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General Board / "UML Process " board established
« on: December 11, 2002, 03:40:01 am »

We have established an additional forum board as requested. It is currently named "UML Process", only as an indicative name - this can be changed by request at a future time, let me know.

We will move the relevant thread(s) to the new board as soon as possible.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / New Automation Interface
« on: August 08, 2002, 06:07:44 am »
Hello all,

Just an update to let you know the latest build of EA - 501 - has been released - and its major feature is the inclusion of a new read/write automation interface. This is a much more detailed interface than the previous one (which is still there of course) and provides a lot more potential for scripting the inner data structures of EA.

There is an online reference to this new interface at:

Documentation for the new interface is also included in the new EA setup as a PDF document accessible from the EA Program Group in the Windows Start Menu.

Registered users can also download XMI for the model from which the above documents were generated. Check the registered user section for this link. A zip file containing the HTML docs is also available there.

Please let us know if you strike any problems or have suggestions on how to enhance this feature in the future.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / New UML Profile support in EA  
« on: May 22, 2002, 06:04:29 am »
Hello all,
As you may be aware if you read the latest news on this forum, we have just posted build 490 of Enteprise Architect.

Among other things, this new release includes the first support in EA for customisable UML Profiles.

For those of you not familiar with UML Profiles, these specify a set of stereotypes, tagged values, constraints and other values that together help solve a particular modeling problem in UML. For example, there are profiles for modeling web sites, XML Schemas, business process and more.

A new tab has been added to the Project Workspace named "Resources". In the Resources tree there is a section to hold imported UML Profiles. Profiles are defined  in XML format and can be imported by right clicking on the UML Profile node and selecting to import a profile XML file.

To help get you started we have posted a few common profiles. These can be found at:

along with some explanation and instructions.

As always, we would appreciate any suggestions/feedback about this new feature - and hope it provides a worthwhile addition to EA's current functionality.

Geoff Sparks

Latest News / Enterprise Architect 3.51 Released
« on: January 30, 2003, 07:33:02 pm »
Enterprise Architect Version 3.51 - Build 600 released 31-Jan-2003

Changes in Build 600 (Release 3.51)

Main UML toolbox modified to be dockable
Main UML toolbox folders and contents modified to better reflect UML naming conventions and process
Addition of context menu submenu on dependency added to support easy selection of dependency stereotypes
Ability to "click, place and drop" elements from the new toolbox (as well as drag and place as usual)
Addition of ability to select an object in docked property window/relations page and place on current diagram (context menu option)
Addition of ability to 'pin' start and end points on a connector line between elements (connector context menu option)
Editable tree labels
Active objects support. Objects which have an Active Class as their classifier now are draw with thick borders
Concurrent messages in sequence diagram. Allow setting of messages at same height to inidcate concurrency
User tools menu. Allows addition of custom user tools - supports additional paramters for current diagram, element and package
Customizable toolbars. Includes ability to place main menu items onto toolbars - including submenus as toolbar drop menu button
Open project dialog set to foreground on open - and EA application workspace loaded before open dialog shows
Additional detail in connector documentation (RTF) for connector source role and connector end role
Fixed some issues with case-sensitive tablenames in MySQL
Addition of 'Scenario' tab to docked properties window. Support quick addition and editing of element scenarios
Element position (x,y co-ordinates) missing in locked diagrams. Fixed.
Addition of extra complexity types (Extreme and Unknown) which can be activated in the View Options dialog. Affects Use Case estimation
Allow open project to be compacted using the Admin/Compact Project facility. Current project suggested by default
Additional menu icons
Additional Toolbar for turning on/off dockable windows such as project browser, properties, tests etc.
Changed a few 'Cancel' buttons to read 'Close' where meaning was confusing
Collaboration messages now drawn with arrow stem as well as arrow head. Also, arrow head now treated as 'hit point' when selecting message.
Plus other minor bug fixes

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