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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.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 03:55

Tidy Diagrams using Neaten and Auto Route

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In Enterprise Architect Version 14, Sparx Systems added functionality to simplify the process of creating neat and tidy diagrams. This tutorial highlights the "Neaten" and "Auto Route" functions, which are a handy means of tidying diagrams.   The Neaten function brings elements together based on proximity and optimized alignment. Try it out on your next diagram via Layout > Tools > Diagram Layout > Neaten.    Before and after Neaten   The Auto Route function tidies the connectors on a diagram, automatically neatening up lines and re-routing them to avoid overlap, where feasible. See, Layout > Tools > Diagram Layout…
Monday, 28 January 2019 07:23

Enterprise Architect Jira Integration

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Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect now allows integration of data from a variety of third-party providers into an Enterprise Architect model. This article explains the configuration and possible ways to integrate Jira with the enterprise architect model. Jira Integration can be done in two ways Creating Virtual links between Enterprise Architect and Jira using Prolaborate Importing Data and synchronizing between Jira and Enterprise Architect model using Pro Cloud Server Creating Virtual links between Enterprise Architect and Jira using Prolaborate You can now integrate Enterprise Architect with Jira through Prolaborate. Creating a two-way link between Enterprise Architect elements and Atlassian Jira items just got…
Using Stereotyped Relationships to Define Quicklink rules by Phillip Chudley, Principal Consultant at Dunstan Thomas Consulting   Background One of my favourite features of Enterprise Architect (EA) is the ability to define your own meta-models using MDG technology, and over the many years I have used Enterprise Architect, I have developed many such MDGs and have shared my experiences in their development at numerous EA User Group meetings. However there has always been a “sting in the tail” with developing an MDG in the respect of defining Quicklink rules. These were (and can still be) defined using a spreadsheet where each…
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…
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