This menu is used for actions that affect how the various panes are viewed.
This menu entry brings up a dialog box, describing all the diagrams in the current project under ArgoUML.
The dialog box contains a table with three columns and one row for each diagram in the current project. A scroll bar gives access if the table is too long for the box. Double button??1 click on any row will select that diagram in the editing pane. The three columns are as follows.
Type. Lists the type of
Name. Lists the name given to
Description. Shows how many
nodes and edges there are on the diagrams. A node is a
“2-D” artifact and an edge is a connector
This dialog box is not modal, which allows it to remain open while editing the model for easy navigation.
The V0.22 implementation of ArgoUML does not inmediately update the dialog box with changes made to diagrams: change of name, addition of diagrams, deletion of diagrams.
This menu entry brings up a non-modal dialog box for the ArgoUML search engine.
At the top, the dialog box has four tabs labeled
Constraints. Of these all but the first
are grayed out in the V0.22 version of ArgoUML (because they
are not imlemented yet), so the first tab is always
Name??and??Location specifies the
search to be made. It contains the following:
A text box labeled
specifies the name of the element (or artifact) to search
for. Wild cards (
?) may be used here. A drop down gives access
to find expressions previously used.
A text box labeled
specifies which diagrams are to be searched. Again wild
cards may be used. Both these two text boxes have a
default entry of
*, i.e. match
To the right of these two text boxes, a selector
Element??Type: allows you to
specify the UML metaclass for which you are
A selector labeled
allows the search to be made over the entire project (the
default) or as a sub-search over the results of a
previous search. When opened, a list of all the search
result tabs appears.
Beneath these boxes is the button
Tabs. This clears the display of tabs with the
results from previous searches (see below). This button
is downlighted if there are no tabs but the
And finally, there is the button
Find. This causes the search specified in the
text boxes and selectors above to be executed. The
results are displayed in a tab taking up the lower two
thirds of the page.
The lower two thirds of the dialog comprises an initial
Help) giving summary help,
and further tabs displaying the results of searches. These
search tabs are labeled with a summary of the search
in??diagram and are
divided horizontally in two halves.
Button??1 double clicking on these tabs removes the tab, and spawns a new window that contains the tab contents, i.e. the search results. This window can be moved and sized at will. This does not work for the help tab.
The top half is labeled
Results: followed by a count of the number of items
found. It comprises a table with one row for each element
(artifact) and four columns. The width of the columns can be
Type. Lists the type of element
Name. Lists the name given to
the element (artifact).
In Diagram. Where the artifact
is visible on a diagram, this lists the name of the
diagram, otherwise it shows
Description. Contains a
description of the element (artifact). In ArgoUML V0.18
this seems to be restricted to the single entry
Button??1 click on any row will give more information on that artifact by showing related artifacts in the bottom half (see below). Double click on any row describing an artifact on a diagram and that item and diagram will be selected.
The bottom half of the tab is a table labeled
Related??Elements: and is a table with the same
columns as the top half. When an element (artifact) has been
selected in the top half, this table shows the details of any
Enlarging the dialog vertically shows that the "Related Items" part changes in size, but not the Search results part. However, between them is a divider line and when hovering over this line, the mouse pointer changes into a sizing icon, and the border between these 2 areas can be moved up or down to redistribute the space in the window.
This dialog box is not modal, which allows it to remain open while editing the model for easy navigation. But the V0.22 implementation of ArgoUML does not inmediately update the dialog box with changes made to the found artifacts: change of artifact name, change of diagram name. Deletion of a diagram does not stop the possibility to navigate to it.
This entry brings up a sub-entry, which allows scaling the view of all diagrams to a factor of its normal size. This setting is not saved persistently.
The sub-menu items that can be selected are:
Zoom Out. Shortcut (Ctrl-Minus).
Gives more overview over the drawing.
Zoom Reset. Returns to the
default zoom ratio (i.e. 100%).
Zoom In. Shortcut (Ctrl-Equals).
Makes the items on the drawings bigger.
This cycles the grid representation on the screen through the following sequence:
dots at 16 pixel spacing (the default);
dots at 32 pixel spacing;
no grid of any form;
full grid at 16 pixel spacing; and
full grid at 8 pixel spacing.
This cycles the spacing of grid snapping through the following sequence:
snap at 8 pixel spacing (the default);
snap at 16 pixel spacing;
snap at 32 pixel spacing; and
snap at 4 pixel spacing.
There is no option to turn off snap to grid altogether
In the V0.22 version of ArgoUML this is not actually a true snap to grid. It just defines the increments by which artifacts are moved around. Thus if an item has an X coordinate of 4 and Grid Snap is set to 8, moving will take it to X coordinates of 12, 20, 28 etc, not 8, 16, 24 etc
If you wish to align on true grid snap boundaries,
you can use the