Starting from CAST AIP 8.3.23, CAST Architecture Checker will no longer be installed as part of the CAST AIP setup, whether installing CAST AIP from scratch or on a server where a previous release of CAST AIP exists. CAST Architecture Checker has evolved into a standalone component where all feature requests and bug fixes are now managed. This standalone component can be downloaded from CAST Extend (https://extendng.castsoftware.com/#/search-results?q=archichecker).
Up-to-date documentation can be found here: CAST Architecture Checker.
Working with Templates
The Templates feature in the CAST Architecture Checker allows you to define one or more templates (that can be freely distributed as Windows files) and which can be selected as a basis for a new Architecture Model.
In essence, templates function exactly like Architecture Models in that you can define layers and sets and can save the configuration to file. However, a template can be used as the starting point for a new Architecture Model (see Define a new Architecture Model).
Creating a new custom template
- Define a new model - see Define a new Architecture Model
- Define the layers and sets you require as the basis for the template (exactly as you would when working with an Architecture Model):
- Use the File > Save As option to save the configuration to file - when using this option, the CAST Architecture Checker will offer you the default template storage location (%USERPROFILE%\Documents - you can change this using the Edit > Settings menu option) and save the configuration as a .CASTArchitect file
- The configuration is now saved and can be loaded in the future as a Template (or as An Architecture Model).
Opening and editing an existing custom template
- Use the File > Open Template option to locate a saved template (.CASTArchitect file) on disk.
- The CAST Architecture Checker will offer you the default template storage location (%USERPROFILE%\Documents - you can change this using the Edit > Settings menu option).
- Select the template you require - it will now open and CAST Architecture Checker will notify you that you are working with a template (as oppose to an Architectue Model):
Saving an existing custom template that you have edited
- Use the File > Save Template option to save the open template on disk.
Using an existing custom template as a basis for a new model
If you have existing templates that you would like to use as a basis for a new Architecture model:
- Click the File > New Architecture Model option
- Select the custom template you require from the drop downlist - the CAST Architecture Checker will offer you all predefined templates shipped with the software, and any custom templates you have saved to the default template storage location (%USERPROFILE%\Documents - you can change this using the Edit > Settings menu option):
- Your new model will open containing all configuration saved to the custom template you have chosen.