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Add New Packages

A Package is a container of model elements, and is represented in the Browser window as a 'folder' icon.

  • A Package holds the model building blocks, such as diagrams, elements and other Packages
  • To begin developing your model, you create an initial Package to hold your first diagrams and model structures


There are numerous ways in which you can add a Package to your model. Start by selecting the parent Package (or View or Root node) in the Browser window.

Then choose any of the methods outlined here.


Design > Model > Add > Package

Context Menu

Right-click on parent Package | Add a Package

Keyboard Shortcuts



Browser window tool bar | New package

Add a Package to your model

On the 'New Package' dialog, complete the fields as instructed.



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Displays the name of the currently-selected Package or View, to which you are adding the new Package.

If this is not the required owner Package, click on the Browse. button and select the correct Package.


Defaults to Package1. Overtype this with the name of the new Package.

Select and Apply Model Pattern

Click on this radio button if you want to create the new Package from a Model Pattern.

Create Diagram

Click on this radio button if you want to immediately create a child diagram for the Package.

Package Only

Click on this radio button if you want to just create a Package.


Click on this button to create the Package in the Browser window.

If you selected the 'Select and Apply Model Pattern' radio button, the Model Wizard view displays. Select the appropriate Perspective and Model Pattern to import. Click on the OK button.

If you selected the 'Create Diagram' radio button, the 'New Diagram' dialog displays. Type in a name for the diagram and select the appropriate Perspective Group and Perspective (in the 'Select From' panel) and the required diagram type. Click on the OK button.

The new Package is inserted into the Browser window under the selected parent Package or View.

Model Wizard Add New Diagrams


Click on this button to abort the changes you have made and close the dialog.

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