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The Tool Palette is located on the right side of the Flow Chart view. It consists of drawing tools divided into categories depending on the chosen modeling options and the chosen template. You can toggle the visibility of Tool Palette by clicking the btn_toggle_toolpalette button.

The Tool Palette includes the following controls when using the default template:

 

Favorites

This category is available when 'Show Favorites' is selected from the Tool Palette Pop-up Menu (see below). Any Tool Palette button can be dragged under the Favorite category. Note that you first have to unlock the Tool Palette from the pop-up menu.

 

Process Steps

btn_activity  Activity

btn_core_process  Core Process

btn_decision  Decision

btn_external_model  External Model

btn_activity  Information Container

btn_main_process  Main Process

btn_subprocess  Subprocess

 

Flows

btn_control_flow  Control Flow

btn_information_flow  Information Flow

btn_material_flow  Material Flow        

 

Connectors

btn_material_flow  Association

 

Stores

btn_information_store  Information Store

btn_material_store  Material Store

 

Miscellaneous

btn_organization_item  Organization Item

btn_note  Note

btn_group  Group

btn_checkpoint  Checkpoint

btn_draw_picture  Picture

btn_text  Text

 

A tool can be selected from the Tool Palette by clicking it (see Create Model Elements in a Flow Chart). After a drawing tool is used to create new model element on the flow chart, the Select tool is automatically selected. To avoid this, double-click the tool button when selecting it.

 

 

 

Pop-up Menu of Tool Palette

 

mnu_popup_tool_palette

 

By right-clicking anywhere on the Tool Palette, you can open the pop-up menu where the following options are available.

 

Show Button Captions Used for toggling the visibility of the button caption beside the button.

 

Collapse Other Categories Other categories than the selected one are collapsed when you select this option.

 

Show Favorites Used for toggling the visibility of the Favorites category. This visibility setting is user specific.

 

Add Category... Opens the Tool Palette Category Properties dialog where you can add a name for the new category to be created. The new category is created as the last category in the Tool Palette but you can change its position by dragging it. However, you cannot move child model categories before base model categories.

 

Category Properties... Opens the Tool Palette Category Properties dialog where you can edit the name of the category.

 

Delete Category Deletes the selected category and all buttons in it (if such exist). A confirmation is asked before the category (and the buttons) are deleted. If the category has been inherited from a base model, you cannot delete the category.

 

Add Button... Opens the Tool Palette Button Properties dialog for creating a new button.

 

Button Properties... Opens the Tool Palette Button Properties dialog where you can edit the button properties.

 

Delete Button Used for deleting the selected button. A confirmation is asked before the button is deleted. If the button has been inherited from a base model, you cannot delete the button.

 

Lock the Tool Palette Used to lock the Tool Palette buttons so that they cannot be reordered.

 

Set as Default Palette Category State Used to store the expanded/collapsed state of the Tool Palette groups.

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