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Tutorials can be used to become more productive and efficient in the use of Enterprise Architect. Tutorials, getting started guides, videos and workbooks can all be used to explain concepts and assist others in realizing the power and flexibility of using Enterprise Architect. Use this link to submit tutorials, training material, example workbooks and quick start guides.

Thursday, 01 November 2018 04:59

Searching for Orphan Elements

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Orphan Elements are elements that exist in the model, but are not included on a diagram for some reason. They can occur in the process of creating and editing diagrams and get left behind, sometimes due to being deleted off the diagram, but not subsequently the model. Enterprise Architect has a pre-defined search that identifies any Orphan Elements, which can come in handy when cleaning up your model. To search for Orphan Elements, open the Model Search using Crtl+Alt+A and from the Pull Down Menus > select Diagram Searches > then Find Orphans.   You can search for specific terms…
How can we make sure that our user community gets the right Enterprise Architect configuration? How can we automatically configure their user experience so that it is adapted to our company-standard modeling language (MDG)? Since the Belgian railways adopted the Labnaf Strategy an Architecture Framework in 2015 (see Peter Lieber's article about the Belgian Railways), they deployed its Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect implementation onto more than 600 computers including application servers. The Labnaf for Sparx Systems corporate installation package optimizes the end user's experience, but that is not just for Labnaf. The resulting Enterprise Architect configuration is suitable for most…
Monday, 17 September 2018 06:57

Copy a Diagram to the Clipboard

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Copying a Diagram to the Clipboard This tutorial is a very simple example, but also very handy when producing reports and documentation. You can copy and paste your current diagram using the shortcut CTRL+B. It's a simple way of copying and pasting your diagrams into word processors, image manipulation tools or any 3rd party environment that can handle images.   The above image was copied using the default options and the shortcut CTRL+B. Some preferences exist when copying diagrams to the clipboard. By default, Enterprise Architect places a diagram caption and border around diagrams copied to the Clipboard. To turn…
Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:49

Drag and Drop Requirements from Text Documents

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Use Requirements Documents to Create Elements in Enterprise Architect. In their early states, requirements are often described in MS Word documents. Using Enterprise Architect, modelers can save themselves time and effort by dragging text descriptions onto a Requirements diagrams, which Enterprise Architect then uses to automatically create requirements elements with titles and descriptions.     To do this, select the header and requirement description in an external application like MS Word. Drag and drop the text description onto a Requirements diagram. The first line of text is given to the element name. Any other lines of text are assigned to…
Using Keyboard Shortcuts with Enterprise Architect Extension Menus by Phil Chudley, Principal Consultant at Dunstan Thomas Consulting Background Extensions written for Enterprise Architect often define menus to invoke functionality, and although a short cut of the form Alt+character can be defined by prefixing the character in the menu option with &, this does not work as a keyboard shortcut. After digging around a bit, I have discovered a work-around so that defined keyboard shortcuts can invoke menu options. In this article I will explain through a simple example how to use this work-around in your EA Extension. This example has…
Sparx Systems has released Enterprise Architect 14. Sparx Systems have added various new features in this version. It is high time for Enterprise Architect users to upgrade from Enterprise Architect 13.5 to Enterprise Architect 14. We thought 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. Below table shows comparison between Enterprise…
If you want to connect Enterprise Architect with Cloud Services or Pro Cloud Server - where no user credentials are part of connection string - because you should use IIS for authentification - then it may make sense to encrypt the Connection String as it is possible with DBMS Connection Strings. Here is how to make that possible: First connect to a Cloud Service/Pro Cloud Server: Enterprise Architect opens the project - so to see and modify the connection string Open the Project Open dialog - Editing the Connection String shows the details: RAS --- ;Connect=Cloud=protocol:http,address:,port:804;Data Source=RAS;DSN=RAS; Now save the…
Thursday, 14 December 2017 20:34

Getting started with EA4BI

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EA4BI is an enterprise architecture framework focused on Business Intelligence (BI). The EA4BI toolkit is available as a free extension (MDG technology) for Sparx Enterprise Architect. This tutorial shows how to install EA4BI and create a sample viewpoint.
Monday, 30 October 2017 06:00

HTML Report 2, Electric Boogaloo

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HTML Report 2, Electric Boogaloo As a sequel to my previous article on how to edit the CSS generated by Enterprise Architect to personalise your generated HTML report I was prompted by Guillaume to create this follow up as he gave me an idea on how to make these changes prior to generation. As we have already identified the changes that we need to make in the previous article we can actually create our own customised version of the CSS EA would use and specify that this is then used as we create our HTML report. So how do we…
Editing an HTML report generated from Enterprise Architect using CSS Introduction This article will walk you through the process of making a couple of simple tweaks to your HTML Report generated from Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect. So what's the challenge here? If you have ever needed to create a quick and simple report to walk a colleague or stakeholder through certain aspects of your model, then by far the quickest and easiest route is to generate an HTML Report from EA. This will create an HTML version of your project locally that can be navigated & drilled down into (but…
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