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Welcome to the Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect User Guide. This guide helps you use Enterprise Architect, a UML-based CASE tool, to perform software modeling, construction and management.

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Recommended Use of This Guide

Firstly, see What is Enterprise Architect? to find out what Enterprise Architect can do and what you can use it for.

If you are new to modeling and UML as well as Enterprise Architect, or otherwise want a rapid review of the process of modeling with Enterprise Architect, go to Getting Started. This is not just a theoretical description - the first things you do are start Enterprise Architect and immediately create a project!  Experienced modelers can also use the Enterprise Architect for Power Users CD.

Enterprise Architect is very flexible and has lots of features. When working through Getting Started, you will see many links to more extensive descriptions of features, functions, tasks and procedures, in the Using Enterprise Architect section. You can follow any of these immediately if you want more information.

The Using Enterprise Architect section is the first of the main references for working with Enterprise Architect. Other sections include:

Enterprise Architect makes extensive use of UML, so we provide a dictionary of UML Definitions for diagrams, elements and connectors. You can also check the Glossary for definitions of various terms and concepts used in the Enterprise Architect User Guide.

You should read the Sparx Systems Formal Statements, including the Copyright Notice and our End User Licensing Agreement.

Your Feedback

Sparx Systems like to stay in touch with what Enterprise Architect users require in order to accomplish their tasks efficiently and effectively. We value any suggestions, feedback and comments you might have regarding this product, documentation or install process.

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