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Rational Software Architect 8.5

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IBM Rational Software Architect 8.5 has been made generally available on the IBM Passport Advantage Online website.

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Table of Contents
Sections Description
This document provides an overview on what is new in this release with descriptions of new features and enhancements.
This section provides information related to the impact of this release to allow you to assess how your environment may be affected.
This section provides important information to review prior to the installation of this release.
This section provides the direct link to obtain the download package for installation in your environment.
This section provides the installation instructions necessary to apply this release into your environment.
This section contains a link to the known problems (open defects) identified at the time of this release.
Supporting Documentation
Document Description
Click the link to navigate to the system requirement report page. To run the report, select your Product, Version and Operating System. 
Note: Choose the parent version of your product to see the system requirements for fix pack releases.
The information center provides you with user assistance for Rational Software Architect. You can view, browse, and search online information related to the product.
Information about the supplemental software included with the product.
Click the link to find viewlets for some of the new or enhanced product features.
Click the link for a detailed list of the files included with this product assembly on Passport Advantage Online website.
Click to review a complete list of the defects (APARs) resolved in this release including a list of resolved defects for the entire version family.


Hardware and software requirements

For information about hardware and software requirements for installing the product, see the system requirements report website.

Disk space requirements
You need the following disk space to store and extract the electronic parts, and install Rational Software, Version 8.5:

Platforms Disk space required for compressed files Disk space required for extracted files Disk space required for installation
Windows, Linux 4.0 GB 5.0 GB 10 GB

Extracting the compressed files
Extract all compressed files into the same directory.

Installation Instructions

See the Installing Rational Software Architect section of the information center for details.>

If you use FLEXlm floating or token licenses for your product and chargeable components, you must upgrade your license key server to Rational License Key Server, Version 8.1.2, before installing the product.

Rational License Key Server, Version 8.1.2 can used with earlier versions of the product.

For information about how to upgrade from v7.1.x or an earlier Rational License Key Server to v8.1.2, see

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How critical is this fix?

Impact Assessment
Impact Description
This release is a service release of Rational Software Architect 8.5. It contains new features as well as fixes for client reported and internally found defects.

Problems solved

Click the Fix List link in the table of contents above to review a list of the problems solved in this release.

Known side effects

Known problems are recorded in individual documents in the Support knowledge base. As problems are discovered and resolved, the knowledge base will be updated and maintained with any new information. By searching the knowledge base, you can quickly find workarounds or solutions to problems.

To learn about the problems or limitations that were found in this version at the time of its release and any workarounds or solutions that are available, see IBM Support Portal.

The following defects were not resolved in this release.

APAR number Description
PM48508 Sporadic NPE on copy/Paste
PM49275 Importing a Visual Studio solution results in an "eclipse.exe has stopped working..." error message
PM52972 UML comments are missing their text saving diagram as PNG image files
PM54535 password property of capability exec.DownloadReusableAssetOperation is not hidden
PM56184 Popup warnings like: "The license key for this product will expire in..." breaks automatic script.
PM58362 Local Help Updater does not work behind NTLMv2 proxies
PM59303 Name specified in Called Behavior Action not shows in the Project Explorer or Diagram
PM60068 One can not find an Enumeration Literal value via search
PM60387 The JVM may crash in org.eclipse.swt.internal.win32.OS.ScriptStringOut
PM60721 UML-to-WSDL transformations: Missing message cannot be resolved
PM60860 Error loading printing library
PM61359 UML Diagram surface: Actors' fill color may disappear on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x
PM61828 Changes of Stereotype data does not mark model dirty
PM63315 IDL Generation changes ordering of Constants
PM63925 Error installing buckminster (Attached Notes Log)
PM64342 After performing an automatic merge, sequence diagram interaction use fragments may overlap each other.
PM65147 MQ.Queue.Manager unit has 2 typographical defined incorrectly
PM65617 Publishing to Web encounters errors or missing links
PM65753 Moving Interaction Constraint elements from Combined Fragment to another causes data corruption.
PM65753 Moving Interaction Constraint elements from Combined Fragment to another causes data corruption.
PM65870 Dependent diagrams will be closed
PM66066 CR-Unrelated slots are deselected when a link relationship is deleted in an Object Diagram
PM66066 CR-Unrelated slots are deselected when a link relationship is deleted in an Object Diagram
PM66244 Hosted units in a to-be-uninstalled state not matching against automation signatures
PM66677 Change attribute name and value list of MQQueueUnit
PM66876 Restore Defaults button located on Preference > Help > Content is not working
PM66877 Restore Defaults button located on Preference > Help > Content is not working
PM66974 Client request testfix for 8.0.4 and provided in ER RATLC01538226

Change history

See the New features and enhancments document for a complete description of the new features and enhancements in the version 8.5.x releases.

Technical support

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IBM Rational Software Support Communities

  • Visit the IBM Support Portal to configure your support portal experience and review FAQs, lists of known problems, fixes, and a wealth of important support information.

  • Visit developerWorks to access an online collection of tutorials, sample code, standards, forums and other resources provided by experts at IBM to assist software developers using Rational tools including access to the IBM RFE Community.

  • Visit the Jazz Community if you use a Rational product created using the Jazz platform to interact directly with the Jazz development team and other community members, download product trials and betas and track developement progress.

Helpful Hints For Obtaining Technical Assistance:

Before you contact IBM Rational Software Support, gather the background information that you need to describe the problem. When you describe a problem to an IBM software support specialist, be as specific as possible and include all relevant background information so that the specialist can help you solve the problem efficiently. To save time, know the answers to these questions:

  • What software versions were you running when the problem occurred?
  • Do you have logs, traces, or messages that are related to the problem?
  • Can you reproduce the problem? If so, what steps do you take to reproduce it?
  • Is there a workaround for the problem? If so, be prepared to describe the workaround.

If you have helpful information to diagnose or identify the problem on your system, you can provide this data by following the instructions to exchange information with IBM Technical Support.

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Problems (APARS) fixed
PM55746, PM57050, PM59078, PM59674, PM60822, PM62622, PM63527, PM63797, PM64298, PM64390, PM64541, PM64650

Document information

More support for: Rational Software Architect

Software version: 8.5

Operating system(s): Linux, Windows

Reference #: 4032285

Modified date: 27 June 2012

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