Latest release: 16.2 (Jul 22, 2020)
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.
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A bunch of new features have been added to the form builder to:
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:
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.
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.
Two minor yet useful enhancements have been made to the image field that makes it more useful:
Two changes are made to improve the overall appearance of form:
The background feature is revamped. You can now set the following under the Theme setting:
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.
Here are a number of minor improvements made to the form builder:
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.
Merge the content of two adjacent regions without having to move the content manually.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SysML allows the use of nested ports - Just like how blocks nest other blocks. You can now create nested ports in SysML diagrams.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.