Sparx Systems are pleased to announce the release of Enterprise Architect 14.1, a major upgrade that redefines the modeling experience and introduces many exciting new tools and capabilities. 

  • A suite of over 1,000 custom built model patterns across multiple technologies will help kick start your new project.
  • New Perspectives capability that helps you focus on individual modeling tasks.
  • New and flexible meta-model based rules engine, including model validation. 
  • Changes to many properties and configuration windows to enable context driven docked tools.
  • Docked properties windows for Diagrams, Relationships, Responsibilities, Construction, Attributes, and many more.
  • New Context Browser lets you focus on a single branch of the repository. 
  • Improved and extended support for Collaborative Modeling with enhanced Reviews, Discussion.
  • Significantly reworked, simplified and trimmed context menus.
  • Other commands are now accessible from the Ribbon.
  • New Diagram based "split view" enables an inline, editable document view of a diagram's elements.
  • A suite of integrations with various industry standard tools such as Jira, Service Now, TFS - via Pro Cloud Server.
  • New and improved Simulation capabilities with major updates to the BPSim, Modelica and Executable State Machine tool.
  • All new and very deep support for the Decision Modeling Notation (DMN) language.
  • Model Simulation based on DMN is also supported with tools to configure and step through executing rule sets.
  • Code generation is also possible for various languages.
  • Integrated BPSim and DMN simulation is also supported, providing a dynamically executing and exploring of behavioral models.
  • Roadmap diagrams and patterns for various domains and scenarios.
  • Desktop edition of Enterprise Architect has been retired, making the Professional Edition the new entry level edition.
  • New Unified Edition integrates and replaces Business and Systems Editions
  • New Team Library replaces the Team Forum and includes enhanced capabilities and the ability to store and retrieve binary files.
  • New and enhanced SysML 1.5 updates, UML 2.5 updates, DMN 1.1, NIEM 4, CMMN, IFML and more.
  • Huge improvements to the Systems Engineering/ SysML capabilities.
  • Totally reworked and expanded Portals window.
  • New Construction Diagram that automatically displays Requirements, Constraints, Tests, Changes, Defects, Resource Allocations, Decisions and more.

A powerful yet simple mechanism for capturing and managing Element discussions in a team based environment.

This feature is an extension to normal Element Discussions by providing a structured process around creating, reviewing and actioning those conversations.

  • New 'Review' Toolbox, Element and Diagram type
  • Discussion Window renamed to 'Reviews & Discussions' with a new tab 'Reviews'. This window will be the focal point for creating, managing and reviewing Formal Reviews
  • New tab 'Reviews added to the Docked 'Discussion' for creating Formal Review topics and discussing them
  • Priority status added to Review and Normal Discussion topics
  • User Avatars can now be assigned. These are displayed in model chat, discussion and review windows

A new way to navigate a model using Diagrams.

  • Erstellt Hyperlinks mit einem Bild und einer Beschriftung.
  • Erleichtert die Navigation in einem Modell – einheitlich für alle EA-Produktvarianten (Desktop-Applikation oder WebEA) und alle Geräte (mobil oder Desktop).
  • Erstellen einer Navigationccelle durch Ziehen eines Diagramms aus dem Projekt-Browsers auf ein anderes Diagramm.
  • Die erzeugten Navigationssymbole werden in älteren EA-versionen als einfache Hyperlinks angezeigt.
  • Das Beispielmodell wurde aktualisiert um den Einsatz von Navigationszellen demonstrieren.
  • Clone Element as New Version attempts to resolve the cloned element into a matching Package structure.
  • Context menu option added to easily upgrade a linked Diagram Object to a new version of a cloned Element
  • Clone Structure as New Version clones the Package objects current state including Tagged Values, Linked Document and more
  • Clone Element as New Version maintains reference classifier IDs
  • Clone Structure as New Version adheres to the current security permission settings
  • Clone Structure as New Version creates a Trace Connector between packages to provide version history
  • Time aware modeling - Clone Element as New Version, clones Element hierarchy

Model Exchange File Format import and export now available

  • Traceability window now displays customized labels for ArchiMate 3.0 relationships
  • Other MDG Technologies can use this extension by adding _MeaningForwards and _MeaningBackwards properties to the metatype for their stereotypes
  • Corrected read of addins when default value exists for HKEY_CURRENT_USER
  • Java API updated
  • MariaDB ODBC driver now supported
  • Document generation now provides new report constant: ReportFilenameShort
  • Package Browser and Gantt View context menu option added for opening the selected Package as a list or Gantt view
  • DB Explorer window now supports reload using tab context menu
  • XMI export performance improved for models with test points defined
  • Saving of cached images and documents for WebEA improved
  • New project option added to set the minimum build number required to access a project

With the modeling strength and flexibility of UML 2.5, combined with a rich toolset, Enterprise Architect 13 Beta is a model driven team-based lifecycle platform like no other.
The release of Enterprise Architect 13 includes hundreds of new enhancements and technologies for coding, database development, reporting, simulation and much more.

