Dynamic Class Hierarchy Creation

Create and manage dynamic class hierarchies in Software Ideas Modeler. This brief tutorial guides you through the process of building a tree-structured class diagram, emphasizing automatic alignment during the editing process.

Step 1: Initiating a New Hierarchy Diagram

Navigate to the Infographics group in the diagram menu. Here, select the Hierarchy Diagram item. This diagram acts as the foundation for your dynamic class hierarchy. Once opened, you'll find a default container filled with various elements. The first task is to select all these elements and remove them, ensuring that only the empty container remains. This container will serve as the primary structure for your class hierarchy.

Step 2: Preparing the Tree Container

With the container now clear, the next step is to copy it. This tree container will be integrated into your class diagram, forming the basis of your hierarchical structure. To do this, simply copy the container and then paste it into your class diagram workspace.

Step 3: Adding Classes and Establishing Relationships

Now, the interactive part of the process begins. Start by placing the desired class elements into the tree container. After placing them, establish connections between these classes using (e.g.) generalization relationships. An interesting aspect to observe here is the software's intelligent design: when you connect two classes with a generalization link, they automatically find their correct positions within the tree layout.

Step 4: Leveraging the Model's Flexibility

One of the key features of Software Ideas Modeler is its flexibility. As you make adjustments to the endpoints of your generalization relationships, the software responds by automatically reorganizing the classes within the tree. This dynamic repositioning illustrates the responsive design capabilities of the software, allowing for a fluid and adaptable modeling experience.

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