Before you start, learn basic operations to create objects and lines. There are 5 ways to create elements.

1. Using a tool palette

Choose an icon you want to create from the tool palette and then click on a diagram.
Create-a-class

2. Drag from tree

Drag a model from the tree and drop it on a diagram.
Drag a class

3. Using a Suggest Feature

Click a mini icon that appears when you have a mouse over an object.
draw-suggest

4. Double-clicking on the diagram

Directly double-clicking on the diagram creates the following model elements.
Double-click-to-create-models

Diagram

Model

Class DiagramClass
UseCase DiagramUseCase
Statemachine DiagramState
Activity DiagramAction
Sequence DiagramLifeline
Communication DiagramLifeline
Component DiagramComponent
Composite Structure DiagramStructured Class
FlowchartProcess
Data Flow DiagramProcess Box
ER DiagramER Entity
Mind MapRoot Topic
Requirement DiagramRequirement

5. Pasting texts from Clipboard

Copy texts and paste them on the diagram. You will be asked which models to create with these texts.
Copy and Paste

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Create objects in a row

There are two ways to create the same model element continuously.

  1. Hold [Shift Key] down
    Keep clicking on a diagram with holding the [Shift] key down.
  2. Turn on the [Continuous] mode
    Click the [Continuous] mode on the tool palette.
    Lock-mode
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Wrap text

You can wrap text with [SHIFT+ENTER], [ALT+ENTER] or [CTRL+ ENTER].
However, you cannot wrap the text for some models.

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Resize objects

There are two ways to resize objects on the diagram.

  1. Click [Auto Resize] from models pop-up menu
    Auto-resize

  2. Move the knob
    Move any knob that appears at the four corners of the object.
    Auto-resize objects

Set Default Size

TIPS: Set default size of model elements

 

You can set default size for all the model elements in the [Tool] – [System Properties] – [Default Item Size].

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Expand and reduce space

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.

Expand the space

Reduce the space