Enterprise Architect 13 Release Highlights:


The release of Enterprise Architect 13 includes hundreds of new enhancements and technologies for distributed agile modeling and design, cloud-based project management and integrated simulation, software and database engineering.



Everything you need to get running each day:

  • Common Views
  • Mail and Calendar
  • Access your work
  • Active Searches
  • Environment and UI setup

Building your model:

  • New Elements and Packages
  • New Diagrams
  • Matrices Tables and Scenarios
  • Database and Schema building
  • Baselines and Transforms

Controls for the look and feel of your diagrams:

  • Save and edit
  • Look and Feel
  • Fonts and Colors
  • Element alignment and locking
  • Diagram Filters

Getting information out of your model:

  • Generate RTF and Web documentation
  • Saving images and printing
  • Export in CSV and XMI
  • Version Control and Reusable Assets Server
  • Generate Patterns and Technologies
  • Technology specific generation

Configuration of the model and environment:

  • Manage Technologies
  • Setup Users and Groups
  • Version Control
  • Model transfer and integrity
  • Project options and reference data
  • Project and UML Types
  • External Tools

Tools to help you get the job done:

  • Discussions and Reviews
  • QA and Testing
  • Kanban Creation, Patterns and Locations
  • Task and Resources Search and Graphs
  • Changes, Defects, Issues, Tasks, Events, Decision, Searches and Graphs
  • Testing Windows, Searches, Reports

Everything you need for all types of Coding:

  • Scripts
  • Database building
  • Import / Export WSDL, XSD
  • Code Editors, Imports and Configuration
  • Generation
  • Build, Run, Test, Analyze, Deploy
  • Add-ons and Integrations

Bring your models to life with Simulation:

  • Windows and Layouts
  • Simulation Searches
  • Build and run compiled Simulations
  • BPSim and OpenModelica
  • Simulation controls to start, stop, step, etc.

Code Execution:

  • Analyzer Scripts
  • Search and open files
  • Access to the Debugger, Profile, Recorder and Testing windows
  • Other execution windows
  • Build and Run quick buttons

Extend and specialize the capabilities of Enterprise Architect:

  • Enable and access Add-in technology.
  • Configure and manage how Add-Ins work.
  • Display a convenient list of available Add-Ins.
  • Access Help and Example models for each Add-in.

Tools to create and edit model elements with Ease:

  • The Specify Ribbon becomes available when you access the Specification Manager.
  • Manage baselines and auditing.
  • Manage change within your Specification Package.
  • Edit notes and text selections.
  • Publish as Joomla, HTML or generate documentation.
  • Access the Relationship Matrix and Traceability Window.
  • Access discussions.
  • Edit element properties.

Rich and powerful document editing capabilities:

  • The Document Edit Ribbon becomes available upon opening an editable document.
  • Edit linked and imported documents with ease.
  • Import the contents of existing documents.
  • Manage tables, paragraphs, text alignment, spelling and fonts.
  • Create a Project glossary entry and adjust page zoom.

Stunning charts and instant predefined searches


  • Search for Active Tasks – Tasks that are being worked on right now.
  • Tasks ending Today.
  • Tasks that are to start Today.
  • Tasks that have reached overdue status.
  • You can also create charts of active and overdue tasks.
  • Searches and charts can also be created on recently completed and all completed tasks.
  • Track resource and role activity over the past 30 days.
  • New searches to see brief and full search reports on Tasks.
  • New one click charts for resource and task summaries make it easy to build up a working dashboard for project management.

 Everything you need to manage change elements inside Enterprise Architect. Show the Changes windows, quickly see verified changes, new changes and incomplete changes. Searches and charts for recently requested changes and recently completed changes also available.

