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Suggestions and Requests / Swimlanes
« on: November 22, 2003, 09:03:54 am »

I would like the swimlanes in the activity diagram to be more than just a set of lines... first of all, I would like them to behave like a boundary, i.e. when I move/resize a swimlane, all the objects in it move with it.
Also, if I have specified a classifier for a swimlane (in my case typically an actor), would it be possible to automatically create an association between the classifier (actor) and the objects in the swimlane?
That would save a lot of work and help to bring the relationship matrix to a new dimension!


Suggestions and Requests / Better release notes, please
« on: April 09, 2006, 05:06:37 pm »

most of this has been asked before, but I would like to reiterate this in the hope of getting at least some of this implemented.
What I would like:

1. Better release notes
I would much like more details in the release notes. I am not looking for long unreadable document, but I would like to be able to read RN and know what are the differences compared to the previous release.
Example of this would be the time when "Sort Features Alphabetically" was implemented and switched on by default. Brief scan through the forum will show how much confusion has this caused). In short, anything that will in any way impact existing models, be it the contents or the form, should be clearly indicated.

2. Clear indication of which bugs have been resolved
This is related to the previous point. I would like to know which bugs have been resolved in a new release. Detailed list of the bugs would be great.
Of course, collaborative bug tracker would take care of this as well...

3. Advanced warning
I would like to know what is coming up in the next release even before the release is out. I would also like to know when to expect it.
Given Sparx' aggressive release schedule (which is great), one usually does not have to wait too long for things to be fixed. And it is understandable that deadlines may shift. But it would be great to know what to expect in an upcoming release and when. Especially in the corporate world it would help with planning rollout of the updates or deciding to wait for the next release.

Thank you,

Suggestions and Requests / EA4.0 and upgrade of repository
« on: March 22, 2004, 11:09:32 am »

while EA4.0 automatically upgrades an .eap file, it does not seem to do the same in case of a DBMS-based repository. I have had to export the repository into an .eap file, open the file in EA4.0 and then import it back into the db repository.
While this is not a big deal, it would be nice if the db repository were handled the same way as the .eap file.


Suggestions and Requests / Multiselect in the Project Browser
« on: November 18, 2003, 09:58:35 am »

I often find myself needing to edit several objects in the Project Browser in exactly the same way - e.g. entering the same tag value to several objects. It would be great if I could select more than one object in the tree and edit them all at once.
What more, I often need to move objects between packages, as projects grow, the structure is changing. Instead of moving them one by one, I would love to be able to select several of them and drag and drop them together.


Suggestions and Requests / Deleting an object
« on: December 10, 2003, 01:36:20 pm »
When deleteing an object (in the Project Browser, not only removing it from a diagram), if the object has any links, I would like a confirmation box to popup with something like "This object is linked to.... Are you sure you want to delete it?". Especially in a multi-user environment, with Use Cases or other objects being re-used multiple times, this would be extremely helpful!


Suggestions and Requests / Autosave / "Are you sure you don't want to sa
« on: December 05, 2003, 08:04:19 am »
This is CRITICAL for us:

When working on requirements on a Use Case (I suspect this applied to constraints and scenarios as well) when you make changes into a requirement and hit new, all changes are lost.
I would MUCH like a message box popup asking "You have made changes, do you want to save them?" like in any Windows application, be it MS Office or notepad.
The "New" button gets hit accidentally quite often and the amount of work we lose is tremendous.

Thanks in advance!


Suggestions and Requests / Display object constraints etc. in the tree
« on: November 19, 2003, 06:15:56 pm »

it would be nice if for example requirements and constraints of a use case or operations of a class would appear in the project browser under the use case/class/whatever.
It would help to quickly find exactly what needed, especially in a multi-user environment when you do not always exactly know where a particular thing is.

Sorry, I have been talking all day today and probably am not making much of a sense now.... blame it on a language barrier.


Suggestions and Requests / Better handling of locking/unlocking
« on: November 12, 2003, 01:27:13 pm »

we have team of 20 people (and possibly more in the future) using EA to model a large project. We have enabled security in the way that requires users to lock the objects in order to edit them.
However, in some cases when we try to lock the objects, no error message is displayed but the object is not locked... when I check in the "Manage locks" window, I can see that it is locked for someone else already. It would be nice if the message "This object has been already locked by someone else" appeared consistently.
Also, would it be possible to display name of the user who has locked the object? I know that it can be found in the "Manage locks" window, but in a project with thousands of objects, this might get a bit inconvenient and time consuming.
Even better, displaying the object status directly in the project browser window, or at least on the mouseover would definitely help!

Thank you.


Suggestions and Requests / Editiing properties & locking
« on: November 12, 2003, 10:12:34 pm »
Would it be possible to make whoe properties window (e.g. use case properties) read only, i.e. impossible to edit anything, when the object is locked and thus uneditable by the user? Currently the OK button is disabled, but it often happens that a user does not realize that, edits the information in the window, and only then realizes that he can not save them...

Suggestions and Requests / Drag & Drop from package to package
« on: November 12, 2003, 10:10:12 pm »
I often find myself in need of moving objects between packages. As we use security, I understand that I have to apply a lock to the target package, fine... but why do I have to apply the lock to the source package as well? Would not it be enough to lock just the object I want to move?
As we have multiple people working on a model, it is not always feasible to lock the whole package... just to move one object from it...

General Board / EA 6.0 (beta)
« on: October 31, 2005, 03:27:49 pm »
Rocks :-)

General Board / Sparx website's new look
« on: May 16, 2005, 08:44:15 pm »
Very nice!


General Board / Collaboration from multiple sites - best practices
« on: May 04, 2005, 09:38:27 pm »
Hi everyone,

I currently need to have a model updated from multiple (for simplicity's sake, let's assume 2) locations. The problem is that using a DBMS repository is out of the questions, mainly due to the performance issues. It seems that the replication is the way to go.
The problem is that both locations may need to change contents of the same package(s). And both locations need to see the changes made by the other one. And likely the only reasonable communication channel between the locations would be an e-mail.

Seems like regularly, one location would have to e-mail their EAP file to the other location, there the replicas would get synchronized, any conflicts resolved, and the replica sent back to the first location.

Does anyone have any better idea? This sounds like too much pain (although to be fair, not many tools would be able to handle this at all).

Thank you,

General Board / What is coming up in EA 5.0?
« on: April 20, 2005, 05:10:37 pm »

could someone from Sparx outline what is coming up in the next major release of EA, the 5.0? The few things mentioned here in the forum have been most interesting, and I am sure I am not the only one who would love to learn more!


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