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Model Views

The Model Views facility captures information on the objects in your model from different perspectives that you define yourself, helping you to encapsulate your model under the areas you are interested in.



Show > Window > Model Views  or

Start > Explore > Model Views

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View Root Nodes

There are three types of View root-node available:

  • Model Views - stored in the model and visible to all users; you can have many of these
  • My Views - stored locally on your machine and visible only to you; you can have only one of these
  • Technology-defined Views - read only; each View is stored with and populated by the corresponding active MDG Technology

Additionally, there is a Recent Team Reviews folder that contains current correspondence from the Team Review concerning items that are held in any of the Views; this folder has a separate repository of postings for each Team Review server connection you access through the model. You can control how recent these postings must be, and how many are to be listed.

When you open the Model Views window for the first time on a project, a Model Views root section, My Views root section and Recent Team Reviews folder are added for you. These can not be deleted or renamed; however, you can create further Model View root nodes that you can modify and delete.

Model Views Operations Team Review Tools Model Views Context Menus Team Review Connections

Subordinate Folders

Under the My Views root node you can add a single level of View folders, which enable you to group Search View folders as best suit your requirements.

  • A Search View is a folder of elements or structures that you assemble by assigning a model search to the folder; when you double-click on or expand the folder, the search runs and refreshes the folder contents
  • You can also set a search to refresh at a defined interval, and to notify you if new results are found

Under a Model View root node you can create Views folders that can contain Search View folders, Slideshow folders and Favorites folders.

  • A Slideshow folder contains diagrams only, which you can display as a slide show with diagrams being shown in the sequence in which they are listed in the folder

    One folder represents one slide show - you can run the slide show automatically or manually; in either case the diagrams are closed after they have been displayed
  • A Favorites folder gives you easy access to commonly-used items in the Project Browser; to create hyperlinks in a Favorites folder to the required items in the Project Browser, drag items from the Project Browser into the Favorites folder

You can also export all of the View folders containing Views from any root section as an XML file, and import a Views XML file as an additional, editable Model View root node.

These are single-level items; if you drag a Package into the Favorites folder, you cannot expand that Package there.

To select specific items inside a Package, expand it in the Project Browser and then drag the items into the Favorites folder.

Model Views Operations Diagram Slide Show

Key to Model View Contents

Items on the model view can be identified by their accompanying icons:

- A Model Views root node

- A View Folder

- A Favorites Folder

- A View (search-based)

- A Slideshow Folder

- The My Views root node

- The UPDM (DoDAF-MODAF) View (a Technology-defined View)

- The Recent Team Reviews folder

- A repository of documents from a selected Team Review, concerning elements in the Model Views

- The recent posts folder for the selected team review

Accessing Operations

To perform operations on the Model View contents, you can use the:

  • Model Views window Toolbar or the
  • Item context menus

Each level of the Model Views hierarchy has a slightly different context menu.

Model Views Toolbar Model Views Context Menus