Other than stretching entities with the mouse, I cannot find anywhere to see or edit the sizes numerically. I really want to edit multiple selected entities at the same time, eg to make them all the same width. This seems to be a very basic function, so I must be missing something?
Hello Dandreae -
You can Control Select multiple entities and then drag them all to have the same width or height. You can also Control Select them and click on the Icon to "Match Width" and "Match Height".
If you'd like to update all of the entities in your model, you can use the filter icon on the left nav menu and clear all the elements. You can then select "Business Entity" and hit "OK". This will filter your view to only your Business entities, you can then either select the top while holding shift and then select the bottom one in the list or use control to select the ones you want to update. You can then drag them to all change their size at the same time. Don't forget to go back to your filter and select all again or you'll wonder why you can't see your other objects in the left nav menu.
While Height and Width can not be adjusted in Window>Preferences>Formatting>Conceptual Modeling > Business Entity, you can adjust other formatting items (ie color, text) that will be applied to all of the entities going forward.
Hope this helps!
Thanks Kim, but when I multi-select entities, the dragging only stretches the one entity. Also, I have no 'Match Width/Height' icons. We are using version 17.1.0, so maybe these are all more recently-added features?
I'm looking at 17.1.0 as well, and I'm not seeing the behavior that you are reporting. I would reach out to support and have them recreate that with you so that we can nail down what is happening in your scenario.
The Icons should be available when you are in a diagram (Conceptual or BPM). Make sure that that toolbar is visible by going to View > Toolbars > Layout and Alignment.
You can also get to it via the Format > Align Objects menu.
Ah, I'm doing a Logical model. Maybe it hasn't been implemented for that yet. The sizing options do not appear on either of the menus you mention.
Are you referring to the Logical Model in Data Architect?
Yes that's right. Am I posting in the wrong place?
You posted it under Business Architecture, and hence the reason I was thrown off. I'll reach out to the Product Manager for Data Architect and see if he has any additional advice for you.
You can select all entities and right click and choose Resize. Let us know if that works for you!
Data Architect does not have a method to change height and width of entities by specifying specific measurements. The content within the entities is typically quite variable (name lengths, # attributes, etc) so most modelers use the ability to "fit" entity size to match the contents.
However, what you can do is display and enable a "snap to grid", which is set in the Diagram and object display options. You can specify grid size. The grid background will assist you to visually compare when manually resizing the entities.