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Enterprise Architect Tips and Tricks in Compilation

Tip #1: Highlight Connectors

To highlight the connectors, select an element in a diagram (workspace) and press “L” (keyboard) to highlight its incoming and outgoing flows. Incoming flows will be highlighted in Red and Outgoing in Green.

Enterprise Architect Tip 1

Figure 1 Highlight Connectors

Tip #2: Insert Existing Element

Draw connector to an existing model Element. One can insert an existing model element and establish a relationship while drawing a new connector Follow usual steps to draw a connector, but press “Shift” before choosing the type of element to be created, this will invoke the “Select Existing Element” dialog to choose a model element instead of creating a new element.

Figure 2 - Insert Existing elements

Figure 2 Insert Existing Element

Tip #3: Bend Connectors

Press “Shift” introduces a bend point while drawing a connector, enabling to draw a custom style connector.

EA Tips 3 - Contextual Menu

Figure 3 Bend Connectors

Tip #4: Generate Report from Diagram

Generate a report on elements in a diagram, switch to “List View”(Right-click on Diagram and select open in diagramūü°™List View), select the elements and use the “Rich Text Report” button.

 

Generate Report from a Diagram

Figure 4 Generate Report from Diagram

Tip #5: Bookmark Elements

Select Element(s) and use ‚ÄúShift‚ÄĚ + ‚ÄúSpace‚ÄĚ to add bookmark. Bookmarked elements can then be retrieved in Model Search (Ctrl + F | Diagram Searches | Find Bookmarked Elements) and also be generated as RTF report.

Bookmark Elements

Figure 5 Bookmark Elements

Tip #6: Set Default Toolbox

Pin your favorite toolboxes using ‚ÄúMore Tools -> Set Toolbox Visibility‚ÄĚ. This enables the desired toolbox visible in all diagram pages.

Figure Set Default Toolbox

Tip #7: Bezier Style Connector

Create a Bezier Style Connector by adding a tagged value (_Bezier = 1).

Figure Bezier Style Connector

Tip #8: Document with Pre-defined settings

Creating a resource document lets you to Auto Generate documents with pre-defined settings.

Figure 8 Document with Pre-defined settings

 

Tip #9: Update Elements Status

Update the status of all elements in a package and its child packages using ” Design | Edit | Advanced | Update Status”.

Figure 9 Update Elements Status

Tip #10: Favorites Folder

Create a favorites folder in the “Model Views” to quickly access your frequently used items.

Figure 10 Favorites Folder

Tip #11: Diagrams Slideshow

Create a Slideshow folder in the “Model Views” to run screen-based presentations of a set of diagrams.

Figure 11 Diagrams Slideshow

Tip #12: Move elements along its axis

Select element and press “Shift” to move the element along its axis.

Figure 12 Move elements along its axis

Tip #13: Create Realization Relationship

Move an internal requirement (Element Properties Window | Requirements Tab) over any diagram element to implicitly create a realization relationship.

Figure 13 Create Realization Relationship

Tip #14: Change Element Type

Change type of an element. Select an element ‚ÄúDesign | Element | Change Type‚ÄĚ.

Figure 14 Change Element Type

 

Tip #15: Project Template Package

Add elements to a Package and configure it as Template package (Configure | Project Template Package | Select the Template Package) to create new elements based on a template package.

Figure 15 Project Template Package

 

Tip #16: Project Publish

Use ‚ÄúPublish |Technologies |Publish‚ÄĚ to export a model in various XML formats.

Figure 16 Project Publish

Tip #17: Filter Element Type on Diagram

Use ‚ÄúLayout | Edit | Select Elements by Type‚ÄĚ to filter element by type and stereotype on a diagram.

Figure 17 Filter Element Type on Diagram

Tip #18: Auto Names and Counters

Use “Auto Names and Counters” from Settings menu, to configure naming and numbering convention for elements.

Figure 18 Auto Names and Counters

Tip #19: Show / Hide connectors

“Links” tab in Element Properties window can be used to Show / Hide a relationship in the diagrams.

Figure 19 Show / Hide connectors

 

Tip #20: Export Diagrams to RTF Document

Generate a Diagrams Only report from Model using the “Export Diagrams to RTF Document” dialog (Ctrl + Shift + F8).

Figure 20 Export Diagrams to RTF Document

Tip #21: Stereotyped Nodes with Icons

Adorn your deployment diagrams with pre-defined stereotypes for Nodes. Use pc, pc client, pc server, server, storage, etc. to add custom icons

Figure 21 Stereotyped Nodes with Icons

 

Tip #22: UML Profiles

Save custom stereotypes with tagged values as profile items and import into Resources->UML Profiles to simplify modeling.

Figure 22 UML Profiles

Tip #23: Synchronize tagged values

Synchronize your tagged values associated with stereotypes using the “Synch Tagged Values and Constraints” option by right clicking the intended element in the toolbox.

Figure 23 Synchronize tagged values

Tip #24: Convert Linked Element

Create a local copy of a referenced element in a diagram by using ‚ÄúConvert Linked Element to Local Copy‚ÄĚ option in diagram context menu (Advanced). This will not maintain any relationship with existing elements.

Figure 24 Convert Linked Element

Tip #25: Find in Diagrams

Use Find in Diagrams (Ctrl + U) from project browser to find the Link and classifier instances of an element in all diagrams.

Figure 25 Find in Diagrams

Tip #26: Shortcuts for Tasks

Use “Shortcuts” menu item from “Learning Center” to begin Enterprise Architect tasks appropriate to the topic.

Tip #27: Incorporate Model Templates

Incorporate Model Templates in MDG Technology by following the guidelines

http://www.sparxsystems.com.au/enterprise_architect_user_guide/13.5/modeling_tools/model_templates2.html

https://www.sparxsystems.in/blogs/import-model-patterns-into-enterprise-architect-through-add-in/

 

Tip #28: Project Calendar

Use Start | Collaborate | Calender to Add Events, Meetings and Milestones.

Figure 26 Project Calendar

Tip #29: Linked Note

Create individual “Linked Note” for an attribute and for an operation of a class element. Select attribute/operation and right-click from context menu choose Create Linked Note.

 

Figure Linked Note

Tip #30: Set Visible Relationships

To Show/Hide the connectors in a diagram use ‚ÄúLayout | Diagram | Appearance | Set Visible Relationships‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúCtrl + Shift + I‚ÄĚ

Figure 28 Set Visible Relationships

Tip #31: Exclude images from RTF document

Use Diagram | Properties “Exclude image from RTF documents” to exclude the diagram images from any RTF document generated on the parent package or element.

Figure 29 Exclude Image for RTF Document

Tip #32: Context Filter

Use Context Filter (Layout | Filter | Relationships) to play up the elements on the diagram that are directly related to the selected element. This one is very useful in complex diagrams.

Figure 30 Context Filter

Tip #33: Set Direction for Association

Use “Association default = source –> target” (Tools | Options | Links) to automatically set the direction of new Associations, flowing from source to target element.

Figure Set Direction for Association

 

Tip #34: Change Element Default Color

 

Use Element | Appearance | Default Appearance (F4), to change an element color on all diagrams except diagrams that override the appearance or use the format painter in the diagram toolbar to apply only on the current diagram.

Figure 32 Change Element Default Color

Tip #35: Export Tagged Values

Use Configure | Model | Transfer | Export Reference Data and select ‚ÄúTag Value Types‚ÄĚ from ‚ÄúUML Types‚ÄĚ to export all the custom ‚ÄúTagged Values‚ÄĚ in the model.

Figure 33 Export Tagged Values

 

Tip #36: Diagram Legend

Use ‚ÄúDiagram Legend‚ÄĚ to assist in distinguishing different elements, connectors or systems in a diagram.

