What's New in Visual Paradigm

Latest release: 16.2 (Jul 22, 2020)

80+ new online diagrams

80+ new types of diagram have be added into Visual Paradigm since V.16.1 ranging from software design, business design, project management, Six Sigma, brainstorming, strategic analysis, decision analysis, problem solving, etc. You want even more new types of diagram to fit your specific need? No problem! Simply suggest them in the User Forum.

80+ new online diagrams

Some of the new diagrams

Yourdon Demarco DFD software

Yourdon DeMarco DFD

Marketing funnel tool

Marketing funnel

Empathy map tool

Empathy map

Roadmap software


Pedigree chart maker

Pedigree chart

SIPOC diagram tool

SIPOC diagram

Other new diagram tools:

  • Software design tool
    • Yourdon and Coad diagram
    • Gane Sarson diagram
  • Business design tool
    • ToFu, MoFu, BoFu
    • AIDA funnel
    • Kotter's 8-Step Change Model
    • Brand Essence Wheel
    • Circular flow diagram
    • Lewin's change model
    • Stock and flow diagram
  • Project management tool
    • Stakeholder matrix
    • Solution selection matrix
    • MoSCoW method
    • ADKAR
    • NASA project lifecycle
  • Engineering diagram tool
    • Block flow diagram
  • Strategic analysis tool
    • Vision and Strategy
    • BCG matrix
    • McKinsey 7S framework
    • GE McKinsey matrix
    • Ansoff Matrix
    • Perceptual map
    • Strategy canvas
    • Ohmae's 3C model
    • Strategy map
    • Balanced Scorecard
    • SOAR analysis
    • TOWS analysis
  • Six Sigma / Quality managemnet tool
    • PDCA
    • 5S
    • 6S
    • Critical to Quality Tree (CTQ Tree)
    • PICK diagram
    • Defect concentration diagram
  • Decision analysis tool
    • Force field analysis
    • Futures wheel
    • OODA loop
  • Problem solving tool
    • 5 whys
    • 5W1H
    • Driver diagram
    • How-How diagram
    • Why-Why diagram
    • Current Reality Tree
    • Future Reality Tree
    • Transition tree
    • Prerequisite tree
    • Evaporating cloud
  • General diagrams
    • KWL chart
    • Reframing matrix
    • Eisenhower matrix
    • Dichotomous key
    • Euler diagram
  • Brainstorming tool
    • Cluster diagram
    • Circle map
    • Bridge map
    • Flow map
    • Diamond ranking
    • PMI chart
    • Concept fan
    • Topic map
    • Six thinking hats
    • Reverse brainstorming
    • Stepladder technique
    • COCD box
    • X chart
    • Y chart
    • T chart
    • Lotus diagram
    • Star diagram
    • Starbursting
    • Disney's Creativity Strategy
    • Round-Robin brainstorming
    • Brainwriting

Form builder improvements

A bunch of new features have been added to the form builder to:

  • Improve the form's appearance
  • Facilitate better collection of data through new fields and collector support
  • Support form logic to show/hide fields
Form builder improvements

New form fields

New form fields

A rich set of form fields are supported. You can easily find the right fields that fit your data collection need. Some of the new fields:

  • Signature
  • Number
  • Slider
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Price
  • Website
  • Rating
  • Color
Show/hide form fields conditionally

Show/hide form fields conditionally

A form field can be set visible, hidden, editable and non-editable based on the value of a different field in the form.

Example use: When the user has selected "Other (Please specify)" for the question "What is your favorite color?", show an extra text field for her to enter the color she likes.

Multi-columned checkboxes and radio buttons

Multi-columned checkboxes and radio buttons

Keep your form compact and tidy by display radio buttons and check boxes in multiple columns. The form designer can specify the number of coloum to display.

Image field enhancements

Image field enhancements

Two minor yet useful enhancements have been made to the image field that makes it more useful:

  • Alignment of image: Align the image content to the left, center and right of the form. Example use: position a badge or company logo to the desired place.
  • Fit form: Avoid unwanted margin by expanding an image to fit the width of the form. Example use: Expand a banner image to make it fit the form's width.
Improved alignment of fields

Improved alignment of fields

Two changes are made to improve the overall appearance of form:

  • Increased vertical spacing between fields.
  • Improved alignment of checkbox and radio button labels when the text spans multiple lines.
Theme settings

Theme settings

The background feature is revamped. You can now set the following under the Theme setting:

  • The color or the background image of the form interface.
  • The color or the background image of the form background (i.e. the region below the form).

Form Collectors

Improved collectors

A collector is created to gather feedback from a particular group of people through form submission. Two enhancements are made around collector to improve its usability.

