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General Board / How do I specify a set of values for run states?
« on: January 31, 2017, 11:14:22 am »
Hi people,

I'm pulling my hair out, because I believe that I've achieved this before (maybe I was dreaming).

I'm trying to create something as a base class (object, entity, whatever) which has a set of attributes, many of which are to be defined as enumerated lists.

The end product is something that I can drag onto diagrams, as an instance, and then set the "run state" for each of the attributes, by selecting values from the enumerated list associated with that attribute.

These things represent "nodes" in "workflows" so my final intention is to link these instances to each other with sequence flows.


Bugs and Issues / Set run state doesn't recognise enumerated lists?
« on: April 27, 2016, 01:40:51 pm »
Hi team,

Is this a bug or are my expectations too high?

Version 12.1.1224

Steps to reproduce.

1. Create a node
2. Create an enumerated list
3. Add attributes to the node
4. Classify one of the attributes as the enumerated list
5. Place an instance of the node onto a diagram (Component/deployment whatever)
6. Set the run state of the attributes. (Ctrl+Shift+R)

Expected behaviour:
The attribute which has been classified as an enumerated list should present a drop down which contains the attributes from the enumeration.

Actual behaviour:
The value field in the Features/Set run state dialog is just a blank field that accepts anything.

Am I expecting too much, or is this a bug.

Hi People,

I'd really like it if I could select multiple classes in a diagram before selecting a new default image for those classes.

At the moment, if I select multiple classes, the context menu is no longer available.

If I use the keyboard shortcut, only one class in the selection is updated.

It's only a minor thing, but becomes more annoying when images are lost due to importing a diagram from another model.


Suggestions and Requests / Use Case Editor: Automatically Highlight classes
« on: February 22, 2010, 11:13:41 am »
Hi team,

I understand that you have extended functionality in the Use Case editor in release 8.0 to automatically highlight items that appear in the project glossary.

This is a very useful function, and I wonder if you could extend this behaviour to recognising classes in the domain model?

In our Use Cases, we keep the Basic and Alternative flows as simple as possible by referring to details in the domain model as follows:

The system displays a method to enter Search Criteria

Search Criteria would be defined as a class on the domain model, showing the expected sub-types of search criteria, each with its own distinct attributes etc.

This means that the Use Cases are very easy to read, without having to wade through details which are already defined in the domain.

General Board / Seasons Greetings Everyone!
« on: December 19, 2014, 02:28:29 pm »
Hi peeps,

I'm heading off on holidays, so would like to take this opportunity to wish all Sparxians and contributors a good break.

See you all in the New Year.



General Board / Decorations on BPMN Activities?
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:43:07 am »
Hi ppl,

Activities are not showing decorations which explain the activity type.

(BPMN TaskType = Send, Receive, Manual etc.)

Does anyone know where the feature is that turns the decorations on and off?


General Board / Where are the linked documents?
« on: February 08, 2012, 11:59:50 am »
Hi people,

my team has added a number of rtf documents to classes...

We can find them from the context menus associated with a particular class, but no where else.

Is there a method to show all of the documents that have been linked to the project?


General Board / EA Generated Data Dictionary?
« on: December 12, 2011, 03:41:01 pm »
Hi people,

I must admit that I'm struggling with this myself.

I've been asked to have a go at generating a "data dictionary" from a model in EA.

My best guess is that a list of classes, attributes and notes would be appropriate, but in some form which maximises, searchability and readability.

I'm struggling, because I see the model as the "data dictionary"...

Has anyone created an HTML report or anything similar to be a "data dictionary" extract from EA?

General Board / Where is the "Derived" field in the Attr
« on: October 24, 2011, 03:37:09 pm »
Hi people,

I'm looking for a checkbox (or any method really) to indicate that a particular attribute is "derived".

I've checked the help text, and this is supposed to be part of the Attributes dialog, which is where I'm looking...

...but I cannot find it.

According to the help text, it is supposed to be on the General page of the Attributes dialog, I've checked the other pages just in case it's moved.

Can anyone confirm that this checkbox has dropped off?

This is what I can see:


General Board / Diagram Size in RTF and Word Docs?
« on: July 28, 2011, 11:02:26 am »
Hi Team,

Has anyone found a way to control the size of a diagram that appears in a Word document via RTF export?

Previously, I was able to resize the diagrams in Word once, and this size was preserved when the diagrams were updated.

Now, I'm finding that the diagrams are becoming small on every refresh of the Word document.

Has anyone found a way to overcome this behaviour?

General Board / BPMN nesting diagrams?
« on: July 14, 2011, 03:34:33 pm »
Hi people,

I'm used to another tool, where it is straightforward to make an existing diagram a child of a current activity on a BPMN diagram.

In that tool, the functionality is simple, select "Add Child" and select an existing diagram. The result is that the activity now shows the icon for "Composite" and clicking on the activity opens the child diagram.

I'm looking for similar functionality in EA and see that I can add a "business process" which automatically adds a NEW child diagram, or I can use the function "Advanced|Make Composite" which adds a NEW child diagram...

Can anyone explain how I can add an existing diagram as the child of an activity?

Dragging the diagram from the browser on to the activity offers three choices, none of which seem to add the diagram as a child. The hyperlink seems closest, but the diagram name is very long and results in a very strange looking parent diagram.

Best wishes,


General Board / BPMN Swimlanes and Pools
« on: June 07, 2011, 02:25:55 pm »
Hi team,

I'm trying to work out how (or why) EA is messing with the placement of swimlanes within pools...

There are circumstances where the swimlane is "snapping" to a location which covers up the name of the pool.

I have checked to make sure that "snap to grid" (smart placement and standard grid) are not selected, but something is over-riding the user's choice of the location of the lanes...

Is there a method available for the tool to place the lanes in the right place? BPMN diagrams have the potential to look really messy at the moment...

General Board / Default Scope and Type for Attributes on Class Dia
« on: May 31, 2011, 09:25:06 am »
Hi people,

I've had a rummage around the fora and only found other people wanting this function...

Is there any way to set the defaults for attributes of classes?

Currently the default is Scope:Private and Type:int

I would prefer the Scope to be Public and Type to be none...

I've tried creating a template package, but the nearest thing I've been able to achieve is a default class containing a default attribute appearing on each new class diagram.


General Board / How to display DIAGRAM status?
« on: May 31, 2011, 12:13:31 pm »
Hey people,

Has anyone found a method for displaying the current state of a Diagram? (e.g. Draft, Final, Approved etc.)

The hand-drawn appearance is a nice touch, but I'm looking for something like a tagged value that can be displayed on a diagram.


General Board / Is it possible to merge two classes into one?
« on: May 26, 2011, 08:41:47 am »
Good morning everyone...

The current project involves a number of Business Analysts who are working on separate parts of the problem definition phase...

We're currently creating domain models (class diagrams) and will often be in a position where a single entity will be "discovered" by more than one BA.

Where we later find two classes (on multiple diagrams) which should be a single class...

Is there a method for merging two classes into one?


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