Figure 34 Diagram Legend

Tip #37: EA Command

Use Hyperlink of type “EA Command” to select and perform list of Enterprise Architect commands.

Figure Hyperlink “EA Command”

Tip #38: Execute a script

To execute a script, press Ctrl while you double-click on the script name.

 

Tip #39: Copy Script

To copy Script, select Script and drag and drop pressing Ctrl to create a copy of the script into the new user scripts folder.

Figure 36 Copy Script

Tip #40: Add Stereotypes

Configure | UML Types | Stereotype, to Add, Modify or Delete stereotypes.

Figure 37 Add Stereotypes

Tip #41: Level Numbering

Use Design | Package | Edit | Advanced Toggle Level Numbering to display level numbering of elements of selected package in the project browser/list view.

Figure 38 Level Numbering

Tip #42: Code Samples

Refer Code Samples to handle enterprise architect repository using external projects from “C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\EA\Code Samples”.

Tip #43: Code Gen default Language

Set default Language for Code Generation using “Configure | Options “.

Figure 39 Code Gen default Language

 

Tip #44: Exact Placement

Use ‚ÄúExact Placement‚ÄĚ option from Tools->Options->Links to set the orientation of the new connectors to the exact point in the target element.

Figure 40 Exact Placement

Tip #45: Duplicate Element Properties

Use the ‚ÄúElement Browser‚ÄĚ to copy element features from one element to another.

Figure 41 Duplicate Elements Properties

Tip #46: Model Default Diagram

Open a diagram choose “Layout | Diagram | Manage | Set as Model Default” to display it when you open the model.

Figure 42 Model Default Diagram

Tip #47: User Default Diagram

Set a diagram as the User default from “Layout | Diagram | Manage | Set as User Default” to display the diagram, when the user opens the model.

Figure 43 User Default Diagram

Tip #48: Add Tagged Value to Elements

Add the same tagged value to multiple elements. Select Multiple Element | Right Click | Add Tag Values.

Figure 44 Add Tagged Value to Elements

Tip #49: Extend Data Types

Extend the set of inbuilt data types for a standard programming language from Code | Options | Configure Code Engineering Datatypes.

Figure 45 Extend Data Types

Tip #50: Display Diagram Property

Add Diagram Details in the Diagram. Open Diagram Properties window(Double ‚Äď click on Diagram workspace) | Diagram Tab | click on checkbox Show Diagram Details

Figure Display Diagram Property

Tip #51: Add Macro Definition

Add New Macro definition to a language. ‚ÄúSetting | Preprocessor Macros‚ÄĚ.

Figure 47 Add Macro Definition

Tip #52: QA Reports & Metrics

Use “QA Reports & Metrics” to monitor and report, on the outstanding details on a package.

Figure 48 QA Reports & Metrics

Tip #53: Locate Element

Locate the diagram object in the Project Browser using “ALT+G”.

Figure 49 Locate Element

Tip #54: Element Usage

Find the element usage by selecting an element in “Project Browser” then press “CTRL + U”.

Figure 50 Element Usage

Tip #55: Find Orphan Elements

Find elements that are not used in any diagrams. Press Ctrl + F | Diagram Searches | Find Orphans.

Figure 51 Find Orphan Elements

Tip #56: Audit History

Use ‚ÄúConfigure | Auditing‚ÄĚ to audit all the modifications in entire project. Audit view could be sort by Type & User.

Figure 52 Audit History

Tip #57: Place Related Elements

Place the related elements of an element in the diagram using ‚ÄúTraceability‚ÄĚ (Start | Trace) window Right Click on an element. Place element on the Diagram.

Figure 53 Placed Related Elements

Tip #58: Validate Project

Use “Design | Package | Edit | Validation | Validate Current Package ” to validate model against known UML rules.

Figure 54 Validate Project

Tip #59: Create Shape Scripts

Use “Configure | Reference Data | UML Types” to apply Shape scripts to custom stereotypes.

Figure 55 Create Shape Scripts

Tip #60: Instant Toolbox

Use ‚ÄúShift and Right-Click‚ÄĚ or space bar on diagram workspace to get the toolbox instantly.

Figure 56 Instant Toolbox

Tip #61: Create Multiple Elements

‚ÄúHold Ctrl and Right-Click‚ÄĚ on the diagram workspace then select ‚ÄúCreate Multiple Elements‚ÄĚ to add multiple elements. Change the type of element from type drop-down.

Figure 57 Create Multiple Elements

Tip #62: Import Elements from Clipboard

Import names from clipboard by ‚Äúhold Ctrl and Right-Click‚ÄĚ on diagram workspace then select ‚ÄúCreate Multiple Elements‚ÄĚ. Right click on the blank space. Then click ‚ÄúImport Names from Clipboard‚ÄĚ.

Figure 58 Import Elements from Clipboard

Tip #63: Repeat Element

To repeat the last created element type use ‚ÄúCtrl + Click.‚ÄĚ

Figure 59 Repeat Element

Tip #64: Repeat Connecter

Use F3 to repeat the last created connector type.

Figure 60 Repeat Connecter

Tip #65: Draw Elements without Toolbar

Draw elements without toolbar by simply using ‚Äúctrl +shift +arrow keys‚ÄĚ.

Figure 61 Draw Elements without Toolbar

Tip #66: Add New View/Package

Use ‚ÄúCtrl + w‚ÄĚ to add a new view or package to a currently selected model root view or package.

Figure 62 Add New View/Package

Tip #67: Auto Size Elements

Auto size (Alt + z) resizes objects to best fit. This can be quite handy when you enable / disable Element’s Features (Feature Visibility).

Figure 63 Auto Size Elements

Tip #68: Attributes Window

Use Features & Properties window to Add/Edit/Delete Attribute. Select the element and Press ‚ÄúF9‚ÄĚ to open up attributes tab in features window.

Figure 64 Attributes Window

Tip #69: Operations Window

Use Features & Properties window to Add/Edit/Delete Operation. Select the element and Press ‚ÄúF10‚ÄĚ to open up operations tab in features window.

Figure 65 Operations Window

Tip #70: Generate Excel Report from Query

Generate CSV report with from query results. Use Ctrl+F | Run a Search. Export results using CSV Import/Export Option

Figure 66 Generating Excel Report from Query

Tip #71: Change Line Style

Change line styles for multiple connectors at a time using ‚ÄúRelationships Window‚ÄĚ. Select a few objects in the diagram, see all its connectors in the relationship window -> Right click -> Lines Style -> Choose desired line style.

Figure 67 Change Line Style

Tip #72: Apply Line Style

Use ‚ÄúApply Line Style to -> All connectors of same type / stereotype‚ÄĚ to quickly apply line styles to multiple connectors in a diagram.

Figure 68 Apply Line Style

Tip #73: Switch Between Windows

Use ‚ÄúCtrl + Tab‚ÄĚ to switch between open windows within Enterprise Architect. One of the less known, highly useful feature to flip between item diagrams.

Figure Switch Between Windows

Tip #74: Instant Copy

Select an object in diagram, hold ctrl and drag to a new position to create object as new (copy)

Figure 70 Instant Copy

Tip #75: Add Attributes Inline

Add attributes in line with ‚ÄúCtrl + Shift + F9‚ÄĚ – one of the most commonly used trick in Class models.

Figure 71 Add Attributes Inline

Tip #76: Add Operations Inline

Add operations in line with ‚ÄúCtrl + Shift + F10‚ÄĚ – one of the most commonly used trick in Class models.

Figure 72 Add Operations Inline

Tip #77: Use Diagram Compare

Use Diagram Compare (Layout | Diagram | Manage | Compare to baseline) option to compare your diagrams to previous state. Handy feature to keep track of diagram changes.

Figure 73 Use Diagram Compare

Tip #78: Diagram Frame

Configure ‚ÄúDiagram Frame‚ÄĚ (Start | Preferences | Diagram Tab) to copy images with/without diagram frames.

