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The Model Library

If the project team members require a forum in which to discuss the development and progress of the project - including holding documents such as specifications, requirements and project guidelines - they can make use of the facilities of the Enterprise Architect Library window.



Start > Collaborate > Model Library

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A point of discussion and the responses (Comments) to that point are created as Documents. Documents are held in Topic groups, which are in turn organized into Categories; your organization decides on the grouping and organization of Documents.

You can create text to explain Categories and Topics, and you can create and respond to Documents and Comments on Documents.

Add a New Category Add a New Topic Add a New Document


The Library window has two main displays:

  • The Library window itself is used to create new Categories and Topics and to delete messages; you operate on it by selecting options from the context menu
    Each item in the hierarchy displays a mouse-over tool-tip, showing the item title, the author's name and the date and time the item was created
  • The 'Team Document' tab, in the main work area, is used to create, view, edit, print, and comment on Documents, and to create and maintain the descriptions of Topics and Categories
    This tab has a status bar that shows the item author's name, the date and time the item was created, and the date and time the item was last modified
Work on Team Library Items Comment on a Document


Within the Library window you can:

  • Select to display and edit an item in the 'Team Document' tab, by clicking on the item name in the Library window
  • Search for text strings in the item titles to locate Documents on a specific subject, using the 'Search' icon in the toolbar of the Library window
  • Add resources to a Category, Topic or Document, such as diagram images and XMI files of Packages; these are held in a Resources folder under the selected Library item
  • Link model elements, diagrams, external files and other Documents to a Document
  • Link to a Library Document from the Linked Document on an element
  • Change the loading behavior of the Library window
  • Access Libraries from other projects, including those on other servers
Edit an Item Search Team Library Team Library Resources Add Object Links Hyperlink From Linked Document Team Library Options Team Library Connections

Specification Manager

The Library window acts as a repository for the review documents generated in the Specification Manager. These documents are automatically stored in Topics within the Formal Reviews Category, but you can redirect documents to a different Topic from the Library window, using the 'Bind to Project Browser Package' option.

The Specification Manager Create Review Document Work on Library Items


Each item in the Library window has an icon that indicates the nature or status of the item. The meaning of each of these icons is explained here:

  • DF Item - Document name
  • DF Item Reply  - Comment name
  • DF Password  - Protected by password (also on Category and Topic icons); a blue icon indicates that a user with the password has opened the item, and a red icon indicates that the item is locked
  • Await app icon - Status 'Awaiting Approval' (also on Category and Topic icons)
  • Approved icon - Status 'Approved' (also on Category and Topic icons)
  • Rejected  - Status 'Rejected' (also on Category and Topic icons)
  • DF category folder. - Category name
  • DF topic folder.  - Topic name
  •   - Resources folder for a Category, Topic or Document
  • Model Links icon  - Linked objects folder for a Category, Topic or Document
  • Diagram Image  - Diagram or clipboard image within the Resources folder
  • XMI file icon - XMI file of a Package, within the Resources folder
Work on Team Library Items Add Object Links


  • You can transport your Library set-up between projects, using the 'Settings > Model > Transfer > Export Reference Data' and 'Import Reference Data' ribbon options

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