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Latest News / 'Gang of Four' Design Patterns Now Available
« on: September 08, 2003, 12:13:16 am »
To get you started with Design Patterns in Enterprise Architect, there is now a zip file containing the Patterns decribed in the book "Design Patterns - Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software" by Gamma et al., herafter referred to as the 'Gang of Four' or GoF for short.

These patterns have been especially prepared for EA by Noumenaut Software (

Visit for more information or download the patterns directly from

Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 639 Released
« on: September 07, 2003, 10:20:24 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 639

Added Configure Version Control and Use Version control permission types to Security Model in Coporate version of EA
Modified Apply Pattern function to allow setting both Rename and Link check boxes - and have EA only apply one
Modified apply pattern function to prevent doubling up of applied operations in some cases
Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down shortcut keys added to Project Browser (move elements up and down)
Fixed context menu on element properties dialog - Link page to be non-modal
Sub-Activities now handled correctly in XMI import/export
Fixed error in stereotype dialog which only allowed a stereotype for one base type instead of many
Fixed element search dialog to handle particular Japanese character(s) that were causing SQL errors.
Added a new check to Integrity dialog to update Foreign Key definitions to new mode in EA 3,60
Added 'Advanced' check box to Code Templates dialog to show all templates
Some minor fixes in VB.Net code generation and templates
Some additional code template macros for handling Parameterized and Instantiated classes

Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 638 Released
« on: September 04, 2003, 09:59:30 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 638
Added ability to Save specially set-up diagrams as UML Profiles (see Help file)
Fixed issue with object font color set from Format Toolbar
Fixed error with multiple extension points being defned in Use Cases
Modified XMI importer to correct possible import error when importing a full model
Fixed problem with EA always opening maximized even with local option - Open Maximized -  unchecked
Fixed issue with use of refernce character when defining properties
Fixed issues with import of VB.Net nested classes
Fixed problem with multiple copies of operation pre- and post- conditions appearing in RTF documents

Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 637 Released
« on: September 02, 2003, 09:45:31 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 637
Fixed problem of Local Paths dialog not saving paths
Fixed issue with saving scenarios and some reference types when regional settings use , (comma) as the decimal separator
Fixed issue with not being able to modify namespace root when Require User Lock to Edit enabled
Fixed error in MySQL when changing Locking Mode in Corporate version of EA
Fixed error in RTF output in Unicode version of EA - document could be corrupt when Scenarios included in output

Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 636 Released
« on: September 01, 2003, 10:33:07 pm »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 636
-Fixed problem with useage of Apply/Release User lock in Corporate version of EA
-Added Select Classifier dialog to Operations dialog for Return Type
-Fixed problem with Operations Return Type combo losing contents after dialog canceled
-Fixed problem with importing indexed properties in VB.Net

Latest News / Version 3.60 - Build 635 Released
« on: September 01, 2003, 12:35:43 am »
Changes and Fixes in Version 3.60 - build 635
User Interface Changes:
     Major changes to docked windows...
     Upgraded docking behavior - pull out and redock tabbed windows (eg. Notes docked window)
     Flexible docking algorithm allows a number of new docking methods
     Dock windows in a larger variety of places
     Autohide (slide away) enabled on all major docked windows
     Main menu reworked to include new functions and makes many features more accessible
     Addition of Element menu to handle Element functions on currently selected element
     Context menus for elements, diagram etc. reworked to limit complexity
     Toolbar added to docked property window      
     Added syntax highlighting source code editor as dockable window within EA
     Quick customization menu on toolbars (add/remove buttons)
     Improved graphical indication of version controlled and package controlled packages in browser
     Added scope icons to method and attribute nodes in browser
     Ability to display text below toolbar icons
     Keyboard accelerator map added to Help menu
     Added ability to save and load screen layouts (up to 5)
     Improved keyboard access to all windows. Ctrl+F4 hotkey to close current docked window
     Improved Hierarchy view to show more information
     Added ability to Select elements in a diagram by type (Edit menu)
     Improved Snap to Grid and Grid display function (now in View Menu)
     Made a selection of submenus 'tear off' - so they can be detached and docked like toolbars
     Clean up of many graphical elements within EA      

Code Generation Changes:
     Code generation templates for C#, C++, Delphi, Java, VB and VB.Net
     Ability to generate code for user languages using templates
     Inbuilt Source Code Editor with syntax highlighting
     Ability to synchronize and generate from the source editor
     Code template editor with syntax highlighting for template macros
     Extensive Code Template language for modifying all aspects of code generation
     Bug fixes and improvements to Parser

Version Control:
     Enabled SCC cmpatible version control
     Currently tested with Visual Source Safe and CVS (using Igloo). Generic support for SCC compliant providers
     Uses a local 'virtual repository' to store XMI text files from EA, which integrate with the SCC provider
     Project/Version Control menu option to configure.
     Context menu option on package in Browser to use
     Improved XMI import/export for version control - relinking and control of cross package references
     Improved XMI export/import speed

