eaUtils 1.19 is available to download with a new feature to manage the visible relations from your diagram. Based on the built-in Set Visible Relations in Enterprise Architect, it is an enhanced version to help with diagrams with several relations of different type and/or stereotype.
EA searches have also been added in eaUtils embedded MDG: search elements (e.g. classes, use cases, components, etc.) by GUID, Object ID, Stereotype, or Alias.
This article illustrates this feature with a UML class diagram and an Archimate view.
Manage Visible Relations
Example with a Data Model (UML class diagram)
The class diagram below is a data model with different types of relations: stereotyped dependencies, associations, a composition, and an agregation.
Using EA menu (Layout > Appearance > Set Visible Relationships with EA 15.2) or Ctrl + Shift + I keyboard shortcut opens the following popup:
Hiding all the "mapping" stereotyped dependencies is not straightforward as the stereotype is not shown. Furthermore there isn't any easy way to hide all dependencies in a single or few clicks.
Note: relations can also be hidden from the diagram by using the Delete key from a connector and select hide the connector (see below). As regards, EA Set Visible Relations is useful to undo this action by reviewing hidden connectors.
To use eaUtils, right click in the diagram and select [Diagram] Manage Visible Relations from eaUtils menu. Alternatively use the Alt + V keyboard shortcut.
Tree structure content:
- Root node: type and name of the diagram.
- Level 1: each connector type e.g. association, aggregation, dependency, etc.
- Level 2: each connector stereotype.
- Level 3: each connector with the current visibility (enabled: visible, disabled: hidden). The package and element name are given for the source and target element. When the Link to Element Feature is enabled on the connector, the attribute name is also available.
In the example below, the "Test" stereotyped associations and all dependencies have been disabled to hide them from the diagram.
Note: selecting a connector shows its details in the header (GUID + Direction).
Confirming with OK leads to the following result:
Example with an Archimate view (Enterprise Architecture model)
Below is a view from my Prolaborate Archimate demonstration involving business, application and technical elements.
Archimate uses stereotyped connectors as per Enterprise Architect built-in profile, hence running eaUtils Manage Visible Relations (Alt + V or via a right click on the diagram to show eaUtils menu) leads to the following.
Below is a selection of links to hide i.e. all assignment, serving, association connectors and one triggering link.
Search by GUID, Object ID, stereotype, or alias in Enterprise Architect
Having installed eaUtils, an embedded MDG is available. You can check it by opening the installed MDG Technologies (Specialize > Manage Tech in EA 15.2):
Open EA model search, you can use eaUtils search by GUID, Object ID, Stereotype or Alias:
The latest version of eaUtils addin is available from the following link : www.eautils.com/download.