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Model Views

The 'Model Views' tab helps you to capture information on the objects in your model from different aspects that you define yourself, helping you to encapsulate your model under the areas you are interested in. You can define a number of types of view based on searches or objects that you have placed into a collection, or you can collate diagrams into a slide show. You can also import views from, or export views to, other models. The Model Views window contains a 'Recent' folder, which keeps track of the elements, diagrams, documents, discussions reviews and maintenance (Construct) items you have recently been working on.

Model Views are not filtered by Perspective, so you will see all Views defined for your model at any time.

Access

Ribbon

Start > Desktop > Design > Focus > Model Views

Keyboard Shortcuts

Alt+1 | Focus > Model Views

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View Root Nodes

There are two types of View root-node available:

  • Model Views - stored in the model and visible to all users; you can have many of these
  • Technology-defined Views - read only; each View is added by, stored with and populated by the corresponding  MDG Technology

Additionally, there is a Library folder that contains current correspondence from the Library concerning items that are held in any of the Views; this folder has a separate repository of postings for each Library server connection you access through the model. You can control how recent these postings must be, and how many are to be listed.

When you open the Model Views for the first time on a project, a Model Views root section is added for you. This can not be deleted or renamed; however, you can create further Model View root nodes that you can modify and delete.

Model Views Operations Team Library Team Library Connections Model Views Context Menus

Subordinate Folders

Under a Model View root node you can create Views folders, Search folders, Slideshow folders and Favorites folders. The Search, Slideshow and Favorites folders are functional and cannot contain subordinate folders, so whilst you can create several Search, Slideshow or Favorites folders immediately under the Model View node you can group and better organize multiples of these folders under appropriately-named View folders.

  • A Search View is a folder of elements or structures that you assemble by assigning a Model Search to the folder - when you double-click on or expand the folder, the search runs and refreshes the folder contents; you can also set a search to refresh at a defined interval, and to notify you if new results are found
  • A Slideshow folder contains links to diagrams, which you can display as a slide show with the diagrams being displayed in the sequence in which they are listed in the folder
    One folder represents one slide show - you can run the slide show automatically or manually; in either case the diagrams are closed after they have been displayed
  • A Favorites folder gives you easy access to commonly-used items in the Browser window; to create hyperlinks in a Favorites folder to the required items in the Browser window; drag items from the Browser window into the Favorites folder

You can also export all of the View folders containing Views from any root section as an XML file, and import a Views XML file as an additional, editable Model View root node.

These are single-level items; if you drag a Package into the Favorites folder, you cannot expand that Package there. However, you can double-click on the Package in the Favorites folder to select and highlight it in the Browser window.

To select specific items inside a Package, expand it in the Browser window and then drag the items into the Favorites folder.

Model Views Operations Diagram Slide Show

Key to Model View Contents

Items on the Model View can be identified by their accompanying icons:

  • Model view icon. - A Model Views root node
  • View folder. - A View Folder
  • Favorites icon. - A Favorites Folder
  • View. - A Search Folder
  • Create a screen show. - A Slideshow Folder

MDG Technologies can define their own Model Views, in which case they will display their own technology-specific icon.

The Recent Folder

The 'Recent' folder provides links to searches that extract information on the current status of objects and items in the model. The searches are grouped to identify:

  • Recently changed elements, diagrams and documents
  • Recent posts in discussions and formal reviews
  • Results of recently-run tests
  • Recently requested and implemented Change items
  • Recently reported and investigated Defects and Issues
  • Recently started, finished or active Tasks

See the Help topic The Recent Folder.

The Recent Folder

Accessing Operations

To perform operations on the Model View contents, you can use the item context menus.

Each level of the Model Views hierarchy has a slightly different context menu.

Model Views Context Menus

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