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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
|Data Flow Diagram
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 specify colors for diagram elements including line elements. There are two ways to do so:
Before you create diagram elements, choose a color you want to use then create diagram elements.
(You can also change colors for existing diagram elements.)
By selecting [Set Color] option, you can call detailed color choosers/palettes.
There are two palettes you can switch between [Custom] and [Swatches].
Also, enabling [Apply to Created Elements] option maintains the color selection, so that the diagram elements you will create stay in the selected color until you turn it off.
From [System Properties]
You can configure default color for each diagram element type. To do so, go to [Tools] – [System Properties] – [Default Item Color]. Then select color and click [Apply] – [OK].
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.