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Shape Editor

A Technology Developer can use the Shape Editor to specify custom shapes via a scripting language; that is, to create Shape Scripts. These custom shapes are drawn instead of the standard UML notation. Each script is associated with a particular Stereotype, and is drawn for every element of that stereotype.



Configure > Reference Data > UML Types > Stereotypes > [select or specify a stereotype] : Shape Script : Assign




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The format in which the script is written.


Opens a Windows browser dialog, allowing for a script file to be loaded.


Opens a Windows browser dialog, allowing for a script file to be saved.

Edit window

The area in which a script can be written.

Writing Scripts

Preview of main

A visual representation of the compiled script. Nothing displays until the Refresh button is clicked.

Next Shape

If a composite shape is defined within the Edit Window, clicking on the Next Shape button pages through the components of the shape.


Parses your script and produces a visual example of the shape in the Preview of main window.


Exit from the Shape Editor; don't forget to save your scripts from the 'Stereotype' tab.


  • Shape Scripts adopt the same color gradient settings as normal elements, as defined in the 'Standard Colors' page of the 'Preferences' dialog
  • If an element's appearance is modified by a Shape Script, many of the 'Advanced' context menu options for that element are disabled
  • Once you have finishing writing your Shape Script, click on the OK button; to save the Shape Script you must click on the 'Stereotypes' tab

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