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Sparx Systems has recently released its latest version of Enterprise Architect 15. Sparx Systems have added various new features in this version.

Here is a guide with list of menus, frequently used by EA practitioners would be very helpful. This ultimate guide focuses highly up 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 Package Baseline, Export/Import of XMI, Linked Documents and others.

You can also find the full comparison between Enterprise Architect version 13.5, 14 and 15 in the below link.
Full Comparison between (EA13.5, EA14, EA15) on Frequently used menus in Enterprise Architect

Below table details the commonly used option of Enterprise Architect.

Enterprise Architect Features

Enterprise Architect 15


Project Browser

Start |  Design | Browser

Explore | Portals | Windows | Explore | Project Browser


Context Browser

Start | Desktop | Design | Browser | Context

Explore | Portals | Windows | Explore | Context Browser

Diagram Browser

Start | Desktop | Design | Browser | Diagram

Explore | Portals | Windows | Project Browser | Diagram

Element Browser

Explore | Portals | Windows |  Explore |  Element Browser

Start | Desktop | Design | Browser | Element

Preferences / Settings

Start | Preferences | Preferences


Menu Customize

Start | Preferences | Other Options


Start | Design | Common | Summary

Resources (Alt +6)

Start | Share | Publish | Resources

Notes (Ctrl + Shift + 1)

Start | Design | Common | Notes

Tagged Values (Ctrl + Shift + 6)

Design | Element | Editors | Properties | Tags

Start | Design | Common | Properties ( Tags Tab )

Element Browser (Alt + 9)

Explore | Portals | Windows |  Explore | Element Browser

Start | Design | Browser | Element

Relationships (Ctrl + Shift + 2)

Start | Design | Details | Properties

Element Properties (Alt + 1)

Start | Design | Common | Properties ( Element Tab )

Find in Project (Ctrl + f)

Start | Search |Model


Start | Workspace

Visual Style

Start | Visual Style


Start | Portals | Perspective


Traceability (Ctrl + Shift + 4)

Design | Trace | Traceability

Relationship Matrix

Design | Matrix | Relationship Matrix

Gap Analysis Matrix

Design | Gap Analysis | Gap Analysis Matrix


Design  | Diagram | Toolbox

Change Diagram Type

Design | Diagram | Manage | Change Type

Specification View

Design | Specify

List View

Design | List View

Gantt View

Design | Gantt

Change Element Type

Design | Element | Manage | Change Type


Diagram Layout

Layout | Diagram Layout

Pan and Zoom

Layout | Pan and Zoom

Diagram Filter

Layout | Diagram Filters



Publish | Glossary


Project Options

Configure | Options

UML Types (Stereotypes / Tagged Values / Cardinality Values)

Configure | UML Types

Project Types

Configure | Model Types

Database Datatypes

Configure | Settings | Database Datatypes

Namespace Roots

Configure | Settings | Namespace Roots

Preprocessor Macros

Configure | Settings | Preprocessor Macros

Manage Security

Configure | Administer

Project Transfer

Configure | Transfer | Project Transfer

Export Reference Data

Configure | Transfer | Export Reference Data

Import Reference Data

Configure | Transfer | Import Reference Data

Enable Audit

Configure | Auditing

Project Integrity

Configure | Integrity | Project Integrity

Reset ID

Configure | Integrity| Reset IDs

Repair .EAP file

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

Compact .EAP file

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

Update .EAP file Indexes

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



Start | Discussions

Team Review

Start | Reviews

Resource Allocation

Construct | Resources

Develop ( Code in older Versions )

Code Templates

Develop | Options | Edit Code Templates

Code Engineering Datatypes

Develop | Options | Configure Code Engineering Datatypes

Import Source Code

Develop | Files | Import Source Directory

Specialize ( Extend in older Versions )

