Before you start, learn basic operations to create objects and lines. There are 5 ways to create model elements.
Choose an icon you want to create from the tool palette then click on a diagram.
Drag a model from the tree and drop it on a diagram.
Click a mini icon that appears when you have a mouse over an object.
If you want to hide these mini icons, click an object or hold [Shift] key down.
Directly double-clicking on the diagram creates the following model elements.
|Composite Structure Diagram||Structured Class|
|Data Flow Diagram||Process Box|
|ER Diagram||ER Entity|
|Mind Map||Root Topic|
You can create models by simply pasting texts on a diagram.
Since version 8.5, you are able to add Attributes and Operations to a Class by pasting texts and also add ER Attributes to ER Entity.
There are two ways to create the same model element continuously.
You can wrap text with [SHIFT+ENTER], [ALT+ENTER] or [CTRL+ ENTER].
However, you cannot wrap the text for some models.
You can set default size for all the model elements in the [Tool] – [System Properties] – [Default Item Size].
When you want to expand the space before you insert objects or reduce space to make a better diagram appearance, use this [Gap expander/remove] tool.