The Bellekens EA Toolpack combines EA-Matic, EA Navigator and ECDM Message Composer

The three free and open source add-ins for Enterprise Architect : EA Navigator, EA-Matic and ECDM Message Composer have been combined in a convenient package called Bellekens EA Toolpack.

Bellekens EA Toolpack

Downloading any of the add-ins from the site now gets you an installer for the Bellekens EA Toolpack. With this installer you can install all three add-ins, or only the ones you require.

Bellekens EA Toolpack installer

The main reason for this change is the shared EA Addin Framework. Because all three add-ins use the same framework, there was a risk at version conflicts when two add-ins were installed on the same machine because each add-in installed its own version of the framework. With the new installer the framework gets installed only once thus avoiding any possible version conflicts which are known as the DLL Hell.

An added benefit of the Bellekens EA Toolpack is the fact that is now installs the applications for all users on the machine, making it easier to distribute in a corporate organisation.

Because the Bellekens EA Toolpack is a different application from Windows point of view you’ll have to uninstall any versions of EA Navigator, EA-Matic or ECDM Message Composer you might have installed previously. Uninstalling is the easiest from the add/remove programs feature in the control panel.

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Free EA tool EnAr Spy v 1.2.1 released

LieberLieber has released version 1.2.1 of their free EnAr Spy tool for Enterprise Architect Add-in developers about which I blogged before.

Not only have they improved some of the existing features and added some more, but they have now bundled the setup with some other free tools:

  • eaLauncher
    A tool to enabled/disabled EA add-ins when starting up EA
  • eaCommand
    A tool to document software projects using EA.

New: Navigate to operations Implementation with EA Navigator 1.2

Attention! A more recent version of the EA Navigator is currently available.
See EA Navigator Downloads

A new feature has been added to the EA Navigator to navigate from an Operation to the Behavior set as its Method.
In my previous post UML Best Practice: One Operation = One Sequence diagram I explained how to set a behavior as the implementation of an operation in Enterprise Architect.

This feature is also available from Message context menu

Selecting the Implementation option will find the Behavior (Interaction, Activity or StateMachine) element that has been set as the Behavior of the operation

and select that element in the project browser.

It will also open all diagrams owned by this Behavior element.

Downloads

More Information

More information about the EA Navigator add-in for Enterprise Architect can be found here:

New: Navigate to calling actions with EA Navigator 1.2

Attention! A more recent version of the EA Navigator is currently available.
See EA Navigator Downloads

A new feature has been added to the EA Navigator to navigate from an Operation to all the CallOperationActions that call this operation.

The Calling Actions menu option will show all CallOperationActions that call the selected operation

Downloads

More Information

More information about the EA Navigator add-in for Enterprise Architect can be found here:

EnArSpy: inspection tool for Enterprise Architect Add-in Developers

Our friends at LieberLieber have released EnAr Spy a free tool for Enterprise Architect Add-in developers.

I already had the chance to try out this tool for a couple of weeks before it was released, and I must say, its a great help when developing add-ins.

What I like most about it is the fact that you can inspect any object directly from EA without having to into your IDE. Simply right-click and choose Element Details, and you get a window with ALL properties of the object you have selected, also the ones that are not exposed in the GUI of EA.

Read more about it on the LieberLieber blog