 Show the defects window, search for verified defects, new defects and unresolved defects. Search and chart recently reported defects and recently resolved defects.

Show the issues window, search for verified issues, new issues and unresolved issues. Search and chart new issues and unresolved issues.

Show the tasks window, search for verified tasks, new tasks and incomplete tasks. Search and chart new tasks and incomplete tasks.

Show the events window, searches for high priority and open events. Search and chart recently reported events and recently completed events.

Show the decisions window, search on verified decisions, new decisions and decisions with no effective date. Search and chart on recently created decisions, and recently effective decisions.

Search for tests on recently modified elements, recent test results, tests that have recently passed and failed and recently differed tests.
Create pie and bar charts on recent test results. Chart test results from the last week, 30 days or as a summary. Quickly find Tests that have not been run or checked

The Document view allows you to open and edit Linked Documents in line with the diagram view. Rapidly switch between linked documents by single clicking elements in the project browser, diagrams or search results.

The Document view also gives you access, through a handy draw down menu, to edit and reload the document, as well as setting the default zoom. Two new searches have been added giving quick access to all elements in the model with linked documents - or just the ones that have been modified recently.

Quickly highlight diagram elements


Element Tagged Value Filters can highlight diagram elements based on their corresponding Tagged Value. Enterprise Architect can now display an element that exceeds a budget or can isolate requirements that are associated with government legislation or company policy.

It is also possible display elements based on a greater than or less than range. Tagged Value Filters can impact how a diagram is interpreted by key stakeholders.

Creating Filters under a specific group makes it easier to sort, arrange and manage. You can toggle multiple filters or simultaneously enable an entire group of filters.

This allows the display of diagrams to be dictated by intricate logic including unions and mutual exclusivity.

Robust tools for current and future state modeling


Enterprise Architect 13 allows you to easily compare 'As-Is' and 'To-Be' models, being able to analyze a diagram to see exactly what changes occur at every iteration. Simply select the package or diagram you would like to change and use the Context Menu to 'Clone Structure as New Version'

Now you can make changes to subsequent versions without altering the underlying structure of the 'As-Is' diagram. This Cloning approach provides substantial benefits and allows you to take a snapshot in time of model development.

When you clone an individual Element, Enterprise Architect automatically prompts you to enter a value for the new version number.

This gives you greater control over the evolution and traceability of your overall model.

Represent Past, Present and Future without having to re-build the underlying structure for each repesentation.

Use the Insert Related Elements feature to automatically create a Traceability diagram that outlines each stage of the elements evolution.

Time Aware Models can use Diagram Filtering to highlight elements used in Past, Present and Future versions. This allows you to quickly determine which elements have been modified in each version.

Powerful agile tools for team and project management


Kanban diagrams have been enhanced to allow you to visualize the current team resources allocations to the Kanban element, seeing what resource has been assigned, and how close to completion it is.

Kanban drawing style can be used showing Type, Status, Version, Priority, Bold name, Stereotype, Phase, Author, Truncate name and Icon.

Traditional features like Lanes and Sublanes are also present, with a host of styling options available for color and font.

Default Kanbans can be set at the individual level or project level in a shared model. Meaning you can use the 'My Kanban' to track your work and the 'Project Kanban' option to work with the team.

New built in searches to find all Kanbans in a model help you stay in control of your agile sprints. These menu items are available from the Construct Ribbon.

Enterprise Architect 13 includes a new Kanban toolbox and a collection of elements commonly used for Kanban diagrams.

The elements are existing Enterprise Architect elements and include Change, Defect, Feature and User Story types.

Three new diagram types for Kanban have been added for Enterprise Architect 13 to support the existing “Standard type”. These include Backlog, Iteration and Complete.

These three can be used in conjunction to form powerful Kanban workflows, allowing you to move your Kanban elements between each easily.

Didn't get a task complete in the current Iteration? Then move it to the Backlog Kanban for processing next time.

Simulate and graph SysML parametric models


OpenModelica can interpret complex mathematical results from your SysML model by producing compelling graphs that contain rich detail. The example image graphs a bouncing ball modeled in a SysML model and produces an OpenModelica plot of the height over time.

This graph can then be used to interpret a range of factors from gravity, height, object mass and other integral system components that may not be apparent from the underlying SysML model. Bring the power of mathematical analysis into the heart of Enterprise Architect.

