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The Community Resources section may include Enterprise Architect models, scripts, technologies and add-ons. These resources can extend and enrich the Enterprise Architect experience. Use this link to submit innovative tools, models, add-ons and resources that the enterprise architect community may find beneficial.

I recently imported a number of requirements in my Enterprise Architect project with the following details: title, reference (stored in the requirement's alias), and description. By default Sparx Enterprise Architect sorts requirements within a given package by the element's name in the alphabetical order. When a package contains various types of elements (e.g. classes, interfaces, use cases, etc.), each group of elements from the same type is sorted separately. The following illustrates a mix of requirements, classes, and interfaces created within a package, in their default sorting order: Going back to my requirements, I needed to sort them by the…
Monday, 31 March 2014 12:40

Duplicate validation in Enterprise Architect

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Duplicatevalidation in Enterprise Architect Introduction This article is an example of using Enterprise Architect in a team. In our team of four architects we use Enterprise Architect for modelling the enterprise architecture in ArchiMate 2.0. For this government agency with approximately 1200 employees there is a large repository of architectural elements, building blocks and diagrams. Because we maintain this repository with four architects a number of challenges arise: Everybody uses the same definition of elements and concepts The repository structure is managed by one authorized team-member (the custodian) There is agreement about the architecture process and products These activities are…
As practicing Enterprise Architect consultants, we have the opportunity to interact with various corporates for training, consulting and providing Enterprise Architect demonstrations. We encounter the following standard queries: “We have lots of Requirements and Use Cases in Microsoft Word ™ documents. Can we import them into Enterprise Architect “? “Can our Business Analysts continue to work in Microsoft Word™ which they are familiar with and then have the artifacts imported into EA? These queries highlighted the need for a standard Word importer that helps the Enterprise Architect users to Import the existing Requirements and Use Case Models in Microsoft Word…
A colleague recently enquired about a simple way to run a batch import of several XMI files into an Enterprise Architect project. The client's project required importing a rather large number of XMI files, created from various Enterprise Architect projects via the standard XMI export (note : each file store an extraction in the XMI format from a selected part of the modelling project). Having to import each XMI file is too cumbersome, and Enterprise Architect's existing "Batch XMI Import" is limited to controlled packages i.e. involving a VC repository like SVN set up with the current project. This article…
Thursday, 09 January 2014 08:21

EA Installation Inspector

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EA Installation Inspector (Version 2)  is a small utility that provides information about the current version of EA and its AddIns. Version 2 (November 2015): Searches HKLM as well as HKCU for Sparx keys Provide a pop-up form to make it easier to view detail of an entry The need1. During the development and testing of EA AddIns it is all too easy to get an issue with an AddIn not loading correctly - typically, but not always, it means a value in the Windows registry is not correct or a DLL is not in the referenced location. Finding these…
Sunday, 10 November 2013 07:57

Search & Replace

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Abstract:ho_Tools is a powerful "Find and replace" tool for texts in Elements, Diagrams and Packages. You can search recursive from a starting package or globally by a search. It allows simple text search or powerful regular expressions to change name, note and more. ho_Tools easily allows you to find & replace strings in your model. This is done by simple text comparison or with powerful regular expressions.It works on EA elements, Packages and Diagrams and can change:- Name- Note- Tagged Value- ConstraintThere are the following two operating modes:- Search recursive from a selected package- Use an EA Search like Simple…
Purpose: Many colleagues do not use MBSE tools and are much more happy reviewing PowerPoint slides. Additionally, sometimes diagrams can be forgotten about through the course of modeling different system aspects and can be affected by changes in element attributes. This tool allows you to quickly export Enterprise Architect diagrams to a PowerPoint artifact for review. Description: The tool is integrated into a base macro-enabled PowerPoint artifact, including a series of visual basic functions to perform the export, while utilizing Geert Bellekens EA Connect model from his Simple VBA Excel to EA Importer. There were minor edits made to his…
 Abstract:A toolset to make every day life easier. The main functions are: Set line style in diagram by just a click Searches and services at Buttons / Keyboard keys Navigate by click Change Author Change *.xml file of a controlled package Create / update Activity diagram for an operation etc. Description: Quickly set line style to selected Diagram, Elements and/or ConnectorLV= Lateral VerticalLH= Lateral HorizontalTH= Tree Verticaletc., see tooltip Quick search for class, attribute, operation Navigate between structure and behavior Specification (Open the links of file properties, source code, *.xml file) Create Activities and Parameters for operations Searches and services…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 05:25

Enterprise Architect Community

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Catch Software is a proud partner of Sparx Systems and is pleased to sell and support their industry-leading UML CASE tool, Enterprise Architect. We love engaging with the Sparx Community, and as part of this, we host User Groups in New Zealand and Australia every two months. If you’ve not attended a User Group before you may not be sure what to expect. User Groups are gatherings held for Enterprise Architect users and enthusiasts. A presentation is given by one or more speakers, followed by group discussions on common interests, challenges and best practice. Here is an overview of the…
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 22:21

SVG Diagram Export Add-In

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Enterprise Architect comes with very powerful import and export capabilities for models and diagrams. But what we have always been missing is an export format for diagrams that generates really portable vector graphics (and not just Windows-only metafiles). Nowadays, the most suitable candidate for such a graphics format is SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), and so we decided to implement our own Add-In that can export a Enterprise Architect diagram to a SVG file. This Add-In is hereby provided for free-use to the Enterprise Architect Community. Prerequisites The Add-In requires an installation of Microsoft .NET Framework 4. Install the Add-In Exit…
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