News

  • Improved Quick Documents. When you create a document using Quick Document, eaDocX will now only look at the model structure for the package you select, not the whole model. This usually produces a simpler initial document, though you can still use the full meta-model by changing a Repository Setting.
     
    • "Quick Documents" are how most eaDocX users create their first document from a new model. It looks at which Element Types you have used, which stereotypes, and which connectors, and creates an eaDocX Profile which is customized to your model (or part of your model). This makes sure your document contains all the information which is in your model. You can then delete the bits which you don't think your readers will want to see, knowing that nothing has been missed.
       
  • Phone Home - this keeps you up-to-date with the latest releases and bug-fixes.
  • We keep adding new features to eaDocX, as people ask for them, so we like to keep you up-to-date with what's new.  We have also added an occasional 'tip-of-the-day' to share the latest news and tips & tricks, to help you get the most from eaDocX.
  • More Settings. The Options and Settings part of eaDocX has been totally re-designed, to give you clearer control of your documents, and allows for many more configurable options.Model Expert example output
     
    • Many of the features which users ask for mean we have to add new settings, so we need to make sure these are organized sensibly. 
       
  • Model Expert which helps you to understand the structure of your EA models.
  • This will help you understand which EA elements, sub-elements and connectors you have used in you model. The results may surprise you, and encourage you to tidy-up your model, and create some modeling standards.
  • Support for Word 2013 and Excel 2013. We're committed to keeping up with the latest office releases from Microsoft, and we've tested this release with Word 2013 and it looks great.
  • We're still working on Excel 2013, but it does work, but with Excel in a separate external window, not embedded inside EA. We're still working with Microsoft to figure out why embedded windows doesn't work.
  • Word Table styles. Design your own style for a table, using all the power of MS Word.
  • Previously available only as an 'all or nothing' option, this is now available for any element type & stereotype combination. So lists of Components can use one Word table style, and lists of Requirements a different one. Helps to make your documents more readable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

v3.3 - Customer Requests.

We asked our customers what they wanted in this release. They told us, and we delivered:

  • Suppress empty rows & columns in Matrix Reports. Makes it easier to print large, sparse matrices.
  • Matrix reports can use Word Table styles and more symbols to represent where a relationship exists for a cell

  • Heading Style Overrides. This allows you to use different Word paragraph styles for your headings. Previously, you were restricted to using the built-in 'Heading 1' etc Word defaults: now you can invent your own heading styles, and use those.  
     
  • Landscape Printing for tables which are really wide. Print them on their own Landscape page, then go back to normal 'portrait' orientation. This can be specified for any element type & stereotype combination.
     
  • Support for Heading level 7,8 and 9. If your models are very deeply nested, you may want to create documents which have heading levels down as far as 7,8 or even 9. eaDocX now lets you define headings down to this level.
     
  • 'Per repository' Settings. Most settings apply either to a single document, or to your whole eaDocX Application, but a few make most sense when applied to all the documents from a single repository. This makes it easier to produce different-looking documents from different EA repositories.
     
  • Print Tagged Values of Relationships. You can already print tagged values of elements, and we've extended that to tagged values of the relationships between elements.
     
  • Hide the Profile. The eaDocX Profile is now saved inside the Word document, and not in a Word field at the end of a document. This prevents accidental deletion of the Profile, which we know can be really annoying
     
  • Instance Classifiers. These are now treated just like any other type of relationship, so attributes of instance classifiers can be printed along with other attributes.
     
  • Fixed-value attributes. These can be used to add standard values to your documents, such as 'sign here:' in a particular cell of a table or 'These requirements are important'. You can even leave it blank, to add empty cells to a table, where readers could write comments.
     
  • Cross-references to Diagrams. If your description field contains a link to an EA Diagram (a standard EA feature) then eaDocX can now convert the EA reference into a hyperlink. So your description can now say e.g. 'See diagram for more details' 
     
  • Landscape diagrams. If you setup an EA diagram to print in landscape orientation, it will print on a separate landscape page in your document. Default is to pint as today, all on a Portrait page, so that existing document will print the same way.
     
  • Extend the information eaDocX saves about each document. If you use eaDocX Document Management to manage your documents, you can now create extra TaggedValues in EA, in the EA element which represents your document. These then become Word fields, which can be embedded in your document. Especially useful if you need to create a customized front page for your document.
     
  • Tagged values on Connectors and Sequence Diagram Messages are now supported, as is the compound numbering of Messages on Sequence Diagrams 
     
  • Copying of Element Reports and Relationship Matrix reports. Makes it much easier to create a set of reports which are variations on each other.
     
  • Supports documenting of InformationItems, when attached to InformationFlow connectors
  • New attributes available for StateFlow connectors in state diagrams
  • Element- and Matrix-reports no longer need to have a title. Just set the heading level to zero (as you would for a Package-based section) and the report title won't be printed as a heading.
  • Excel Workbooks can execute a named macro before eaDocX pulls-in charts and tables, so you could, for example, pull-in data from non-EA sources, or create summary worksheets.
  • Element reports now:
    • Can print their results on a Landscape page
    • Can have an exclusion as well as an inclusion rule
    • Can restrict EA Searches to sub-sections of a model
  • Custom Sorting has been extended to include sub-elements and relationship tables.
  • Creating new Profiles for stereotypes now start with the same formatting as the 'parent' element - saves time when creating small variations for stereotypes.
  • ...and many other smaller improvements...

Posted by: Ian on April 8th 2013