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Offline jeanlene

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Drawings
« on: March 27, 2015, 06:02 PM »
Is it possible to draw free arrows ? It should be very useful to add comments to Sankey diagrams.
Is it possible to draw other forms than squares, ellipses and lines ?

Offline pbeilschmidt

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Re: Drawings
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2015, 08:39 AM »
Hello jeanlene,

thanks for your post.

> Is it possible to draw free arrows ?
I understand that by "free arrows" you mean arrows that do not show a node (process) at the end, right?
Yes, this is possible, however, in this case you would work with invisible/hidden processes, since arrows are defined by their starting node (source) and their target node (destination). It is required to keep the invisible nodes, in order to move the arrow, or connect the next arrow.

To draw free arrows, click on the button "Arrows" in the toolbar, then click in the editor, keep the mouse button pressed, and drag to the destination. To hide the processes, select them and uncheck "Display Process" from the Properties panel of the process.

> It should be very useful to add comments to Sankey diagrams.
Yes, I agree. There are two different comments that can be added to Sankey diagrams.
One is a free text comment: from the toolbar select "Text" and click in the editor to position a text field. Then type the text in the text field, either directly in the drawing editor area, or in the Properties panel.
The other comment is attached to an arrow. When adding a flow to an arrow the first line of the arrow label is the name of the flow with its quanitity. There is an additional comment line for free text. In the Arrows Properties panel set the check mark for the option "Display Label" in the Label panel. Then edit the comment for the individual arrow. The advantage of the arrow comment label is that it moves with the arrow, so if you drag the node where the arrow is hooked to the comment will stay close to the arrow.

> Is it possible to draw other forms than squares, ellipses and lines ?
Not sure which othe shapes you need. The Shapes menu has squares/rectangles, ellipses/circles, lines.
You may want to experiment with image icons for processes or any free image in the editor.

Hope that answered your questions. If you need further assistance, please let me know. The 'Getting Started' section in the online help of e!Sankey might be worth a look. We can also schedule a quick webconference to go through some features, if you like.
 
Have fun working with e!Sankey

Peter Müller-Beilschmidt
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ifu Hamburg GmbH