eaUtils is a utilities add-in for Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect modelling tool.
eaUtils provides a number of features to help go further with Sparx EA.
In its initial version 1.10, eaUtils provides the following features:
eaUtils current version is 1.15 (released March 2018).
eaUtils 1.15.5 has been released with an improved usability by enabling the navigation between eaUtils screens and settings:
A video related to this version is available from this blog's YouTube channel.
eaUtils is available to download from www.eautils.com/download.
Following the diagram breadcrumb and elements sorting improvements released in eaUtils 1.14, eaUtils 1.15 has been published this week:
Following the release of a portable version last November, eaUtils 1.14 free utilities add-in for Sparx Enterprise Architect has just been published:
The increasing complexity of eaUtils requires a minimum level of testing before releasing a new build in order to reduce the risk of new or regression bugs. Introduced for the first time at the EA User Group London 2017, eaTests (www.eatests.com) automated testing solution for EA add-ins is integrated with eaUtils to maintain and run automated tests. The latest 1.14 updates have been included in the automated tests as discussed later in this article.
Note: eaTests is currently maintained for the sole use of eaUtils. Designed to work with other add-ins, as illustrated at the EAUG 2017 via hoTools Open Source EA add-in, please feel free to contact me on guillaume [at] umlchannel.com for more information on integrating your add-in with eaTests.
This article illustrates eaUtils 1.14 new features and the automated testing process run for this new version, before publishing it.
eaUtils 1.13.3 (build 1710-4) addin for Sparx Enterprise Architect has been released this month with the following enhancements:
eaUtils 1.13.3 is available to download from eaUtils.com.
It provides a first glimpse on the automated test module for Sparx Enterprise Architect addins that I will discuss in detail at the EAUG London 2017. Click on the image below to open the Youtube video.
eaUtils 1.12 (build 1612-4) addin for Sparx Enterprise Architect has been released today (10/03/2017) with the following enhancements:
eaUtils sorting features update the elements tree position from a package or element. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect applies a default sorting order based on the name of the elements. However to achieve a better management and more efficient use of the elements from within the Enterprise Architect project browser, it can be useful to have alternative and enhanced sorting options e.g. based on the alias, stereotype, tagged value, or according to the layout in a diagram.
This article illustrates a new feature introduced in eaUtils 1.11: sort elements within a package tree, using one of the available options (alias, stereotype, name, tagged value). Further information on all eaUtils sorting features are available from eaUtils Help.
eaUtils 1.11 (build 1601-3) addin for Sparx Enterprise Architect has been released today (27/02/2016) with the following enhancements:
eaUtils demonstrates how Sparx EA API makes it possible to implement additional features via a custom addin - extension. If you have any need related with the implementation of an addin for Enterprise Architect, please feel free to contact me via email (guillaume[at]umlchannel.com).
eaUtils 1.11 is available to download from eaUtils.com.
The first official release of eaUtils 1.10 addin for Sparx Enterprise Architect is available!
This free add-in provides a number of features to help in the daily use of Sparx Enterprise Architect. The current version includes features to sort elements from EA Project Browser, generate elements alias with reference values according to their order in a diagram, and generate a "breadcrumb trail navigation" on a diagram.
eaUtils demonstrates how Sparx EA API enables customisation or achieving new features via add-ins, scripts, MDG, and UML profiles.
If you have any need related to the implementation an add-in for Enterprise Architect, please feel free to contact me via email (guillaume[at]umlchannel.com).
16/12/2015 - version 1.10 (release 1511-7)
eaUtils 1.10 is available to download from eaUtils.com.
This is the second review of the newly released eaUtils addin for Sparx Enterprise Architect, following the breadcrumb trail feature review. The covered eaUtils feature aims at generating alias values on elements in a diagram, according to their position from top to bottom, or from left to right. eaUtils also provides an option to clear the alias from all package elements displayed in a diagram.
eaUtils help section examples have been re-used here.
Navigating between a large number of opened diagrams within a Sparx Enterprise Architect modelling project can be cumbersome. When a composite element such as an activity, use case, or BPMN2 subprocess is opened, going back to the initial diagram is not easily supported in Sparx EA. This issue is not only valid when one uses Sparx EA tool, but also when an HTML export is used via a web browser (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, IE).
A workaround involves creating a diagram hyperlink back to each associated or linking diagram; eaUtils addin provides a Breadcrumb Trail feature that automatically generates all possible hyperlinks within an active diagram.
In the example below, a BPMN2 process has been defined via a composite BPMN diagram:
This article illustrates the use of eaUtils Breadcrumb trail feature to generate a link back. Note: this feature makes even more sense when multiple hyperlinks are created, so the user doesn't have to look up for each linking diagrams.
I started several months ago a personal project with the aim to release a free to use addin for Sparx Enterprise Architect: eaUtils. This add-in is intended to gather features that have addressed a number of situations I came across over the past years in my daily use of Sparx EA.
Most eaUtils features come from scripts that were initially written in Enterprise Architect. Some of these scripts have been shared via articles published on this blog, and improved since in this add-in. eaUtils was launched with the aim to gather all scripts in a Sparx Enterprise Enterprise Architect add’in for maintenance, installation, and diffusion purposes.
eaUtils version 1.05 features (beta 3 - release 1511-5):
eaUtils Beta 3 is available to download from eaUtils.com.