Figure 74 Diagram Frame

Tip #79: Image Memory Limit Property

Increase the Image Memory Limit (Start | Preferences | Diagram Tab) property to get better quality images in HTML / Clipboard

Figure 75 Image Memory Limit

Tip #80: Hide Page Border

Use ‚ÄúStart | Preferences | Diagram Tab‚ÄĚ to Show/Hide page border of the diagrams.

Figure 76 Hide Page Border

Tip #81: Auto Group Elements

Use ‚ÄúStart | Preferences | Diagram | Behavior | Auto Group Elements‚ÄĚ to set grouping elements as default behavior in all the diagrams.

Figure 77 Auto Group Elements

Tip #82: Presentation Mode

Enable ‚ÄúPresentation Mode‚ÄĚ to hide popups / on-hover messages, etc. (Start | Preferences | Diagram | Behavior)

Figure 78 Presentation Mode

Tip #83: Show Direction

Use ‚ÄúShow Direction‚ÄĚ (Layout | Helpers | Show Direction) to highlight incoming and outgoing relationships of selected element

Figure 79 Show Direction

Tip #84: Rectangle Notation

Change Element Appearance using “Use Rectangle Notation” icon below quick linker

Figure 80 Rectangle Notation

Tip #85: Show Status Colors

Display element status on diagrams using ‚ÄúShow Status Colors‚ÄĚ (Start | Preferences | Diagram | Objects).

Figure 81 Show Status Colors

Tip #86: Set Line Style/Width

Use ‚ÄúPen Width‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúRouting‚ÄĚ options (Start | Preferences | Links) to set line style / line width across all diagrams

Figure Set Line Style/Width

Tip #87: Compact EAP

In EAP projects, doing a Compact .EAP File (Configure | Integrity Check | Manage .EAPX/.EAP File | Compact .EAPX/.EAP File) on a regular basis helps to reduce the size of file in large models.

Figure 83 Compact EAP

Tip #88: Diagram Filters

Use Diagram Filters, and set mode to ‚ÄúHide‚ÄĚ this will allow normal ‚ÄúContext Filtering‚ÄĚ to hide non-context items (Default behavior is greying out)

Figure 84 Diagram Filters

Tip #89: Reorder Messages

Hold ‚ÄúAlt‚ÄĚ and move messages to reorder messages in Sequence Diagrams.

Figure 85 Reorder Messages

Tip #90: Recently Modified Elements

Set Auto notifications on new items in the model by using ‚ÄúRecently Modified Elements‚ÄĚ Search in ‚ÄúModel Views‚ÄĚ and setting auto-refresh. To identify the recently modified elements, create a ‚ÄúNew Search folder‚ÄĚ under ‚ÄúView Folder‚ÄĚ in Model Views. To check the Recently modified elements (Start | Explore | Browse | Model Views).

Figure 86 Recently Modified Elements

Tip #91: Create Element from Text

Select a piece of text in an application (e.g. web browser, word document, notepad++). Then drag and drop the selection to the diagram view in EA, to create an element with Name.

Figure 87 Create Element from Text

Tip #92: Enable Tool Tips

Enable tool tips in Enterprise Architect 14 using ‚ÄúShow Tips in Status Bar (restart) option‚ÄĚ (Start | Visual Style).

Figure 88 Enable Tool Tips

Tip #93: Kanban Charts

Use Kanban charts (driven by Default properties / Tagged Values) to categorize elements. To Create Kanban Charts, Right-click on diagram workspace select ‚ÄúKanban‚ÄĚ from context menu. Configure properties to categorize. Drag and drop the element in the Kanban workspace.

Figure 89 Kanban Charts

Tip #94: Save Server Connection

Save your server connection as an EAP file. EA icon Drop Down (Left Top)| Save as Shortcut

Figure 90 Save Server Connection

Tip #95: Inline Reader

Inline Reader (Simplified version of Specification window) option represents artifact name and notes along with diagram. To access the Inline Reader, open diagram and select (Design | Diagram | View as | Toggle Inline Specification View).

Figure 91 Inline Reader

Tip #96: Clone Element

To clone the element, open the cloned diagram. Select a element Right Click on the Element | Clone Element as New Version. Enter value for version and click OK.

Figure 92 Clone Element

Tip #97: Create Charts

Charts in Enterprise Architect can help you manage projects, communicate strategy, identify trends and track KPI’s. Drag and drop the standard chart artifact from the tool box, double click on the artifact to open the properties. Configure Properties, type of chart. Data represented in chart can be defined from current model/external model/query/csv.

Figure 93 Create Charts

Tip #98: Save Relationship Profiles

Configure Relationship Matrix (Design | Matrix) using source/target package, element type, connector type and direction and save it as profiles (Options | Profiles | Save as New Profile) to publish in report.

Figure 94 Save Relationship Profiles

Tip #99: Add Elements from Project Browser

In the project browser, click on ‚Äúdrop-down | New Element‚ÄĚ. Use ‚ÄúSave‚ÄĚ option to create multiple elements.

Figure 95 Add Elements from Project Browser

Tip #100: Sequence Numbering

Enable Show Sequence Numbering checkbox (Start | Preferences | Diagram | Sequence) to display interaction sequence between lifelines.

Figure 96 Sequence Numbering

 

Document GenerationSparx Systems Enterprise Architect

Quick Reports Through Custom Documentation in Enterprise Architect 16

Custom Documentation

  • Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect has a powerful feature to generate a quick report through the ‚ÄėCustom Document‚Äô feature.
  • Beneficial among businesses and firms not only because of the ease of generating reports but also because they are usually quite accurate and uniform.
  • Helps the business to stay competitive by making the right data available to the right people at the right time.

What’s new in Custom Documentation in Sparx Enterprise Architect 16?

  • New custom document templates and sample document contents are available through Model Wizard and can be accessed from a Document Publishing perspective.
  • This new document templates allow you to produce high-level design, and functional, and business requirement documents.
  • Creating a Custom Document is fairly simple, and you can generate a document with a few clicks by simply dragging and dropping a model content from the Project Browser.
  • It Dynamically updates the entire document or a particular section, ensuring that it reflects the latest changes in the Model. So that, you can save time and avoid regenerating a document then copy-paste the changes in the existing word documents.
  • Warnings are now displayed when data is lost when updating a dynamic part.
  • Ad hoc reporting features allow users to customize to insert their own words, images, logo, and other contents to their own requirements.
  • Improved content list, which now includes the element and template for each dynamic part.
  • During document generation, a progress indicator will bring better feedback.
  • Numerous improvements and usability improvements have been made.

Custom Template

Figure 1: Custom Templates

Further Information
Please contact us or write an email to info@sparxsystems.in or call us @+91 8248004261 to have a live demo about the new EA 16 features and capabilities.

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect 16

ENTERPRISE ARCHITECT 16.0 – A Quick Glance

Enterprise Architect Version 16  has undergone significant changes, plenty of enhancements, and an array of new features is made available to the users which will fulfill their expectations.

Here’s a gist of the new features that will entice users to upgrade their Enterprise Architect to the newest edition.

New and expanded collaborative tools

Enterprise Architect now includes a new set of Collaboration tools to provide a rich, collaborative team-based modeling approach. 

  • Chat with team members in real time.¬†
  • Keep a diary based personal model to record thoughts, ideas, and experiences.
  • Model based Mail allows communication with other modelers and groups.
  • Element Journal keeps track of ad hoc thoughts and ideas on a daily basis.
  • Create topics for formal element Discussions and respond to them.
  • The Enhanced Review Systems, provide, collect, and manage formal feedback.

