Introducing Enterprise Architect 14

Webinar November 2017
In this webinar:
  • Find out the major release items in Enterprise Architect 14
  • Understand how version 14 addresses your modeling intent
  • Prepare to apply the new toolset before official launch!

Enterprise Architect 14 is a major milestone release! Ahead of the official launch, we're providing a new webinar series focused exclusively on previewing the version 14 release.

In this first webinar, we provide an overview of version 14 and show you why Enterprise Architect 14 will make your modeling experience better than ever!

Ben Constable
Ben Constable

Explore the Mind Map of the Version 14 Release

We have provided the example Enterprise Architect mind map model used in the webinar
Presentation model: enterprise-architect-14-release-mind-map.eap Download the Enterprise Architect Mind Map Model that documents the version 14 Release

Questions from the Audience

Click on a question to see the answer.

General

When version 14 will be released?

We are planning to release version 14 during the first quarter of 2018. There will be a beta release beforehand.

What if I buy Enterprise Architect 13 would I get version 14 for free once released?

When you buy an license Enterprise Architect license, you also get a support subscription that lets you download any new versions or minor releases for 12 months. So yes, you would be able to buy Enterprise Architect now (at version 13.5) and upgrade to version 14, because it will be released within 12 months.

Will Enterprise Architect 14 [project] files be modifiable in Enterprise Architect 13?

Yes.

Can we have your slides?

Apart from the video recording, you can also download the mind map model that I used. Many of the concept elements have detailed notes about the corresponding feature.

Perspectives

Can you define your own perspective and choose which toolboxes to enable?

The Perspectives button provides a Manage option, which you use to define your own Perspectives. Toolbox pages are enabled or disabled depending on which MDG Technologies you include as part of your Perspective.

Will the MDG generator allow production of customized perspectives?

The MDG Technologies don't define perspectives, but a perspective can reference user created MDG Technologies.

Can an administrator set a perspective as default browser role?

No. The existing options for disable technologies for a model will still work though, which means that regardless of the perspective, users won't be able to use something they shouldn't.

Can we restrict a user by role to a set perspective?

No. This isn't about restricting what a user can do. It's about allowing a user to focus.

Patterns

Is it possible to create one’s own patterns with processes? For instance, for creating a modeling process and convention for a specific solution?

Yes. Just add an RTF document in the same location as the XML file. An MDG Technology can also specify multiple groups as you see in our sample technologies.

Can you create your own patterns to add to the list?

Yes.

Can you create your own Process Guidance?

Currently the Process Guidance page of the wizard doesn't provide any customization function. In the future we may be able to incorporate these into MDG Technologies.

Can you filter the Project Browser based on a perspective?

No, filtering the content of the Project Browser is not supported.

Are the patterns shareable? I'd like to create some patterns and have my vendors use / access them to help ensure they are following my standards.

Model Wizard patterns are normally distributed with an MDG technology. The patterns exist are separate XMI files from MDG Technology, and need to be copied to the EA ModelPatterns directory in your installation path.

Diagram Reader

Can it do tree-walking along a model hierarchy from a start element to an end element type?

No. Currently the Diagram Reader can sort contents using a left-right or top-down order.

Does the Diagram Documentation view clash with the Specification Manager view?

No. Although the two views have many aspects in common, they serve different purposes. The Diagram Reader is specifically for editing some of the textual aspects of diagram elements in place, whereas the Specification Manager targets a package and its contents. The Specification Manager doesn’t even rely on the package having any diagrams defined at all.

Metamodel Views

Can customers create their own metamodel to help impose their own standards?

Yes, this will be possible.

Are metamodels still managed through MDG Technologies?

Yes. The metamodel rules are included in a Profile, and are managed through an MDG Technology.

Can you define your own Model Validation rules?

Creating a metamodel defines some model validation rules automatically. Currently this is limited to valid connector types between objects, object classifiers/types and object owners.

Does Enterprise Architect support FACE (Future Airborne Capabilities Environment) standard models?

No specific FACE profile is provided with Enterprise Architect currently, though the FACE Consortium has used Enterprise Architect for development purposes. For details, see article: https://community.sparxsystems.com/news/715-faceadoptsea

Other

Will the ribbon be editable in Enterprise Architect 14?

Yes, in the sense that you can define Ribbon Sets to enable or disable items in each of Enterprise Architect’s Ribbons. This will be available from the Start Ribbon | Perspective | Manage Perspectives | My Ribbon Sets. Note: Equivalent functionality is available in the current version of Enterprise Architect.

Can you override tagged values of attributes that have been inherited from another class?

Yes. For details, see the Help topic Advanced Tag Management.

The feature to apply a style to all relationships on a diagram is excellent! Is there still no way to select multiple relationships at the same time to set a property across all?

No.