name="BusinessProcess" .../>
<Tag name= ... />

You then need to copy the file to some place all users can access and point Sparx EA to that using the advanced options. You need to figure a way not to have conflicts with the original BPMN 2.0 mdg. Easiest way is to just rename it to BPMN 2.0 Technology.bak located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\EA\MDGTechnologies\ for all users or simply delete it.

There's new functionality that means you don't have to do any of the above. Have a look at This should allow you to create your own profile that redefines one or more BPMN stereotypes to have additional tagged values.

It's in the Element Properties window (Alt+1), the first item on the Property tab.

General Board / Re: Class compartments
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:50:04 am »
Receptions were added at EA 14.0, I believe. And for the internal structure compartment, drop a Part onto the Class and the compartment will be created.

Bugs and Issues / Re: Diagram Running Slow
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:42:08 am »
Also, what kinds of element on the diagram, and how many? What other windows do you have docked (e.g. Traceability window)?

General Board / Re: Connection not UML compliant (MDG - EA14)
« on: July 26, 2018, 09:11:32 am »
Perhaps the requested connection is not UML compliant? ;)

What are the UML base metaclasses of your source and target elements and connector? Have you used the _metatype attribute in your profile to define your stereotypes as metatypes? Have you tried using the new <<metarelationship>> or <<stereotype relationship>> connectors to define your valid connections?

Unfortunately, it isn't possible to override decorations in inherited shape scripts. EA will show all decorations for all stereotypes up the inheritance hierarchy.

General Board / Re: Main Diagram Tabs
« on: July 26, 2018, 09:01:56 am »
ribbon | Start | View | Visual Style | Visual Style... | Main View Tabs at bottom (restart)

Is your diagram locked? EA saves the profile options (filename etc) in the diagram's properties so it needs to be unlocked.

General Board / Re: Editing Diagram Links
« on: July 25, 2018, 01:15:06 pm »
For diagram hyperlinks, you can change the display text either in the Notes window (Ctrl+Shift+1) or the Notes field of the Properties dialog (Alt+Return).

General Board / Re: Help - UML Types and shapescripts ...
« on: July 13, 2018, 12:18:13 pm »
Just type boundary in the Base Class combo.

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