Unicode Edition:
     A Unicode edition of EA is now available for users wishing to mix languages
     Unicode version enabled for WIn98, ME as well as NT, 2000 and XP
Database Engineering Changes:
     Added Dialog to streamline creation/editing of foreign keys.
     Added option to write a log file for Data Transfer errors and Remove Replication transfer errors.
     Specified a direction for the link between tables linked by a foreign key.
     Added foreign key details to table link.
     Fixed adding and removal of Foreign Key link.
     Fixed deleting foreign key operations when association deleted.
     Fixed DDL import of table default values from Oracle using Microsoft ODBC Oracle driver.
     Fixed missing header comments in DDL generation of Data Model package.
     Fixed sp_addextendedproperty DDL generation for SQL Server.
     Fixed syntax of drop table statement.
     Fixed creation of Primary Key operation where attribute allowed nulls.
     Fixed primary key in t_seclocks table in Oracle9i script.
     Fixed truncation of requirement type name.
     Fixed adding of extra columns to Primary Key.
     Fixed crash when saving operation on databases built with SQL Server 7 script.
     Fixed crash when cancelling data transfer.
     Reversed sort order of reference data types
     Display default DDL filename in file dialog when browsing to location to save DDL script.
     Warning against deleteing foreign key using Operations dialog.
     Additional fixes and updates

Document Generator:
     Added ability to create a 'Virtual Document' from s Class stereotyped as a <<Model Document>> (ie. 'Model Document' - case sensisitive)
     Drag packages from the Browser onto the virtual document to add packages as 'attributes'
     Sort the package order using the Attribute dialog
     Generate using the Element/Documentation dialog. EA will detect the <<document>> stereotype and generate the full document
     Added ability to generate RTF for a single element (Element/Documentation)

New Example Mode:
     A new example model is now distributed with the base EA application. This provides a more 'worked example' than the previous example      

     Modified function that applies a UML Pattern to the model. Provides ability to add pattern features to targets pattern is applied to
     Updated Help System. An extensive reworking, reformatting and tidy up of the Help system has been started.
     Fixed problem with Message dialog when classifier of target had circular Realization graph
     Fixed display of Interface and Stereotyped elements in Sequence diagrams
     Elements retain selection status between generation and synchronization
     Imrpoved locking semantics and detection of locked elements when security is enabled
     Added function to export linked files in RTF as RTF Hyperlins
     Fixed some problems with Printing - especially a problem that caused a crash when page dialog accessed repeatedly
     Fixed some docked windows which were not being kept up to date when they were not visible.
     Default page size now set when EA first runs on a machine - detects Letter/A4 and printer resolution etc.
     Added a function to reset tagged values for intances of a class (to match the class tagged values)
     Modified Collaboration message arrows to match Sequence style
     Added ability to number collaboration messages in indented groups (eg., ... etc)
     Option to show sequence message numbers in Sequence diagram
     Numerous other bug fixes and tune-ups

Latest News / Zicom Mentor - Version 2.03 Released
« on: August 18, 2003, 09:14:43 pm »
Changes in Version 2.03
Resolved a problem when clicking on the Courses, Books or Papers icons in the header frame. JavaScript errors were generated on some Browser versions on particular platforms including IE 6.x running on XP. No new features or content have been added in this version.

Latest News / EA 3.60 Beta Release
« on: August 17, 2003, 10:56:24 pm »
Currently registered EA users are invited to take part in beta testing of EA 3.60 - the next major release of EA which is due out very soon.

Find details in the registered users section -

Latest News / Version 3.51 - Build 618 Released
« on: July 13, 2003, 11:29:57 pm »
Changes in Build 618
Fixed problem introduced in 617 with Conditions and Constraints on Sequence messages not showing correctly
Fixed error in CSV import with delimiter specification not showing correctly in dialog
Added Collaboration diagrams to possible sub-activity types
Fixed problem with node elements having Tagged values causing drawing error when tag name wider than node body

Latest News / Version 3.51 - Build 617 Released
« on: July 03, 2003, 12:09:19 am »
Fixed problem with Nodes rendering Tagged Values twice when diagram dialog option to show tagged value compartment checked
Fixed error with C++ import of pointer variables (eg. A* pA;)
Added Sequence and State diagrams to those that appear as sub-activities in Activity diagrams
Fixed error with saving element Template Package in projects with replication enabled

Latest News / Zicom Mentor - Version 2.00 Released
« on: June 24, 2003, 11:48:20 pm »
Changes and Fixes for Zicom Mentor Version 2.00
- Introduction to Enterprise Architect course added.
- New book selection mechanism implemented.
- Bookmarking facility added.

