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Diagrams

Draw a diagram to express your ideas, structures, processes, and workflow. Choose the correct diagram for the desired purpose. Diagrams can perfectly illustrate your texts and documents. Learn how to draw various diagrams using the following tutorials.

Template Language

Template language of Software Ideas Modeler

Ribbon

Help for ribbon actions.

UML Base Class

UML diagrams support defining base classes for the more specific classes using generalizations. The name of the base class can be displayed inside the classifier box.

Generate Types from OpenAPI

This tutorial shows you how to generate types in various programming languages for a chosen Open API specification.

Convert Diagram into Image

A diagram is a visualization of a model part that consists of elements and relationships. In the project, it is stored as a graph of the model references. If you want to share your diagrams with others or include them in text documents, it is necessary to convert them into an image format.

Open API to Diagram

Open API specification (OAS) is a standard for RESTful web service definition. Software Ideas Modeler provides a reverse engineering tool that allows you to import the Open API specification and generate UML diagrams.

Show Inherited Attributes and Operations

A subclass in the UML class diagram is connected with its superclass using the generalization relationship. The subclass inherits all attributes and operations of the superclass, although they are listed only in the superclass box. This tutorial shows you how to show also the inherited fields in subclasses.

Show Association Attributes (in UML Class)

Apart from standard attributes defined within a UML class, the attributes of a UML class can also be expressed using the associations.

SQL DDL Parsing

SQL DDL scripts can be parsed and turned into ERD or UML class diagrams. The feature can be accessed quickly from the Parser sidebar or the Source Code Import dialog.

Size Label for UI Elements (Wireframing)

The Size Label is a useful element in user interface design. It allows you to show the size (in pixels) of the associated element.

UML JSON Schema Diagram

The UML JSON Schema diagram allows you to design JSON schemas visually. JSON schemas specify the restrictions on the data in JSON format.

Diagram Change Tracking

Changes in a diagram can be tracked and visually presented in the diagram editor. When change tracking is enabled in the project, the software can identify and highlight the changes for each model element.

How Do I Create a UML Diagram?

UML diagrams are a standard method for describing models and processes. The UML notation provides diagrams for static structure definition as well as for behavior and process modeling. In this tutorial, you will find out how to create UML diagrams.

Mobile App Diagram (Wireframing)

Mobile App Diagram is a type of user interface diagram that allows you to design the views for your smartphone and tablet apps.

XSD to UML Diagram

XSD reverse engineering feature allows you to generate a UML diagram from XSD definition.

How to Generate Protocol Buffer Definition

This tutorial shows you how to generate a service definition in protocol buffer format from a UML class diagram.

Diagram Templates

Diagram templates allow you to start from a pre-defined diagram layout. You can just edit the names and add or remove desired details. This tutorial shows how to create a custom diagram template and how to add a new diagram from the template.

Model Versioning

Software Ideas Modeler supports creating multiple versions of the model. This way you can design the model changes for various project stages.

Editing Project Documentation

Any project item (field, element, diagram, folder) can be described using the documentation in Software Ideas Modeler. The documentation can consist of multiple sections.

Edit Properties of Multiple Elements at Once

Software Ideas Modeler supports editing multiple elements at once. This short tutorial will show you how to do it.

Type Sets and Types

This tutorial shows how to work with type sets and types and how to set the default type set for your project and diagrams. It will teach you how to set create your own type sets.

Selection in Crowded Parts of Diagram

Sometimes it may be complicated to select an element you want, especially when there are nested structures or overlapping elements. It may be quite common in infographics and user interface diagrams.

Related Model Elements

Software Ideas Modeler maintains logical relationships between elements in the data model. Thanks to a well-defined model, the navigation to the related items (even in another diagram) is quick and straightforward.

Model Navigator

Model navigator is a useful tool that allows you to navigate through complex models, get overview of all related elements for the given element.

Navigation in UML Class Diagram

Complex diagrams and models can include many relationships and connectors. Software Ideas Modeler provides various tools and features that help you to navigate large models effectively.

Diagram Comparison in Projects

The tool allows you to compare two project files and identify their differences. You can compare open projects with other saved projects by various methods.

Container Layout Settings

The container layouts support additional settings that allow you to modify the placement of the nested elements.

Working with Containers in Diagram Editor

The container is a type of diagram element that can contain other nested elements (e.g. UML Package, UI Window, etc.). The article shows how to work with the containers, describes their capabilities, and explains various configuration options.

Documentation Generator

Software Ideas Modeler helps you with your project documentation. You can generate documentation for your software or data models.

Flowchart in Computer Programming

A flowchart can be used to depict the algorithms in computer programming. You can describe individual commands, conditions, loops, inputs, and outputs with visual symbols.

