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Design Ribbon

The 'Design' ribbon is used to develop and visualize a model by creating diagrams, matrices and lists of important aspects of the system. Requirements and other specifications can be created and viewed and, regardless of the technology or language of expression, representations can be created, viewed and tied together to form either blueprints of a system to be implemented or documentation of an existing system.




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The 'Package' panel provides facilities to create and manage a model. New models can be added that typically contain a number of other Packages. These Packages form the structure of the model and can be used to group elements, diagrams or other Packages. You can work on the contents of a Package as a series of textual descriptions in the Specification Manager. A Package can also be viewed as a list of elements that will include other Packages, or as a Gantt chart describing the allocation of resources to the elements in the Package. Snapshots of Packages - including the complete model - can be taken and comparisons made to the current Package.

Package Panel


The 'Diagram' panel contains a set of facilities for creating and managing diagrams and the elements they contain. Diagrams are a useful way of presenting and visualizing a model's elements and their connections. Different types of diagram can be easily constructed using the Diagram Toolbox, each page of which provides the elements and connectors for creating a specific type of diagram. Any diagram can be enhanced by a range of overlays that transform the diagram into an expressive view such as a Kanban board, a Roadmap diagram, or swimlanes that allow elements to be allocated to different aspects such as responsibility or ownership. A diagram can also be viewed in other formats such as a list of elements, or a Gantt chart describing the allocation of resources to the elements, or as a textual specification.

Diagram Panel


The 'Element' panel provides facilities to create, edit and manage the elements that are the building blocks of models. Elements can be created and specified with attributes, operations, Receptions, Tagged Values, Scenarios, Requirements and Constraints.

Element Panel


The 'Dictionary' panel provides options to check the spelling in the current Package or the whole model, and to create and edit entries in the Project Glossary.

Dictionary Panel