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.
3. Point inside the globe shape, press and hold the left mouse button, and drag the pointer to the right of the shape. When you release the mouse button, the Process shape appears and is connected to the globe shape by a line.
You can click a shape in the Shape palette and drag it onto your chart. However, to automatically connect a new shape to an existing shape, you must use the method described in step 3.
4. On the File menu, click Close. Click No when prompted to save the chart.
How To – Place repeated copies of a shape
1. Double click on the Selector tool at the top of the left toolbar.
2. Click on the Box entity on the Shape palette. The Box will be highlighted.
3. Move the pointer to the chart area, and click in the position where you wish to place the first Box. ProcessModel places the Box where you clicked.
4. Move the pointer to another part of the chart, click to reset the tool, and click again. ProcessModel places another Box on the chart.
5. You can place as many Boxes as you wish on your chart by repeating this step. The copying mode for the Box remains activated until you click on another object on the palette or another option on the left toolbar.
6. On the File menu, click Close. Click No when prompted to save the chart.
After a shape has been placed on the layout, it can be exchanged for any other shape. This avoids having to reconnect lines or re-enter data that has been entered previously.
How To – Replace a shape
1. Click on the graphic(s) in the layout to be changed.
2. From the Arrange menu, select Replace Shape.
3. From the Replace Shape dialog select a shape from the Share Media tab, from the Shape Library tab by clicking on the Replace button. Alternatively a graphic can be pasted that was previously copied to the clipboard by clicking the Paste from Clipboard button.
No matter what type of graphic (Entity, Resource, Activity, etc.) is used to replace the current shape, the original settings of the shape on the layout will remain unchanged.
In addition to placing predefined shapes into the chart, you can draw your own shapes. You can draw these shapes with the Draw tool:
How To – Draw shapes
1. Click the File menu, and click on New Process.
2. Click on the Draw button on the Standard Toolbar to activate the Draw Toolbar.
3. Click the Draw tool on the lower toolbar. A menu of shapes appears.
4. Click Ellipse.
5. Move the pointer to the center of the chart.
6. Press and hold the left mouse button, and drag the mouse down and to the right until the ellipse is two inches long and one half inch high.
7. Release the mouse button.