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The Ultimate Guide to upgrade to Sparx Enterprise Architect 15

Sparx Systems has recently released its latest version of Enterprise Architect 15. Sparx Systems have added various new features in this version.

Here is a guide with list of menus frequently used by EA practitioners. 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 the full comparison between Enterprise Architect version 13.5, 14 and 15

Enterprise
Architect Features

Version

Enterprise Architect 13.5

Enterprise Architect 14

Enterprise Architect 15

Start

Project
Browser

Start | Browser

Start | Browse | Project Browser

Start |  Design | Browser

Explore | Portals | Windows | Project Browser

Ctrl+1

Context
Browser

NA

Start | Browse | Context Browser

Start | Desktop | Design
| Browser | Context

Explore | Portals |
Windows | Explore | Context Browser

Diagram
Browser

NA

NA

Start | Desktop | Design | Browser | Diagram

Explore | Portals | Windows | Project Browser | Diagram

Element
Browser

NA

Start | Browse | Element Browser

Explore | Portals |
Windows |  Explore | 
Element Browser

Start | Desktop | Design
| Browser | Element

Preferences
/ Settings

Start | Preferences

Start | Preferences

Start | Preferences | Preferences

Ctrl+F9

Menu
Customize

Start | Preferences | Customize

Start | Visual Style | Customize

Start | Preferences | Other Options

Summary

Start | Summary

Start | Properties | Summary

Start | Design | Common | Summary

Resources
(Alt +6)

Start | Resources

Start | Browse | Resources

Start | Share | Publish | Resources

Notes
(Ctrl + Shift + 1)

Start | Notes

Start | Properties | Notes

Start | Design | Common | Notes

Tagged
Values (Ctrl + Shift + 6)

Start | Tagged Values

Start | Properties | Tagged Values

Design | Element | Editors |
Properties | Tags

Start | Design | Common | Properties ( Tags Tab )

Element
Browser (Alt + 9)

Start | Element Browser

Start | Browse | Element Browser

Explore | Portals | Windows
|  Explore | 
Element
Browser

Start | Design | Browser |
Element

Relationships
(Ctrl + Shift + 2)

Start | Relationships

Start | Trace | Relationships

Start | Design | Details | Properties

Element
Properties (Alt + 1)

Start | Properties

Start | Properties

Start | Design | Common | Properties
( Element Tab )

Find
in Project (Ctrl + f)

Start | Search | Search In Model

Start | Search |Model

Start | Search |Model

Workspace

Start | Perspectives

Start | Workspace

Start | Workspace

Visual
Style

Start | Visual Style

Start | Visual Style

Start | Visual Style

Perspective

Start | Perspectives

Start | Perspective

Start | Portals | Perspective

Design

Traceability
(Ctrl + Shift + 4)

