Archive of old comments.

24 March 2013 16:30:55

SplinterX 5 March 2013 12:09:47

Unfortunately i realized that in SIM it's actually very bad with ER-diagram. It's much better to do in erwin, but it's completely commercial and not portable, and dont even have project tree. Then why can you just copy its advantages? It won't be "stealing" because it's just already STANDART!!! Its called IDEF1X + absolutely correct rectangular behavior of lines. SIM use Crow's foot notation and without correct rectangular style "foot" looks crooked - middle "fingers" attached to border (it's right), but two others just follow for rotation of line. it looks slovenly and not can be used in serious official diagrams. if rectangular style (rs) would work correct it could be avoid, but even without rs it's desirable to hold foot direct.

To erwin features you can add configurability and possibility dont follow strictly rules of notification like an option.

SplinterX 6 March 2013 7:12:03


not to follow. sorry.

Dusan Rodina - 6 March 2013 7:17:00


I will certainly implement also IDEF1X standard for E-R diagram, probably not immediately in version 6, but in some of next minor updates of version 6.

SplinterX 6 March 2013 7:24:08


Crow's foot also usefull thing, but not the way you made it.

SplinterX 2 March 2013 1:29:26


Hi, sorry for bad English.

In er-diagramm how can i turn entity "Structure" style to simple rectangle without any atributes and title of the entity in the middle? It's very inconvinient that entity title not clear. I mean it's very often when atributes is not required at all.

Also as "structure" style i mean such things like showing nulability setting. Actually not null string is so annoying that i spent all the day in searching er-diagramm tools without such thing. Then i figure out how to remove the NOT NULL string, but it dosent belong to visual style and can not be saved for all entitis. i really must set this for any new entity? Maybe you will make structure style too?

I like SIM, but it's usability very very low. You need a very good usability and interface designer.

SplinterX 2 March 2013 2:05:22

RE: elements

I've just known that NOT NULL showing setting isn't even saved when SIM restarts!!!! WTF.

SplinterX 2 March 2013 10:54:16

RE: RE: elements

rectangular line style rather dosent work than does.

Dusan Rodina - 3 March 2013 14:29:28

RE: RE: RE: elements


thank you for your suggestions. Currently, I work on version 6, which will bring a lot of improvements in many areas.

SplinterX 4 March 2013 10:19:04

RE: RE: RE: RE: elements

I prefer improvents like this, a little like this than a lot of new.))

Tomas Sandkvist 20 February 2013 2:15:41

Text breaks in transitions

I'm working on a sequence diagram with fairly long triggers and guards, and if I do a"top-down" layout the texts wrap in a way that meks them incomprehenceable. Is there a way to control these wraps?

Otherwise I would suggest that the resizing handles of connecting objects such as the transition will control the text wrapping.

This is the same for all connectors of all diagram types.

Dusan Rodina - 20 February 2013 15:21:58

RE: Text breaks in transitions

You can manually add a line break using CTRL+Enter.

There is also a style setting for maximal width, after which text will be wrapped, but I noticed that it isn't applied just for sequence messages (it is ok for other relations) - I'll fix it in the next release.

Tomas Sandkvist 22 February 2013 2:30:35

RE: RE: Text breaks in transitions

OK, but using custom style is annoying since selecting that does not retain the styles set on the project.

For instance the text font is set to Bold Microsoft dlg, which means that I have to manually edit ALL settings of each text I need to unwrap.

Dusan Rodina - 22 February 2013 13:49:34

RE: RE: RE: Text breaks in transitions

You are right, it is not very comfortable. I will implement better solution in version 6, which should be released soon. Wrapping will be handled also independently from style and it will be editable using mouse.

nico verduin 17 February 2013 7:50:33

conditions use case

How to I enter pre- and post conditions with use cases?

Dusan Rodina - 18 February 2013 4:10:20

RE: conditions use case

Currently, it is not possible. I will add it one of next versions. Meanwhile, if you want, you can use tagged values for this purpose.

Nico Verduin 24 February 2013 3:20:33

RE: RE: conditions use case

Ok. Thanks for the reply. I will be patient :)

Andrew 31 January 2013 12:48:26


Is there a particular version of the XMI standard needed for import?

Dusan Rodina - 1 February 2013 5:25:32


Software Ideas Modeler supports version 2.1 of XMI.

Danny Heijl 29 January 2013 5:49:23

C# import syntax

It looks like "auto-implemented properties" are not imported from C# source:

public string MyProperty { get; set; }

is ignored when imported.

A visibility filter would also be a nice to have on class diagrams (i.e. show/hide private fields/methods).

This after a 5 minute evaluation of the ultimate version. Looks extremely promising and the price is certainly right. Will have to play some more with it.


Dusan Rodina - 29 January 2013 6:11:08

RE: C# import syntax

Thank you for your notice. I will check the processing of auto-implemented properties and fix it.

The visibility filter for fields/methods is a good idea. I will certainly add it.