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General Board / Glossary plural terms
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:42:13 pm »
It seems like I have to add two entries for every term in the Glossary that occurs both in singular and plural in my texts. This is very inelegant of course. Is there a way around this?

General Board / How to position a picture in a Report Template?
« on: April 13, 2018, 06:04:14 pm »
I need to insert an image my custom Cover Page template spanning the complete width of the page. However the image does not want to be moved to the left beyond the apparent margin and I cant find a way to get rid of the left margin!

Perhaps there is a way to set a Background Image? That might solve my issue, but I havent found to do this either. Or a way to specify the position of the image relative to the text like there is in MS Word?

Help is appreciated!

General Board / specify maximum size of a diagram in a report
« on: March 22, 2018, 12:09:54 am »
I have noticed that when generating reports, diagrams are included at the maximum size that fits on the page. With complex diagrams this is desirable, but with very simple diagrams, consisting of only a few elements, their size on the page makes the document look like a children's book :-). So is there a way to have diagrams printed smaller than their max size on a page? Perhaps limiting the enlargement factor?

General Board / multiselecting nested elements
« on: March 22, 2018, 12:03:09 am »
When I have a diagram with nested elements, (multi)selecting inner elements is often a hassle. I wonder if there are other ways to multiselect elements. E.g. by setting the selection mechanism so that elements have to be included completely (instead of only touched as is the default). Or perhaps by selecting all elements of a certain type, etc...

General Board / error DAO.Recordset [3197]
« on: March 06, 2018, 01:08:15 am »
I am getting an error that I have not seen before when saving a model and also when exporting a package:

DAO.Recordset [3197]
The Microsoft Jet database engine stopped the process because you and another user are attempting to change the same data at the same time.
I am using a local EAP file! No-one else is using it and I have only one instance of Sparx EA open..... So what causes this error and how do I resolve it?
Sparx EA version 12.0.1215

General Board / Duplicate attribute error
« on: March 05, 2018, 09:26:48 pm »
When I try to generate a report, I get the following error. I have no idea how to resolve this and I would appreciate any tips!

Code = 0xc00ce554
Source = Line : 157; Char : 136
Error Description = Duplicate attribute

I am using version 12.0.1215 on Windows 10

General Board / Connector titles not shown in HTML report
« on: October 27, 2017, 06:17:54 pm »
When I generate a HTML report from a package, the result does include all the components, attributes and connectors, however the connector titles are not shown!  :-[ . The connector notes are shown but the titles are missing.
Is there a way to create an HTML document template to fix this?

Thanks for your help!

General Board / Diagrams in report cropped!
« on: September 04, 2017, 10:33:58 pm »
Suddenly, for no apparent reason, the diagrams in my reports are printed incompletely: They are cropped so that large parts of the diagrams on the right side and underside are invisible! I am not aware of having changed any relevant settings and this is a very serious impediment to my work!

Any help is greatly appreciated!!

I am using the EA Document generator to generate reasonably large documents (50-150 pages).
From one model, I generate two different documents by using two different Model Documents.

The two documents share a number of packages from the model but.... I want those packages placed at different paragraph-levels. This seems not to be possible in a Model Document: all included packages are placed at the top level.

Is there a trick to accomplish what I want? One might think of creating a "package link" that points to the actual package and can itself be included at a different loction in the project browser tree. But I dont think that exists :-(.

Thanks for any suggestions!

General Board / ISA99 Industrial Automation Security and EA
« on: July 17, 2017, 07:04:23 pm »
Has anyone used EA to model industrial automation? Using which meta-model?
I am especially interested in security aspects. I would like to model the various layers, components, requirements and implementations of those components.

Thanks for any tips or suggestions.


General Board / Variables in Activity Diagram simulations
« on: November 28, 2016, 01:21:04 am »
Can I use variables in activity diagram simulations? E.g. to use on guards for branching.

If so, how and where do I declare and set these? I find the Sparx documentation unclear on this.

I read about using an Action to set a variable but I dont see how I can do that.

Thanks, Michiel

General Board / Communicating State Machines
« on: November 04, 2016, 10:25:56 pm »
I am creating models with several state machines that communicate. Communication consists of Triggers that are Effects of Transitions and Guards that correspond to the States of other state machines.

How can I best do this in EA? I have noticed that:
  • It is possible to choose an existing (or ad-hoc created) Activity element as Effect of a Transition
  • It is possible to choose an existing (or ad-hoc created) Trigger element as Trigger of a Transition
However, this is not enough to model relationships between State Machines, because:
  • It is not possible to select an existing Trigger (or list of triggers) as an Effect (via "effect is behaviour")
  • It is not possible to choose an existing State as a Guard (or element in a guard expression)

So, what is your experience, advice or work-around here? Should I choose another tool for my goals?

Thanks, Michiel

General Board / Team co-operation with Sparx EA
« on: November 02, 2016, 02:39:37 am »
I have done some experiments and written a summary about working with Sparx EA in a team

I create state transition diagrams and activity diagrams with multiple threads. To communicate between treads, I use Triggers and Signals. However, the symbols for these elements are only directed from left to right. When I need a trigger or signal that goes from right to left, I end up with a counterintuitive drawing because the elements point to the right!
It should be possible to flip an element!..... But how?

Thanks for your help!

Uml Process / Vertical concurrent regions in a State
« on: October 02, 2016, 09:29:27 am »
UML States allow for a separation into concurrent regions but it seems as if these separations are always horizontal. I figure that it should be possible to have vertical region separators in a State but I cannot find how. Help is appreciated.

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