Design | Traceability

Design | Trace | Traceability

Design | Trace | Traceability

Relationship
Matrix

Design | Matrix

Design | Trace | Relationship Matrix

Design | Matrix | Relationship Matrix

Gap
Analysis Matrix

Design | Gap Analysis

Design | Trace | Gap Analysis Matrix

Design | Gap Analysis | Gap Analysis Matrix

Toolbox

Design | Toolbox

Design | Toolbox

Design  | Diagram | Toolbox

Change
Diagram Type

Design | Diagram | Manage | Change Type

Design | Diagram | Edit | Change Type

Design | Diagram | Manage | Change Type

Specification
View

Design | Specification View

Design | Specification

Design | Specify

List
View

Design | List View

Design | List

Design | List
View

Gantt
View

Design | Gantt View

Design | Gantt

Design | Gantt

Change
Element Type

Design | Element | Manage | Change Type

Design | Element | Edit | Change Type

Design | Element | Manage | Change Type

Layout

Diagram
Layout

Layout | Diagram Layout

Layout | Diagram Layout

Layout | Diagram Layout

Pan
and Zoom

Layout | Pan and Zoom

Layout | Pan and Zoom

Layout | Pan and Zoom

Diagram
Filter

Layout | Diagram Filters

Layout | Diagram Filters

Layout | Diagram Filters

Publish

Glossary

Publish | Glossary

Publish | Glossary

Publish | Glossary

Import
MDG Technology

Publish | Technology | Publish | Import MDG Technology

Specialize | Technologies | Publish | Import MDG Technology

Specialize | Technologies | Publish-Tech
| Import MDG Technology

Generate
MDG Technology

Publish | Technology | Publish | Generate MDG
Technology

Specialize | Technologies | Publish | Generate MDG
Technology

Specialize | Technologies | Publish-Tech | Generate MDG Technology

Configure

Project
Options

Configure | Options

Configure | Options

Configure | Options

UML
Types (Stereotypes / Tagged Values / Cardinality Values)

Configure | UML Types

Configure | UML Types

Configure | UML Types

Project
Types

Configure | Project Types

Configure | Project Types

Configure |
Model Types

Database
Datatypes

Configure | Settings | Database Datatypes

Configure | Settings | Database Datatypes

Configure | Settings | Database Datatypes

Namespace
Roots

Configure | Settings | Namespace Roots

Configure | Settings | Namespace Roots

Configure | Settings | Namespace Roots

Preprocessor
Macros

Configure | Settings | Preprocessor Macros

Configure | Settings | Preprocessor Macros

Configure | Settings | Preprocessor Macros

Manage
Technology

Configure | Technology | Manage

Specialize | Technologies | Manage

Specialize | Technologies | Manage-Tech

Manage
Security

Configure | Security | Manage

Configure | Administer

Configure | Administer

Project
Transfer

Configure | Transfer | Project Transfer

Configure | Transfer | Project Transfer

Configure | Transfer | Project Transfer

Export
Reference Data

Configure | Transfer | Export Reference Data

Configure | Transfer | Export Reference Data

Configure | Transfer | Export Reference Data

Import
Reference Data

Configure | Transfer | Import Reference Data

Configure | Transfer | Import Reference Data

Configure | Transfer | Import Reference Data

Enable
Audit

Configure | Audit

Configure | Auditing

Configure | Auditing

Project
Integrity

Configure | Check Integrity | Project Integrity

Configure | Integrity Check | Project Integrity

Configure | Integrity
| Project Integrity

Reset
ID

Configure | Check Integrity | Reset IDs

Configure | Integrity Check | Reset IDs

Configure | Integrity|
Reset IDs

Repair
.EAP file

Configure | Check Integrity | Manage .EAP file |
Repair .EAP file

Configure | Integrity Check | Manage .EAPX/.EAP file
| Repair .EAPX/.EAP file

Configure | Integrity|
Manage .EAPX/.EAP file | Repair .EAPX/.EAP file

Compact
.EAP file

Configure | Check Integrity | Manage .EAP file | Compact .EAP file

Configure | Integrity Check | Manage .EAPX/.EAP file | Compact
.EAPX/.EAP file

Configure | Integrity|
Manage .EAPX/.EAP file | Compact .EAPX/.EAP file

Update
.EAP file Indexes

Configure | Check Integrity | Manage .EAP file |
Update .EAP file Indexes

Configure | Integrity Check | Manage .EAPX/.EAP file
| Update .EAPX/.EAP file Indexes

Configure | Integrity|
Manage .EAPX/.EAP file | Update .EAPX/.EAP file Indexes

Construct

Discussion

Construct | Discussion

Start | Discussions

Start | Discussions

Team
Review

Construct | Team Review

Start | Reviews

Start | Reviews

Resource
Allocation

Construct | Resources Allocation

Construct | Resources

Construct | Resources

Code  ( Develop EA 15 )