There is no need to leave Enterprise Architect to produce revealing mathematical graphs from your SysML model. Annotate your existing SysML model, specify default values, define test models and specify the parameters that are applicable when the simulation is run.

Produce rich detail simulations and precise graphical representations of mathematical formulae without leaving Enterprise Architect.

Generate OpenModelica code from your SysML blocks and constraint blocks. Generated code has the linkages between blocks. Code generation is customizable via the code templates.

Manage the Future - Take Control, Stay Focused


This is the default for all new installations:

  • Themed command search function, optimized for use with ribbons.
  • Includes options for changing base and highlight colors used.

New MDG for Archetype Modeling Language (AML):

  • Implements the OMG AML beta 1 Specification.
  • Defines a standard means for modeling Archetype Models (AMs)
  • Allows creation of Clinical Information Modeling Initiative (CIMI) artifacts.

New MDG for Archetype Modeling Language (AML):

  • Implements the OMG AML beta 1 Specification.
  • Defines a standard means for modeling Archetype Models (AMs)
  • Allows creation of Clinical Information Modeling Initiative (CIMI) artifacts.

C# 6 enhanced support:

  • Property intialiser and member functions using expression round tripped.
  • Parser updated to support conditional access operators and string interpolation.
  • C# state machine generation style now controlled by C# specific option.

Added: Java 8 support, C++11 support, PHP 5.6 support, ADA 2012 support:

  • ADA code synchronization enhanced.
  • Object oriented bitfields now roundtripped.

Updated: C parser, VB.Net parser, XSD generation, WSDL import, Code Editor C++ parsing:

  • PHP Syntax highlighting on dark theme improved.
  • Code Template Editor functionality improved.

Enterprise Architect 13 now allows you to place custom progress bars on any element that supports rectangle notation and suppressed shape scripts.

Defined using the Tagged Values, users can create and name their own compartments, show the value of the status bar and other custom text next to the bar graphic, supply a min and max value for the bar (default 0 - 100).

Configurable for teams, receive/send task specific messages via the repository.

  • Rapid team communication.
  • Hyperlink to model elements.
  • Increased team awareness of current information.
  • Includes notification if Model Chat window is closed.

Hybrid scripting is provided to extend the capabilities of the standard scripting environment to high level languages such as Java and C#.

 Hybrid scripting provides a speed advantage over conventional scripting, and also allows authors to leverage existing skills in popular programming languages.

Flexibility and Clarity:

  • Default zoom saved from Diagram properties or ribbons.
  • Increase flexibility to move and copy elements to diagrams.
  • Greater Info View rendering display options.
  • More responsive User font preferences.
  • Flexible line thickness on sequence diagrams.

Publishing Flexibility:

  • Publish a Package and contents directly to a Joomla database.
  • Connect directly to the Joomla database via ODBC.
  • Writes pages and menu to navigate the model.

Publishing Flexibility:

  • Publish a Package and contents directly to a Joomla database.
  • Connect directly to the Joomla database via ODBC.
  • Writes pages and menu to navigate the model.

Rapid diagramming and UI advancements:

  • BPMN Pool and Lane drop from toolbox improved.
  • Behavior improved when using undo/redo on a diagram with a flow direction set.
  • Adjust positions of other objects when resizing using the corner handle.
  • Example model updated.

Harmonized and Flexible Connectivity:

  • Augmentation Point generation improved.
  • For Reference schemas Augmentation Points now generated for all Augmentable Types.
  • For all other schema types Augmentation Points only generated when modeled.
  • Generation of references from AssociationType elements to PropertyHolder types now generates referenced properties.

  • SysML Parametric diagram rendering improved.
  • Paste As dialog behavior for SysML blocks improved.

Refined Handling and Detail:

  • Enhanced reporting of relationships.
  • Communicate in extensive detail with new reporting fields, covering roles and associations.
  • Greater adaptability and handling of granular diagram detail.

Advanced Capabilities for Import and Export:

  • Ecore generation now links to the correct URI for string types.
  • Improved handling of XMI round-trip mapping of the NIEM profile

Optimized Manipulation of Elements, Diagrams and Model Artifacts:

  • New Properties and Methods providing advanced access to element data and model design
  • Enhancements to the broadcasts EA_OnPreNewElement and EA_GetRibbonCategory .
  • Finding a View node now supported by Repository.FindObject.