Object-Role Modeling (ORM)

Object-role modeling is a graphical notation for data and ontology modeling, especially useful in software engineering.

SVG Diagram Export

Software Ideas Modeler allows you to export diagrams to SVG format.

Aliases - Various Name Sets in Diagrams

Aliases allow using various sets of names in diagrams which is useful for the diagram translation to other languages or when we need different names for various groups of users (developers, managers, clients).

Web Page Diagram

The web page diagram is used for the web page structure design. It is a wireframing diagram type that depicts the layout of important parts. The set of web page diagrams allows you to describe the website architecture.

Use Case List

The list of use cases is available in the Use Cases module. It offers an overview table with all use cases defined in the project.

Unique Key Representation in UML

A unique key of a class can be represented as an attribute with an ID modifier in the UML class diagram.

Composite Key (Entity-Relationship Diagram)

A composite key is a type of key that consists of two or more attributes.

One to One Relationship (Entity-Relationship Diagram)

The relationships in data models can be represented by various types of associations depending on which cardinality is required.

Chart Data

You can edit the chart data using the Properties dialog.

Pie Chart

A pie chart is a type of circular chart. The circle of the chart is split into several pieces (slices). A slice forms an angle that represents the share of the value on the total of all values displayed by the chart.

Optional Attribute (Entity-Relationship Diagram)

The ERD entity consists of required and optional attributes. An optional attribute do not need any value assigned.

Diagram Frame

The diagram frame surrounds all elements of the diagram and displays the diagram name in the caption in the top left corner.

UML to JSON Schema

The source code generation tool supports generating JSON schema from a UML class diagram.

One to Many Relationship (Entity-Relationship Diagram)

A relationship with one-to-many cardinality represents a link between two entities A and B, where one instance of the A entity refers to many instances of the B entity.

Mind Map (Diagram)

A mind map is a hierarchical type of diagram used for visual organization of information.

Foreign Key (Entity Relationship Diagram)

A foreign key specifies a link to another table via an attribute or a set of attributes.

Primary Key (Entity Relationship Diagram)

A primary key uniquely specifies a row of data specified by the entity.

Gantt Chart

A Gantt chart is a diagram type designed for project planning. It organizes tasks in rows and depicts their activity in the attached timeline.

UML Association Class

An association class provides more information to an association. If you need to add attributes or operations to an association, the UML association class is the right concept you should use.

UML Unique and Ordered Constraint

The multivalued attributes can be further specified using uniqueness and order modifiers. The modifiers are displayed in the braces {} after the attribute specification.

UML Xor Constraint

The XOR constraint relationship connects two elements that represent two exclusive alternatives - only one of them is actually used.

Inheritance Class Diagram

The classes in the model can inherit from other classes. The inheritance diagram shows the hierarchy of super and subclasses.

N-ary Association in UML

A N-ary association allows you to create an association between more than two classifiers.

Entity-Relationship Diagram Arrow Types

The entity-relationship diagram offers only one connector element - relationship, but it can be depicted with various combinations of caps on the ends depending on its cardinality.

Self-Association in UML Diagrams

A UML self-association is an association of a class with itself.

Override in UML

UML notation allows you to specify overridden properties and operations.

Organizational Chart

The best diagram for depicting hierarchies in companies is the Organizational Chart (Org Chart).

Reverse Engineering Source Code to Model and Diagrams

The Reverse Engineering tool helps you create new diagrams for the projects with existing source codes in no time. You can select the projects, folders, or files to generate UML class diagrams, package diagrams, and entity-relation diagrams. The tool allows you to create new diagrams or updated diagrams that were already created by a source code.

UML Activity Diagram Loop

The loop in the activity or algorithm can be depicted in various ways using a UML Activity Diagram.

Mapping Definition

The mapping definition allows you to map elements and fields to other elements and fields. The definition consists of mapping rules that define relationships between elements and their fields.

Folders Tab (Options)

The Folders tab provides management of favorite folders for quick access in various dialogs in the application.

Format Tab (Options)

The tab includes settings for default formatting in the text editors.

Decision Model and Notation (DMN)

Decision Model and Notation (DMN) provides a solution for describing repeatable decisions within organizations.

Nested and Associated Diagrams

Software Ideas Modeler supports adding nested and associated diagrams to any diagram element.

Universal Process Notation (UPN)

Universal Process Notation (UPN) is diagramming notation for representing business processes.

Nassi-Shneiderman Diagram (NSD)

Nassi-Shneiderman diagram (NSD) is a graphical representation (structogram) for structured programs.

Petri Net

Petri net is a mathematical modeling language that allows you to describe distributed systems.

Various Caption Types of User Interface Diagram Elements

UI Diagram elements support various caption types. It may be regular text, schematic lines, or schematic waves depending on how many details you want to include or which schematic style you prefer.

