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Modeler panes
Modeler includes a number of panes that allow you to view different aspect of a model, such as the Package structure and diagrams. The first time you open Modeler and whenever you run the Reset Views command, the Modeler panes are organized into two groups.
The group of panes in the top left of Modeler includes the Packages, Parts, Diagrams, Relationships and Dictionary panes. These panes contain browsers to help you find and organize items and diagrams:
Packages - provides a view of a model in the context of the Package hierarchy. The Package pane shows you which items and diagrams are scoped by each Package in the model, in addition to providing an easy way of maintaining Packages in the model. Through drag and drop operations, you can quickly change the Package hierarchy, and quickly move items and diagrams between Packages. The context menu of a Package allows you to create items that are then scoped by the Package you right-clicked.
Parts - provides a view of a model in the context of the Parts hierarchy. The Parts pane shows Packages, Classes, Data Types, Interfaces, Signals, Parts and Ports. The Parts pane shows sub-Parts and sub-Ports, including inherited sub-Parts and sub-Ports, and redefinitions; so that you can work with these Parts and Ports in context.
Diagrams - contains a folder for each diagram type within the model; you can open the diagrams through the context menus in the Diagrams pane. The diagram folders are organized into UML, Variability, Proprietary and profile folders. All diagrams appear in the All Diagrams folder.
Relationships - contains folders for the key modeling activities that you manage within Modeler: Concurrency, Constraints, System Architecture, Use Case, Instance, Class, Object Interaction, Data, Activity and State. The Relationships pane shows associations and containments and allows you to view and manage the hierarchical structure of your model. You can add items to the dictionary through the dictionary item context menus and you can also add and maintain relationships between dictionary items by using the context menus or by dragging and dropping dictionary items within the structural hierarchy of the model.
Dictionary - contains a folder for each dictionary item within the model; the Dictionary pane alphabetically lists each dictionary item type and you can expand the folders to see the dictionary items contained in your model. The dictionary item folders are organized into UML, Variability, Proprietary and profile folders. The Dictionary pane does not show any relationships between dictionary items, although you can manage links between dictionary items through the dictionary item context menus.
OSLC - provides a view of external OSLC systems and data within those systems. It allows you to specify external servers (e.g. IBM Rational DOORs Next Generation), browse for information and create OSLC Links to the external data.
The group of panes in the bottom left of Modeler includes the Contents, Results, Results 2, Output and Favorite panes. The information contained in the tabs is organized in the same way as the standard Windows Explorer and you can double-click the folders to access the information you require:
Contents - displays the contents of the currently-selected item in the Packages, Parts, Diagrams, Relationships or Dictionary pane. You can also use the Contents pane to navigate through your model. Use the drop down list on the Contents pane to determine which aspect of the model you want to display. This corresponds to the way in which information is displayed in the Packages, Parts, Diagrams, Dictionary and Relationships panes. You can navigate through the information using the standard Windows Explorer features (double click to move down into the folders, the Up one Level icon on the toolbar to move up). You can also display the icons in the Contents pane in different ways, using the standard Windows toolbar buttons (large icons, small icons, list and details). The Contents pane allows you to sort information by headings. For example, the standard headings are Name, Changed by, Changed on; you can sort each item by the date that it was changed, by clicking on the heading. Clicking again on a heading reverses the order of the search. The Contents pane also enables you to perform multiple selection, so that you can change the common properties of selected dictionary items.
Results - displays the results of a dictionary search, for example, or report details
Results 2 - alternative tab for displaying the results of a dictionary search.
Output - displays messages for the user, for example error messages and diagram checking results.
If the Output pane is being continuously updated, for example when logging the progress of a system simulation, the Output pane scrolls so that you can see the new entries as they occur; however, If you click or select text in the Output pane, the Output pane will stay anchored to that text. If the Output pane is anchored to some text and you want to see new entries as they occur, click any text in the Output pane, and then press Ctrl+End.
Diagram Thumbnail - allows you to pan, zoom in and zoom out of the active diagram.
Favorites - allows you quickly access items and diagrams that you use regularly. For more information, see Working with the favorites pane.
The Properties pane (the Property Pages) is shown in the bottom right of Modeler:
Properties - displays the properties of the active item or diagram. The item or diagram type determines which property tabs are displayed.
You can organize the panes as required, and you can set up panes to auto hide.
You can create panes for each browsable profile Package in the model. For more information, see Overview of creating panes for profile packages.
You can quickly find an item in a Modeler pane, by right-clicking the item, pointing to Find, and then clicking the appropriate Browser command.
If you hover the mouse pointer over a pane, a ToolTip displays the name of the pane.
Profiles, such as the SysML Profile, create additional panes in Modeler.