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General Board / Create Accept Timer Event in toolbox
« on: December 13, 2019, 04:12:38 am »
So, what is the metatype to extend here? I tried AcceptEventTimerAction which I found in the SysML from EA's guts. That "sort of" worked, but the icon in the toolbox just shows the guillemets (for a wrong definition, which btw. also appears when using UMLPatternSilent). Also I can't seem to get  stereotyped version of that (I want my own stereotyped timer event). The previously mention one creates a bare timer element.

I'm working on 13.5 and no way to upgrade.


General Board / Specify group for model wizard data in MDG
« on: December 09, 2019, 06:27:17 pm »
When adding data for a model wizard (manually) to an MDG you put in something like

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  <Model name="Title of model" description="Some more lengthy description" location="C:\wherever\some.xml" default="no" icon="32" filter=""/>

That will be listed under Technology "Others" and grouped with the provided name under the MDG's name. There are also Core Modeling and Business listed beside Others.

Now, is it pre-determined that foreign MDGs all appear under "Others"? I'd guess so, since the Tech sources in EA.exe did not show any hint how to specify any values for the (I guess) hardwired categories. If not, what's the magic?


Bugs and Issues / Small icons
« on: November 28, 2019, 06:38:04 am »
Now that I moved to my new MacBook I notice that icons in the toolbar are way smaller than they used to be. I'm running EA under Parallels, so probably nobody can verify that. However, this might be one of those Windoze quirks. The VM hosts a Win7 and no matter which screen resolution I set the icons appear tiny as bugs. Everything else changes in size. Any idea?


Bugs and Issues / Shapescript can't draw correctly
« on: November 11, 2019, 10:22:11 am »
Nothing new, just another bug. Or maybe I'm just stupid. Here's my decoration which shall draw an exclamation mark:

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decoration exclamation {
  orientation = "NE";
  noShadow = true;
  MoveTo(50, 70);
  LineTo(60, 0);
  LineTo(40, 0);
  LineTo(50, 70);
  Ellipse(46, 80, 54, 100);

Looks ok in the preview window, but when you look at the actual decoration, the dot is remarkably left to the center. Looks like the wind has blown it away.

"Adjusting" the ellipse to
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  Ellipse(48, 80, 56, 100);
looks odd in the preview but yields a seemingly correct exclamation mark in the decoration.

Now who's weird here?


Bugs and Issues / Meaningful message
« on: September 25, 2019, 09:49:45 pm »
I already got used to EA's weirdness, but once you're in manipulating MDGs it strikes too hard once in a while. When saving profiles the wrong way you end up with <<>> instead of the icons I know: re-save all profiles (what could be more relaxing?) and re-gen the MDG. But now with this dreaded quick-linker you eventually get a message rather than frontal crash. And what does it say?
Encountered an improper argument.
Wow! That's helpful. Why tell the user which argument that was? Hey, says the Sparxian, we want to entertain you! Go, find your own Easter Egg.

Is it that attitude driving Sparx development?

Thank you for nothing!


Uml Process / Create Actor instance from profile
« on: September 25, 2019, 06:30:11 pm »
When extending a stereotype to Actor it will create an actor. Fine. But is it somehow possible to create an instance of an actor directly?


Uml Process / InterruptFlow not showing guard
« on: September 05, 2019, 04:37:54 am »
Is there any reason for the InterruptFlow not showing a guard on the diagram? The setting for the connector tells "show all labels". I'm on 13.5. I guess it's a bug, but I thought I ask here to get a confirmation before not sending a bug report being ignored anyway.


SetFillColor(c); DrawNativeShape(); usually fills elements with the specified color. Not so for boundaries. Obviously the default "No fill" for boundaries prevents coloring. So, what needs to be set in the metaclass to create a filled boundary that will take the supplied color?


Bugs and Issues / Separators in toolboxes
« on: August 08, 2019, 08:26:16 pm »
Why is it that when you have a toolbox with multiple extensions for a diagram that EA shows these as a single flat list? Like


But when you open that very same menu via the Other/MDG/... menu it puts separators between the single extensions.


Probably EAUI.


Btw.: When in this century will it be possible to illustrate something without having to go to some 2nd external server?

Bugs and Issues / Shape script line thickness not affecting native shape
« on: August 06, 2019, 02:12:58 am »
Obviously I tried that for the first time (in V13.5 and 14):
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shape main {
  SetPen(255, 127, 80, 5);
  SetFillColor(255, 255, 255);
Does not affect the line width of the native shape (only tested for a package). I tried all combinations of SetPen and SetPenColor (or is there an operation PleaseSetThePenWidthToWhatIWantWhichIs(width) ? ?  ? ?).


General Board / Connector coloring via Template Package
« on: August 05, 2019, 06:37:48 pm »
Is that possible? I tried it for Object/Control Flow but it did not seem to have any influence. Maybe there's some kind of EA-trick needed?


Is that just a "toolbox+"? To me it seems that you now can dynamically assign multiple toolboxes to a diagram. But is there more about it? (Thank god the designer of that and me won't accidentally cross paths.)


General Board / MDG in V14
« on: July 18, 2019, 01:33:22 am »
I'm currently trying to get my hands on the View Specification introduced in V14. Besides the fact that I had to find the menu (hmm, WHIMM would be a nice one: WHere Is My Menu) and having read about saving profiles (respectively why once can't do so with a package) I have an issue with that MTS not showing exported profile xml files any longer. Any hint?

(If someone got a write up how to deal with View Specification that would be nice. The EA docs are as usual just a "click here click there" without relating the use case.)


General Board / trace vs. Trace
« on: July 07, 2019, 12:13:15 am »
I just noticed that starting from UML 2.5 the OMG guys use upper case for Trace which had before lower case. That means: models need to be migrated. Or Sparx can sweet talk OMG to take the change back.


Bugs and Issues / V15 trashed my browser
« on: June 27, 2019, 09:15:07 pm »
Now that my playtime with V15 is over (it didn't look that bad by the way) I want to go back to V13.5. But - that does no longer show the project browser :-? It pretends to show it in the window list. Uncheck/check does not help (uncheck not possible). Oh my. Looks like I have to re-install V13.


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