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Create a Project

A project is a single file or repository-based store for one or more models. The first step in getting started with Enterprise Architect is to either open an existing project, or create a new one.

In this example you:

  • Create a new file-based project
  • Add a template-based model to kick-start your modeling

Once your new project has been created you:

  • Have a simple Use Case model to explore and tailor to your requirements
  • Can re-open your project at any time by double-clicking on it in a file browser
  • Can see it in the 'Recent' list on the Start Page

Create a New Project

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Start Enterprise Architect.

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When the 'Start Page' displays, click on the option:

  • Open > Personal Project > Create New

This displays the operating system file browser dialog.

In the 'Save as type:' drop-down you have the option to create a repository of file-type:

  • .qea extension (the default)
  • .qeax extension
  • .feap extension
  • .eap extension (JET 3)
  • .eapx extension (JET 4)

Select one of these.

File Based Projects

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Locate a suitable folder for your project then:

  • In the 'File name' field, type in a distinctive name
  • Click on the 'Save' button to continue

Enterprise Architect creates a new project file, places it in the specified location and then opens it automatically.

The  Browser window's 'Project' tab now displays a root-node named 'Model'.

The Browser Window

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To create a starter model:

  • Click on the 'Model' root-node
  • Click on the New Package icon. icon in the Browser window toolbar
    The Start Page 'Create from Pattern' tab (Model Wizard) displays
  • Click on the button and select 'UML > Behavioral' (a Perspective)
  • Scroll down to 'Use Case Diagrams' 
  • Select 'Basic Use Case Model'
  • Click on the Create Model(s) button.

Result: The Model Wizard automatically creates a new Use Case model for you, with an initial diagram, some notes and default elements to help get you started.

Model Perspectives The Model Wizard

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From the Browser, click on the 'Basic Use Case Model' diagram to open the diagram.

Your diagram is now ready for making any alterations.

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