Improved Responsiveness and Integration:

  • Opening of repositories now detects and informs the user of security, driver and access issues.
  • Reference Data Import Improvements.
  • Swimlanes, Matrix and Kanban diagram profiles can now be applied on PostgreSQL repositories.

Optimized Data-Handling:

  • Maximum length of SQL update statements increased when connecting to cloud server supporting Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6).
  • Performance of large requests such as saving linked documents improved.

Does not need to be between elements:

  • Can be from an element to a connector or connector to connector.
  • Requirements that link to a connector could indicate why the connector is present.

Xpath expression support added:

  • Specify expressions without extensions in generated BPSim.
  • Toggle between Xpath and Java expressions in Simulation properties.
  • Multiple expressions supported on a single task.

New drop down menu for the Project Browser "Model Overview" to access:

  • Open Project, New model from Pattern.
  • New Package, Diagram and Element.
  • Find in Project Browser.
  • Code and Documentation Generation

New enhancements to ensure accurate requirements gathering and general system traceability:
Quickly identify gaps in your models traceability with the addition of relationship matrix column and row highlighting for elements without a relationship.

Archimate 3.0 is an Enterprise Architecture framework, increasingly adopted by organizations globally:

  • Improvements to connect strategic planning with tactics and existing capabilities
  • New elements within Strategy, Application. Technology and Implementation layers; improved connections between layers
  • New Physical Layer to represent physical assets

Watch introductory video webinar recordings, read the step-by-step instructional guides, easily search the online Enterprise Architect User Guide.

Roadmap Diagrams

Expand your enterprise planning and portfolio management with the help of the new roadmap diagrams.

  • Visualize changes over time such as release cycles, state changes and project life cycles
  • Combine roadmaps with the new 'Legend Auto Color' capability to add a further dimension to the roadmaps
  • Segment fill and line colors illustrate the progress of a single element through multiple states on the one visual timeline

A typical example is the visualization of a software products' support lifecycle from release through the end of mainstream support, to the end of product life.


Enterprise Architect's Kanban diagrams have been improved with the addition of sublanes.

  • Use Sublanes to assist with grouping within each classification
  • Split long columns into sublanes for greater readability

Sublanes are easily edited using the 'Swimlanes, Matrix and Kanban' dialog via the right click context menu on the Kanban lane. Using the same context menu you can easily copy sublanes from one lane to another.


You now have greater control over the display of the time scale, with the ability to increase the Enterprise Architect Gantt View time-scale from days to years or decades.

  • Visualize projects that run over extended periods of time
  • Easily modify the time scale by holding Ctrl and scrolling with the middle mouse button

The result of these changes is a more refined approach to project management that better caters for long term projects spanning many years.

Auto Coloring with Diagram Legends

Diagram Legends in Enterprise Architect 12.1 have had a major update, now offering a convenient method to convey model information using the automatic application of visual cues and colors. Use the configuration dialog to:

  • Apply a legend to specific element type
  • Check element properties such as phase for a specific value or a range of values
  • Specify which visual properties will be altered based on matching values including fill color, line color and line width

Easily scan a diagram and immediately identify any high priority elements or highlight connectors of a specific type, tagged value or other properties. Diagram Legends makes it easier than ever to visualize model information, allowing you to rapidly scan diagrams to find what you need.

  • Apply a legend to any specific element or connector type for more flexibility in how diagrams are presented
  • Differentiate between elements and connectors by setting fill color, line color and line thickness

Diagram Legends can now match ranges when setting colors, for example anything in phase 1..3 can be set to blue, 4..7 can be set to amber and 8..10 can be set to red. 

Info View

Enterprise Architect 12.1 model elements now include an Info View, a new and innovative way to quickly expose element information on any diagram. At a glance you can instantly check the status or author details, without resorting to opening the properties every time. Simply use the context menu to enable the Info View. You can optionally add other fields including Type, Stereotype, Phase, Status, Author and Version.

Virtualized Connector Ends

Enterprise Architect now allows you to virtualize elements on a diagram. This allows you to show a connected element multiple times on the one diagram, providing a simpler layout when an element participates in many relationships.

Wireframing for Windows Phone

With version 12.1, Enterprise Architect gives you the ability to model and design wireframes specifically tailored for Windows Phone. The toolbox provides a base illustration screen type that can be dropped onto a diagram, then various controls for text, images, buttons, hyperlinks, tiles and other controls can be added to build your mockups.

The properties dialog for each component gives you access to customization options including sizing, text, color, images and much more. Some of these properties will change the look and feel of the elements.

