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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Include JPG image on diagram?
« on: April 28, 2011, 06:35:17 am »
Think the only problem with the cut and paste technique is that if you want to use the same image in another diagram the image name isn't very useful when you look at the image manager dialog list. i.e. "image10812" isn't too helpful. You can't change the name of the image either unless you open up the database and change it via a database tool.
Thus that was the reason I was suggesting importing the images first. When you have a large model with a large number of images its important to be able to find that image again rather than trawling through the list one by one. Even worst doing another cut and paste of the same image creating duplicates.
Well there my 2 cents worth  8-)

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Include JPG image on diagram?
« on: April 13, 2011, 08:08:10 am »
Yes there is a way  ;D

First of all you need to add all your JPG screen shots into EA. You can do this via settings>images menu.
Click on the Add New... button and add a JPG image. Repeat until all added making sure your images have understandable names.

Second create a diagram and drag a boundary object on to it.
Right click on the boundary object in the diagram and select appearance>select alternative image. Choose the screen shot you want and click ok. Whala one screen shot. Create new diagrams and repeat for all screen shots.

You can then reference these diagrams via hyperlinks on your business process diagrams or use case diagrams.

Hope that helps  :)

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Archimate 2.0
« on: February 23, 2012, 07:07:37 am »
Me too  ;D

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Web interface into repository
« on: October 28, 2011, 09:49:29 am »
The basic problem with the web report is that it creates pictures of diagrams. Whereas the web client would allow a user to double-click an element and read its notes and look at its properties and know that it is the latest (current) version.
mmh? the last time I generated an HTML report I'm pretty sure I could navigate to the notes of an element by clicking on the element in a diagram. Granted its a snapshot of the model at that time but you could keep it up to date by generating the HTML report on a regular basis. i.e. daily is probably good enough.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Web interface into repository
« on: October 13, 2011, 08:24:35 am »
Sounds like you want to provide some kind of limited editing capability via the web browser rather than a simply publish the model on the intranet. Presumably this is to have a wider participation by the organisation. At present there isn't really any way to do this unless your prepared to develop it your self.
You might be able to customizes the HTML generated report with some java/.net forms that access the database. If your not a developer you'll probably need to hire one. Perhaps create a batch process that publishes the model everynight with some java/.net forms that update the database. Suggest if you do go along that path you implement version control too so you can undo any changes should they not be desirable.
I publish using the HTML report generator and get people to provide feedback using the feedback mechanism described on the community site. I've added this to element descriptions too. The advantage is I can control what goes into the model. The disadvantage is can get a lot of emails.

So it sounds like a good suggestion. I guess what Sparxs have to consider is it worth going down that path as its a new architecture. For instance a n-tiered web as opposed to a rich client server. It all costs money to do and support.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: EA Start as it was left
« on: June 30, 2011, 08:41:52 am »
To add 1% more try using menu Diagram>make user default just before you close down EA. That way next time you open up EA it will open up the diagram you were last editing.
Hope that helps a little :)

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Update BPMN 1.1
« on: May 05, 2011, 01:06:35 pm »
mmh? Just to make it clear all the hard work is in getting others to use and understand your method/notation as well as maintaining it. Its not in the creating of the method/notation itself.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Update BPMN 1.1
« on: April 29, 2011, 08:04:18 am »
Okay so you it sound like you want to take the BPMN V1.1 MDG technology and extend it with your own stereotypes.
You can probably achieve this by creating a new model and importing the BPMN Technology File into resources.  The BPMN Technology file can be found in C:\Program Files\Sparx Systems\EA\MDGTechnologies.

Reproduce all the BMPN stereo types and copy the shape scripts into your stereo types so you get the same shapes.
Reproduce the BMPN toolbox
Add you own stuff to the stereotypes and toolbox
Create your own MDG file and copy it to C:\Program Files\Sparx Systems\EA\MDGTechnologies

More info on creating MDG Technology to extend UML can be found here
and in the online help.

Hope that helps :) But be warned that creating your own notation is frought with lots of extra work.
Does BPMN V2.0 not have what you want? Its now in V9.0  8-)

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Parametric RTF report generation
« on: April 29, 2011, 07:48:55 am »
Sorry still think it adds too much complexity for most users to add extra parameters. The simpler thing to do is create the most complex template first then copy it and cut out the attributes/elements you don't need for the simpler template.

As a passing thought if you want to exclude connectors you can do this via the Options tab (on the generate rtf documentation dialog) and select all of the connector types to exclude.

Your derived requirements may be able to be filtered out via the element filters or other filters in the same dialog. Perhaps use one of the existing fields such as key words putting "derived" in the requirements you want to filter out.

So you might be able to achieve your desired result using existing features.  I guess it really depends on how you format your template as to whether you can pull it off :)

Have a play around and let us know how you get on.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Parametric RTF report generation
« on: April 28, 2011, 06:18:47 am »
Sounds like you want to generate a totally different document so a different template is the logical way to go. In the past I've used search name value tags on model docs and excluded element types via the doc generation dialog and its just caused my colleagues headaches as they didn't understand the intricacies of the those features. If you add parameters to include/exclude sections I think it will make doc generation too complex for most people. It is already too complex for some now. So I'd say its not a good idea from an ease of use point of view.

Sorry to its probably not the answer you were hoping for  [smiley=sad.gif]

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Rename resources
« on: April 13, 2011, 02:32:31 pm »
Yes that would be a good feature. ::)

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Rename resources
« on: April 13, 2011, 07:54:19 am »
Resources? Would you care to elaborate on the resources you are talking about?
Are these things like
  • MDG Technologies,
  • Templates
  • Documents
  • Matrix Profiles

or Project Resources - i.e. people under settings>people>resources

That's a different pair of shoes (like we say in Germany). Ctrl-drag creates new instances being different elements. What had been asked was to place the same element more than once on a diagram.


Yes but if you read the other posts it appears there is some confusion on terminology and modelling the problem. The English Language can be so confusing even to native speakers.
I have a Window Server and a AIX server on which the same instance of a JEE app is installed...
In actual fact you need two instances of the JEE app deployed, one on the AIX System and the other on the Windows System. The two instances refer to the JEE Application. The reason for this is they have independent lifecycles. i.e. one instanced can be created and destroyed independent of the other.

As far as I'm concerned you can already create multiple instances on the same diagram. For example I create a set of nodes that represents web, application and database servers which define the types of servers and then using the ctrl key, drag the nodes from the explorer onto the diagram. I'm then prompted for a link or instance and choose instance. The instance of the web server could be for development, test or production. Can do the same with other types of elements such as components etc. :)

Suggestions and Requests / Alternative Images
« on: March 30, 2011, 01:53:40 pm »
It would be great if when using notations like ArchiMate to be able to create a diagram with alternative images using the same elements.The current behaviour of EA is to disable alternative images when there is a shape script defined for the stereotype.

The reason for this feature in case you were wondering is that I have two types of audience for my diagrams. The IT Staff who can understand ArchiMate and the business such as CIO, CFO, CEO and their persective teams who prefer graphics. Ideally I would like to create the model using Archimate and create some informal views using the same elements for the business but with graphics representing the elements instead of the formal Archimate Notation.  

I would be interested to know if anyone else would like that feature.

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