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Is there a way for me to import a spreadsheet and have the import process create classes with attributes and operations?

My initial thought was that I might be able to use the same CSV file to import the classes and attributes (using Preserve Hierarchy for the attributes), but I'm not sure what the type for attribute would be. Not sure what to do with the operations since they would have arguments.

General Board / Separating ActivityParameters in Action Pin
« on: March 01, 2016, 03:15:08 am »
I have an Activity with numerous ActivityParameters (in and out) and I would like to use it on an activity diagram as an Invocation (which would ideally replace the ActivityParameters with action pins).

However, what's happening is that only one action pin is being made and under behavior it has ALL of the ActivityParameters listed. This would be OK if it at least split up the inputs and the outputs, but it's not, and anytime I try to add an action pin myself it still crams all of the ActivityParameters into one action pin.

Is there a way for me to split these up?

General Board / Unrecognized database format
« on: May 08, 2015, 05:48:48 am »
At the moment, whenever I try to open my project (that was working fine yesterday), I get the error: Unrecognized database format and then it shows the filename.

I actually ran into this issue on Monday as well, and as a result went on to a different project file (I didn't lose much work then) that I have on my Desktop. But now I'm getting the error on my recent project (which I've invested a decent amount of work in) but not in the original file that was giving me issues.  :o

How do I fix this? (And yes, the file is a .eap).

General Board / Merging relationship matrices?
« on: April 17, 2015, 01:44:10 am »
So I spent the past three days working in a replica, and once I sent in my work it turns out that the people that tasked me to do this had all been working in the exact same package.

Anyways, the CM guy was going to replace the current package with my package, but that would annihilate all of their work. So, is there a way to just bring over the relationships I defined and leave everything else as is?

If not, is there a way to import relationships via a spreadsheet in EA? (since my work was creating refine relationships between use cases and requirements that were originally put into a spreadsheet...).

General Board / Setting an actor as abstract?
« on: February 13, 2015, 04:38:00 am »
Just wondering, but is there a way to set an actor as abstract in Sparx EA 10? For a class (or block), I would just go to Properties->Details to do this, but actors don't have the "Details" section under Properties.

General Board / Importing CSV requirements as SysML1.3 requirement
« on: February 03, 2015, 06:41:05 am »
So, I'm trying to import some requirements that were typed up in Excel into our SysML project, and it seems like the easiest way to do this is using the CSV import functionality.

However, when I import the requirements they aren't SysML 1.3 requirements (thus having id and text fields). Any way I can force the import to create SysML 1.3 requirements as opposed to the "UML requirements"?

General Board / Dumb question about version availability
« on: January 24, 2015, 02:32:45 am »
So, I saw that version 12 had been released and tried to get our IT guy to install the latest version of Sparx (since it seemed like version 12 had a lot of neat improvements).

I tried to use "upgrade EA" from the Sparx EA tool, however, when he logged in there we were only able to upgrade to 11.1 (currently have 11).

It's been less than a year since we bought EA, but he said that we'd have to buy Sparx EA all over again in order to get 12. Is that case? Or should I try to get 12 from its webpage?

General Board / Capability to "check out" a package?
« on: November 21, 2014, 07:54:40 am »
I'm working on a team of around 7-10 modelers and up until recently the modus operandi was that different groups of modelers would get a replica and sometime in the week the lead architect would collect all of the replicas and merge them into a master model.

All of this was done without using the baselines/package control (why? I don't know. I brought it up, it was ignored).

Now the project dynamic is changing and we're going to a SQL server,  and the architect lead for my group wants me to look into something where the following process happens:

1. Group A is tasked with working on Subject A, where Subject A is mostly found in Package A.

2. Group A checks-out Package A; that is, for the duration of the time Package A is checked out, Package A cannot be altered by anybody else.

3. Group A checks Package A back in, with changes, and all relationships across the model are intact (which is why we don't just export the packages, because it seems that when we import them back in the relationships wind up getting lost if any changes occurred).

I've tried looking into this via the Help section, but the main things I can find refer to the Gantt view and the Package baselines.

Any thoughts?

General Board / How do I show the namespace in a matrix?
« on: October 03, 2014, 02:03:49 am »
I can show the Package name under Options, but suppose I made a profile that has stereotypes Capability Category (an extension of Namespace) and Capability (a specialization of RequirementRelated). I have a containment relationship between a Capability Category and a Capability, and I want to be able to show/sort by the Capability Category namespace at times. How would I do this?

General Board / Stereotype + attributes in a report?
« on: October 09, 2014, 01:48:24 am »
Suppose I have a stereotype called limitation, and in the metamodel limitation has attributes:
id: int
cause: string = <memo>
effect: string = <memo>
severity: char
liklihood: char
status: string

How do I get a report to show all of these attributes? I can see how to make it show tagged values, but I would like for it to show these things.


General Board / Change appearance of control flows?
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:01:40 am »
So, I would like to be able to visually differentiate between my control flows and object flows. In theory, control flows should be a dotted line, but that isn't the case here.

Anyways, is there a way I can set a project/diagram default so that my control flows show up as a thickness "2"?

General Board / Adding a Tagged Value Note to a stereotype
« on: September 03, 2014, 03:53:27 am »
What I mean is this:
Consider the requirement (SysML 1.3:: Requirement), EA has its text in as a Tagged Value Note as seen below:

What type of attribute would I use in my stereotypes' metamodel to give them the same attribute?

Right now I have the text based attributes set as strings, but these are excessively limited in available size and they don't appear in the text box at the bottom of the top up (unlike the requirement's text).

Bonus Question: How do I set what pops up when I put the mouse over my stereotypes? My assumption is that the answer to this is "scripting".

General Board / How do I get my stereotypes to show up in a matrix
« on: August 28, 2014, 04:32:39 am »
Specifically, I have created a UML profile and imported it into my model (even created a new MDG Technology).

So, what I want to do is use one of my stereotypes (Issues) as the Source and my other stereotype (Resolution) as the Target. On top of that, I want the link between them to be a stereotype defined in my profile (resolve).

But, when I go to make a matrix, I get none of these as options despite having the profile in my model (as well as the MDG Generated Technology). How do I fix this?

General Board / EA Lite and documents in the model
« on: August 09, 2014, 04:49:29 am »

Suppose I placed a document on a diagram (such as a spreadsheet) and I set it as internal to the model (so it should go wherever the EAP file goes). Now, my boss has EA Lite, so when I send him my model, he clicks on the document and gets... nothing, whereas if I click on the document on the diagram, it opens up the spreadsheet.

Is this just a limitation of EA Lite in general, or is there a way for him to have that functionality in EA Lite?

General Board / Inserting an existing document (Word, Excel, etc.)
« on: August 02, 2014, 06:51:01 am »
Is there a way to insert an existing document (Word document, Excel spreadsheet, webpage, whatever) as a class in EA? I know I can link a model element to various files under Properties -> Related -> Files, but I would like to be able to put in a class that when double-clicked opens up an Excel Spreadsheet. How would I do this?

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