Link the wireframes in with other elements like requirements and use cases to build up your complete Windows Phone experience at design time.
Other Diagramming Enhancements

Enterprise Architect 12.1 has undergone a number of significant enhancements to diagramming, helping to improve performance, modeling productivity and the overall appearance of diagrams.

Some highlights include the ability to:

  • Apply a tiled background image to the current diagram only
  • Improved Metafile rendering

Enterprise Architect now supports and implements the NIEM 3 UML profile based on the OMG NIEM-UML 1.1 Specification.

Model Package Descriptions (MPDs) are now defined instances of predefined classes and the relationships between them:

  • Provides a much more flexible approach to define common properties between multiple MPDs
  • An MPD is defined starting from an instance of the ModelPackageDescription class
  • Properties of the MPD are specified by any combination of connected objects and child objects
  • Model Wizard includes package containing standard MPD classes
  • Model Wizard includes template MPD description to use as a base for your own definitions

Model Framework Patterns Updated:

  • NIEM 3.1 Framework model now available
  • NIEM 3.0 Framework model now uses NIEM 3 UML Profile
  • NIEM 3.0 and 2.1 Framework models updated to improve Schema Composer usage

Generation of both NIEM 2 and NIEM 3 schemas improved:

  • Generated schema will now match the targetted version conventions and imports
  • Many fixes and improvements applied to both versions

NIEM schema import added:

  • Imports a NIEM XML schema with dependencies using conventions for NIEM Platform Independent Model
  • Schema Composer updated to copy subsets relationships between attributes of Property Holders to the subset model

The capabilities of the Schema Composer have been extended, providing further automation and improving support for open standards such and CIM, NIEM and UN/CEFACT.

Schema composer profiles

  • CIM Schemas can now be reverse-engineered to create Schema Composer profiles
  • When loading classes into the Schema Composer from Message Assemblies or from Class Diagrams, all classes referenced through inheritance and associations are also loaded, ensuring the inclusion of all classes required for generation of valid schemas

National Information Exchange Model (NIEM)

  • Subset creation now automatically includes the target of a References relationship when adding a derived attribute
  • Subset creation now automatically includes any supertypes that are part of the same namespace when adding a type

UN/CEFACT UML Profile for Core Components (UPCC)

  • Schema generation of Business Data Types (BDTs) supports mapping of Supplementary Component (SUP) attributes
  • Subset generation now creates basedOn relationships between Business Data Types (BDTs) and their source Core Data Type (CDTs) and also between Aggregate Business Information Entities (ABIEs) and their source Aggregate Core Components (ACCs)

Enterprise Architect 12.1 now supports SysML version 1.4, through its integrated MDG Technology for SysML. This powerful systems engineering capability allows for quick and simple creation of SysML 1.4 models. Support for earlier versions of SysML has also been enhanced, with additional features and functionality.

  • Multiplicity is now shown for SysML 1.2 and 1.3 ports displayed in a compartment on their parent block.
  • On Parametric diagrams, SysML 1.3 Properties owned by constraint blocks or constraint properties are now drawn as a small box with an external label
  • The ID and Text values of SysML requirements can now be displayed in the Summary window and can now be edited from within the Specification Manager
  • Behaviour of copies of SysML requirements updated such that Text tagged value on copies is pinned and updated as the original is updated

Enterprise Architect supports BPSim, a specification for parameterization and exchange of process analysis data, allowing the creation, comparison and reuse of different simulation configurations stored within the model. BPSim takes into account a wide range of runtime information such as statistical information, random variations, queuing, scheduling and resources.

BPSim configurations can be exported from Enterprise Architect for consumption in a 3rd party simulation engine.

The BPSim toolset provides flexibility in assigning operating information to a model, and in assessing the quality of the solution based on results from a compliant BPSim engine. The BPSim configuration screens have been divided into multiple perspectives, each focusing on one aspect of the setup process at a time:

  • The Control Perspective defines how activity flows through the process, moderated by the likelihood of a sequence of events and the priorities of certain events
  • The Time (Temporal) Perspective defines how the duration of one or more phases in the processing of an Activity influences the business process
  • The Resource Perspective defines the involvement of workers and other resources along with their types, roles, required numbers, costs and availability

Heat Maps

Heat Maps can be used to visualize model elements, custom SQL or CSV data in an easy to read format. Use simple visual cues, such as color and relative size, to convey information that can facilitate decision making, identify risk and improve analysis.

