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Using the Package Panel

The 'Package' panel provides facilities to create and manage folders (Packages). New models can be added that typically contain a number of other Packages. These Packages form the structure of the model and can be used to group elements, diagrams or other Packages. A Package can also be viewed as a list of elements that will include other Packages, or as a Gantt chart describing the allocation of resources to the elements in the Package.

Available Facilities



See also

Model Wizard

Click on this icon to open the Model Wizard, which provides Patterns from a wide range of technologies that you can use to quickly generate new models in your project.

Model Wizard


Click on this icon to create a new child Package under the current Package. The 'New Package' dialog displays, on which you specify whether to create the Package from a Pattern (with child structures), with a child diagram, or as a Package only.

Add a Package


Click on the drop-down arrow to display a selection of facilities that you can use to manage Packages in the model.

  • Properties - maintain the properties of the current Package, using the 'Properties' dialog
  • Baselines - display the 'Baselines' dialog for the selected Package, to create and compare Baselines of the Package with the current version
  • Validation - display a short menu of options to create validation rules and run and cancel a validation of the current Package
  • Lock - display the 'Lock Package' dialog for the selected Package, on which you restrict changes to the Package
  • Browse for Package - display a 'Project Browser' dialog listing only Packages, through which you can easily locate and select a specific Package from within the model hierarchy
  • Search for Package - display the Find in Project view, pre-loaded with the 'Find Package' search to locate Packages of a specific name or type
  • Export Package (XMI) - export the selected Package as an XMI file
  • Import Package (XMI) - import a Package from an XMI file
  • Copy Package to Clipboard (XMI) - immediately copy the selected Package to the clipboard
  • Paste Package from Clipboard (XMI) - paste a Package held on the clipboard as a child of the selected Package
  • Clone Package Structure as New Version - copy the structure of the selected Package and paste it into the Project Browser as a new Package and contents; a prompt displays for you to enter a version number for the new Package, followed by a browser on which you select its parent Package
Properties Dialog Run Validation Configure Model Validation Lock Objects Under Require User Lock to Edit Export to XMI Lock Packages Under User/Group Locking Model Search Manage Baselines Import from XMI

Specification View

Click on this icon to display the Specification Manager, a document-based interface to a selected Package in the model, providing the means of creating and reviewing elements as text representations of objects in the Project Browser. When you select this option, the Design Ribbon changes to the Specification Edit Ribbon.

Specification Specify Ribbon The Specification Manager

List View

Click on this icon to display the selected Package in the Package Browser window, in List View mode.

Package Browser

Gantt View

Click on this icon to display the selected Package in the Package Browser window, in Gantt View mode.

The Project Gantt View

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