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Swimlanes

Swimlanes are vertical or horizontal bands in a diagram that divide the diagram into logical areas or partitions. You can apply them to all Enterprise Architect diagram types. Activities relating to particular entities within the model (such as the User, or the back end Repository) can be placed within the same Swimlane to indicate their association. You set up the Swimlanes using the 'Swimlanes and Matrix' dialog.

Access

Ribbon

Design > Diagram > Manage > Swimlanes > Swinlanes

Layout > Diagram > Swimlanes > Swimlanes

Menu

Diagram | Swimlanes and Matrix > Swimlanes

Context Menu

Right-click on diagram background | Swimlanes and Matrix > Swimlanes

Options

Field/Option/Button

Action

See also

Active

Select this checkbox to make the Swimlane facilities active on the diagram, as opposed to the Matrix facilities.

Kanban Facilities Swimlanes Matrix

Orientation

Click on the drop-down arrow and select the orientation of the Swimlanes: Vertical or Horizontal.

Font Color

Click on the drop-down arrow and select the color in which to display all Swimlane text.

If the color you require is not shown, click on the Other button and either select from a wider range of standard colors or define a custom color.

A

Click on this button to display the 'Font' dialog, on which you can define the type, style, size and effects of the font used for text on all Swimlanes in the diagram.

If you also change the text color here, it overrides the setting of the 'Font Color' field.

Set Element Font

Line Color

Click on the drop-down arrow and select the color in which to display all Swimlane borders.

If the color you require is not shown, click on the Other button and either select from a wider range of standard colors or define a custom color.

Create Custom Colors

Line Width

Click on the drop-down arrow and select the line width of all Swimlane borders - either 1 (thinnest), 2 or 3 (thickest).

Locked

Select this checkbox to prevent the Swimlanes in the diagram from being made narrower or wider.

Bold Font

Select this checkbox to display all Swimlane text in bold.

Hide Classifier

Select this checkbox to block all Swimlane classifier names from being shown on the diagram.

Hide Names

Select this checkbox to block all Swimlanes names from being displayed on the diagram.

Show Names in Title Bar

(If the 'Orientation' field is set to 'Vertical'.)  Select this checkbox to display each Swimlane name in the title bar, above the Swimlane.

Swimlanes

This panel lists the currently defined Swimlanes, in the sequence (top to bottom) in which they are displayed on the diagram (left to right, or top to bottom).

New

Click on this button to begin defining a new Swimlane for the diagram.

The 'Swimlane Details' dialog displays, on which you provide the name, classifier and background color of the Swimlane.

Swimlane Details

Hand (Up)

Click on this button to move a selected Swimlane one position up in the Swimlanes list.

Hand (Down)

Click on this button to move a selected Swimlane one position down in the Swimlanes list.

Modify

Click on this button to change the name, classifier or background color of a selected Swimlane.

The 'Swimlane Details' dialog displays.

Swimlane Details

Delete

Click on this button to delete a selected Swimlane from the Swimlanes list and from the diagram. A prompt displays for you to confirm the deletion.

OK

Click on this button to save and apply your changes, and close the dialog.

Cancel

Click on this button to abort your changes, and close the dialog.

Notes

  • If you set a background color for a swimlane, it takes on the same shading profile as the main diagram background