Manage Add-ins

Specialize | Add-Ins | Manage

PCS Integrations

Specialize | Tools | Systems integrations |Open External Data

Import MDG Technology

Specialize | Technologies | Publish-Tech | Import MDG Technology

Generate MDG Technology

Specialize | Technologies | Publish-Tech | Generate MDG Technology

Manage Technology

Specialize | Technologies | Manage-Tech


Specialize | Scripting


Linked Document

Start | Design | Document

Export XMI

Publish | Export-XMI

Import XMI

Publish | Import-XMI

Apply Auto Naming to Elements

Design | Manage | Auto Naming

Turn on Level Numbering

Design | Manage | Level Numbering

Package Baseline - New

Design | Manage | Manage Baselines

Package Control

Publish | Package Control | Package Configure

Generate Source Code

Develop | Source Code | Generate

Project Browser Search

Project Browser | Drop Down | Find in Browser

Document Generation

Publish | Report Builder | Generate Documentation

Project Browser Drop Down | Documentation | Generate Documentation (RTF/PDF/DOCX)

Diagram Properties Dock

Start | Design | Properties

Context Browser (Alt + 0)

Start | Desktop | Design | Browser | Context

Explore | Portals | Windows | Explore | Context Browser

Inline Specification

Design |  View As | Inline Specification View


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Monday, 15 July 2019 09:09

Images Assets and Custom Diagrams in EA 15

Images Assets and Custom Diagrams in EA 15

Using images to add relevance to any architecture diagram is a very common practice. Enterprise Architect has always supported modellers to set ‘Alternate Image’ or ‘Default Image’ for elements to create such diagrams.  However the users have always sought for an ability to manage a set of image assets in a catalogue and reuse it across multiple diagrams.

The New approach in EA 15 to manage and reuse images in diagrams is a significant enhancement. The ‘Image Asset’ element lets users create a model item to store an image. These items can then be used to apply overlays on other model elements.

Image Assets

The Image Asset images can be used as alternative images in place of the standard UML notation for elements on diagrams. They can also be used in documentation by inserting hyperlinks to the Image Asset element. When a report is generated, the hyperlinked Image Asset element is rendered using its 'owned image'

To create an image asset, Select the 'Artifacts' section in toolbox | select 'Image Asset' | click on the diagram, or Drag an 'Image Asset' Artifact from the toolbox onto a diagram.


Image Asset Diagram

Figure 1 Image Assets Catalogue


Custom Diagram

The new ‘Custom Diagram’ option in EA 15 allows users to create a highly customizable, graphic-rich diagram that is on-par with any modern drawing tools.  Custom Diagram enables the most options to use the Image Assets.

Using Image Assets

The Image Assets from the repository can be used to perform the following actions

  • Set as Icon – As an icon of an Existing Element
  • Set as Alternate Image – As an alternate Image on an existing element
  • Add as element with Icon
  • Add as element with Image
  • Add as link

Image Asset Options

Figure 2 Options to Use Image Assets

Set As Icon

Use Image Asset to  set it as an icon for an existing element or a new element (This is my favourite!).  In the previous versions, users must rely on shapescripts to achieve such visualization.

Image asset Set As Icon

Figure 3 Set Image as Icon

Set as Alternate Image

You can also use the Image Asset to set it as an alternate image for an existing element or create a new element with the image as alternate image.

Image asset Set As Alternate Image

Figure 4 Set Image as Alternate Image

Updating Image Asset

There are two key benefits in using the ‘Image Assets’

  1. Ability to drag and drop from project browser to apply image as an icon or alternate image
  2. Ability to update the image asset and also cascade the change across all diagrams where the image asset is used

You can ascertain the impact of modifying a Image Asset by using ‘Find In All Diagrams’ (Element Usage, similar to any other element usage)

Image Asset Usage

Figure 5 Image Asset – Usage


Using the new enhanced ‘Custom Diagram’ and ‘Image Asset’ of EA 15, I’ve created a deployment diagram (below) which was in-par with a graphic rich diagram created using any drawing tool, at the same time retaining the benefits of a modelling repository.

Prolaborate Architecture Diagram

Figure 6 Prolaborate Architecture Diagram created using EA 15 Image Assets

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