Collaborate tools have been restructured into the following new windows

  • ‚ÄėChat & Mail‚Äô: Chat, Mail, Diary, Recent.
  • ‚ÄėDiscuss & Review‚Äô: Journal, Discuss, Review.
  • ‚ÄėDiscuss & Review History‚Äô: Journals, Discussions, Reviews.

Journals, Reviews, and Discussions for effective team collaboration

Simplified model reviews, reduces project timeline in half. Hardcoded review indicators for determining the status types of review artifacts. The improved user interface allows users to join an active review and leave a review on closing the model. Filter the reviews based on the status of the discussion, approval status, priority, and most recent replies.

Construct History window

New Construct History window allows the user to keep track of the work in real time. Maintain an up-to-date picture of resource/task allocation, current testing, and current maintenance concerns. Whether the user is tracking software development, model design, deployment, project management, or any other situation, the Construct History keeps the user up to date on daily progress and development. A crucial management perspective for validating and guiding models and initiatives as they develop.

Enhanced Auditing

Enterprise Architect 16 has a faster auditing feature that ensures model quality is maintained swiftly, as well as agile change management. Model administrators and managers will have a better understanding of the changes. Track down changes and simply study and search for important model changes over time. Find out who made a change to an element, keep track of changes over time, and keep up with changes made by an offshore team.

Prime control over user permissions

Sparx Enterprise Architect 16 enhances the model governance by making it much more secure to safeguard your model/project. From Release 16.0 onwards, in the Corporate, Unified, and Ultimate Editions, if security is enabled, access restrictions can be applied to specific users and groups, to prevent certain actions. Prevents data loss in the model/project at the user level on top of the model security authorization and also prevents the unwanted destruction of model data. Aimed at preventing the inadvertent deletion of model content.

Auto-Refresh Diagrams

In real time, the new Auto-Refresh diagram feature makes the standard Enterprise Architect diagram as a shared whiteboard, allowing users to collaborate and co-author diagrams. Set a time period for Auto-Refresh on the diagram and allow the team to keep track of changes as they occur. By combining Chat, Discussions, and/or Review, users can create their own real-time, distributed, and dynamic modeling environment.

Auto-Reload changed Diagrams

New Auto Reload functionality in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect ensures the diagram you’re working on is the most recent version. One can reload any diagrams that are open while others make modifications by enabling this functionality in Enterprise Architect. Enables quick communication with coworkers and ensures that the graphical reports provided by EA are up to date.

Grid Style – Make a spreadsheet out of your diagram

Enterprise Architect has always allowed modelers to customize the appearance and position of elements in diagrams, and the New Grid Style Diagram option allows you to manage and organize diagrams by sorting diagram elements into cells within a grid. Users can create a spreadsheet, a dashboard, or even a home page for a model with a new Grid Style Diagram. The grid capability works together with the new scripting API to make it easier to dynamically change the look of diagram parts when the diagram is loaded.

Scriptlets – A Step Beyond Static View

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect 16 now includes a New Scriptlet element that provides a dynamic view of the diagram. Scriptlet is a JavaScript-based powerhouse that allows users to access the underlying diagram and element API for customizing element appearance, text, tagged values, and other properties. Scriptlets are executed automatically when the diagram containing them is reloaded or they can be executed manually on demand.

Each Scriptlet has access to three global objects in addition to the standard automation environment. They are:

  • theDiagram ‚Äď an automation Diagram interface to the diagram on which the Scriptlet resides
  • theElement ‚Äď an automation Element interface to the Scriptlet artifact itself
  • theInstance ‚Äď an automation DiagramObject interface to the Scriptlet artifact itself

New features in Custom Documentation

One of the major changes in version 15 has been improved to provide an even more compelling solution for creating highly customizable reports. Some of the major improvements include in version 16:

  • Ability to choose and use a template when creating a new document.
  • More information on how to set up the sections
  • Improved content list, which now includes the element and template for each dynamic part.
  • During document generation, a progress indicator will bring better feedback.
  • Warnings are now displayed when data is lost when updating a dynamic part.
  • Diagram toolbox can now be used to create custom document elements.
  • Numerous improvements and usability improvements have been made.
  • Expansive and easily accessible tips to assist.

External Data tab in Inspector window

PCS-based integrations with other systems like Jira give a multi-faceted view of the modeler’s data. A genuinely global perspective is supported by building model elements based on constructions and entities stored in other systems.

The Inspector window’s “External Data” tab has been improved to allow users to go even further into the information saved outside and connected to the model’s “proxy” element. It’s a useful and necessary tool for integrating the model with external systems. It now adds the ability to view comments from external data entities in Enterprise Architect’s Notes window.

 

Enhanced Technologies

Customizable Quick Access Toolbar

Add favorite and often used Ribbon commands (including menu buttons) to the new Quick Access Toolbar. Instant access to everything the user needs for the job. Full Screen and WorkSpace layout buttons are present by default.

  • Build up own set of handy tools.
  • Choose “Add to Quick Access Toolbar” from the context menu when the user right-click on a Ribbon item.
  • Easy to use and effective

64-Bit Application Support

Enterprise Architect has been significantly redesigned into a brand new 64-bit version as well as a legacy 32-bit version. The new 64-bit version has several speed enhancements to deal with significantly bigger data sets, reports, files, and repositories. A clear, quick, and scalable system capable of handling the most difficult and complicated jobs.

With the future increasingly concentrating on 64-bit platforms, Enterprise Architect is poised to face the challenge and produce amazing outcomes in record speed.

  • Increase memory capacity.
  • In comparison to 32 bit processing, 64 bit processing is more efficient.
  • Larger report creation jobs can be supported.
  • Larger XMI import/export operations are supported.
  • Larger diagrams can now be exported and saved.
  • Larger Simulations can be built and run.
  • Large Code Miner databases can be built and searched.
  • Benefit from the functionality and features of the 64-bit operating system.

New standard file based repositories

Enterprise Architect 16 includes new file-based standard repositories.

  • QEA files – Fundamental personal file-based version.
  • QEAX files – Shared files with tiny workgroups are supported.

The new QEA/QEAX “mini-repository” is based on the tried-and-true, secure, and open source SQLite database. These serverless repositories are compatible with Enterprise Architect 16 32 and 64 bit editions. QEA/QEAX files are the most basic and straightforward starting point for your personal/workgroup modeling design journey. With support for basic replication and simple shared model access, a QEA mini-repository will be the preferred starting place for many modelers.

Simplified way of connecting New and existing DBMS

In addition to the previous connection methods that required additional ODBC or OLEDB drivers to be loaded, Enterprise Architect 16 adds a “native” connection mechanism to both 32 and 64 bit versions. The native connection approach makes it easier to connect to current and new database repositories without having to install drivers for each DBMS or establish DSNs. EA connects to the database once the user enters all of the database’s details on the Native Connection window.

Code Engineering

When the ‘Search Intelli-sense’ context menu option is selected in an Enterprise Architect code editor, Enterprise Architect no longer displays a submenu with all the mysql queries named in the Sparx query library, but instead acts on the search term using the query selected in the ‘Intel’ tab of the ‘Find In Files’ control. New C++17 language features are supported, as well as round-tripping the context specifier on a variable or function.

 

  • Create a Code Miner repository from a code base.
  • Use one of the language grammars provided.
  • To find and analyze the code, use the MySQL query language.
  • Even with enormous code bases, results are returned in milliseconds.
  • Connect to EA’s code editors to give on-the-fly assistance.¬†
  • Make a code base available as a service, either locally or remotely.
  • Updates that are quick and have a low impact only contribute fresh modifications and additions to the compilation
  • To parse any structured data and to create own grammar.

Expanded JavaScript Library

The new default scripting language for Enterprise Architect 16 has been changed to Javascript.¬† The current VBScript and JScript libraries have been moved to JavaScript as part of this upgrade. The new examples and libraries make it easy to get started with scripting. JavaScript is the best (and sometimes only) solution for model-based add-ins, scriptlets, generic script code, simulation element behavior, and other similar applications. JavaScript is the greatest choice for developing dynamic model-based code to fine-tune and bring the model to life. It is one of the world’s most popular coding languages. The new routines and examples library is an excellent place to start.