Zicom Mentor - Visual UML Dictionary fully integrates with Enterprise Architect. For more information and to download a trial, visit

Latest News / Version 3.51 - Build 616 Released
« on: June 24, 2003, 11:39:17 pm »
Changes in Build 616

Fixed error with import of source code directory when resolving generalizations. In some rare circumstances could cause an exception
Fixed error with import of Sequence diagrams from XMI causing intermittent problems with saving message positions in Sequence diagrams
Fixed error with Options dialog pages being offset to far to the left for uses using 'Large Fonts' in windows
Fixed C++ import error of typed operators : eg. TCHAR operator[] () ;
Modified XMI exporter for Rose. Adding <<subsystem>> stereotype to a package will cause that model branch to be exported as a Component Model for Rose
Modified base .EAP file (EABase.EAP distributed with EA) to improve replication support.
Added 'compartment' support in diagrams for states and nodes.
Prevented EA prompting for 'Save' when exiting secure model with no user lock on current diagram
Modified order of word replacements in RTF language adjustment to prevent inadvertent overwrites
Improvements to DDL generation of:
               Column defaults, check constraints,
               Table and column comments,
               Referential integrity and check constraints,
Added option to select referential integrity constraints to table operations.
Added option to skip all rows of a table if an error occurs during data transfer of a model, and during removal of replication.
Fixed saving of association link names greater than 50 characters.
Fixed error on save of Local Options dialog when using .EAP files with replication enabled
Modified XMI export to write log file when requested
Fixed GUI ELements to show text even when stereotype not applied
Modified XMI importer to handle XMI 1.2 files where possible (some work still required)
Modified ECF and TCF dialogs to handle , as a decimal separator where regional settings are configured that way

Latest News / Version 3.51 - Build 615 Released
« on: June 12, 2003, 08:06:45 pm »
Changes in Build 615
Added support for picking up initializer lists in .CPP file and correctly re-synching the same on code generation
Fixed bug with pointer reference being reversed in C++ (*& becomes &*)
Fixed bug in parser where many macros are defined in Refrence/Language Macros. Caused incorrect parsing of some tokens.
Fixed problem with output of Tagged Value notes in RTF
Fixed issue with import/synchronization of attributes delared as arrays eg. int x[100]; in C++
Added support for "volatile" keyword in Java and C++
Fixed issue with "unsigned long" data type in CPP imlpementation file paramter list
Added ability to define a system wide "Watermark" for diagrams when printed or output to image. See View/Options dialog - Diagram page
Fixed problem with Collaboration graphic element printing with solid border instead of dashed. Also cured similar problem when zoomed in on Collaboration
Added or improved support for ODBC import and DDL generation of:
         Interbase 6,
         PostgreSQL, and
         Sybase tables,
         including index and foreign key constraints (where supported).
Added and modified existing Database Datatypes. See file ddl_datatypes.xml in EA install directory. Import using the Reference/Import Reference Datatypes dialog
Set index sort radio button to default to ascending in operation extended properties dialog.

Latest News / Version 3.51 - Build 614 Released
« on: June 03, 2003, 11:49:11 pm »
Changes in Build 614

Elements with parent names specified graphically now resize if name is longer than class name
Fixed error with UML:Diagram XMI being written out during export when Diagrams set to non-export
Added support for C# event keyword (field declaration and accessor) to C# parser.
Added ability for ordinary user to 'View Current Locks' when security enabled. View Locks is a new Permission.
Fixed problem with Java parser misinterpreting default values of attributes when the default is a scoped name
Fixed error in automation interface which could cause Models collection to throw an exception
Change to XSD Schema generator - For complexTypes which contain an attributeGroup and are derived from another complexType by extension or restriction, the attributeGroup is placed within the extension element.
Duplicated objects now created with User Lock applied where 'Require User Lock to Edit' is enabled in security
Fixed problem in adding items to Glossary
Links page of Object Properties dialog now works with Locate Object when the target is a package type
Fixed some instances of case sensitive SQL which could cause issues on UNIX based version of MySQL
Added ability to define a default user diagram for corporate edition when security is enabled.
       User may set any diagram to be their own default
       Function is available from the diagram context menu - when user security is turned on
Made 'New' button on Requirements page of Object Properties dialog always enabled - even when a linked requirement is selected

Latest News / Version 3.51 - Build 613 Released
« on: May 30, 2003, 12:19:22 am »
Changes in Build 613
Added new diagram layout options:
  - Set from Diagram Dialog: see Set Layout button
  - Applies to current diagram only
  - Can be set as Project Default layout
  - Includes option to layout to left, right, up or down
  - Includes settings to control spacing and layout performance options
  - Also includes auto 'bending' of line links where possible to achieve a clean layout
Fixed 'Undo' of moved boundary where subelements are also moved
Fixed Undo of  diagram layout - Ctrl+Z will now reverse a layout
Added Connectors collection to Package element in Automation Interface      
Added TreePos property to Element in Automation interface
Fixed error in options dialog default value for wrap long comments option
Fixed spelling errors in Generate DDL dialog
Fixed C++ parser error when importing some inline functions from header file
Added Alias property to Package element in ActiveX interface
Fixed 'Locate Object' behavior in Implementation Report dialog
Fixed error with code generation progress dialog that could result in dialog been left open when a bad filename was encountered in output
Modified Instance State behavior to remove merged name when this option is unchecked and to not show [state] in instance graphically when name is merged
Changed 'hit test' on sequence elements to only include the 'head' of the element and 7 pixels either side of the lifeline. This is to improve element selection in sequence diagrams
Fixed error with arbitrary packages being opened when EA first loads a project (bug in 612 only)

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