Fan Relations Layout

The Fan Relations layout arranges the immediate relations of an element around a specified edge. This layout requires a single element to be selected on the diagram, to be used as the context for the layout.fan

How to:

To invoke the Fan Relations layout, follow the steps below:

Step

Action

See Also

1

Open the Layout Tools window; either:

  • Select the View | Diagram Layout menu option, or
  • Right-click on the main toolbar and select the Layout Tools context menu option

Layout Diagrams

2

Select the single element around which to lay out related elements on the currently-active diagram

 

3

Click on the drop-down arrow on the top left button of the Layout Tools window, and select Fan Relations

 

4

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

The options are:

  • 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

 

5

In the Padding (px) field, type the separation required between the selected element and its related elements, in pixels

 

6

Select the connector direction to use in determining the related elements to lay out; either:

  • Incoming Nodes - to lay out related elements that have the selected element as the target
  • Outgoing Nodes - to lay out related elements that have the selected element as the source

 

7

In the Fan Edge field, click on the drop-down arrow and specify the edge of the selected element from which to lay out the related elements

  • Left - to arrange related elements to the left of the selected element
  • Right - to arrange related elements to the right of the selected element
  • Top - to arrange related elements from the top of the selected element
  • Bottom - to arrange related elements from the bottom of the selected element