Xemod User Interface

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This help article applies to all Xemod versions from Xemod 2010 v1.0 to the actual Xemod version.

This article contains basic information about the user interface of Xemod. The picture below gives an overview of the main elements of the user interface, which are discussed below.

Elements of the user interface can be shown or hidden via options in the group 'Show/Hide' on the tab 'View'.

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Drawing Form

Xemod's Drawing Form

The Drawing Form is the central part of Xemod and is used to create or view a diagram. It is opened if a user chooses to create a new diagram or if an existing diagram is opened via the Project Explorer.

Multiple drawing forms can be opened at the same time. A drawing form can be resized in whatever size. Arranging several open drawing forms can be done via options in the group 'Windows' on the tab 'View'.

Zooming in and out is possible via options in the group 'Pan & Zoom' on the tab 'View' or via the options on the right bottom part of the screen.

The drawing forms show a grid, which can be adjusted. This can be done via the option 'Adjust grid' on the tab 'View', or via 'Xemod Options' that are accessible via the Application Menu.

Project Explorer

Xemod's Project Explorer

The Project Explorer has two main parts: 'Representation' and 'Model'. The 'Model' part shows all the elements or so-called model facts that are defined in the project. The 'Representation' part shows all diagrams and tables by means of which the model is represented. Together they form the repository.

The repository can be searched by entering a value in the search box that is on top of the Project Explorer and pressing <Enter>.

Two perspectives can be chosen by clicking the button left besides the search box. The 'Default Perspective' shows all representations and model facts. The 'Organization Perspective' shows in the 'Model' part how actor roles are nested. Actor roles that are not nested are shown in the folder 'Not Bound'.

The Project Explorer is by default positioned to the right side of the screen, as a tabbed page. It can be positioned elsewhere by selecting the tab and then holding down the left mouse button on its title bar and dragging it to one of the other predefined positions that will be marked or to another position.

Properties Form

Xemod's Properties Form

The Properties Form shows the properties of a selected model fact. It is shown if a model fact is selected in the 'Model' part of the Project Explorer, or if a representation of it is selected on a diagram.

The Properties Form is by default positioned to the right side of the screen, as a tabbed page. It can be positioned elsewhere by selecting the tab and then holding down the left mouse button on its title bar and dragging it to one of the other predefined positions that will be marked or to another position.

Depedent on the preferences of a user, the properties form will also pop up at drawing new model facts. Those preferences can be set via 'Xemod Options' that can be opened via the Application Menu. See the setting 'Setting properties at diagram elements'.

Ribbon

Xemod's Ribbon

The Ribbon - based on the Microsoft® Office Fluent™ user interface - shows nearly all commands that are available in Xemod. The commands are divided in several tabs. A context-sensitive tab appears if a diagram is opened.

The Ribbon can be minimized by pressing the ^ button on the right side of the Ribbon or by double-clicking on the tab that is currently selected.

Verification Pane

Xemod's Verification Pane

The Verification Pane shows the issues that are found at performing a model verification.

The Verification Pane is by default positioned to the bottom side of the screen. It can be positioned elsewhere by holding down the left mouse button on its title bar and dragging it to one of the other predefined positions that will be marked or to another position.

Messages Pane

Xemod's Messages Pane

The Messages Pane shows warnings that will appear at modelling.

The Messages Pane is by default positioned to the bottom side of the screen. It can be positioned elsewhere by holding down the left mouse button on its title bar and dragging it to one of the other predefined positions that will be marked or to another position.

Application Menu

Xemod's Application Menu

The Application Menu shows several most used options that mainly apply to a project file as a whole, like opening a project, closing a project, et cetera.

It also provides access to user preferences via the button 'Xemod options'.

Overview Pane

Xemod's Overview Pane

The Overview Pane is helpful if a diagram contains a lot of elements and they are not all visible on the Drawing Form (unless when zoomed out a lot). By dragging the white-filled square in the Overview Pane quickly another part of the Drawing Form can be shown.

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