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PCS General Board / Re: Capability Maps with maturity built in
« on: December 29, 2019, 10:02:47 pm »
Heat maps can be also automatically generated based on template diagrams.
You can put any auto legend on the template diagram to color as you wish based any tagged value or property.
Elements on the heat maps are real elements that you can navigate, trace and zoom in.
They are automatically grouped, colored and resized (based on the template) so that a maximum of elements can be visible.
Generation can be
- on demand using the UI for a specific item
- scheduled as you wish for the entire model

The generated heat map diagrams also automatically include links to all diagrams inside each element so that the HTML version of the model gets completely navigable. Each HTML version of any diagram includes a little envelope that you can click on to send an email with a link to the diagram.


It takes much more time to define what to do (in terms of semantics, language, transformation process and tools) then to do it.
If you know what to do then it would take one months to make something usable (at least to start with).
You might want to fix ArchiMate at the same time and come up with a language with real semantics.

I would not let security kill my business.
The key is to be able to manage complexity, have end to end traceability and be able to zoom in and out.

Therefore you need one repository with
- a prescribed structure of folders (packages)
- a prescribed structure of elements in these folders
- prescribed diagram types (viewpoints) in that structure of folders and elements

Here is some practical guidance for the structure of such a repository:

Look at the "Canonical Folder Structure" in the project browser.

You can download a full startup repository as part of the Labnaf trial software package available here:

Additional educational material regarding strategy, architecture and most relevant standards is available on


General Board / Re: Import of large model from an external source
« on: November 28, 2019, 08:10:55 am »
Once you completed your import you might want to translate your language element and connector types to other types in another language or in the same language.
You might also want to rename tagged values.
Or delete tagged values.
Or change the direction of connectors.
Or change connector types based on the types of the connector ends.
(by type I mean type and/or stereotype)

The Labnaf Addin ( comes with a free Language Translator that let you do all the language translations that you will need to/from any language.

Bugs and Issues / Re: Repository.SaveAsDiagramProfile does not save colors
« on: November 16, 2019, 01:57:17 am »
Indeed. I reported the bug.

Bugs and Issues / Repository.SaveAsDiagramProfile does not save colors
« on: November 11, 2019, 01:18:40 am »
Great idea. It would be a very useful function.
However, unless I am missing something, in our case it is useless as it does save the colors.

A user can change an existing connector by moving a connector end to another element.
And in that case "EA_OnPreNewConnector" is not triggered.

Does anybody know what event is triggered in that case?

Thank you in advance,

... when the stereotype is defined in an MDG?

Does anybody know?

Thank you in advance,

Are there any plans to provide URLs that are accessible from outside the repository.

Here is a use case:

User 1
- Right-clicks on a diagram and select (new option) "Copy link to diagram" (just as in OneNote).
- Copy the link in an email.

- Create links to diagrams and puts them in emails or on a web site

User 2 (recipient)
- Clicks on a URL

- Starts if was not already running
- Opens the diagram and makes it active

Related to history of Changes and fixes for Build 1427. (

Still no API to make this synchronization automatic vs manually pushing a button every time?

Can't find any.

So we can write console programs or services that access the object model in batch mode
- without having to install EA on the server
- without existing limitations which are due to the fact that EA is a desktop program

General Board / Re: Pros and Cons of mixing TOGAF and Archimate?
« on: August 27, 2019, 09:04:20 pm »
Indeed it is the same problem everywhere.

An alternative is having one single language that makes sense i.e.
- that is based on precise systems semantics

- and that is designed to support the complete process of driving transformations (the TOGAF ADM is a process for driving one single change)

For more information please contact Sparx Europe.

The alternative is to delete the list view and regenerate it.

When you define an element stereotype, you define notably the
- tagged values
- their grouping
- the default child diagram types.

When you "synchronize stereotype", only the tagged values are updated.
Their grouping and the default child diagram are not updated.

So the "synchronize stereotype" feature does only part of its job.


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