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General Board / Re: We are dissapointed since Version 13
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:00:09 pm »
Using a miter saw :-/
At least the cuts were straight...   ::)
Paolo

I'm not sure if that would be a comfort.

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General Board / Re: Linking a Logical data model to database builder model
« on: December 07, 2017, 09:23:14 am »
My comment on that is tools that link the various models all tend to make the conceptual and logical models become shadows of a physical model.

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General Board / Re: We are dissapointed since Version 13
« on: December 07, 2017, 09:20:44 am »
I use Office very seldom [comments about quality/usability have been censored by myself]. But since introduction of the ribbon is use it even less. Probably less times than fingers are left on my left hand.

You have removable fingers?

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Bugs and Issues / Re: EA Trial on MacOS / wine / Core Dump!
« on: December 06, 2017, 01:06:14 pm »
Thanks for the suggestion on parallels, that I need to review. Also, I wonder why not Sparx System directly support MacOS? Why do I have to beat around the bush if EA Mac version is available?

I suspect that the revenue from a mac version would not support the development costs.  However if they are in a position to move to .Net core then multiple O/S versions will appear.

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General Board / Re: Labelled connectors
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:27:29 am »
Most diagramming conventions i'm aware of include the idea of labelled connections as a way of avoiding over-long connectors snaking across distant parts of a diagram. This includes UML-

As far as I can tell EA doesn't have this capability. That seems like a surprising omission. I've scanned the forum but haven't found any discussion of this point.

Perhaps right click on connector and choose virtualise connector end?

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Bugs and Issues / Re: EA 11 and Windows 10
« on: November 28, 2017, 07:22:28 am »
If you've already upgraded and are in a bind, as a holdover solution you might consider using a virtual machine. Oracle's VirtualBox is free for at least personal use (don't know about professional) and simple to set up. You can make it integrate pretty seamlessly with your local network and even your host desktop if you like.

Of course, you also need a Windows 7 license for this approach to work.

And potentially an unpatched Windows 7 installation.  From a security perspective it's a much better idea to upgrade EA.

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I'm not sure how different building a universal grammar and specialising UML actually would be.

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Bugs and Issues / Re: EA 11 and Windows 10
« on: November 27, 2017, 07:50:44 am »
:(

Thanks though for the clear response.

I will ask Microsoft to fix the problem and will let you know when they are done.

Microsoft did fix the problem.  They made a fundamental change in the way GDI is implemented which unfortunately broke an old version of EA.  The response by Sparx was to release newer versions of EA which don't have the underlying issue.  The resolution to your issue is to upgrade beyond v11.  Email sales and get a quote for maintenance on your existing licence.

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Bugs and Issues / Re: Diagram View Crashes App
« on: November 23, 2017, 11:08:20 am »
However, in effect, I think we have "designed out" the problem.  Since we always start with a known, good, layout, dialogs end up in a good place from the start.

I should probably do this then.

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Bugs and Issues / Re: Diagram View Crashes App
« on: November 23, 2017, 07:42:35 am »
We have a standard Workspace Layout called "1Screen" where all the views are collected on the single screen.  We also have others for standard monitor combinations.  If anything gets screwed up, we revert to that layout and "go from there".  Because we move laptops between hot-desks with varying monitor configurations, we startup EA in the 1Screen layout as default, then select the appropriate layout for the particular situation.

Does this force dialog boxes back to the primary screen?  I don't have an issue with anything that is dockable, it's just the always floating things.

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Bugs and Issues / Re: Diagram View Crashes App
« on: November 22, 2017, 02:05:00 pm »
You didn't delete any lingering registry keys, which could contain things such as a corrupted display geometry.

Good call.  Figured the uninstallation process would handle that, but it pretty much leaves everything behind. Seems like this should be better managed.  Ended up having to reconfigure key bindings, colors, etc.  IMO user preferences would be better situated in some config files @ AppData/Roaming, or import/export-able via the preferences menu.

Managed to get it working.  Deleting registry keys fixed diagram views for new projects, but the projects mentioned in the OP still exhibited the same issues.  They now work after deleting & recreating the diagrams.

One of the things you learn using Sparx in a hot desking environment is that there are times you end up with various views positioned off the screen you're actually using.  Display cards that have separate software for screen management are worse for it.

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Bugs and Issues / Re: Diagram View Crashes App
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:01:23 pm »
This is what I see as the key point. One (or more) of the elements being added to a diagram are causing the crash. It's likely that our support team will need a sample of your model to reproduce the problem.

That's what I thought initially, but as detailed in the OP - the same issue occurs with blank, newly created projects, even after a complete re-installation of EA.

You didn't delete any lingering registry keys, which could contain things such as a corrupted display geometry.

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General Board / Re: Defined variables / string interpolation
« on: November 21, 2017, 11:46:51 am »
In terms of other (non toolset) ways of dealing with this, the one approach I've seen is for the analysis to use a lot of newly-invented terms (essentially process-specific role descriptions) that none of the stakeholder groups are likely to recognise, and then having a "glossary per discipline" to translate into real-world business language.

Or find an industry ontology - for example FIBO for the finance sector - and map all of your internal terms to the ontology's term as an abstraction.  Output a bunch of PDFs with the synonym maps and give them to stakeholders.

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General Board / Re: Defined variables / string interpolation
« on: November 21, 2017, 11:44:00 am »
I'm pretty sure there are lots of videos that tell "all guys from New Zealand are cannibals".

Longpork?  Only on special occasions. 

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