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Screen layout in the ARIS Express modeling area

Screen layout in the ARIS Express modeling area

Model overview pane

Modeling area pane. Displays the model in an overview. You can quickly change the visible area of the model window by moving the frame displayed. The size of the frame is determined by the size of appearance that you set in the Size of appearance box in the toolbar. The lower the percentage you enter in the Size of appearance box, the larger the visible area and thus the frame of the model overview, and vice versa.

You can specify that the pane is only visible when required.

Toolbar

Provides you with quick access to frequently required functions. Instead of having to click several times on menu items, the relevant command is executed by a single click on a button. You can see what button executes what command by moving your mouse pointer over a button on the toolbar and hovering over it briefly.

Program title bar

Displays the name and location of the model as well as the program name.

Menu bar

Gives you access to the ARIS Express functions. Related menu items are grouped under the visible main menu items and are offered to you when you click on a main menu item. Buttons are available in the toolbar for the main menu items, providing you with faster access to their functions. If a certain function is not available, individual menu items or main menu items are not accessible. In this case, the entries are paled out. This is the case, for example, if certain model items need to be selected in order to be executed, but are not selected.

Model tab

Tab of the open model. Each model is opened in its own tab. The tab is given the name of the corresponding model. You can switch from one model to another by clicking on the tabs. Simply click on the cross (x) on the tab to close a model.

Find box

Input box that you can use to quickly find objects, connections, free-form texts, and attributes in the model. Items found are highlighted in color in the Attributes pane in the model window.

Symbols pane

The Symbols pane provides you with the objects you need to create your models. The objects you can use for the selected model type are available.

You can change the view by clicking on the down arrow in the pane header or using the menu:

View/Symbols/Small symbols: The symbols are displayed small and without text. If you move the mouse pointer over a symbol, its name is displayed.

View/Symbols/Large symbols: The symbols are displayed large and without text. If you move the mouse pointer over a symbol, its name is displayed.

View/Symbols/Small symbols with text: The symbols are displayed small and with text.

You can specify that the pane is only visible when required.

Attributes pane

Modeling area pane. Lists the characteristics of objects and connections that are selected in the model window. If no model item is selected, or graphic objects are selected in the model window, the model characteristics are displayed. If you select free-form text or placed model attributes, no information is displayed in the Attributes pane.

You can specify that the pane is only visible when required.

Selected model item

Selected items are indicated by handles. When you select an element, its placed attributes are also selected, e.g. an object and its name. You can move the object or placed attribute and position it wherever you like in the modeling area.

The characteristics of the selected object are listed in the Attributes pane.

Model window

In the model window, you can place objects, attributes, free-form text, etc. You determine the visible area by means of the size of appearance, which you can select in the Program toolbar. You can also change the visible area using the Model overview pane. When you select an item in the model window, the data of the item is output via the Attributes pane.

Fragments pane

The Fragments pane provides you with the fragments that are available for the current model type. It may contain fragments delivered with the program or fragments you have created. You can configure the content of the Fragments pane. All users can set up their Fragments pane independently of other users, and is offered their own, customized Fragments pane after logging in.

You can specify that the pane is only visible when required. You can also extend and limit the number of fragments offered.

See also

Video tutorial ARIS Express modeling area