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Package Panel

The 'Package' panel provides facilities to create and manage folders (Packages). 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. 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.

Available Facilities

Add Package

Click on the icon to create a new child Package under the currently selected Package. The 'New Package' dialog displays, on which you specify whether to create the Package from a Pattern (with child structures), with a child diagram, or as a Package only.

Model Wizard

Click on the icon to display the Model Wizard (Start Page 'Create from Pattern' tab), which provides Patterns from a wide range of technologies that you can use to quickly generate new models in your project.

Manage

Click on the drop-down arrow to select from a number of facilities that you can use to manage Packages in the model.

  • Properties - maintain the properties of the current Package, using the 'Properties' dialog
  • Update Status - provide a bulk update on the Status, Phase and Version of the selected Package and its elements
  • Lock - display the 'Lock Package' dialog for the selected Package, on which you restrict changes to the Package
  • Clone Structure as New Version - copy the structure of the selected Package and paste it into the Browser window as a new Package and contents; a prompt displays for you to enter a version number for the new Package, followed by a browser on which you select its parent Package
  • Validate - display a short menu of options to create validation rules and run and cancel a validation of the current Package
  • Manage Baselines - display the 'Baselines' dialog for the selected Package, to create and compare Baselines of the Package with the current version (Ctrl+Alt+B)
  • Find Baselines - execute a report that finds and lists all the Baselines in the model
  • Level Numbering - toggle the display of automatically applied level numbering within the Specification Manager and the Browser window, for elements within the currently displayed Package
  • Auto Naming - apply configured auto naming conventions to existing elements in the selected Package
  • Report Options - display a dialog on which you specify whether to include the selected Package in generated reports, or specifically exclude it from the reports
  • DBMS Options - display the 'Manage DBMS Options' dialog to change the DBMS Type and/or Owner of one or more database objects
  • Copy to Clipboard - immediately copy the selected Package to the clipboard
  • Paste from Clipboard - paste a Package held on the clipboard as a child of the selected Package
  • Search for Package - display the Find in Project view, pre-loaded with the 'Find Package' search to locate Packages of a specific name or type
  • Browse for Package - display a 'Find Package' dialog listing only Packages, through which you can easily locate and select a specific Package from within the model hierarchy (Ctrl+Shift+Alt+P)

Package/Matrix

Click on this icon to examine how sets of elements in one Package are linked to each other, or to elements in another Package, using the Relationship Matrix. You can also add and delete relationships using the Matrix. Select options to set the current Package as the source, target, or both.

Gap Analysis

Click on this icon to explore the implementation of features in the model, and to identify potential gaps between solution architectures, using the Gap Analysis Matrix.

Transform

Click on the drop-down arrow to display options for applying Transformation Templates in building physical models from more abstract content.

  • Apply Transformation - display the 'Model Transformation' dialog, from which you select and apply a model transformation on the elements of the current Package
  • Transform Selection - display the 'Model Transformation' dialog, from which you define and perform one or more transformations on the selected elements, to generate new model content
  • Transform Templates - edit and configure the templates used to perform transformations, in the Transformation Editor view
  • Help - display the Model Transformation Help topic

Specification View

Click on this icon to display the Specification Manager, a document-based interface to a selected Package in the model, providing the means of creating and reviewing elements as text representations of objects in the Browser window. When you select this option, the 'Design' ribbon changes to the 'Specification-Specify' ribbon.

List View

Click on this icon to display the selected Package in the Package Browser window, in List View mode.

Gantt View

Click on this icon to display the selected Package in the Package Browser window, in Gantt View mode.