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Suggestions and Requests / enable multiple selection
« on: August 12, 2008, 08:43:42 pm »
no way to select multiple objects in boundaries, fragments

stereotypes on aggregation/composition ends aren't shown - it's not an issue with th association, so this definitely is the BUG

workaround: draw association, then set one of it's end for share aggregation :-/

Also, stereotype position/alignment management for the association end is f...ed up - should I post screenshot? really not good for me, any other oppinions?

Registered as bug requesting to fix for the next build  ;)

Suggestions and Requests / REQUEST: attribute rendering
« on: November 02, 2006, 01:36:06 pm »
This request is mainly based on this thread:;action=display;num=1161659181;start=0#7

Attribute rendering without type (empty field) should be without colon (value, NOT value: OR value=1, NOT value:    =1)

Attribute rendering in class should be without additional spaces in front (-/weight, NOT -/     weight)

there is no way to set feature visibility options for inherited features - they are not shown in suppress feature window.

Suggestion: add new inherited filter for attributes and operations when inherited features are set on

Suggestions and Requests / EA beta impressions
« on: August 25, 2006, 03:31:47 am »
just continue thread on EA beta impressions and now it's time for the EA beta 2:

feature visibility is nice - it's possible to set custom attribute/method/property visibilities. Stereotype thing is still unclear for me: is it intentionaly only first class stereotype is displayed (if several of them are set)? Attribute shows all it's stereotypes - not only first as class - is this feature or bug? Paolo's TM  ;D

Realizations and dependencies now have source and target role windows - this shouldn't be I guess. And it's possible to set realization or dependencies source/target features - roles/multiplicities are even shown in dependency case (constraints and qualifiers aren't) . That's non UML compliant.

There is missing help info for virtual inheritance (generalization property)

Suggestions and Requests / EA beta1 impressions
« on: August 08, 2006, 03:40:54 pm »

so, what about EA beta1 - there is no difference beta1 and later versions at first glance, so decided to play for a while and to see it in action

I wasn't interested in XMI 2/2.1, so directly went to class diagram.
Classes with multiple stereotypes rock, however attributes with multiple stereotypes are broken - only the first stereotype is shown, even if multiple stereotypes are applied to an attribute. There is still no better feature visibility control  - sad, very sad message.

Next I have tried to investigate metamodel section - class properties window doesn't pop-up when a new class is placed. Very strange, because in class section this feature works. Another beta1 feature ???

Also, after some time quick link has refused to draw any other link than dependency - hmm, hmm I said, it's enough of beta1 for me  ;D

Suggestions and Requests / Copying many elements
« on: May 29, 2006, 05:14:22 am »
 If you will try to copy many classes to another package diagram and paste as new objects, you'll be asked for each copied class name. Would be nice to see the prompt with the checkbox option - use original names or smth like this.

Should links to be copied too? now they don't

if there is a set constraint, then by resizing association multiplicity text, there should be possible to align multiplicity with the constraint on the same line.
Note: aggregation is handled differently than association ;-) sometimes reacts to ordered, sometimes not...

Now constraint always stays below multiplicity

Would be nice to get:
* {set}

If multiplicity is ordered (checkbox is checked), then we have:

Would be nice to have a chance to resize to:
* {set, ordered} OR * {set; ordered}

Note2: currently EA doesn't allow to join constraints

Copying moved to separate thread:;action=display;num=1148904862;start=0#0


I'm almost sure, that Paolo will say something uniquetm about such EA behaviour  ;D

Suggestions and Requests / BUG: reflexive association
« on: May 09, 2006, 06:02:30 am »
there is no way to modify reflexive association (association to self) layout - no bend option, no way to make wider space between in and out ends.
This BUG several months was already reported by jeshaw2 (original post;action=display;num=1132203389;start=5)
, however situation hasn't changed.

Also, multiplicity is coupled with the end role name (it's separate in non-reflexive associations)


re-registering this bug again

Suggestions and Requests / BUG: Instance classifier window
« on: April 03, 2006, 08:09:13 am »

instance classifier window doesn't provide functionality as should be - there is no way to select existing package (namespace). There are only options in the namespace combobox: <any> and Logical View

I believe, this combobox should contain all packages (namespaces) and filter only selected package elements

Suggestions and Requests / OCL bugs
« on: February 20, 2006, 09:23:03 am »
OCL validation doesn't work as supposed:
there were defined 2 rules:
test   -> inv: number > 1 (should be ok, but model validation says opposite)
test2 -> inv: number < 1 (shouldn't be ok, but  >:( )

Also not sure, if Test3 class warning should be shown (it dissappear, if association type changed to not defined)

registered as the bug

Suggestions and Requests / Class attribute/method rendering and ordering
« on: February 13, 2006, 08:21:06 am »
Would like to see more intelligent class attributes/method rendering, when there is not specified type:
right now if type is left blank, attributes and methods are rendered as attribute1: and Method1(): - should be attribute1 and Method1()
Use colon for rendering only if type field is not blank - it's not hard to implement ;)

Also in latests builds manual attribute/method ordering feature dissolved - there were 2 little thumbs to move attribute/method up and down - now only an empty space is left ???

Who stole those pretty thumbs? guess, sparxians need to do full investigation on this matter  ;D

Suggestions and Requests / some minor bugs
« on: January 11, 2006, 06:38:24 am »
there is no way to control page margins - margin fields in page setup window are greyed (measurement units should be system's default, not inches)

It may be related with this:

there is left too much space on the right side of diagram image - no way to control it (as others also)

Also, when saving diagram to image, if you previously save image in one format and change to another, file name with an extension doesn't change - possible solution: don't show format in file name field at all - image type is controlled by save type selection)

About notes - in my example note is attached to output() method:

method, but indication of that isn't helpful - if there would be output attribute, there wouldn't be any distinction between attribute/method. Suggest at least indicate method note with the method(), in my case it's output(). Better solution - full method and arguments declaration - output(ms : AgMessage) or output(AgMessage) in my case.

AgExternalEvent class has all attributes and methods hidden in feature visibility window - class has 3 field areas - class name, attribute, method. Class1 class is empty and has only 2 areas - it would be logical to follow united display style.

Also field of improvement - to let user to decide, which particular methods/attributes to show in this class, for example:
class EA has 2 methods: add() and delete(), in one diagram it's needed only add() method, while in another delete(). Solution - to make attribute/method checkbox list

External package presentation in class name (Calculations::Sum) is controled for a whole diagram - I believe, that this should be an option for each diagram entity

BTW, in sequence diagram objects should be underlined or not? now it's not underlined in sequence diagrams

Suggestions and Requests / association class and generalization bug
« on: December 14, 2005, 03:50:46 am »

in EA 6.780 you can't make association class to be a descendant of the another class ;-)

Suggestions and Requests / Missing features
« on: November 22, 2005, 05:03:05 am »
I miss ability to hide class attribute or method - not all methods/attributes in the diagram, but particularly selected

This feature is available in (ex?) NoMagic's MagicDraw and Rational Rose - why not to improve EA in this field? ;)

Suggest to extend connector hiding interface to class methods/attributes

Also, I would like to have an option to show connector intersection by little half circle jump (if remember, Visio draw intersections in this way) - maybe this is already there?

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