Code
Templates

Code | Configure | Code Template Editor

Code | Options | Edit Code Templates

Develop |
Options | Edit Code Templates

Code
Engineering Datatypes

Code | Configure | Code Engineering Datatypes

Or

Configure | Settings | Code Engineering Datatypes

Code | Options | Configure Code Engineering Datatypes

Or

Configure | Settings | Database Datatypes

Develop | Options | Configure
Code Engineering Datatypes

Import
Source Code

Code | Import Code

Or

Package Context Menu | Code Engineering | Import
Source Directory

Code | File | Import Directory

Develop |
Files | Import Source Directory

Scripting

Code | Scripting

Specialize | Scripting

Specialize | Scripting

Extend (Specialize EA 15 )

Manage
Add-ins

Extend | Manage Add-Ins

Specialize | Add-Ins | Manage

Specialize | Add-Ins | Manage

PCS
Integrations

NA

Specialize | Tools |integrations
|Open External Data

Specialize | Tools |
Systems integrations |Open External Data

Others

Linked
Document

Element Context Menu | Linked Document

Start | Properties | Linked Document

Start | Design
| Document

Export
XMI

Package Context Menu | Import/Export | Export package to XMI file

Publish | Export XMI

Publish | Export-XMI

Import
XMI

Package Context Menu | Import/Export | Import
package from XMI file

Publish | Import XMI

Publish | Import-XMI

Apply
Auto Naming to Elements

Package Context Menu | Advanced | Apply Auto Naming to Elements

Design | Edit | Advanced | Apply Auto Naming

Design | Manage | Auto Naming

Turn
on Level Numbering

Package Context Menu | Advanced | Turn on Level
Numbering

Design | Edit | Advanced | Toggle Level Numbering

Design | Manage
| Level Numbering

Package
Baseline – New

Package Context Menu |  Package
Control | Package Baseline

Design | Edit | Manage Baselines | Manage Baselines

Design | Manage | Manage
Baselines

Package
Control

Package Context Menu | Package Control | Configure

Or

Publish | Package Control | Configure

Publish | Package Control | Configure

Publish | Package Control | Package Configure

Generate
Source Code

Package Context Menu | Code Engineering | Generate Source Code

Code | Generate

Develop | Source Code |
Generate

Project
Browser Search

Project Browser | Drop Down | Find in Project

Project Browser | Drop Down | Find in Project

Project Browser | Drop Down | Find in Browser

Document
Generation

Package Context Menu | Documentation | Generate Documentation

Project Browser Drop Down | Documentation | Generate Documentation (RTF/PDF/DOCX)

Publish | Report Builder |
Generate Documentation

Project Browser Drop Down | Documentation | Generate Documentation
(RTF/PDF/DOCX)
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Diagram
Properties Dock

NA

Start | Properties

Start | Design | Properties

Context
Browser (Alt + 0)

NA

Start | Browse | Context Browser

Start | Desktop |
Design | Browser | Context
<![if !supportLineBreakNewLine]>
<![endif]>

Explore | Portals |
Windows | Explore | Context Browser

Inline
Specification

NA

Design |  View
As | Toggle Inline Specification View

Design |  View
As | Inline Specification View

Commonly Used Ribbon Updates in Enterprise Architect 15

In Enterprise Architect 15 Sparx introduces Window Quick Access Panels to select and open a window handy.

Design : Contains lists of windows for browsing the structure and content of the model ( Alt + 1)

Share :  Contains lists of windows for creating and reviewing records on the model ( Alt + 2 )

Run : Contains lists of windows for performing execution analysis, profiling, simulation, scripting and debugging ( Alt + 3 )

Workspaces ( Alt + 4 )

Element Tools ( Alt + 5 )

 

Code tab was replaced with new Tab Develop
Contains controls of programming and database languages, reverse engineer, forward engineer and synchronize code and models etc.

We highly appreciate your comments. Also comment if we missed to add any frequently used options.
For more details or customization please contact info@sparxsystems.in

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