Tutorials about UML diagrams and UML-oriented features.


Entity-relationship diagram tutorials


How to work with relationships, relations and connectors.


Tutorials about infographics and charts.


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.

New Diagram By Selection

If you want to create a new diagram from a part of an existing diagram, you may copy the desired elements, add a new diagram and paste the elements into it. Or you may do it in just a click. This tutorial shows you how.

Day 10: Project Hierarchy

The models and diagrams are organized in projects. A project contains all elements, relationships, documentation, diagrams, other specific parts, and their associated data, fields and styling settings.

Day 9: Drag & Drop

Drag and drop is a very useful and intuitive technique. Software Ideas Modeler supports drag&drop actions wherever it is possible.

Highlighting Relationships in Entity-Relationship Diagrams

The ERD tool provides many useful features to help you work with diagrams. One of them is the highlighting of the context parts in the diagram.

Day 8: Editing Element Properties

Each element is defined by its properties - id, name, style, owner, repository, associated diagrams, tagged values, documentation. and other element-specific properties. You may edit all of them using the Properties dialog and a lot of them in the Properties sidebar.

Delete Container Without Nested Elements

Containers are elements which may contain other elements. By default, if you delete a container its nested elements will be deleted together with it. However, Software Ideas Modeler offers an option how to delete a container without its nested content.

Delete Element with Relationships

Elements are usually connected with other elements in diagram using relationships. If you know that you will not need an element nor its connectors to other elements, you may delete them together.

Style Set Editor

Style Set Editor allows you to edit a style set, its styles, styling rules, and color palette. This tutorial shows you how to use the Style Set Editor to create a new style set or edit an existing one.

Day 7: Styling Diagram Elements

Software Ideas Modeler offers plenty of styling options and settings. You may choose your colors and fonts, adjust the border width, the fill style, turn on shadows or gloss effects. An emulated handwriting style is also supported. It is possible to adjust the styles of individual elements. You may also extract these styles and reuse them.

Day 6: Mastering the Layout and Arrangement

A good layout makes a good diagram. Software Ideas Modeler provides a lot of tools that help you to create beautiful diagrams with a perfect layout.

Day 5: Exporting Your Work for Others

The diagrams and models you created may be presented to the outside world in standard format files. You may print the diagrams, send projects via email or create the whole documentations.

Day 4: Choosing Right Diagram Type

Software Ideas Modeler is a diagramming software which supports plenty of diagram types and standards. However, what diagram should be used in the given scenario? What diagram would be most useful for the specific task?

Day 3: Basic Diagramming Operations

If you want to create models and diagrams, you need to handle the basic diagramming operation - selecting elements, renaming them, mastering the work with the clipboard to copy and paste the elements. It is also good to know how to delete the diagram elements properly.

Day 2: Drawing Diagrams

The key activity in Software Ideas Modeler you would like to master is diagramming. This tutorial shows how to grasp basic concepts and how easy it is to create diagrams.

Day 1: First Steps with Software Ideas Modeler

This tutorial will show you how to start with Software Ideas Modeler, how to create a new project, save it and open the existing ones. It describes the main user interface layout and its components.

Navigate Other References

Elements may be used multiple times on diagrams. Multiple instances are also allowed on a single diagram. You may navigate the element references with a few clicks.

Show Element Details in a Diagram

Some elements have additional details which are not represented visually in diagrams. However, there is an element which allows you to display the hidden information. It is called Element Details.

Copy Style to Another Element

You may copy the style of an element to another element very easily.

How to Create Multi-Color Gradient Fill

The fill of an element does not have to be solid. You may use a gradient fill. Fill with two colors is used by default. However, you can add other colors to the gradient fill if you want. Software Ideas Modeler supports gradients with up to 10 colors.

Diagramming with Grid

If you want to make your diagrams aligned and sleek, you may try diagramming with the grid turned on.

5 Useful Selection Actions

Software Ideas Modeler offers several options how to work with the selection effectively.

Chart Types - Visualize Your Data Sets

Infographic diagrams can contain various data charts. They allow you to visualize your data sets. The individual charts have a lot of configuration options.

Split a Relationship with an Element

You may place a new element on a relationship. It will cause splitting the relationship into two parts which will be connected to the original start and end element on one side and to the new element on the other side.

Object as a Default Value (UML Diagramming)

Apart from literal values, you can set an instance as a default value of an attribute.

Set Enumeration Item as Default Value of Attribute

Enumeration items can be set as default values of attributes. After setting an enumeration item as a default value, it will be referenced - so if the item will be renamed, the changed name will be used for all references of the item.

Edit Visibility For Multiple Attributes/Operations

You do not need to change visibility of the class attributes (or operations) one by one. You may select multiple attributes (or operations) and then perform the desired action.

Turn SQL Script to Diagram

Using Smart Parser sidebar, you may easily convert SQL scripts to entity relationship diagrams.

Adding Attributes by Association Roles

If you have two classes connected by association you may want to add attributes representing the association roles. This tutorial shows how to do it in just a click.

Set Attribute Type Using Drag & Drop

There are many options how to set attribute type. You may type it, set it in the Properties dialog or drag another element from your project and set it as the type. The last option is described in this tutorial.

Software Ideas Server Management

Software Ideas Server Management is a tool for managing and setting the Software Ideas Server. Software Ideas Server provides online corporation features. The Management application allows you to set user accounts, browse and edit the repository, view logs, locks and messages.

Show or Hide Element Parts

The displayed element parts can be customized. You can show or hide various parts without changing the underlying model.

Insert Elements on Single Click

You can add several elements to your diagram very easily on single click.