Gantt Chart view in Resource Allocation window

The revised Resource Allocation docked window now works as a Gantt Chart, giving users a better visual experience while assigning and managing jobs in the model.

  • Get a clear picture of what’s going on with any element.
  • Drag and drop to quickly change the start and end dates.
  • It’s simple to add and change tasks.
  • On work items, the user can zoom in and out.
  • For rapid visual reference, percent completion is placed on tasks.

Native XEA file exchange format

A new quick and convenient alternative to XMI and XML formats for big package data sharing. Using the XEA format speeds up model archiving as well as the export and import of Enterprise Architect repositories.

New UI theme – Dark Sapphire

Introducing “Dark Sapphire,” a new dark aesthetic style meant to reduce visual contrast and give a more comfortable reading experience. The new theme may be applied to all Enterprise Architect panels and visual controls.

Choose the Dark Sapphire option as the Theme in the Visual Style settings for any of the following:

  • Microsoft¬ģ Office 2016,
  • Microsoft¬ģ Office 2019,¬†
  • Microsoft¬ģ Visual Studio 2013 or
  • Microsoft¬ģ Visual Studio 2019

New Model Patterns for Systems Engineers

With the addition of new model patterns, you can jumpstart your Systems Design. Enterprise Architect 16’s library of reusable patterns and content that fosters efficiency and productivity continues to grow. In System Design, you have quick and easy access to popular modeling situations.

  • AUTOSAR
  • SysML patterns
  • Modelica case studies
  • DMN patterns
  • Scriptlets
  • SysPhS library
  • Octave Solver

Introducing NIEM 5

A model-based approach to the development of standardized NIEM schemas that can be used and reused will be employed to achieve trustworthy information exchange. Begin by importing the most recent NIEM 5.0 reference model from the Model wizard. The beginning model patterns and the reference model make core and domain-specific terminology readily available, assisting in the development of common vocabularies and guaranteeing efficient information sharing between businesses.

Status tab in Inspector window

Examine and analyze the status and priority of all items in a diagram quickly. A useful triage tool for determining what is urgent and what can wait.

  • Display a list of all diagram elements.
  • Pay attention to each element’s Status and Priority settings.
  • Concentrate on the most critical challenges.
  • To drive modeling and design, add Priority and Status types to the model.

Note: The property Priority is available for Requirement, Feature, Change, Issue.

Configuring AutoName using stereotype

Auto-naming has been enhanced to target specific element types as well as stereotypes. For example, Users may now specify Auto-Naming for standard Requirements independently from SysML Requirements by choosing both the stereotype and the type.

  • Improved control over the automatic naming of new components
  • Distinguish between elements based on both element type and stereotype.
  • Similar kinds from various profiles are auto-named in their own distinctive way.

Further Information
Please contact us or write an email to info@sparxsystems.in or call us @+91 8248004261 to have a live demo about the new EA 16 features and capabilities.

User Permission

Enhanced User Security in Enterprise Architect 16 

  • User Security in Enterprise Architect is a method of restricting the use of data update functions across the model via access rights for each function, as well as safeguarding individual parts and diagrams from modification using user locks.
  • The primary goal is to avoid unintended data alterations and to prohibit access to sensitive information.

What’s new in Sparx Enterprise Architect 16 

  • Sparx Enterprise Architect 16 enhances the model governance by making it much more secure to safeguard your model/project.
  • From Release 16.0 onwards, in the Corporate, Unified, and Ultimate Editions, if security is enabled, access restrictions can be applied to specific users and groups, to prevent certain actions.
  • Prevents data loss in the model/project at the user level on top of the model security authorization and also prevents the unwanted destruction of model data.
  • User limitations prevent a user from completing certain tasks, independent of their other user and group security rights.
  • Restrictions can be applied for deleting packages, diagrams, elements, connectors, attributes, and operations.
  • They may also be used to limit XMI Import, restore from a Baseline, and remove a Baseline. Basically, anything that could result in ‘data loss’.
  • These restrictions are aimed at preventing the inadvertent deletion of model content.

Figure 1 User restrictions in Sparx EA 16

Restrictions 

RestrictionPrevents the user from
Delete PackageDeleting Packages.
Delete DiagramDeleting diagrams.
Delete ElementDeleting elements.
Delete AttributeDeleting attributes from elements, or columns from data tables.
Delete OperationDeleting operations from elements, or constraints from data tables.
Delete ConnectorDeleting connectors.
Import XMIImporting XML Package files (but does not prevent version control imports).
Restore from Baseline‘Restoring’ a Package from a previously-saved Baseline.
Delete BaselineDeleting saved Package Baselines.

Further Information 
Please contact us or write an email to info@sparxsystems.in or call us @ +91 8248004261 to have a live demo about the new EA 16 features and capabilities.

 

EA SaaS

QEA Files in Sparx EA 16 enables EA SaaS solution for Individuals and Small teams

Sparx Enterprise Architect 16 introduced the SQLite-powered QEA / QEAX files as the default project file types. This replaces the conventional EAP / EAPX files which were built on the MS Access database(??).

The robust, stable, and scalable SQLite databases now allow small teams and groups of individual practitioners to collaborate on projects without a need for a dedicated Database Server and Database instances.

The EA SaaS Solution (Click For More Information) allows users to use the fully-featured Enterprise Architect modeling tool using web-browsers (Refer to Video) making it extremely simple for users to start using EA without any installation overheads, especially Mac Users, and organizations with stringent installation policies and complicated update process.

QEA Files in Sparx EA 16

 

However, the EA SaaS solution has always been backed by a powerful Cloud infrastructure to host the Central Repositories (DBMS), which is usually seen as a barrier to entry for smaller teams or individuals with budgetary constraints.

The QEA file-based sharing has now enabled spinning up a EA SaaS solution with simple files, and this lowers the entry costs significantly, allowing teams to embark on EA SaaS option.

QEA Files in Sparx EA 16 enables EA SaaS solution

 

Why EA SaaS (Vs installed application)

  • No configuration overheads
  • Access EA using a browser from any device (Mac, Linux or Chromebook)
  • All updates and overheads managed by EA Experts
  • All connections are secured using HTTPS protocol
  • Floating license hosted and managed in Cloud
  • Engage partners, vendors, and other members in the value chain to participate in modeling
  • Fast, reliable, and robust connectivity to shared databases with minimal latency

Check the performance comparison video here.

Please check the  EA SaaS webinar for a holistic understanding of the solution.

Reach to prolaborate@sparxsystems.com or visit our cloud website https://prolaborate.sparxsystems.com/enterprise-architect-saas-solution  or call us @ +91 8248004261 to get started with your EA SaaS solution.

 

  

Features in Sparx Enterprise ArchitectSparx Systems Enterprise Architect 16

Enterprise Architect 16 Menus and Shortcuts – A Detailed Comparison to EA 14 and EA 15

Sparx Systems has recently released its latest version of Enterprise Architect 16. Sparx Systems have added various new features in this version. Here is a guide with a list of menus frequently used by EA practitioners. This ultimate guide focuses highly on how to access those frequently used options from menu bars along with some shortcuts. Since there are many changes in menus for frequently used options like Report Generation, Model Exchange, Element Properties, and others.

The below table shows the full comparison between Enterprise Architect versions 14, 15, and 16.

