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Enterprise Architect 15 User Guide

Welcome to the Enterprise Architect User Guide

This guide provides information on how to use the tools, features and capabilities that have made Enterprise Architect the tool of choice for Enterprise, Business, System, Standards and Technology modeling worldwide. You will learn how to harness the power of Enterprise Architect to simplify the way you work, unify interdisciplinary teams, create models that perform work, leverage and reuse assets across programs and projects and much more.

The guide has three main parts:

  • Product Information - in which project managers and other stakeholders can read about the Licensing Model, available Editions, Support options and more
  • Benefits and Features - which will assist managers and leaders in gaining insight into what Enterprise Architect is and the key benefits and value proposition of the tool
  • Tool Usage - The main body of the guide with sections devoted to modeling, design, requirements, frameworks, automation and much, much more

How to Use this Guide

We understand that people learn differently, so the guide is organized in a way that provides a range of entry points. Here are some useful ways of using the guide and available navigation methods:

Browse through Guide Topics

Many readers might want to read through a number of pages in a section of the guide to gain a deeper understanding of a topic. The way to navigate is to expand successive levels of the Contents list to view and select a particular topic or sub-topic.


In addition the breadcrumb menu can be used to navigate backwards though the hierarchy of a topic. This effectively allows you to trace your footsteps and return to the sections you have previously traversed. Think of it as being like climbing a tree where you reach a point and need to return to where a limb branched off in order to follow a different path.

Userguide breadcrumbs simulation.

The guide can also be navigated using the Previous button and Next button, which allow you to move through the stack of recently opened pages.

Userguide navigation previous and next buttons.

Search the Guide

The  tool provides a powerful search facility that allows topics, sections and pages to be found easily.

Userguide search.

In this example a user is searching for how the tool can be used for simulations. They enter the keyword 'Simulation' and the guide responds with a list of available information not just from the guide, but from the Website, Video Library, FAQs and the PDF Library.

Userguide search results.

The tool also provides an Advanced Search feature which allows a user flexibility to search conditionally using logical OR and AND including a Phrase search and the facility to specify which sources to use for the results. In this example a user is wanting information about Simulation in the context of a Business Process and so uses the AND option to search for results.

Accessing Guide Topics from Within Enterprise Architect

One of the most common ways to access the User Guide is to follow links to it from the Enterprise Architect user interface. The links from the tool will provide a contextually appropriate page that will assist you with the part of the tool that is being used.

Userguide tool help.

Your Feedback

Sparx Systems likes to stay in touch with what Enterprise Architect users require to accomplish their tasks efficiently and effectively. We value any suggestions, feedback and comments you might have regarding this product, documentation or install process.

You can access our online feedback pages at:

Alternatively, you can contact Sparx Systems by email at: [email protected].