User Manual for Software Ideas Modeler
This section offers articles and topics which explains the particular parts of Software Ideas Modeler - ribbon and menu actions, sidebars, options and settings and template language commands.
Software Ideas Modeler needs for its run installed .NET Framework 4.5.2.
Software Ideas Modeler offers various editions that include different subsets of all features. During the evaluation period, you may try any of the offered editions and find the one which suits your needs best.
The following steps show you how to apply your license you get to e-mail after your purchase.
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.
Server provides support for user cooperation, global repository and tasks.
Removing Software Ideas Modeler from your computer is very easy.
Beginning 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drag and drop is a very useful and intuitive technique. Software Ideas Modeler supports drag&drop actions wherever it is possible.
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.
Home tab offers the common and most used editing actions, which include work with clipboard, text and element formatting, styling, basic arrange actions, selection, search and replace.
Insert ribbon tab includes several actions for insertion of new contents to the active project.
Design ribbon tab contains various actions for layout and arranging. It also provides a tools for work with style sets.
Project ribbon tab offers actions for editing project structure and project level lists.
Diagram ribbon tab provides actions for editing diagram properties, managing layers, filtering diagram content, setting its format and also tools for further processing.
Review ribbon tab contains tools for project comparison, change tracking and some specialized helper tools.
Process ribbon tab provides tools for reverse engineering diagrams from various sources (code, database), source code and documentation generation, template and global list management.
View ribbon tab provides application environment settings, access to project model, open windows and tools for handling macros.
The file tab contains the main actions which allows you to start your work and later to save the result or creates another output from the existing project using print/export actions.
If you select an element, another context tabs will be shown. One of these tabs is Model tab in Element context group. It allows you to adjust the model of the selected element(s).
The file menu contains the main actions, which allows to start work and later to save the result of done work or creates the other output using print/export actions.
The edit menu allows to manipulate elements in the editor area.
The View menu allows to set custom preferences of application user interface.
The Project menu provides commands for work with project structure and its content.
The Diagram menu allows to perform actions on the current active diagram and adjust its settings.
The Element menu allows to perform actions on the selected element(s).
The Arrange menu provides commands, which help to adjust the bounds and alignments of elements and the layout of the whole diagram.
The Tools menu provides various specialized tools. It allows to generate documentation, source code, do reverse engineering, edit lists and set application options.
The Windows menu provides commands which allow you to manipulate the open child window.
The Help menu provides the access to help and to the information about the product.
Text menu offers actions for work with formatted text. The actions affect the active formatted text whether it is in a diagram, in a sidebar or as a tab with documentation.
Project Tree sidebar allows to browse the models, diagrams, and elements of the project and to add, move, order or delete these project item.
Properties sidebar allows to change some basic properties of the selected element.
Styles sidebar contains the list with defined styles and buttons which allow to work with the current style set and its styles.
Generation sidebar helps you with source code generation in various languages. You can generate source code for the current diagram or the selected elements.
The Fast editor allows you to textually edit the selected element - adjust its name, stereotypes, attributes, operations, etc.
Style sidebar allows you to adjust the appearance of the current selected element. You can change background, border, fonts and other style parameters.
Documentation sidebar allows you to set a formatted description for any element in a diagram and for the diagram itself.
Layers sidebar allows you to add, remove and reorder the layers of diagram. Each diagram can be divided in multiple layers, which can be easily shown or hidden.
To-Do sidebar allows you to add, manage and organize your to-do tasks in a simple list. These tasks are assigned to the current project.
Design Patterns sidebar allows you to create your custom design patterns from selected elements in the diagram or to apply existing design patterns from the list.
Field Patterns sidebar allows you to apply existing field patterns to elements, add new custom field patterns or delete the existing ones.
Parser sidebar allows you to easily turn your source code into diagram elements.
Graphics sidebar contains the list of shapes you can add to the diagram using drag and drop.
Cooperation sidebar allows you to work with the list of persons and to filter the content of the active diagram.
Preview sidebar displays a thumbnail of the active diagram and it highlights the current viewing area with the semitransparent rectangle.
Options and Settings
General tab contains general application settings and options (user interface settings, language, etc.)
Save tab offers settings for backups and exports.
User Profile tab allows you to define your user profile, which allows to identify your project files.
Diagram Editor tab allows to adjust diagram editor behavior and appearance.
Project Tree tab handles the settings of the project tree.
E-mail tab allows to set preferences about e-mail sending.
Update tab allows to set the way how you want to handle new versions of Software Ideas Modeler.
Menu tab allows to set custom shortcut keys for any menu item.
Commands for objects of Relation type defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
String and text commands defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
Logical boolean commands of Software Ideas Modeler template language.
Commands for objects of GlossaryItem type defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
Commands for objects of TaggedValue type defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
Commands for objects of OperationParameter type defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
Commands for objects of Operation type defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
Commands for objects of Attribute type defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
Commands for objects of ERDEntityAttribute type defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
Commands for objects of ERDEntity type defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
Commands for objects of Association type defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
Commands for objects of Class type defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
Commands for objects of ModelElement type defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
Commands for objects of DiagramElement type defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
Commands for objects of Diagram type defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
Commands for objects of Model type defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
Commands for objects of Project type defined in Software Ideas Modeler Template Language.
Basic commands of Software Ideas Modeler template language.