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Bugs and Issues / Azure Icons print with black background
« on: November 07, 2020, 10:26:49 am »
I've raised this with Sparx Support. Just letting you know there seems to be an issue with any Azure icon that has a transparent background when printing. It comes out with a black background so differs in appearance to what is shown on the screen.
Makes the printed diagram look a pretty ugly.

General Board / Sparx EA Build 1527 not announced
« on: March 09, 2020, 06:57:46 am »
I note that build 1527 was released on 28th Feb 2020 yet it wasn't announced in latest news. I would have missed it if I didn't need to download an copy of the latest V15.1 setup file.
Anyone else miss it?

I noticed there is an MDG called Enterprise Information Models in V15 Sparx EA and its based on the work by David C. Hay. It is describes as such
This technology provides model templates for modeling the information of an Enterprise based on the work of David C. Hay.
Trouble is as much as I've tried I can't find out how to use it. I've gone through all the wizards, diagrams etc and done various searches on the help.
I've even looked at the XML file defining it which has the following code in it.
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    <Model name="Parties" description="" location="ei1.0-parties.xml" default="yes" customizable="false" icon="31" filter="Simple" />
    <Model name="Party Relationships" description="" location="ei1.0-party-relationships.xml" default="yes" customizable="false" icon="31" filter="Simple" />
    <Model name="Party Identifiers and Names" description="" location="ei1.0-party-identifiers-and-names.xml" default="yes" customizable="false" icon="31" filter="Simple" />
    <Model name="Geographic Locations" description="" location="ei1.0-geographic-locations.xml" default="yes" customizable="false" icon="31" filter="Simple" />
However I haven't been able to see these in the model patterns/wizard etc.
Any ideas how to users can create these model templates?

Bugs and Issues / Printer Problems with V15 Build 1507
« on: August 09, 2019, 06:44:30 am »
Anyone else having problems printing diagrams with V15?
I have some A3 Poster size diagrams that print fine with V14.1 but don't print in V15.
This is a show stopper for us moving to V15.

General Board / Sharing Diagram Themes
« on: July 17, 2019, 07:54:00 am »
I've created some diagram themes that reflect the corporate colours and want to share them with other users who access the same repository. I initially thought they would be saved in the repository (SQL Server) but it appears not as other users can't see them. How would I share my diagram themes with others?

Has anyone tried access the shape script editor in V15 RC 1505. I've got a custom MDG where I created some some stereotypes with shapescripts stored in the stereotype's initial value of _image attribute. In previous versions of Sparx EA there used to be a ellipse button (...) which could be clicked and the shapescript editor would pop up. Can't see it any more anywhere thus can't seem to edit shape scripts any more.
Am I missing something?

PCS General Board / Tagged Values - Can't edit from web EA?
« on: May 13, 2019, 03:13:33 pm »
Whilst running some rudimentary tests we've discovered that in our Cloud Repository we don't appear to have the ability to edit tagged values from Web EA. Is that a feature not presently in Web EA or is it something we need to configure.
We can edit notes.

PCS General Board / Diagrams don't appear to import
« on: May 13, 2019, 09:21:31 am »
We are trialling Cloud Pro Server and tried importing a model which has both objects and diagrams using XMI the import function. The objects seem to import ok but the diagrams don't seem to come across. Is this normal?

Bugs and Issues / Swimlane Line Colour and Width no longer changeable
« on: February 18, 2019, 07:13:21 am »
V14.1 Build 1428.
Found that when attempting to change the colour or the width of swimlanes they no longer change.

General Board / Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools Oct 2018
« on: January 30, 2019, 04:40:49 pm »
Another Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools.
Puts Sparx EA down in the Niche Play quadrant.
Dunno but can't help but feel they aren't evaluating it right.

Suggestions and Requests / Improve Alternative Image Management
« on: January 26, 2019, 09:48:33 am »
Two things I think would improve the management of alternative images;
a) When bulk importing using drag and drop on to a diagram it would be good to name the images the same as the file name without extension instead of image1, image2, image3.
b) In the alternative image dialog make it easier to find an image by adding a name filter bar similar to that in the element list.

General Board / Bulk Import of Alternative Images
« on: January 16, 2019, 02:42:56 pm »
We need to bulk import lots of alternative images (png format) into Sparx EA model. The only way I can see of doing this at present is to select all the image files from file explorer  and drag them onto a diagram. Unfortunately the images are then named image1, image2, etc rather than using the file name.
Does anyone know of another way where the file name is used to the name the image?

We are using EA V14.1 Build 1427

Was thinking of maybe writing some code but couldn't see an API to import an image file into t_image table. Is there something I've missed?

Got sent this link where Gartner evaluates Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Architecture Tools, amongst the list is Sparx Enterprise Architect.

Having used a number of the other tools in the past its not clear to me why certain tools score higher than Sparx Enterprise Architect in some categories. Unfortunately they seem to have scored Sparx EA the lowest. What do others think? A fair score or biased for some unknown reason?

I guess you should read the small print before taking advice from Gartner :)

Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

General Board / APQC Process Model
« on: November 17, 2018, 06:51:14 am »
APQC is a process framework for the full enterprise.
APQC's Process Classification Framework (PCF)® is the most used process framework in the world. It creates a common language for organizations to communicate and define work processes comprehensively and without redundancies. Organizations are using it to support benchmarking, manage content, and perform other important performance management activities.

For those who have requested it via PM I've published APQC process model on Git hub.

It utilises a custom Enterprise Architecture MDG that is also located there so you need to copy that into a folder and reference it via the MDG dialog set up in Sparx EA to get a proper view of the diagrams.
You also need to change preferences to show both alias and name to see both the ID and name. The ID is in the alias.

To access the metrics you need to enable the metrics window and you will see them when you click on certain process elements.
Enjoy  :)

General Board / Sparx EA V14 B 1419 Installation issue
« on: May 11, 2018, 12:58:36 pm »
Having a problem installing Sparx EA V14 Build 1419 – It goes through install script then stops with error about creating a temporary file to complete installation.

Just upgraded to the latest windows recently so not sure if its that or something else. Windows 10 Version 1803 Build 17134.48
Anyone else have similar problem?

Tried disabling virus protection as I also saw a notification saying "Unauthorised changes blocked" Controlled access folder blocked: C:Windows\...\svchost.exe from making changes to memory. However that didn't prevent the problem reoccurring when trying to install again.

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