Determine how model items should be aligned during automatic layout. The options available are those that are relevant for the procedure you selected in the Layout procedure box.
Layout procedure that is used as the basis for placing model items for the first time. Depending on your selection, different model types and setting options will be offered.
Minimum object spacing
Spacing by which objects are to be separated from each other. The following applies here:
● If the grid is disabled, the value you entered defines the exact spacing between the objects.
● If the grid is enabled, the value you entered defines the minimum spacing between the objects.
The first value specifies the horizontal spacing, and the second value the vertical spacing in millimeters. You can enter a value between 1 and 100.
Do not line up connections
Does not include connections when lining up.
Enlarges objects when the number of anchor points for the incoming connections is no longer sufficient.
Minimize connection anchor points
Reduces the number of anchor points in the layout. If you use the grid at the same time, you can obtain the effect of superimposing several incoming connections.
Specifies the modeling direction from left to right instead of top to bottom.
Optimizes the width and/or height of columns in layouts of row/column models.
If you have disabled this check box, the horizontal and vertical values will only have an effect on those columns and/or rows for which you have already defined values for the corresponding height/width. For example, if you have specified that objects should have a horizontal spacing of 500 millimeters and the Adapt columns/rows check box is disabled, this spacing can be applied only to objects that have enough space in their column/row.
Insert space using part layout
Prevents objects overlapping when applying layout generation to selected objects. Space will be inserted for the newly arranged objects if they are placed where other objects were positioned in the original layout.
Specifies the alignment of the objects. The spacing corresponds to the horizontal and vertical spacing values you entered:
The main path is aligned on the center. Branches will be arranged to the left and right of the main path. Depending on the modeling, this option may have the same layout result as the longest path - centered option.
Longest path - centered
The longest model path is aligned on the center. Branches will be arranged to the left or right. Depending on the modeling, this option may have the same layout result as the Centered option.
Longest path - left
The longest model path is aligned to the left. Branches will be placed to the right.
Longest path - right
The longest model path is aligned to the right. Branches will be placed to the left.
Specifies the arrangement of satellites, i.e. of the objects that are assigned to structurally relevant objects. When satellites are arranged, different connection types are also included. Satellites that are connected to an object via the same connection type will be grouped together in one space.
Satellites are arranged from left to right. Satellites that are connected to the structurally relevant object by the same connection type are placed directly next to one another.
Satellites are arranged inside a square if possible. Satellites that are connected to the structurally relevant object by the same connection type are combined in a common space.
Satellites are arranged from top to bottom. Satellites that are connected to the structurally relevant object by the same connection type are placed one directly below the other.
Root position with regard to subtree
Specifies where objects which have subordinate objects are placed in relation to these subordinate objects.
The root is centered above the subordinate objects.
The root is aligned to the left of the subordinate objects.
The root is aligned to the right of the subordinate objects.
Specifies the arrangement strategy.
The objects are arranged inside a square if possible.
The objects are arranged according to the original layout.
The objects are arranged according to the object hierarchy from top to bottom.
Root node position
Specifies how objects that do not have any incoming connections are arranged.
Arrange all roots above
All root nodes are placed on the highest level.
Place single roots lower
The length of the connections between the root nodes and the connected objects is made as short as possible, so that they are positioned close together.
Place roots with components lower
The length of the connections between the root nodes with directly connected objects and connected objects positioned farther away is made as short as possible. This ensures that the roots and their components are positioned as close as possible to the following objects.
Change to vertical layout
Specifies the position at which you want to start placing the objects from top to bottom instead of from left to right.
Number of artificial gaps
Specifies the number of artificial gaps that are to be inserted between associated object groups. The objects will then be grouped together in a clear structure.
Quality of procedure
Specifies the number of passes used to improve the quality of the layout generation. You can enter a value between 1 and 5. The higher the value you enter, the higher the quality of the layout will be, but also the longer it will take to calculate.
Minimum spacing between two objects
Specifies the minimum required distance between two objects in millimeters.
Minimum port spacing
Specifies the minimum required distance between incoming connections on an object in millimeters.
Specifies the distance between placed objects.
Specifies the distance of the model from the top and left borders of the model window in millimeters.
View of how the model will appear on the basis of your entries after automatic layout generation. The layout of the model is regenerated as soon as you change an option. During the calculation process, the phrase (regenerating...) is displayed behind the term Preview for your information.
Use as default
Uses your layout settings for other models to which you apply the selected layout procedure.