Heat Maps are ideally suited to improving management and allocation of resources:

  • Identify business areas that will provide the best return on investment in terms of human and financial resources.
  • Diagnose underperforming business segments or architecture, then develop and implement appropriate intervention strategies.
  • Communicate areas of importance to all key stakeholders before they appear on balance sheets or productivity reports.

Enterprise Architect's Heat Maps can be populated using a package of elements, by a custom SQL statement or by directly entering comma separated values into its properties. Each Heat Map can have a custom color set applied, or use the auto-color option to let Enterprise Architect automatically generate the color palette.

Connect with External Models

You can source Chart data from within the model and from any number of external models concurrently, providing a consolidated overview of the activity from multiple models at once, turning Enterprise Architect into the ultimate enterprise project reporting center. External models can be hosted in the Cloud, on a local file system, or via an ODBC connection.

Link directly to Time Series charts in external models that have scheduling enabled, thus providing a local view of the chart.

All chart data is cached, so that charts can be viewed offline; when reconnected, simply refresh the chart to see the latest data.

Specification Manager

Enterprise Architect 12.1 includes a number of significant enhancements to the Specification Manager that simplify editing, navigation and usability. The Project Browser selection is now synchronized with the Specification Manager selection, making it easier to open specific packages within the Specification Manager. The management of hyperlinks within notes and scrolling behavior has also been significantly improved.

An updated context menu brings new flexibility to how you can use the Specification Manager. Use the Specification Manager to change font color, add bullets and numbering or even add Tagged Value columns.

New options include:

  • Automatically create Glossary Items
  • Create new elements from selections
  • Form links to existing elements
  • Create hyperlinks
  • Format text using bullets and numbered lists

User Guide

The Enterprise Architect User Guide or Help has been redesigned to make it easier to search and navigate. By default, it will be accessed via the Internet.

  • Access to the Help and the ability to search the Help, is now seamlessly embedded into the Enterprise Architect 12.1 menu system
  • The format of the Enterprise Architect User Guide is now web based, ensuring that you always have access to the most up to date and relevant Help content at all times
  • For those customers without access to web, an offline version of the User Guide is available for installation locally
  • Online help now integrates with Google Translate for automatic translation. Set your preferred language from the Enterprise Architect Help menu

Download a local version of the Enterprise Architect User Guide for offline use

The Model Wizard provides a convenient way for setting up new models, especially when setting up large complex structures where each Pattern contains numerous packages and sub-packages.

The Model Wizard's 'Select Packages' dialog offers greater control over the selection of which Packages to add to your model and which to omit, providing increased customization when building your project.

If more than one Pattern is selected, the Select Packages dialog displays for each Pattern in turn - if no Package checkboxes are selected, all Packages in each Pattern will be imported into the model.

Project Security

Management of users and groups in Enterprise Architect 12.1 just became easier with the support for synchronization between the Enterprise Architect Security Groups and Active Directory Groups.

  • New team members added to an Active Directory Group can now be synchronized into the project Security Group with minimal effort
  • New functionality in Security Group Management presents permissions and member details more effectively, showing group associations and allowing "sort by date"

Database Engineering

Enterprise Architect 12.1 extends its Database Engineering capabilities across a range of popular DBMSs.

  • New functionality in the Database Builder provides improved usability and performance
  • DDL Generation dialog now supports sorting objects by stereotype and name
  • Inclusion of unique DBMS structure types for MySQL, PostgreSQL and Oracle
  • Introduction of reverse engineering capability for MSAccess 2013


Refinement of reporting functionality continues, with more than 35 updates including reporting tagged values specific to packages and options for specific elements to be omitted from associated documentation.

Document script fragments can now also be utilized within the Enterprise Architect Document Generator to produce fragment contents as RTF, thus increasing customization capabilities of document reports.

Other Reporting refinements include:

  • Customization of heading levels within Table of Contents
  • Inclusion of Element Status colors within documents

Start Page Enhancements

The functionality of the Start Page has been improved, providing greater flexibility with respect to accessing recent models.

  • Ctrl+Click on any model in the Recent Models list to open the model in a new instance of Enterprise Architect
  • Right-click on any model in the Recent Models list to reveal a convenient new menu, with options to open the model in a new instance of Enterprise Architect, or remove the model from the list.