Enterprise Architect Features

Versions

Enterprise Architect 14

Enterprise Architect 15

Enterprise Architect 16

Start Page

Model Wizard  

(Ctrl+ Shift +M)

Design | Package | Insert | Insert using Model Wizard

Right-click on Package | Add a Model using Wizard

Project Browser caption bar menu | New Model from Pattern

Design | Model | Add | Model Wizard

Right-click on Package | Add a Model using Wizard

Project Browser caption bar menu | New Model from Pattern

Design | Package | Model Wizard

Right-click on Package | Add a Model using Wizard

Project Browser caption bar menu | New Model from Pattern

Start | All Windows | Design | New Model from Pattern

Start Page | Create from Pattern

Process Guidance

Model Wizard (Ctrl + Shift + M) | Process Guidance

Model Wizard (Ctrl + Shift + M) | Process Guidance

Start Page | Guidance Model Wizard (Ctrl + Shift + M) | Guidance

File ‚Äď Save as type

*.eap, *.eapx, *.feap

*.eap, *.eapx, *.feap

*.qea, *.qeax, *.eap, *.eapx, *.feap, *.eadb

Start

Project Browser

Start | Browse | Project Browser

Start | Desktop | Design | Browser

Explore | Portals | Windows | Project Browser Ctrl+1

Start | All Windows | Design |Browser

Start | Explore | Portals | Windows | Explore | Project Browser  Ctrl+1

Context Browser

Start | Browse | Context Browser

Start | Desktop | Design | Browser | Context

Explore | Portals | Windows | Explore | Context Browser

Start | All Windows | Design | Browser | Context

Start | Explore | Portals | Windows | Explore | Context Browser

Diagram Browser

NA

Start | Desktop | Design | Browser | Diagram

Explore | Portals | Windows | Project Browser | Diagram

Start | All Windows | Design | Browser | Diagram

Start | Explore | Portals | Windows | Project Browser | Diagram

Element Browser

Start | Browse | Element Browser

Design | Element | Editors | Element Browser

Start | All Windows | Properties | Element Browser

Preferences / Settings

Start | Preferences Ctrl+F9

Start |Preferences | Preferences Ctrl+F9

Start | Appearance | Preferences | Preferences  Ctrl+F9

Menu Customize

Start | Visual Style | Customize

Start | Desktop | Preferences | Other Options

Start | Appearance | Preferences | Other Options

Summary

Start | Properties | Summary

Start | Desktop | Design | Details | Summary

Start | All Windows | Design | Summary

Resources
  

Start | Browse | Resources

Start | Desktop | Share | Publish | Resources

Start | All Windows | Design | Browser |Resource

Start | Explore | Portals | Windows | Explore | Resource

Notes  (Ctrl + Shift + 1)

Start | Properties | Notes

Start | Desktop | Design | Common | Notes

Start | All Windows | Design | Notes

Tagged Values

(Ctrl + Shift + 6)

Start | Properties | Tagged Values

Design | Element | Editors | Properties | Tags

Start | Desktop | Design | Details | Properties (Tags Tab)

Start | All Windows | Properties | Tagged Values

Relationships
 (Ctrl + Shift + 2)

Start | Trace | Relationships

Start | Desktop | Design | Details | Relationships

Start | All Windows | Properties | Relations

Element Properties

(Alt + 1)

Start | Properties

Start | Desktop | Design | Details | Properties
 ( Element Tab)

Start | All Windows | Properties | Properties

Start | All Windows | Properties | Properties Dialog

Find in Project (Ctrl + f)

Start | Search | Model

Start | Explore | Search | Model

Start | Explore | Search | Model

Workspace

Start | Workspace

Start | Explore | Workspace

Start | All Windows | Workspace

Visual Style

Start | Visual Style

Start | Desktop | Visual Style

Start | Appearance | Visual Style

Perspective

Start | Perspective

Start | Portals | Perspective

Start |Explore | Portals | Perspective

View

NA

NA

Start | Appearance | View

Scriptlet

NA

NA

Start | Explore | Portals | Perspective | Construction | Scriptlets

Toolbox | Dynamic Viewpoints | Scriptlet

Grid-Style Diagram

NA

NA

Start | All Windows | Properties | Enable Grid Style (Appearance)

Design

Traceability
 (Ctrl + Shift + 4)

Design | Impact | Traceability

Design | Impact | Trace | Traceability

Design | Impact Analysis | Trace | Traceability

Relationship Matrix

Design | Impact | Relationship Matrix

Design | Impact | Matrix | Relationship Matrix

Design | Impact Analysis | Package/Matrix | Relationship Matrix

Gap Analysis Matrix

Design | Impact | Gap Analysis Matrix

Design | Impact | Gap Analysis | Gap Analysis Matrix

Design | Impact Analysis | Gap Analysis | Gap Analysis Matrix

Toolbox
  

Design | Toolbox

Design | Diagram | Toolbox
Ctrl + Shift + 3

Design | Diagram | Toolbox

Start | All Windows | Design | Toolbox
Ctrl + Shift + 3

Change Diagram Type

Design | Diagram | Edit | Change Type

Design | Diagram | Manage |
Custom | Change Type

Design | Diagram | Options | Change Type

Specification View

Design | Specification

Design | Model | Specification Manager

Design | Package | Specification View

List View

Design | List

Design | View as | List

Design | Model | ListView

Design | Diagram | View as | List

Design | Package | List View

Design | Diagram | Views | List

Gantt View

Design | Gantt

Design | View as | Gantt

Design | Model | Gantt

Design | Diagram | View as | Gantt View

Design | Package | Gantt View

Design | Diagram | Views | Gantt View

Change Element Type

Design |Element | Edit | Change Type

Design | Element | Manage | Advanced | Change Type

Design | Element | Manage | Change Type

Auto Reload Changed Diagrams

NA

NA

Design | Diagram | Options | Auto Reload Changed Diagrams

Glossary
  

Publish | Glossary

Publish | Dictionary | Glossary

Design | Dictionary | Glossary

Layout

Diagram Layout

Layout | Tools | Diagram Layout

Layout | Tools | Diagram Layout

Layout | Tools | Diagram Layout

Pan and Zoom

Layout | Pan, and Zoom

Layout | Tools | Pan, and Zoom

Layout | Tools | Pan and Zoom

Diagram Filter

Layout | Tools | Diagram Filters

Layout | Tools | Filters and Layers

Layout | Tools | Filters and Layers

Auto Refresh

NA

NA

Layout | Auto Refresh | Auto Refresh

Right-click on diagram background | Collaborate | Auto Refresh

Publish

Export XMI

Publish | Export XMI

Publish | Model Exchange | Export-XMI

Publish | Model Exchange | Export Package | Export Current Package to Native/XMI File

Import XMI

Publish | Import XMI

Publish | Model Exchange | Import-XMI

Publish | Model Exchange | Import Package | Import Package from Native/XMI File

Configure (Settings EA 16)

Project Options

Configure | Options

Configure | Model | Options

Settings | Model | Options

UML Types (Stereotypes / Tagged Values / Cardinality Values)

Configure | UML Types

Configure | Reference Data | UML Types

Settings | Reference Data | UML Types

Project Types

Configure | Project Types

Configure | Reference Data | Model Types

Settings | Reference Data | Model Types

Database Datatypes

Configure | Settings | Database Datatypes

Configure | Reference Data | Settings | Database Datatypes

Settings | Reference Data | Settings | Database Datatypes

Namespace Roots

Configure | Settings | Namespace Roots

Configure | Reference Data | Settings | Namespace Roots

Settings | Reference Data | Settings | Namespace Roots

Preprocessor Macros

Configure | Settings | Preprocessor Macros

Configure | Reference Data | Settings | Preprocessor Macros

Settings | Reference Data | Settings | Preprocessor Macros   

Manage Security

Configure | Administer

Configure | Security | Administer

Settings | Security | Administer

Project Transfer

Configure | Transfer | Project Transfer

Configure | Model | Transfer | Project Transfer

Settings | Model | Transfer | Project Transfer

EAP/EAPX Project Transfer

NA

NA

Settings | Model | Transfer | EAP/EAPX Project Transfer

EAP To QEA Project Transfer

NA

NA

Settings | Model | Transfer | EAP To QEA Project Transfer

EAP Replication

Configure | Model | Integrity Check| Manage .EAPX/.EAP file  | Create New Replica

