2.1.7 – Working with Shapes
In ProcessModel, shapes offer important capabilities that make them more powerful than ordinary graphics. Shapes have properties that allow them to represent your business operations and become part of simulations to test those operations. In contrast, graphics are simple pictorial enhancements to the charts on your screen displays. Graphics do not enhance the simulations. Instead, they offer you the capability to present more explanation as part of your screen displays.
ProcessModel also enables you to convert Shapes into Graphics or Graphics into Shapes through the Arrange menu. This ability means that you can design custom graphics, and easily embellish your models by adding new components.
Whether you are creating an organization chart or a process model, shapes are the components that make up a chart. ProcessModel provides the Gallery of hundreds of pre-drawn shapes and a drawing tool that lets you draw your own shapes. From this Gallery, you can select a set of shapes for each of your projects, create other unique shapes for those projects, and place all the shapes for a project on a specialized Palette. You can save any specialized Palette for later use.
The palette is the window holding the shapes (objects) to be used in the model to depict entities, activities, storages, and resources.
There are pre-configured palettes for Healthcare, Service, Logistics, Manufacturing, Military and many other industries. These may be customized by adding or removing objects or by modifying the individual shapes. The palette may be saved and other palettes may be selected. New palettes can be created and graphics imported. The default is selected during installation when the default industry is selected. To access the other palettes, select the drop down next to the word General at the top of the palette.
The first three sections of this tutorial teach you to:
• Open the Gallery and identify shapes
• Place shapes from the Gallery into the ProcessModel
• Position shapes on the page
• Number shapes
Adding Shapes to a Chart
How To – Add shapes to a chart
1. Click the File menu, and click on New Process.
The General palette contains shapes typically used in flowcharts. To complete this tutorial, you should have the General palette open. If the General palette is not open, press F9 to bring up the Manage Media menu. In Public Media Collections, double click on ProcessModel 5, and then double click on the General palette.
2. Rest the pointer over the green globe on the top row of the Shape palette. Its name is Item (Entity). Left click the green globe. It will be highlighted on the palette.
3. Move the pointer to the chart area, and click in the position where you wish to place the green globe. ProcessModel places the globe where you clicked.
4. To place additional shapes on the chart, return to the Shape palette. Highlight and place each shape by repeating steps 3 through 5.
How To – Automatically connect a new shape to an existing shape
1. Click on the Process shape on the left toolbar.
2. Position the pointer on the green globe you placed on the chart in the previous tutorial. The pointer changes to an image of two shapes connected by a line.