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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Tabbed MDI Windows for Diagrams
« on: August 26, 2003, 11:15:30 am »
I just broke my previous record--I had 4 copies of EA open all day yesterday.

It's a freakin' pain in the butt to try keeping track of which EA instance is displaying which diagram.  I probably spent 5% of my time yesterday flipping through EA instances to figure out which one was the correct one.

Even with a dual-monitor setup, it's a big pain dealing with multiple instances.

Have I mentioned that tabbed windows to have multiple diagrams open at once would be a great productivity booster for me?


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Tabbed MDI Windows for Diagrams
« on: August 19, 2003, 07:13:27 am »
Yes, I was unpleasantly surprised to open 3.60 Beta and not see this feature. This was the one feature that I thought was going to be in there, but wasn't.

(I thought "tear-off tabbed windows" outlined in the list of features inwas referring to this feature that we all need.)

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Tabbed MDI Windows for Diagrams
« on: August 18, 2003, 03:38:43 pm »
I end up opening three copies of EA every morning because I need to easily switch between three diagrams while I work.

It's a pain in the you-know-what.

Suggestions and Requests / Drag & Drop to Reorder in Tree
« on: November 21, 2003, 05:57:30 am »
We have many sequences per use case, and we put these sequences under the use case. The problem is that because we can't create packages under the use case, we have a long list of sequences.

We'd like to use drag & drop to reorder so we don't have to create a sequence at the top of the list, then click the down button 20 times to get it placed in the correct location.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Sequence Diagram Suggestions
« on: September 09, 2003, 01:58:58 pm »
Does anyone else find the drag & drop of objects annoying as all hell in sequence diagrams? I try to click on an object that's created half way down the page, and EA wants to select another object. I find myself pulling my hair out trying to drag and drop the correct object left and right.

Another annoyance: I'll get the correct object selected, then click on a handle to resize it, and EA un-selects my object, and selects another object underneath it!!!

I'm using 3.51--does anyone know if there have been any improvements made to the sequence diagram mouse interaction in 3.6?


Suggestions and Requests / Don't Expand Dragged Nodes
« on: June 09, 2003, 09:37:42 am »
When I drag a classs from one package to another, it becomes expanded when dropped. This is pretty annoying with classes that have many attributes along with the associated property accessor methods.  I find myself dragging, dropping, clicking the "-" to collapse, dragging, dropping, etc.

This gets REALLY frustrating when dragging and dropping more than one or two classes between packages.  I perform this operation several times a day as I come up with better namespace breakdowns for my classes.

To copy attributes and operations, drag from the treeview onto the class in a class diagram.

It's not cut behavior, but it allows you to copy.

Suggestions and Requests / Sort List of Scenarios When Linking Notes
« on: July 01, 2003, 01:33:47 pm »
It would be great if the listview shown when selecting a scenario from a use case, when linking a note to a scenario, could be made sortable by clicking the column headers.

I add all scenarios to my sequence diagrams, and I like to keep them ordered alphabetically so I can easily find them.

Suggestions and Requests / Enter comments when creating properties
« on: June 26, 2003, 09:44:14 am »
When I'm adding attributes to a class, I typically will create the property accessor method right there by checking the Property box.  

This works great, except for the next step in my workflow--entering a comment for the property. It would be EXTREMELY helpful if you added a comment box to the dialog that pops up to create the property. This way, I wouldn't need to flip between the attributes and operations dialogs while I create my attributes.

OK.  I lied.  It compresses it more like 10%, but enough so that my messages don't line up like they do on-screen.

Suggestions and Requests / WYS != WYG for Notes on Sequence Diagrams
« on: June 24, 2003, 07:31:17 am »
I list the use case text down the left-hand-side of my sequence diagrams, and place the appropriate messages for each part of the use case to the right of the text.

This works great on-screen, but when the diagram is printed, the printed version has the text compressed by about 20%, so none of the messages line up any longer.

Is there any way to address this?  I'd really like my printed layout to match what I see on-screen, truly giving me "WYSIWYG" layout capabilities.


Suggestions and Requests / Re: Sticky Relationships
« on: June 10, 2003, 12:00:02 pm »
The same way it knows not to move the object when you press F3.  If you're in "connector-mode," it draws connectors.

Basically, we're asking for an "automatic-F3," to prevent you from having to press the F3 key after each connector.  My proposal is to turn this feature on by double-clicking the connector icon in the toolbox.

Of course, using F3 is pretty fast if you just hover your finger over the key while drawing connectors, so this probably is not a very high priority feature. There's an easy and effective solution already in place.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Sticky Relationships
« on: June 09, 2003, 09:35:14 am »
One way that might be nice for this to work is to make it work like the format painter in Microsoft apps.  If you double-click a relationship type in the toolbox, it is put in "repeat mode," until you single-click the relationship type again.

Suggestions and Requests / ... Button Next to All Type Combo Boxes
« on: June 05, 2003, 09:26:57 am »
It would be extremely helpful to make it so all type combo boxes have the "..." button next to them to display the Select Type dialog.

I love this feature in the Attributes dialog, but it is sorely missed in the Operations dialog for the type for both return values and parameters.

I have many duplicates because my database tables show up in the list.

Alternatively, is there any way to specify that classes in a particular package should be hidden in the Type combo box?  That would be the PERFECT solution, since I don't want any of my tables to appear in that combo box.

Suggestions and Requests / Generation of Inner Classes
« on: June 03, 2003, 05:28:13 pm »
When I trigger code generation for a diagram that contains one or more C# inner classes, a message is displayed that says generation of inner classes is not currently supported.

I have two questions:
1. Are there plans to add support for this in the near future?
2. How have other people gotten around this in the meantime? Generate the class separately and copy/paste?

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