Tutorial Diagram

Software Ideas Modeler provides tools for the easy creation of app tutorials. The Tutorial diagram allows you to describe application screenshots and design visual instructions for your users.

Tutorial Tools

The Tutorial diagram offers the following tools:

  • Picture
  • Step
  • Label
  • Ribbon Connector
  • Connected Label
  • Selection
  • Cursor
  • Key
  • Hand
  • Stylus
  • Wait
  • Tag
Tutorial Creator Window
Tutorial Creator Window

Picture (Element)

The picture element allows you to include screenshots and other pictures in your tutorial. The picture can have a frame of various types:

  • Rectangle
  • Rounded Rectangle
  • Snipped Rectangle
  • Scalloped Rectangle
  • Ellipse
  • Parallelogram

The radiuses of all corners can be adjusted separately. You can edit the picture caption by double-clicking on it or pressing the F2 key.

Step (Element)

Using the Step element, you can number the individual actions in your tutorial to show their order.

The steps are numbered automatically from 1 up. You can change the step number in the Properties sidebar (or dialog) using the Index field.

You can adjust the shape of the step from the default circle to: Ellipse, Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Triangle (Left), Triangle (Right), Right Triangle (Left), Right Triangle (Right), Diamond, Pentagon, Hexagon, Octagon, Star, Parallelogram, Pentagon Left, Pentagon Right, Pentagon Up or Pentagon Down.

The standard (Arabic) numerals as 1,2,3, etc. are used for the step numbers. You can change it to:

  • Roman Numbers (Lower Case) - i, ii, iii, iv, ...
  • Roman Numbers (Upper Case) - I, II, III, IV, ...
  • Letters (Lower Case) - a, b, c, d...
  • Letters (Upper Case) - A, B, C, D...

The instruction for the step is displayed in the attached label which can be moved to any position in the diagram.

Label (Element)

The Label element can be used for placing various simple labels anywhere in the Tutorial diagram.

Ribbon Connector (Element)

The Ribbon Connector allows you to connect two elements in the diagram and create a ribbon that leads from one element to another.

Connected Label (Element)

The Connected Label is a useful element that allows you to mark and annotate parts of the screenshots and pictures. The start point is marked with a circle. The other end of the connector leads to the caption. The start point gets fixed to the point within the annotated element.

Selection (Element)

The Selection element depicts the bounds within a picture or other described element. If you want to describe a selection of something in your tutorial, this is the most appropriate way.

Cursor (Element)

The Cursor element depicts the clicking on the user interface objects. You can use a variety of options to show the individual mouse actions. The element has the following switches:

  • Clicked
  • Show Mouse
  • Left Button Pressed
  • Right Button Pressed
  • Middle Button Pressed

You can also choose the cursor pointer from these options:

  • Pointer
  • Hand
  • Cross
  • IBeam
  • Size All
  • Split Horizontally/Vertically
  • Help
  • Wait
  • No

Key (Element)

Using the Key element, you can include shortcut keys in your tutorial. Just enter the key name or a combination of multiple keys, and the shape will display it visually.

The element allows you to adjust the bevel size and rounding of the drawn keys.

Hand (Element)

Using the Hand element in the Tutorial diagram, you can indicate the gestures in the touch screen environment.

Stylus (Element)

The Stylus element can be used to describe stylus action in the user interface.

Wait (Element)

If the user has to wait you can illustrate it using the Wait element. It is depicted as an hourglass.

Tag (Element)

The Tag element creates a pin to an exact position in the diagram that can be described using the text within the element shape. The tagged position can be adjusted using the rhombus grip.

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