If you have created diagrams in the Browser window, you can select to open them and then add elements and connectors to them within the Diagram View. This is the main workspace for developing the structure of your model components, dragging new objects onto the diagram from the Diagram Toolbox and existing objects from the Browser window. You can also add elements and connectors using the Quick Linker and other context menus within the Diagram View, and move, format and edit them.
Most work on elements and connectors is carried out in the Diagram View, so understanding how it works and how to manipulate elements is essential. You can use the EAExample project supplied with the system, or your own 'sandpit' models, to explore the capabilities and behavior of the Diagram View.
Across the top of a diagram is the diagram caption bar, which includes:
|Diagram Toolbox The Start Page
The larger area underneath the Caption bar is the work area within which you can create and view the diagram structures. The borders of the printable diagram page are represented by pale broken lines; structures created beyond these borders will print on separate pages.
The Diagram View area is also where the diagram and object context menus operate, and where the representation of the model structure can be changed to a Specification Manager view, Relation Matrix View, Construct View (Resource Management), Gantt chart or Diagram List format.
|The Project Gantt View Diagram List Specification Manager - Overview Open Relationship Matrix
Inline Specification Panel
This panel presents a textual specification of each element in the diagram, the elements being listed initially in alphabetical order. This helps you to visualize and read, at the same time, the section of the model represented by the diagram, giving a comprehensive view of the model. It is also useful when you are creating Package structures using templates (with the Model Wizard); you can quickly update your elements without having to open another docked window. As you click on an element in either the diagram or panel, it is also selected in the other.
The panel does not display separately from the diagram; you toggle it on or off for each diagram individually.
You can double-click on the element name or notes in the panel and edit the text directly. You can also right-click on an element and select from these context menu options:
- Diagrams can contain hyperlinks to other diagrams, which are opened when you click on the links
- It is possible to open several diagrams at once, but within the Diagram View you can only view one at a time
- You can view and work on several diagrams at once by making each tab containing a diagram into a floating window, using the tab context menu; the docked Toolbar remains on the left of the Diagram View frame
- You can also work on elements using the Diagram List
- Additional information on the diagram, or a selected element within the diagram, is displayed in the system Status bar