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Reference Data Panel

The 'Reference Data' panel is used to set up and manage the metadata for a model. Reference data such as Resources and Images is generally added as the model evolves. A wide range of additional model content such as Templates, Profiles, Patterns and Relationship Matrices can be stored as Resources. Images can be saved in the model and used as alternatives to the conventional geometric representations of elements, to appeal to non-technical audiences.

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Click on the drop down arrow to display a menu of options for setting a wide range of project-level parameters.

  • Auto Names and Counters - set up and manage the use of automatic name generation
  • Project Template Package - specify a Package that holds diagrams and elements that will be used as templates for all new elements
  • Database Datatypes - manage the list of Datatypes that are used in Database Engineering
  • Namespace Roots - manage a list of Namespace roots for the current model; used mainly for code generation
  • Coding Datatypes - manage the list of Datatypes that are used in Code Engineering
  • Preprocessor Macros - manage a list of preprocessor macros that will be used when C and C++ code is imported into the model
  • Colors - provides options to define and manage a set of standard colors for use in the current project
         -  Get Project Custom Colors
         -  Set Project Custom Colors
Auto Names and Counters Set Up Templates Package Namespaces Data Types Language Macros Database Datatypes Get/Set Custom Project Colors

UML Types

Displays the 'UML Types' dialog, from which you can manage basic model information, such as Stereotypes, Tagged Value types and Cardinality settings.

UML Types

Model Types

Provides a range of facilities for managing various Types of reference data used in a project.

  • People - manage the list of people associated with the model, including authors, resources, roles and clients
  • General Types - manage project factors, such as Status types, Constraints, Difficulty and Priority
  • Project Indicators - configure indicators such as Metric, Risk and Effort types
  • Maintenance - define and manage Test types
  • Estimation Factors - set up and manage a list of estimation factors used for Use Case Estimation
General Types Project Resources Testing Types Use Case Estimation People


Click on this icon to display the 'Resources' tab of the Browser window, from which you can manage a variety of custom resources, model Patterns, templates and technologies.

Browser - Resources


Click on this icon to display the 'Image Manager' dialog. The Image Manager provides facilities for storing images in the current model, that can then be used as alternatives to the standard geometric shapes normally used to represent elements on your model diagrams. Stored images can be previewed, renamed and updated using this facility.

Using the Image Manager

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