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Bugs and Issues / ActionPin property type not set when created
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:19:16 am »

When I create an action from an activity, EA offers to create the action pins (structural elements). They're given the right names, and their argument properties (behavior, parameter) are correct. But the type is not set.

Is there a reason for this?

I would expect the kind (direction) to be set as well: input for input activity parameters, output for output and return activity parameters.

Am I being unreasonable?

(Inout activity parameters are less straightforward; ideally two pins should be created in this case but I can let that slide.)



Excluding WebEA and OSLC, is there anything the old non-pro cloud server can do that the Pro Cloud Server Express can't?


Hi all,

Well, clue's in the title really.

Apparently, the Pro Cloud Server includes a license server which supports IPv6.
Is that included in the Pro Cloud Server Express?


General Board / Re: Free: Pro Cloud Server Express (with WebEA)
« on: October 30, 2017, 08:23:43 pm »
Hi all,

This is in reference to the offer posted in the Latest News thread. No speculation please, I'm after an official reply.

Quote from: Sparx
For registered users of Enterprise Architect Corporate (and above) with more than 5 current licenses, Sparx Systems will provide a license of Pro Cloud Server Express with WebEA.
  • Your licenses of Enterprise Architect must be current
  • The Pro Cloud Server Express licenses will match the Enterprise Architect license expiry date

I'm a little confused. Since this is described as an "offer", that implies that the offer won't be valid for ever (although there's no end date listed).

So my question is:
If I qualify and take this offer up, then subsequently renew my 5+ Corporate+ licenses, will the Pro Cloud Server Express license expire? In other words, is this a one-time offer?

Or should it be read to mean that the Pro Cloud Server Express comes free of charge for customers with 5+ Corporate+ licenses? Meaning that as long as I pay for 5+ yearly client renewals, my Pro Cloud Server Express will keep on keepin' on?

If so, how do I renew my Pro Cloud Server Express license?


General Board / Updating 11.1 to 13.5 -- any gotchas?
« on: October 25, 2017, 07:57:59 pm »
Hi all,

Well they put it off for longer than humanly possible, but my big client is finally gearing up to update EA from 11.1 to 13.5.
So are there any gotchas, ifs, buts or bear traps I should be aware of?

The GUI is completely reorganized. Got that. Anything else?

The main features we're using would be
  • Corporate edition on Windows 7 (moving to Windows 10)
  • Custom MDG Technologies with a lot of document templates
  • No extensive use of third-party standards (BPMN, TOGAF, etc)
  • SQL Server repositories
  • User Security with Windows authentication
  • Cloud Server for RAS (backed by SQL Server)
  • The old Visio importer

We were using the license server as well, but we're abandoning that due to the lack of IPv6 support and reverting to the user-friendly and easily circumvented license file.

  • Are there any changes to the EA database schema, and are there update scripts available?
  • Are there any breaking changes to user management?
  • Are there any breaking changes changes in the cloud server?
  • Is the new Visio importer included in the Corporate edition, or is it only sold as part of the Office integration?
  • If the latter, will the old importer work with 13.5?

Anything else anyone can think of would of course also be appreciated.


Bugs and Issues / Action pin direction
« on: October 25, 2017, 12:29:12 am »
Hi all,

In EA 11.1, if I create an activity with some parameters, and then drag that onto a diagram and let EA create a CallBehavior action from it, EA also auto-creates action pins. But all the action pins have direction 'in', regardless of the direction of the corresponding parameter (in, out, inout or return).

Can someone check if this is still the case in 13?



Bugs and Issues / Timing diagrams
« on: October 18, 2017, 02:44:08 am »
Hi all,

I'm looking at timing diagrams in 11.1. This is such a buggy heap of garbage I cannot in good conscience recommend my client use it -- and right now they're documenting timelines in PowerPoint.

I've looked at the version history, and for 1207 it says
Timing diagram changes to Timeline properties have improved persistence
That's all, folks.

What does that even mean? Do they work now?

Have they stopped resizing by themselves and going crazy when you draw multiple messages to the same transition? Can you compress a time interval without the layout going berserk? Can you align message endpoints, or do you still have to pixel-push them around the diagram one by one?

And so on.



Bugs and Issues / TimeLine data
« on: October 16, 2017, 08:24:37 pm »
Hi all,

I'm trying to work out where EA stores data for a TimeLine.

The transitions are in RunState. Got that.
The states are in t_xref. Alright.

But where is the Timeline Range?

Seeing as the range is set to 0-100 if I drop a TimeLine onto a different diagram, I thought it might be in the diagram object. But it's not, even though the range is only set to default in the new diagram.

There seems to be an additional transition that corresponds to the range's lower value, but I can't find anything that represents the higher one. Nothing in PDATA.

Little help?


Hello boys and girls,

An operation parameter's multiplicity is stored in t_xref. The API Parameter class does not have a CustomProperties collection.
Is there a way to set a parameter's multiplicity through the API?



Uml Process / Action pins and instances of artifacts
« on: October 11, 2017, 07:16:50 pm »
Hi all,

EA lets me draw object flows between actions or action pins and instances of classes (objects). This is useful for when you want to show the object states explicitly in your activity diagram.

But if I make an instance of an artifact, EA says the requested connection is not UML compliant. Why is this?

I can work around it and force EA to accept this construction. That's not the question. The question is, why does UML say I should not make instances of artifacts and have them be the endpoints of object flows, like I can with instances of classes?


Hi all,

In a shape script, and without resorting to an Add-In, is it possible to retrieve the parameter type for an action pin?

The problem is that the action pin is an instance type, and its classifier is the corresponding activity parameter -- not the type (classifier) of that activity parameter. And there's no classifier.classifier.type property to be retrieved.


Hey guys,

Is there a way to retrieve the currently selected element feature (I mainly need attributes and operations) in a diagram?

The information is there, because you can right-click an operation and find it in the project browser -- but is it available in the API? All I can get out of the Diagram class is the selected connector and elements.

It's no, right? The answer is no?


I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want:

I want the different directions of ActivityParameters (in, out, inout, return) to be displayed differently in diagrams.

I can create stereotypes with shape scripts which set different colours -- but how do I specify that when using my «outpar» ActivityParameter stereotype toolbox item, an 'out' ActivityParameter should be created as opposed to an 'in' one which is the default?

I realize that this is slightly incorrect use of stereotypes. But there's no way to check for the element's 'direction' in a shape script -- it doesn't have its own property for retrieval, and it's not a tagged value.



Bugs and Issues / IPv6 support in license server
« on: October 02, 2017, 09:12:25 pm »
Hi all,

This question was last asked before the 13 beta came out.

Is there support for IPv6 in the license server?

Authoritative answers only, please. I don't need suggestions for workarounds.



Bugs and Issues / Hyperlink - EA Command - FindInProjectBrowser
« on: September 29, 2017, 08:57:55 pm »
Hej alla!

If you create a hyperlink from the Common toolbox, you can specify its type as EA Command, which gives you a dropdown list of commands to choose from. One of these is FindInProjectBrowser.

This is pretty useless, because all it does is locate the diagram in the browser. If you make a copy of it and place that in a different diagram, then that hyperlink locates the diagram it's in, not the one the original hyperlink is in. So there doesn't seem to be any deeper magic going on.

But intriguingly, if you look at the hyperlink's name in the properties window, it's $uicmd=MenuCmd;param1=FindInProjectBrowser;param2=

This certainly smells like there's an option to locate something else by specifying this other thing as the second parameter.

Is there?

If so, what is the correct format?

I've tried an element GUID, with and without quotation marks, but no joy. Am I close? Or am I chasing wild geese again?


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