Circular/Elliptical Layout

The Circle and Ellipse layouts arrange the selected elements in a circle or elliptical pattern, using the largest horizontal and vertical element edge in the set of elements when calculating the radius of the layout arc.

 

circleT2B       ellipse
 

Invoke the Circular or Ellipse layout

Step

Action

See also

1

Follow the general Layout Diagrams procedure, and at step 2 select either Circle or Ellipse as required.

 

Layout Diagrams

2

Click on the drop-down arrow in the Sort By: field and select the required sort parameter:

None - elements are passed to the specified layout in the order in which they appear on the original diagram (left to right, top to bottom)
Area (Ascending) - elements are passed to the specified layout in order of the screen space they occupy, smallest to largest
Area (Descending) - elements are passed to the specified layout in order of the screen space they occupy, largest to smallest
Name (Ascending) - elements are passed to the specified layout in alphanumeric order, based on the element name
Name (Descending) - elements are passed to the specified layout in reverse alphanumeric order, based on the element name
Element Type - elements are grouped by type (for example, Class, Use Case) and in alphanumeric order within the group by name

 

 

3

Under the Placement option, select either:

Top to Bottom - the elements are positioned in the required order, zig-zagged across the perimeter of the circle or ellipse, as in Diagram A
Circular - the elements are placed in the required order, clockwise around the perimeter of the circle or ellipse, as in Diagram B

 

 

4

Select the Center focused element checkbox to put the last-selected element (the one with the hashed border) in the center of the circle or ellipse, as in Diagram C.

 

 

 
Diagram A - Top To Bottom Layout

circleT2BWithArrow

 

Diagram B - Circular Layout

circleCWWithArrow

 

Diagram C - Center Focused Element

circleCenterFocus