Encompassing Container Creation

If you want to add some existing elements to a new container without changing their position, you can use the Create Parent Container feature.

Opening and Saving Projects

Software Ideas Modeler provides multiple options how to save and open your projects.

C# Class, Interface, Enum and Other Concepts in UML

You can model your C# software in UML. The classes can be modeled using UML class diagrams. It is possible to depict abstract, static, generic classes and their members.

BPMN Diagram

A BPMN diagram offers a graphical representation for process modeling and describing. The processes are presented as flows of tasks, events, and process branches (realized by gateways), organized in swimlanes.

UML Enumeration (in UML Class Diagram)

An enum allows you to define an entity with a list of literals in the UML class diagram. UML Enumeration values can be used by class attributes.

Convert UML Class Diagram to ERD

UML class diagram and ER diagram share the ability to define a domain model. Software Ideas Modeler allows you to convert the classes to entities, associations to relationships and the class attributes to ERD attributes.

How to Make a Tree Diagram (Hierarchy Generation)

You can draw a tree diagram box by box or you can generate it from the text list. Software Ideas Modeler offers a handy solution which allows you to create a tree diagram very easily within seconds.

Useful Features of Diagram Editor

The diagram editor offers useful features that can help you during the diagram creation, save you mouse clicks and allows you to create the diagrams faster.

Types of Diagrams and Charts

There are plenty of diagram types you can draw using Software Ideas Modeler. You can depict structures, behavior, processes, workflows, ideas, concepts, and data models with them.

Chen ER Diagram - Entity-Relationship Diagram in Chen Notation

Chen's notation of the entity-relationship diagram depicts data and domain models using entities, attributes, and relationships. Unlike other ER diagram notations, it shows attributes as standalone boxes, not as a part of entities.

JSON to UML - Generate Diagram from JSON

The UML reverse engineering tool allows you to transform JSON to a UML diagram. You can get UML from JSON very easily on just a few clicks.

Diagram Editor

The diagram editor is an essential part of the diagramming and modeling tool. It provides tools and capabilities for quick and easy diagram creation.

Generate SQL from ERD

The entity-relationship diagram can be turned into a SQL script. The ERD tool can generate create scripts for each entity and relationship in the diagram or only for the selected part. You can transform ERD entities into database tables very easily.

Create ERD from SQL Script

The ERD tool allows you to generate an ER diagram from a SQL database. It is also possible to create an ERD from a SQL DDL script. You can turn the whole schema into a diagram or you can select only some tables that you want to be imported.

Roadmap (Diagram)

Use the roadmap tool to create a good-looking roadmap that depicts a plan of a project, the planned stages for new features and modules. Roadmaps are used to present what a team or a company wants to release or develop in the upcoming period or later in the future.

Advanced Use Case Analysis

A use case analysis allows you to understand the functional user requirements on the modeled system. During the analysis, you will identify the actors and specify their interactions with the system using use cases. Use cases are detailed using a flow of events.

Diagram Element with Multi-Line Names

The long names of diagram elements may be broken into multiple lines. If the name is too long to be displayed within specified bounds, it is broken automatically.

Layer Diagram (Other Diagrams)

The Layer diagram is a type of a block diagram. It can be used to depict a higher architecture or a concept of a solution.

How to Draw a Flowchart

A flowchart is a common type of diagram. It is easy to draw and even easier to read. Let's look at how to make a flowchart using Software Ideas Modeler.

User Story Map (Diagram)

A user stories diagram is the easiest way how to capture and define user requirements. The user stories may be organized within hierarchies and periods (called sprints). The epics represent the top level of the user story hierarchy. The requirements are organized in the form of statements - As ... I can ... so that ...

Decision Matrix (Decision Table Diagram)

A decision matrix (or decision table) is the right choice, if you want to resolve possible outcomes of many combinations of conditions. It allows you to define conditions and possible actions. Then you define the rules which show what conditions lead to what actions.

Reversed Direction Setting for Connector Tool

Each connector tool has defined a default direction in which it is inserted into the diagram. You may change this setting using the context menu for the tool.

Working with Progress Bar (Infographic)

Infographic element Progress Bar shows a visual representation of progress. This tutorial shows you how to harness all its capabilities.

Screen Flow Diagram (Wireframing)

Screen Flow Diagram allows you to connect your wireframes into a flow with branches according to the user's interactions.

Shapes (Drawing Group)

Draw various shapes in your diagrams. Software Ideas Modeler offers dozens of basic shapes that can be used on any diagram. You may find the shape tools in the Drawing group in the toolbox.

First Steps with Software Ideas Modeler

You have installed Software Ideas Modeler and you want to start to work with it. This article guides you through the first steps after running the application.