How to Import Microsoft Visio Stencils

When drawing UML diagrams (e.g. use case diagram), sometimes you might find yourself in a place where you could use other non-UML shapes, in order to explain the concept better. That’s why we made a collection of predefined stencils available for you. You can even import stencils from Microsoft Visio.

This tutorial will show you (1) how to use predefined stencils that come with VP-UML and (2) import stencils from Visio to VP-UML.

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Group Generalizations with Generalization Set

When working on a use case diagram, you may have a superactor with a few subactors underneath from generalization. For formatting purpose, you may want to group the lines of generalization together for a more organized presentation.  This can be done by creating a generalization set.

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How to Perform Refactoring

In an ideal world of system design, we’d probably want to create a generic library to store common components for reuse. That way, we can avoid creating the same components over and over again. Also, any changes you need to make to a component will automatically be rippled down to all projects which point to the same generic library.
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What to do If You Cannot Resize Shapes in a Diagram

Sometimes when you reopen your project and try to edit the diagram, you find that the shapes in your diagram are not resizable. This probably caused by you have turned on the auto-fit size option of your diagram. This could be caused by you accidentally turned on this option, or your other team member turned it on when they editing the same diagram in teamwork environment. By turn on this option, all the shapes in your diagram will be fitted its size automatically, thus, all the resize points around the shape will be disabled. Read more

How to Duplicate a UML Diagram

You can clone a source diagram into your target diagram, so that you can make modify the diagram without affecting the source diagram. This article will demonstrate how to clone a  diagram using VP-UML and modify the diagram afterward.

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