Chapter 34. Diagramming and Modeling

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Setting line and connector style

Setting connector line style

Connectors are the lines that connect two shapes. When more shapes are created and more connectors appear, you may find that it is difficult to handle the straight spaghetti-like connectors. To overcome this problem, Visual Paradigm provides five connector styles to help you handle the connectors, namely RectilinearObliqueCurveRound Oblique and Round Rectilinear.

To change the line style, right click on the target connector and select Style and Formatting > Connector Style and one of five line style options from the pop-up menu.

Change line style

As a result, the connector is changed into the selected line style.

Change line style

Line style options

Name Sample
Rectilinear rectilinear sample
Oblique oblique sample
Curve curve sample
Round Oblique round oblique sample
Round Rectilinear round rectilinear sample

Setting diagram base line style

Beside the five styles mentioned above, there also have Follow Diagram feature, you don’t need to set the connector one by one if you want to change all connectors in the diagrams which defined as Follow Diagram.

To change the style of all lines on diagram, right click on the diagram background, select Connectors and one of five line style options from the pop-up menu.

Change diagram line style

As a result, all lines on the diagram are changed into the selected line style.

All lines are changed into curve

Setting line jumps options

As more diagram elements on your diagram, more miscellaneous connectors are overlapped with each other. It is impossible to explicate on those intersections which connector you indicate. The advantage of Line Jumps is making one of the two connectors different to another to indicate that which connector links with which diagram element clearly. Visual Paradigm provides four line jumps options to help you to distinguish connectors. Furthermore, the enhanced feature of line jumps in Visual Paradigm enables you to set different size of line jumps.

Setting connector line jumps options

To change the jumps option of a connector, right click on the connector, select Style and Formatting > Connector Style and then select an option under Line Jumps.

Set Arc

Note: The line jumps options are available only when two connectors are overlapped.

Line jump options

Name Sample
 Off  Off
 Arc  Arc
 Gap  Gap
 Square  Square

Setting diagram base line jumps options

In addition to the 4 options mentioned above, Follow Diagram is another choice for altering the connectors. The main feature of Follow Diagram is, all connectors in the diagrams can be changed simultaneously instead of setting one by one.

Right click on the diagram’s background, select Connectors and select an option under Line Jumps from the pop-up menu.

Select Gap from the pop-up menu

Setting line jump for new project

  1. Select Window > Project Options from the toolbar to open  the Project Options window.
  2. In the Project Options window, click the Diagramming page, open the Connector tab and select the Line Jumps style or select Off to disable it. At last, click OK to confirm the changes.

Setting different line jump size

You can enlarge the line jump size to make the selected line jump (or all line jumps) on the connector(s) more obvious. Furthermore, the size of line jump can be customized in either the current diagram or the future diagram. If you only want to set to the connectors of current diagram, right click on the diagram’s background, select Connectors and then a size option from the pop-up menu. Otherwise, if you want to set to the connectors of future diagram, set it through Project Options window. Three size are availabe for chooising. Normal is the standard size by default while extra large is the maximum size.

Setting line jump size for current diagram

  1. Right click on the diagram’s background, select Connectors and then a size option from the pop-up menu.
    Set Large
  2. The line jump(s) on the current diagram will turn into the size you selected.
    Arc in large size

Setting line jump size for future diagram

  1. Select Window > Project Options from the toolbar to open the Project Options window.
  2. In the Project Options window, click Diagramming page and open Connector tab.
  3. Under the Line Jumps section, check an line jump option and then select a line jump size option from Line jump size‘s drop-down menu.
    select Large from the drop-down menu

Setting connector caption orientation

Visual Paradigm supports a number of ways of aligning connector caption, which apply on different modeling preferences. By default, the caption of a connector is aligned horizontal only, but you also can customize it to Follow DiagramHorizontal OnlyHorizontal or Vertical OnlyFollow Connector Angle, and Follow Connector Angle and Keep Text Up Right. You can either customize it one by one or change all connectors in the diagram which defined Follow Diagram.

Setting connector caption orientation

To customize the caption orientation option of a connector, select the connector, right click and select Style and Formatting > Connector Style, and then select one out of four options under Caption Orientation.

Change caption orientation to Follow Connector Angle

Follow Connector Angle sample

Caption orientation options

Name Sample >Description
Horizontal Only horizontal only caption orientation option The caption of connector is aligned horizontally.
Horizontal or Vertical Only horizontal or verticle only caption orientation option The caption of connector is aligned either horizontally or vertically, according to the connector.
Follow Connector Angle follow connector angle caption orientation option The caption of connector is aligned the diagonal angles of both shapes.
Follow Connector Angle and Keep Text Up Right follow connector angle and keep text up right caption orientation option The caption of connector is aligned the diagonal angles of both shapes, but keeps top right.

Setting diagram base connector caption direction

In addition to the 4 options mentioned above, Follow Diagram is another choice for altering the connector. The main feature of Follow Diagram is, all connectors in the diagrams can be changed simultaneously instead of setting one by one.

Right click on the diagram background, select Connectors and select one out of four options under Caption Orientation from the popup menu.

Change caption orientation by diagram popup menu

Setting connection point style

The connection point of a connector is used to connect from the original shape to the target shape using a connector. In Visual Paradigm, you can choose one of two kinds of connection point style: either Round the shape or Follow center for each shape. Round the shape allows you to set the last connection point of the connector moving along the boundaries of the original shape while Follow center refers the last connection point of the connector depends on the center of the original shape. The most attractive point of connection point style feature is that the animation of a connection point style will be playing repeatedly once you select the corresponding connection point style.

You can compare the differences of two kinds of connection point style shown as follows:

Compare two kinds of connection point style

To set a connection point style:

  1. Right click on shape and select Styles and Formatting > Connection Point… from the pop-up menu.
    Open Select Connection Point Style dialog box
  2. In the Select Connection Point Style dialog box, choose a connection point style option. Click OK button.
    Choose Follow center option