process4.biz 7.x Documentation

features description for Process4.biz

Object

Definition

Objects are correspondences of real and/or abstract (business) objects (e.g. location, role, site, server, process, function, etc.). They are organised in the repository in classes and are represented as green cubes.

Objects are data descriptions (by properties and their characteristics), to which Shapes (i.e. graphical representatives) are assigned in the modeling. An object can be used on multiple diagrams (or frequently also on a diagram) over and over again. This means that all the shapes of an object of a class have always the same properties, resulting in freedom from redundancies.

Heredity

The term heredity does not entail object orientation in relation to objects (that would mean that a new object has all the characteristics and abilities of the superordinate base object); rather it means that this object is also available in other units apart from the originating unit.

Changes to inherited objects thus have a direct effect on the concrete object (at its creation location).

In principle, all objects and diagrams are passed up and down along the branched hierarchy tree. The display of inherited objects (and the access to it) is, however, related to user rights and filter settings.

Creating an object

  1. Mark the desired class in which you want to create a new object.

  2. Open the context menu (right-click) of the class or of the object window, and select the  function “New”.

Alternative:

Click on the menu bar in the repository on the button “New”.

  1. The properties window appears.
  2. Enter a name, and the desired property values for the object.

Place an object on a diagram

New Object

  1. Select the desired shape from the template which corresponds to a class in the database.
  2. Drag this shape on the page.
  3. Select “Create a new object” in the Object Selection window.
  4. A new object of this class is created, the properties window appears.
  5. Enter a name, and the desired property values for the object.
Note:

You can also set up shapes in your stencil which do not correspond to any particular class and then place the shapes on the page. In this case, it is then a purely graphical representation (e.g. for supplementing) on the specific diagram without any reference in the database.

Existing Item

  1. Select the desired class in Little repository.
  2. Select the desired object in this class.
  3. Drag the object to the page, holding the left mouse button.
  4. A shape of the selected object is created on the page and takes over automatically its graphic features and all properties of the object.
Shape-specific data

When (same) shape instances of an object that occur several times in a model should have properties applying only to a specific place on exactly one diagram, shape-specific properties can be used. The values of these shape-specific properties are assigned and stored exclusively by Shape.

See: Shape-Specific Properties

Copy & move objects

See: Cut, Copy, Paste & Special

See: Links

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