Autumn 2013 Newsletter

"The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there..."*

Can you remember life before eaDocX? 
  • you had to be able to programme in order to print out the EA content you needed?
  • your EA documents looked different to all the other documents in your organisation?
  • creating and updating them took so long you had to put extra time into the project schedule when you were asked for something new?
  • everyone had to have the same document because it was too hard to get different views of the same information?
It's hard to believe things were ever that difficult. We can't remember it, because in the last 2 years we've been working with you to transform the documents you create from EA, and changing how you use EA in your business.
As well as working one-on-one with individual clients, we've also developed loads of new features. So the things eaDocX can do have expanded so much, and the documents you can create are so much better, that life before really does feel like a foreign country.

As it's the start of a new School year here in the UK we decided that now is a good time to take stock. So welcome to our school report:

Product Highlights

Since Autumn 2012 we have continued to develop eaDocX to make it even better at producing the documents you need.
The changes we have made fall into 2 categories:

Our ideas (which all came from you really):
  • Improved Quick Documents - eaDocX can be set to either read your whole model or just a package to produce an initial document
  • Phone Home - keeping you up-to-date with the latest releases
  • Model Expert - reads your model and creates a diagram of your meta-model to help you spot errors and inconsistencies
  • Extra Settings and Options to give you more control of your documents
  • Improvements to Table formatting including Landscape printing and use of Word table styles
  • Execution of named macros in Excel worksheets for automated report generation from EA data
  • Support for Microsoft Word 2013 and Excel 2013

...and Your ideas:
  • Suppress empty rows and columns in Matrix Reports
  • Use Word Table styles and symbols in Matrix Reports
  • Heading Style over-rides and extra Heading level support
  • 'Per Repository' settings
  • Hidden profile (prevents accidental deletion)
  • Print realtionship TVs
  • Changes to printing of InstanceClassifiers
  • Ability to add fixed value attributes
  • Add cross references (with hyperlinks) to diagrams
  • Extended information saved about each document
  • Document using TVs on Connectors and Sequence Diagram messages
  • Document InformationItems
  • New Attributes available for StateFlow connectors
  • Copying of Element Reports and Relationship Matrix Reports
  • Refined Searches and  inclusion/exclusion rules for Element Reports
  • Customised scope for EA searches
  • Custom sorting for sub-elements and relationship tables
  • Simplified Stereotype formatting
  • and more...

Take a look at our Forum to see what people are talking about at the moment.

* quote from "The Go-Between" by LP Hartley