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You can use link technologies and types defined in the designer and assigned to the individual classes with the classes-matrix in the form of a table for the entire model. If you want to edit the entries too, for example by assigning link types comfortably over the appropriate cell to two classes, then lock your database in Designer. The Matrix class can be opened via the corresponding menu item in the main menu of process4.biz.
In the left window you can select which link types and technologies should be used in the class selection. As a result, all classes are listed with a set link type and technology rule set.
Select then if conditions or messages should be displayed in the matrix. Use the option “Show only classes with defined link”, to select, whether all classes (when deactivated), or classes with the selected link technologies and types (when activated) should be displayed.
Select via a two-hierarchy tree window which classes of the selected units should be displayed in the rows or columns of the table. Empty rows or columns that have no assigned link technology and/or link type, can be hidden by checking the box “Hide empty rows/columns”.
In the table shown on the right, you can then check for which two classes a link type and/or link technology have been set at the intersection of this cell.
Assuming that the database structure has been locked in the designer and the user has the appropriate rights, the class Matrix not only allows for comfortable viewing of the activated linking rules, but enables also the user to process them together with the characteristics of the respective classes. Right-click on the selected cell and select from the popup menu the desired action.
Edit the link rules
With this option, you can assign to two or more selected classes (readable through the row or column of the selected cell) a link technology and a link type and edit and delete existing rules for link technologies and types.
Removing link technologies and types
All rule sets for link technologies and types between the selected classes are completely deleted.
Edit Class X
The properties of any class X located in the selected row or column, are opened and can be edited.
Copy the cell data paste the copied cell data
It is possible to copy the contents of a cell with the defined link technologies and types and add it to another cell (multiple selection with Ctrl and Shift are possible). Copying/pasting the cell data also works between two databases. The prerequisite for this is that the copied link type exists in the target database already.
You can apply all these functions for several selected cells simultaneously or for all classes of the selected row or column. Select for example the row or column of a particular class in order to remove via the context menu on the right-click button all assigned link types with other classes.
Assign link technologies
Using the class matrix, you have the ability to assign link types and
link technologies to all classes in the database. This can be defined in
the top-left cell at the intersection of the column <to any> and
the row <from any>.
The link types “linked with” and “linked to/linked from” are enabled by default between all classes of the database and thus are available for the linking of objects (manually or automatically). In addition, you can set more link types and activate them via class matrix for the entire database as well as delete existing rule sets by right-clicking on the selected cell and selecting the desired option.
Deleting all registered link types disables the linking between objects of different classes, unless a special link type has been created for this class.
Export to Excel
Clicking on “Open the matrix in Excel”, enables you to export the selected view of the class matrix in Excel. This function is only available in the Professional Edition and provided that the license for the Query Builder has been activated.