Container Layout - Flow Layout

Flow layout arranges the nested elements into rows from left to right, the rows are placed from top to bottom.

Label Connectors

If it is uncertain which label belongs to which relationship you can utilize the label connectors in your diagram.

Software Ideas Server Setup

Server provides support for user cooperation, global repository and tasks.

Auto-Size of Diagram Element

A selected element can be resized automatically by double clicking on one of its grips. There is also a lot of auto-sizing options.

Navigating in Fields using Keys

When editing an element with fields (e.g. class) in a diagram you do not need to use mouse - the navigation between fields (e.g. attributes and operations) can be managed only using keys.

Remove All Field Styles

Each field (attribute, operation, etc.) can be styled to its own style - you can change its text color, background, border and other style attributes. However what to do if you want remove all these styles and restore the default unstyled appearance.

Container Layout - Stack Layout

There is several types of container layout which provides layout rules for nested element in a container.

Escape Key Usage

The escape key can be used in many ways in Software Ideas Modeler.

Element Snapping in User Interface Diagram

Some elements can be snapped automatically to borders of other elements. It is useful if you want to add a toolbar, scrollbar or menu to a window.

Add Related Elements to Another Diagram

Each element has its model which defines its properties and all its relationships with other elements in the project. If you reuse an element in another diagram you may want to add also other related elements. The easiest way is to use 'Add Related Elements' feature.

Include Label to Main Bounds

Labels of labeled elements can be freely moved around the element box. Relationships points to the main shape of element. If you want to change this default behaviour and include the label into the main bounds you can use the feature "Include Label to Main Bounds".

Quick Action Box

Quick Action Box helps with many things - it searches elements, diagrams, performs actions and opens files.

Adjusting Label Position

It is possible to move the label of a labeled element (element with a separate label) to any position you want but you can also choose from one of 4 predefined positions.

Identification of Existing Name

You can name several elements in your project with the same name but sometimes it may not be what you want. Software Ideas Modeler warns you if you use one name twice.

Shaping Operations

The shapes (without model) can be combined together in various ways.

Diagram Description

Diagram Description is a tabular element type which provides basic information about the diagram which it is placed in.

Ribbon or Classic Menu

Do you prefer the ribbon interface or the classic menu? Software Ideas Modeler offers both. And moreover, there's nothing easier than switching between them.

Insert Relationships Using Smart Connector

Smart connector makes adding relationships between diagram elements quick and easy.

Auto Set Types (Entity Relationship Diagram)

Auto Set Types feature helps to set types to attributes in E-R diagrams. If you have entities with untyped attributes you can try to use this automated feature and let the program figure out what could be the appropriate types.

New Diagram

There is several ways how to add a new diagram to a project.

Abstract Modifier

Abstract class is a class which cannot be instantiated. It contains abstract operations (operations without body) whose behavior is defined in subclasses.


Using Glossary, you can define important terms which are used in the project. It can also contain abbreviations with their descriptions.

Database Reverse Engineering

It is often needed to edit existing database, extend its design, add new tables or edit the existing ones. Software Ideas Modeler offers a tool for importing a data model from database.

Adjusting View - Panning and Zooming

Software Ideas Modeler offers several options how to adjust the current view on a diagram.

Custom Diagrams

If you need a special diagram type, which is not present in Software Ideas Modeler, you can create it using Custom Diagram feature.

Working with Tabs

Software Ideas Modeler offers many options how to work with tabs.


Sometimes you may want to focus only on some parts of your diagram and suppress everything else. Filters allows you to fulfill this task.

One Element in Multiple Diagrams

This tutorial shows how to use one element in multiple diagrams.

Source Code Template Editor

Source Code Template Editor is a tool, which allows you to easily create your own source code templates. Software Ideas Modeler can generate a source code based on diagrams and models by these templates.

Element Browser

Element Browser shows the list of all elements present in the project. It shows also the elements which are not used on any diagram.

How to Change Style

There are several options how to change the style of elements in a diagram.

Styling Options

Software Ideas Modeler offers rich styling options. You can adjust the appearance of the background, borders and fonts. Also some effects are available which can made your diagrams more shiny. Each element in the diagram can be styled with a custom style.

Diagram Bounds and Style

How to set diagram size and its background. Difference between diagram editor setting and diagram style.


If you want choose element, you want to work with, you have to select them. You can select one or more elements using Selection tool.

Drawing Paths

Relationships between elements can be depict using paths. Software Ideas Modeler offers many options how to draw paths and connect elements.

Drawing Shapes

There are multiple ways how to draw a new shape (element), so you can choose your favorite one.

How to Use Alt Fragment

Alt is very a frequently used operator of fragment. It divides the fragment into partitions and for each one defines a condition (guard) which must be true for the executed partition.

How to Create Asynchronous Message

Asynchronous messages allow the caller to continue processing. It doesn’t have to wait for a response. Asynchronous calls are used in multithreaded applications and in message-oriented middleware.

How to Work with Layers in Diagram

The elements can be organized in layers that can be moved, hidden or otherwise restricted.

Associated diagrams and relationships between their elements

This tutorial shows how to create associate diagrams and define the relationship between two elements, which are defined in two different diagrams.

Batch Export of Diagrams

The Batch Export helps you save many diagrams effectively. You just set how the output should look like once as well as the output directory. You may leave the rest to the software. This tutorial will show you how to set the batch export and utilize all its options.

How to import classes from .NET assemblies

This tutorial shows how to access and use reverse engineering.

How to style multiple elements with the same style

This tutorial shows how to apply the same style to multiple elements.