Create Diagram from Selected Elements

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You can create new diagrams from existing model objects for both Business Process and Conceptual diagrams. To do this, you can select model elements in the Model View tree or right-click on elements in an open diagram. You can then create a diagram from the selected elements. This command is also available on the Tools main menu.

Note: The newly-created diagram is displayed in the Model View tree with the elements displayed as presentation elements, which is indicated by a special marker on the element icons (ICON PRESENTATION ELEMENT.PNG).

Specific rules apply to both the Business Process Model and Conceptual Model diagrams. The following rules apply in general to the creation process:

  • Any combination of Reference Objects or External Data Objects can be selected and added in combination with Business Process or Conceptual Model elements, with the following exceptions: (1) Business Process triggers; (2) External Data Object attributes, columns, and data elements; and (3) Reference Object Domains.
  • The Create Diagram from Selected Elements command is disabled when an invalid combination of elements are selected. Those invalid combinations include:
  • Combinations of Business Process or Conceptual Model elements
  • Elements from more than one model (with the exception of Reference and/or External Data Objects).
  • Selections which include items which cannot be displayed on a diagram.
  • Elements which cannot be created on a diagram.
  • When creating a diagram from selected elements, relationships are discovered on the new diagram. However, a relationship can only be discovered when both the source and target nodes are selected when creating the diagram.

Creating Business Process Model Diagrams

When creating a diagram from Business Process Model elements, only one diagram can exist in a Business Process model that shows a private (internal) process (i.e., without pool/lanes). A new Business Process diagram can be created using this command when the following conditions are met:

  • This command is only available for pools in a Business Process model and only pools in the same model can be selected.
  • This command is not available for a combination of elements in different models.
  • Elements of the same process are selected, where there is not already an existing diagram representing that abstract process.
  • All Reference Objects and External Data Objects can be selected and included when creating a diagram.

Creating Conceptual Model Diagrams

New diagrams can be created from existing Business Entities, Subject Areas. and Groups, assuming they are all in the same model. All Conceptual Model elements can be selected to create a new diagram, with the following clarifications:

  • This command is available for Business Entities, Subject Areas, and Group, but not for Business Attributes or Relationships.
  • If only Subject Areas, Business Entities, or Groups are selected, the relationships are discovered and drawn.
  • If Interactions and Relationships connecting elements are selected, they are also included on the diagram.
  • If a connecting element is selected without a target or source element, the source and target element are discovered and included on the diagram.

Using the Create Diagram from Selected Elements Command

1 Right-click on a selected element in either the Model View or an open diagram and click Create Diagram from Selected Elements.
Note: Hold down the Ctrl key to select multiple elements, for example a Subject Area and a Business Element.
2 In the New Diagram dialog, enter the new diagram’s name and description.
Note: In the New Diagram dialog, the available model(s) depend on what model elements are selected. For example, if only pools are selected, the pool’s model is the only model available. If only reference objects are selected, all models are available.
3 Click OK, the New Diagram dialog closes and the newly-created diagram opens in the Diagram View area. The diagram also appears in the Model View tree under the model node you specified when you created the diagram.