Layer

If you have ever experienced how hard it is to deal with a number of shapes, try the application of multi-layers. In Agilian, you can manage different shapes efficiently by making using of multi-layers. The function of layer assists you in assigning different shapes into different layers, hiding unnecessary shapes, locking shapes and selecting shapes in shortcut. 

Creating a layer

  1. Right click on the diagram background and select Layers... from the pop-up menu to open Diagram Layers dialog box.
    Select Layers... from the pop-up menu
    Select Layers... from the pop-up menu
  2. In Diagram Layers dialog box, click Create new layer button to create a new layer.
    Create a new layer in Diagram Layers dialog box
    Create a new layer in Diagram Layers dialog box
  3. Finally, define the name for the newly created layer.
    New layer will be an active layer
    New layer will be an active layer

Sending shapes to a layer

The existing shapes are kept in default layer. However, both existing shapes and the newly created shapes can be sent to a new layer.

Create a new layer by following the steps of previous section. Right click on a shape and select Layers, and then select the new layer you create in advance.

Send the shape to a new layer
Send the shape to a new layer

As a result, the shape you selected will be sent to the new layer.

Hiding shapes on a layer

You can make a layer invisible on diagram through Diagram Layers dialog box. To do so, uncheck Visible of your target layer that you want to be hidden on diagram.

Shapes on the layers are invisible on diagram
Shapes on the layers are invisible on diagram

Locking shapes on a layer

In Diagram Layers dialog box, check Locked of your target layer to make all shapes in that layer immovable and non-editable while uncheck Locked to make them movable and editable.

Shapes on the selected layer are locked
Shapes on the selected layer are locked

Selecting shapes on a layer

You can also select all shapes of the selected layer. To do so, click Select shapes in selected layers button in Diagram Layers dialog box.

Shapes of the layer are selected on diagram
Shapes of the layer are selected on diagram

Related Resources

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