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Hand Drawn and Whiteboard Mode

Getting to know Hand Drawn and Whiteboard Mode

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Introducing Hand Drawn and Whiteboard Mode

Hand Drawn and Whiteboard Mode are display options available for any diagram that changes a system-drawn diagram to appear as though it was drawn by hand and, optionally, hand drawn on a whiteboard. It is a powerful device to engage an audience by presenting the diagram in a rough and more immediate style giving the impression that it is just a sketch that can be changed.

Both modes will present the diagram in a hand drawn style but the whiteboard mode will change the Fill color of the elements and the diagram background to white as though it had been drawn on a whiteboard.

Where to find the Hand Drawn and Whiteboard Mode

Ribbon: Layout > Diagram > Appearance > White Board, Hand Drawn

Diagram Context Menu: Properties | Diagram | Whiteboard Mode, Hand Drawn

Usage of the Hand Drawn and Whiteboard Mode

The Hand Drawn diagram mode is a perfect tool for use in workshops and presentation to internal or external customers as a way of softening the representation of more formal elements which are normally displayed in their more rigid geometric forms. Audiences will tend to respond to the diagrams more favourably as they appear to be just sketches and not yet resolve as finished diagrams. Stakeholders who are not familiar with the formal modeling languages such as UML will typically be more engaged by these diagrams.

The Whiteboard mode will give the appearance that the diagram was sketched on the whiteboard again adding an immediacy to the drawing.

Both the Whiteboard Hand Drawn mode of presentation can be carried through to generated documentation that contains the diagram.

Options for the Hand Drawn and Whiteboard Mode

The Whiteboard mode will give the appearance that the diagram was sketched on the whiteboard again adding an immediacy to the drawing.

Both the Whiteboard Hand Drawn mode of presentation can be carried through to generated documentation that contains the diagram.

Learn more about the Hand Drawn and Whiteboard Mode

Hand Drawn and Whiteboard Mode