Configure | Model | Integrity | Manage.EAPX/.EAP file | Create New Replica

 Settings | Model | Transfer | EAP Replication

QEA Replication

NA

NA

Settings | Model | Transfer | QEA Replication

Export Reference Data

Configure | Transfer | Export Reference Data

Configure | Model | Transfer | Export Reference Data

Settings | Model | Transfer | Export Reference Data

Import Reference Data

Configure | Transfer | Import Reference Data

Configure | Model | Transfer | Import Reference Data

Settings | Model | Transfer | Import Reference Data

Enable Audit

Configure | Auditing

Configure | Model | Auditing

Settings | Model | Auditing

Project Integrity

Configure | Integrity Check | Project Integrity

Configure | Model | Integrity | Project Integrity

Settings | Model | Integrity | Project Integrity

Reset ID

Configure | Integrity Check | Reset IDs

Configure | Model | Integrity | Reset IDs

Settings | Model | Integrity | Reset IDs

Repair .EAPX/.EAP File

Configure | Integrity Check | Manage .EAPX/.EAP file | Repair .EAPX/.EAP file

Configure | Model | Integrity | Manage .EAPX/.EAP file | Repair .EAPX/.EAP file

Settings | Model | Integrity | Manage .EAPX/.EAP File | Repair .EAPX/.EAP File

Compact .EAPX/.EAP File

Configure | Integrity Check | Manage .EAPX/.EAP file | Compact
 .EAPX/.EAP file

Configure | Model | Integrity|  Manage .EAPX/.EAP file | Compact .EAPX/.EAP file

Settings | Model | Integrity | Manage .EAPX/.EAP File | Compact.EAPX/.EAP File

Update .EAPX/.EAP File Indexes

Configure | Integrity Check | Manage .EAPX/.EAP file | Update .EAPX/.EAP file Indexes

Configure | Model | Integrity | Manage .EAPX/.EAP file | Update .EAPX/.EAP file Indexes

Settings | Model | Integrity | Manage .EAPX/.EAP File | Update.EAPX/.EAP File Indexes

Construct

Discussion

Start | Discussions

Start | Collaborate | Discussions

Start | Collaborate | Discuss

Team Review

Start | Reviews

Start | Collaborate | Reviews

Start | Collaborate | Review

Resource Allocation

Construct | Resources

Construct | Resource Management | Resources

Construct | Resource Management | Resources

Develop

Code Templates

Code | Options | Edit Code Templates

Develop | Preference | Options | Edit Code Templates

Develop | Source Code | Options | Edit Code Templates

Code Engineering Datatypes

Code | Options | Configure Code Engineering Datatypes

Or

Configure | Settings | Database Datatypes

Develop | Options | Preference | Configure Code Engineering Datatypes

Develop | Source Code | Options | Configure Code Engineering Datatypes

Import Source Code

Code | File | Import
Source Directory

Develop | Source Code | Files | Import Source Directory

Develop | Source Code | Files | Import Source Directory

Specialize

Manage Add-ins

Specialize | Add-Ins | Manage

Specialize | Add-Ins | Manage – Addin

Specialize | Add-Ins | Manage – Addin

PCS Integrations

Specialize | Tools |integrations | Open External Data

Specialize | Tools | Systems integrations |Open External Data

Specialize | Tools | Systems integrations |Open External Data

Import MDG Technology

Specialize | Technologies | Publish | Import MDG Technology

Specialize | Technologies | Publish-Tech
 | Import MDG Technology

Specialize |Technologies | Publish-Tech
 | Import MDG Technology

Resources | MDG Technologies | Model Technologies | Right Click | Import Technology

Generate MDG Technology

Specialize | Technologies | Publish | Generate MDG Technology

Specialize | Technologies | Publish-Tech | Generate MDG Technology

Specialize | Technologies | Publish-Tech | Generate MDG Technology

Scripting

Specialize | Tools | Scripting

Specialize | Tools | Script Library

Specialize | Tools | Script Library

Manage Technology

Specialize | Technologies | Manage

Specialize | Technologies | Manage-Tech

Specialize | Technologies | Manage-Tech

Others

Linked Document

Start | Properties | Linked Document

Start | Desktop | Design | Details | Document

Start | All Windows | Design | Document

Apply Auto Naming to Elements

Design | Edit | Package |
Advanced | Apply Auto Naming

Design | Model | Manage | Options | Auto Naming

Design | Package | Manage | Auto Naming

Turn on Level Numbering

Design | Edit | Package |
Advanced | Toggle Level Numbering

Design | Model | Manage | Level Numbering

Design | Package | Manage | Level Numbering

Package¬†Baseline ‚Äď New

Design | Edit | Package |
Manage Baselines | Manage Baselines

Design | Model | Manage | Manage
 Baselines

 Design | Package | Manage | Manage Baselines

Package Control

Publish | Package Control |Configure

Publish | Model Exchange | Package Control | Package Configure

Publish | Model Exchange | Package Control | Package Control

Generate Source Code

Code | Generate

Develop | Source Code | Generate

Develop | Source Code | Generate

Project Browser Search

Project Browser | Hamburger Icon |
Find in Project

Project Browser | Hamburger Icon |
Find in Browser

Project Browser | Hamburger Icon |
Find in Browser

Document Generation

Publish | Documentation | Generate Rich Text Documentation

Project Browser | Hamburger Icon |
Documentation | Generate Documentation (RTF/PDF/DOCX)

Publish | Model Reports | Report Builder | Generate Documentation

Project Browser | Hamburger Icon | Documentation |

Generate Documentation (RTF/PDF/DOCX)

Publish | Model Reports | Report Builder | Generate Documentation

Project Browser | Hamburger Icon | Documentation |

Generate Documentation (RTF/PDF/DOCX)

Start | All Windows |

Publish | Generate Package Report

Diagram Properties Dock

Start | Properties

Start | Desktop | Design | Properties

Start | All Windows | Properties | Properties

Context Browser

Start | Browse | Context Browser

Start | Desktop | Design | Browser | Context

Explore | Portals | Windows | Explore | Context Browser

Start | All Windows | Design | Browser | Context

Start | Explore | Portals | Windows | Explore | Context Browser

Inline Specification

Design | View As | Toggle Inline Specification View

Design | Diagram | View As | Inline Specification View

 Design | Diagram | Views | Inline Specification

 Commonly Used Ribbon Updates in Enterprise Architect 16

Sparx provides Quick Access Panels in Enterprise Architect 16 to make it easier to choose and access a window.

Design: Contains lists of windows for browsing the structure and content of the model (Alt + 1).

Ultimate Sparx Enterprise Architect 16

Properties: Contains a list of windows of Elements tools (Alt + 2).

Ultimate Sparx Enterprise Architect 16

Collaborate: Contains lists of windows for performing discussions, reviews, and collaborations (Alt + 3).

Ultimate Sparx Enterprise Architect 16

Execute: Contains lists of windows for performing execution analysis, profiling, simulation, scripting, and debugging (Alt + 4).

Ultimate Sparx Enterprise Architect 16

Construct: Contains a list of windows for all project management transactions (Alt + 5).

Ultimate Sparx Enterprise Architect 16

Publish: Contains lists of windows for report generator and model exchange (Alt + 6).

Ultimate Sparx Enterprise Architect 16

Further Information

Please contact us or write an email to info@sparxsystems.in or call us @ +91 8248004261 to have a live demo about the new EA 16 features and capabilities.