  • A collector can now receive feedback from multiple channels - manual entering, URL, embedded form. (Previously, one collector only supported one channel of form submission)
  • A default collector would be created for each form.
Control Chart

Other enhancements

Here are a number of minor improvements made to the form builder:

  • See how your form looks on phone with the new mobile phone preview feature.
  • Know the number of unread submissions through the number on the top bar.

Improvements of Analysis Canvas

Analysis Canvas is a convenient tool to capture and organize ideas. By splitting a canvas into multiple named partitions (called "regions"), you can then add sticky notes into the partitions to describe your ideas. The new version supported a number of new features that make it easier to split region and re-arrange the content in regions.

Split canvas into halves

Perfectly split a region vertically or horizontally into two equal halves.

Merge regions

Merge the content of two adjacent regions without having to move the content manually.

Swap regions

Instantly swap the content of two adjacent regions with a single click.

New Gauge Chart maker

Gauge charts (aka. dial charts or speedometers) use a pointer to show information as a reading on a dial. A Gauge Chart shows the minimum, the maximum and the current value. It is often created to measure progress toward a goal.

Gauge Chart maker

Geo Map maker

A geo map is a map of a world, continent, or country, with colors and values assigned to specific regions. Adding a geo map to your project gives you a visual sense of your geographical data.

Geo Map maker

Python 3.0 code generation

Instant Generator allows you to generate source code from UML class model. It supports a rich set of programming languages such as Java, C#, C++, PHP, ActionScript, etc. The latest version of Instant Generator has added Python 3.0 to the list of supported languages.

Python 3.0 code generation

Port enhancements

Several enhancements have been made around the 'port' shape to make the diagrams that use port look better and support the use of nested port for SysML diagram types.

Build your Analysis Canvas with ease

Alignment of ports

Use alignment guides to help you place ports precisely. The guides will appear as you drag a port in alignment with, equidistant to, another port.

Rich collection of memo and sticky notes

Support of SysML nested port

SysML allows the use of nested ports - Just like how blocks nest other blocks. You can now create nested ports in SysML diagrams.

20+ new modern and fresh themes

A set of new themes are available, which include the much-awaited dark theme. The new themes revamp the color and font in the user interface for a completely fresh look. Take a look at some screenshots below to see how some of the new themes look like.

Drag-and-Drop diagram to logical view folder

Logical view provides a user-defined way to structure and organize diagrams in a project. To construct a logical view is fast and simple. You just need to select the diagram you need from tree panes like Diagram Navigator or Model Explorer, then drag them into a logical view folder.

Drag-and-Drop diagram to logical view folder

Visualize the relationships of a connector

The model visualization feature is enhanced to support finding the relationships of a relationship. You can now visualize the relationships (e.g. generalization, constraint and generic connector) from a given relationship connector.

Visualize the relationships of a connector

ETL Table column width adjustment

ETL Table is a convenient way to list particular type of elements in a selected scope, with the elements and their properties listed as table rows and columns. ETL Table can be visualized in a diagram as an "ETL Table shape". In the new version, you can resize the columns in an ETL Table shape to make it look better.

ETL Table column width adjustment

Display entity column's default value

In an ER model, you can specify a default value for an entity column explicitly. To show the default values on the diagram, right click on the diagram background and select Presentation Options > Entity Columns Display Options > Show Column Default Value.

ERD - Display entity column's default value

Reuse of globally defined enumerations in stereotypes

Enumerations defined in project can now be used as the type of tags for any stereotype used by the project. When you update the definition of the enumeration, the change will be applied to the stereotypes automatically and immediately.

Reuse of globally defined enumerations in stereotypes

Auto fit shape size with shortcut key

The auto fit size function is designed to automatically resize shapes in a diagram to their optimal size. In the new version, you can assign a shortcut key to the auto fit size function so that you can trigger the function in a more effectively manner. Steps:

  1. Select Window > Application Options from the toolbar.
  2. Select Keys on the left from the list on the left.
  3. Enter Auto Fit Shapes Size in the search box.
  4. Update the key binding and click OK to confirm.
Auto fit shape size with shortcut key

Auto update referenced project in teamwork update

Project reference is a convenient way to decouple your model through inter-project-referencing and reusability of model elements among projects. To ensure the consistency of your work, when you perform a teamwork update, we will help you update the referenced project(s) accordingly. The update will work in a recursive manner. This means that if your project references another project "X" that references another project "Y", when you update, both X and Y will be updated.

Auto update referenced project in teamwork update

New image output format: TIFF

Your model can be output as image file(s) and share with others. We supported a wide range of popular image formats, such as JPG, PNG, SVG, EMF and PDF. Now, you can export also as Tiff image.

New image export: TIFF

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