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Arranging nodes

Arrangements of nodes are preserved by rigiedit. You can perform automatic graph layouts and tweak them manually for a more understandable appearance.

To arrange nodes horizontally:

  1. Select one or more nodes.
  2. Right-click near the bottom of the canvas.
  3. Choose Horizontal from the Layout menu.

    The selected node(s) are arranged horizontally, starting from the point on the canvas where you clicked, and remain selected.


Similarly, you can choose Vertical or Grid from the Layout menu for other simple kinds of arrangements.

To move a group of nodes:

  1. Select one or more nodes.
  2. Place the pointer over any node in the selected group, hold down the shift key, press the left mouse button, drag to another area, and release.

    The selected node(s) are moved as a group to the area where the mouse button was released.

You can automatically produce a tree-like arrangement of nodes to, for example, show a call hierarchy (within part of a level in the subsystem hierarchy).

Such hierarchical arrangements should not be confused with the subsystem hierarchy presented in an Overview window; that is, these arrangements are hierarchies in appearance only and are not directly represented in the graph model.

To produce a layered, tree-like arrangement:

By default, automatic arrangements shift and scale nodes, if necessary, to stay within the boundaries of the window.

James Uhl
Wed Jul 10 14:13:22 PDT 1996