Container Elements and Layouts

This tutorial is designed to help you effectively use the container elements (as UML Package) and explore the diverse range of container layouts available in the software. Although this guide is detailed and self-contained, you can also watch our accompanying video tutorial for more insights.

Understanding Container Elements

Container elements in Software Ideas Modeler, such as the UML Package, are versatile tools for organizing various elements within your diagrams. These container elements allow you to nest other components like classes, enumerations, and comments, creating a structured and organized model. When you move the container element, all nested elements move with it, maintaining the structure and relationships.

Checking Ownership in the Properties Dialog

To understand the relationship between a container and its nested elements, you can use the Properties dialog. Here, you can view the ownership details, confirming which container a particular element belongs to. This feature is particularly useful for keeping track of complex diagrams with multiple nested levels.

Exploring Container Layouts

Software Ideas Modeler offers a range of container layouts, each suited for different modeling needs. By right-clicking on a container element and selecting 'Container Layout', you can choose from various styles:

  • Simple Layout: The default layout, offering a free-form arrangement of elements.
  • Stack Layout: Organizes elements sequentially, ideal for hierarchical data.
  • Flow Layout: Dynamically adjusts elements, similar to text wrapping in a document.
  • Table Layout: Places elements in a structured, cell-based format, great for organized data representation.
  • Grid Layout: Like the Table layout but with more flexibility in cell usage and element spanning.
  • Linear Layout: Aligns elements in a straight line or polyline, with adjustable spacing and orientation.
  • Bezier Layout: Places elements along a bezier curve, offering creative control over the curve's shape.
  • Circular Layout: Arranges elements in a circle, suitable for representing cyclical processes.
  • Radial Layout: Elements radiate from a central item, forming a star-like pattern.
  • Pyramid Layout: Stacks elements in a pyramid shape, effectively depicting hierarchical structures.
  • Tree Layout: Organizes elements in a tree structure, defined by their connectors.

Each layout offers unique visualization benefits and can be chosen based on the type of data or relationships you wish to illustrate.

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