Sparx Systems Enterprise ArchitectSparx Systems Enterprise Architect 16

Scriptlets in Enterprise Architect 16 – A Step Beyond Static View

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect 16 now includes a New Scriptlet element that provides a dynamic view of your diagram. Scriptlet is a JavaScript-based powerhouse that allows you to access the underlying diagram and element API for customizing element appearance, text, tagged values, and other properties. Scriptlets are executed automatically when the diagram containing them is reloaded or they can be executed manually on demand.

Each Scriptlet has access to three global objects in addition to the standard automation environment. They are:

  • theDiagram – an automation Diagram interface to the diagram on which the Scriptlet resides
  • theElement – an automation Element interface to the Scriptlet artifact itself
  • theInstance – an automation DiagramObject interface to the Scriptlet artifact itself

Automation

Figure 1 Scriptlet in Toolbox

Key Points

  • Apply change to the appearance of elements, names, and tagged values.
  • Updates to dynamic properties can be automated.
  • Create your spreadsheets with the new Grid Style diagrams and Scriptlets.
  • Update the Grid style diagrams using new cell references (A:1, A:2, etc.,) API.
  • Dynamically colour code elements based on your rules.
  • Populate and edit a table of data.
  • Render graphics.
  • Validate model elements in a diagram.

How to use Scriptlets in EA 16?

  • Drag-drop the Scriptlet element from the toolbox.
  • Double click on the artifact to open the scripting pad.
  • Edit the script as required.
  • Reload the diagram to run the script automatically or right-click on the Scriptlet element and choose ‚ÄėRun Script‚Äô from the context menu to run manually.
  • Multiple Scriptlet elements can be used on a single diagram and, the Z-order of the Scriptlets on the diagram determines the order in which they are executed.
  • Scriptlets are model-based and therefore the same Scriptlet element can be used on multiple diagrams.

Using Scriptlets in MDG Technologies

  • Scriptlets can be incorporated into the definition of an element stereotype, as part of a Profile in an MDG Technology.
  • Scriptlets can therefore be used to make on-the-fly changes to an element’s properties and presentation.
  • To add a Scriptlet to an element stereotype, create an attribute named ‘_scriptlet’ within the element used to define the stereotype, and enter the script code into the ‘Initial Value’ field of that attribute’s properties.

Further Information 

Please contact us or write an email to info@sparxsystems.in or call us @ +91 8248004261 to have a live demo about the new EA 16 features and capabilities.          

Features in Sparx Enterprise ArchitectSparx Systems Enterprise Architect 16

Simplified way to connect with DBMS repositories

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect 16 introduces a New ‚ÄúNative Connection‚ÄĚ method to both 32 and 64-bit versions in addition to the existing connection methods that require separate ODBC or OLEDB drivers to be installed.

Enterprise Architect 16 makes the simplest and recommended way to establish connections with existing and new repositories like:

  • Firebird
  • MariaDB
  • MySQL
  • Oracle
  • PostgreSQL
  • SQL Server

Native Connection does not require the need for installation of drivers for individual DBMS and DSN definitions.

Enter the details of the database in the Native Connection window and connect Enterprise Architect to it.

    Access:Start Page > Open Project | Server Connection

 

Start Page > Manage Projects > Connect to Server (on drop-down arrow, Select Native Connection)

Sparx India

How do we connect to the Repositories using Native Connection in Enterprise Architect 16?

  1. Click on the radio button for the type of DBMS you are connecting to.
  2. Give the name of the connection in the description field.
  3. Enter the database details as required.
  4. Click on test to check whether the connection is successful or not.
  5. If the connection is successful, OK button will be enabled. Click on it to connect with the EA repository.

Further Information 

Please contact us or write an email to info@sparxsystems.in or call us @ +91 8248004261 to have a live demo about the new EA 16 features and capabilities.  

 

Sparx Systems Enterprise ArchitectSparx Systems Enterprise Architect 16

Grid Style Diagram in Enterprise Architect 16

  • Enterprise Architect has always allowed modelers to customize the appearance and position of elements in diagrams, and the New Grid Style Diagram option allows you to manage and organize diagrams by sorting diagram elements into cells within a grid.
  • Build a Spreadsheet, Dashboard, and even a home page for your model with the Grid Style diagram.
  • In Enterprise Architect 16, the Grid functionality integrates with a New Scripting API to reference elements by the provided grid position.

Key Points:

  • Holds element in each grid cell
  • Configurable in rows, columns, and cell size
  • Manages medium to a large set of information
  • Row and Column headers refer to the grid position
  • Element position can be referred by grid position
  • Automatically updates and process elements in the grid using Scriptlet.

How to enable Grid Style in Enterprise Architect 16?

In the Diagram Properties tab, select the ‘Enable’ option for Grid Style from the drop-down list under the section ‚ÄėAppearance‚Äô.

Figure 1 Enable Grid Style

This action turns on the ‘grid-style’ setting and opens the ‘Grid- Style Properties’ dialog, where you can specify settings such as the number of columns and the height and width of cells.

Figure 2 Grid- Style Properties dialog

Figure 3 Grid Style Diagram

Once the Grid-Style is enabled for a diagram, the option ‘Grid’ appears in the context menu which offers a number of commands specific to it. They are:

  • Show Grid Lines
  • Show Grid Headers
  • Edit Grid
  • Compact Grid

Grid style Contect menu in EA 16

Figure 4 Grid Style ‚Äď Context Menu

Altering the Grid Cells Using Scriptlets

Scriptlet Artifacts can be used to run JavaScript code to access elements in a grid-style diagram and set the appearance of those elements like to set the font and background color, or to alter the text that is displayed.

Each Scriptlet has access to three global objects in addition to the standard automation environment. They are:

  • theDiagram – an automation Diagram interface to the diagram on which the Scriptlet resides
  • theElement – an automation Element interface to the Scriptlet artifact itself
  • theInstance – an automation DiagramObject interface to the Scriptlet artifact itself

Further Information

Please Contact us or write an email to info@sparxsystems.in to talk to our EA Expert to understand more about new interesting capabilities in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect 16.

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect 16

Auto Name and Counters using Stereotypes in Enterprise Architect 16

  • ¬†Dealing with complex and large sets of requirements can be a tedious process. Sparx Enterprise Architect allows you to set up your own naming and numbering conventions for elements of the same type which ease the process.
  • Auto Names and Counters can be used to assign a sequential number to element types & stereotypes.

What’s New in Auto Name and Counters in Enterprise Architect 16?

  • Auto-naming has been expanded to target specific element types as well as stereotypes.
  • Distinguish between elements based on both element type and stereotype.

How do we use it in EA 16?

1.In Enterprise Architect 16, find Auto Names and Counter in Ribbon: Settings > Reference Data > Settings > Auto Names and Counters.

Enterprise Architect Version 16 Pictures

2. New Feature – Stereotype is included in Auto Names and Counters in Sparx Enterprise Architect 16

Sterotype is included in autonames and counters

 

3.Select the Type as ‚ÄúRequirement‚ÄĚ (Element type) or the type you need.

 

4.By selecting Stereotype ‚Äď Configure Perspectives as All and Profile as EAREQ. Check the Business requirements and select OK.

 

Autonaming using stereotype

 

Stereotype as requirements

 

5.Now, enter the Prefix as BUSREQ and Counter as 001 in Alias Section and check the Apply on creation Save & Option

Auto Name Counters

6.Enable the option to show Alias and Name in the diagram

a.Check the ‚ÄúUse Alias if Available‚ÄĚ option in diagram properties.

b.In Preferences > Behaviour enable both Alias and Name in the Alias Usage section.

Alias & Images Part 2

7.Now, create a Business Requirement from the Requirements toolbox.

Create a Business Requirement.

 

Please Contact us or write an email to info@sparxsystems.in to talk to our EA Expert to understand more about new interesting capabilities in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect 16.