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Import a Pattern

Before using a published Design Pattern in a model, you must first import the Pattern file into the model; it is then available from the Resources window and optionally from the Toolbox.


Use one of the methods outlined here to display the Resources window.

Within the Resources window, right-click on 'Patterns | Import Pattern'.


Start > Explore > Resources

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Import a Design Pattern




On the 'Select Pattern Import Filename' dialog, locate and click on the XML file to import.


Click on the Open button to import the Pattern.

The imported Pattern is placed in the appropriate category as defined in the XML file; if the category does not already exist under 'Patterns', a new one is created.

Patterns in MDG Technologies

A number of Technologies provide their own Patterns, and some Technologies are designed principally as a vehicle for making specific Patterns available to the model, such as the MDG Technology for Gang of Four Patterns. Such Patterns are provided through the Diagram Toolbox pages for the Technology. If you want to use such Patterns, check that the appropriate Technology has been loaded and enabled in the model.

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