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Start Ribbon

The Start Ribbon provides a range of facilities for exploring, navigating and viewing the information in the repository. These include tools to navigate and search for items, to view the important events, messages, discussions and work that is relevant to a modeler on a given day, and to view and change the workspace, including styles and preferences. This Ribbon also provides access to the Help facilities, including registering licence keys and checking for updates.




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You can use the 'Explore' panel to navigate the repository and explore its contents. Most repositories will contain thousands - if not tens of thousands - of elements, and having tools to navigate through and locate items of interest is critical when working in the repository. There are a number of Browsers that are tree views, showing the hierarchical relationships of Packages (folders), elements, diagrams, features, resources, views, items and more. Other tools help you to search for and locate elements, diagrams and Packages regardless of their location.

Using the Explore Panel


The 'Today' panel provides a convenient collection of the tools that are useful for visualizing what is important in the model right now - that is, today! For any contributor to the repository, there will be things that must be attended to today; these are conveniently brought together, ensuring that you are informed about what you need to attend to, and made aware of information that is important to your role. These tools include Model Mail, which contains messages from other modelers, the Project Calendar listing important events, Gantt Charts listing work allocations, Discussions about elements, Kanban diagrams where tasks are presented, and a number of other facilities.

Using the Today Panel


The 'Windows' panel is a collection of windows that are often referred to as 'docked windows' as they are typically docked around the edges of the workspace and provide information about the model and system activity. They provide a rich way of viewing information about elements as you navigate through elements in diagrams or the Project Browser. The Notes window provides descriptive text, the Summary window list the important aspects of an element and the Properties window provides details of an element's metadata and more.

Using the Windows Panel


The 'Workspace' panel helps you to define the look and feel of the application. You can set preferences that change the style of the interface to suit the work role you are performing. You can define any number of workspace layouts, saving sets of windows that are specific to a role that ultimately increases your productivity as a modeler. There is a wide range of preferences you can set to tailor the way the application behaves for individual users, including setting colors, fonts and diagram styles.

Using the Workspace Panel


The 'Help' panel provides access to the powerful Help system and to a wide range of on-line facilities to support your use of the tool, including the management of Licence Keys. The Help system contains both overviews of functional areas of the application and detailed topics on how to use specific tools, helping you to be highly productive. The Help is normally accessed as an on-line, web-based system, but you can select to download the file-based Help to provide a local Help system. You can also open the Learning Center, which provides user-focused guidance for common tasks.

Using the Help Panel

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