Visual Paradigm Logical View

The logical view provides a hierarchical view of a project's structure. With the logical view, users can create and customize the diagrams in their project with meaningful categorization by adding domain specific view(s).

In addition, users can customize a default logical view for their preference, rather than re-creating a new logical view for every new project. The logical view can be exported to xml files which can be used in other projects or distributed among the development team. Different views, thereby, can be merged automatically through the Teamwork Server.

The Logical View
The Logical View

The toolbar

NameIcon Description
Collapse To collapse the selected diagram.
Expand To expand the selected diagram.
Refresh To update the content of logical view.
Set Logical View Structure as Default   To set default structure for logical view in all projects.
The description of icons on Logical view

Pop-up menu

Pop-up menu of logical view

The pop-up menu of Logical View
The pop-up menu of Logical View
Menu Title Description
Show Carriage Return Character
Display line breaks of multi-lined diagram name as carriage return character.
Teamwork
Perform teamwork activities.
Manage Dependent Project...
Add or remove dependent project.
Refresh
Refresh Logical View content.
Collapse All
Collapse all tree nodes.
Expand All
Expand all tree nodes.

Pop-up menu of project

The pop-up menu of project node in Logical View
The pop-up menu of project node in Logical View
Menu Title Description
Rename...
Rename the project.
Add View
Add a view under project.
New Diagram
Create a diagram under root view.
Add Existing Diagram...
Add an existing diagram under root view.
Import View from XML
Import logical view configuration file.
Export View to XML
Export logical view as configuration file.
Set Logical View Structure as Default
Set the current view structure as default so that another project that will be created under the same workspace will share the same structure.
Sort Child by Name
Sort the views by name.
Teamwork
Perform teamwork activities.
Collapse All
Collapse the project node.
Expand All Expand the project node.

Pop-up menu of view

The pop-up menu of view in Logical View
The pop-up menu of view in Logical View
Menu Title Description
Add View
Add a child view under the selected view.
New Diagram
Create a diagram under the selected view.
Add Existing Diagram...
Add an existing diagram under the selected view.
Sort Child by Name
Sort the views/diagrams by name.
Collapse
Collapse the selected view node.
Expand
Expand the selected view node.
Rename...
Rename the selected view.
Delete
Delete the selected view.

Closing and opening the Logical view

Logical view is opened by default. To close it, press the X button at the top right corner. On the other hand, it can be opened by selecting View > Panes > Logical View from the main menu.

Creating a new view node

Right-click a root node on Logical View and select Add View from the pop-up menu. 

Click Add View from the pop-up menu
Click Add View from the pop-up menu

You can enter the name for the new view node in the Input dialog box and then click OK button to confirm editing and close the dialog box.

A new view node is, therefore, created under the chosen node.

Created new view node
Created new view node

Adding diagram to view

After you create a few diagrams, right-click on a view node and select Add Existing Diagram... from the pop-up menu.

Select Add Existing Diagram... from the pop-up menu
Select Add Existing Diagram... from the pop-up menu

In Select Diagrams window, check the diagrams you would like to insert in the view node.

Check diagrams in Select Diagrams window
Check diagrams in Select Diagrams window

Click OK to confirm the selection.

Creating a new diagram

Right click the newly created view node, select New Diagram... from the pop-up menu.

Select New Diagram... from the pop-up menu
Select New Diagram... from the pop-up menu

A new diagram is, therefore, created under the view node.

Opening a diagram

Double click on the diagram you want to view in the logical view.

Setting Default View Structure

Visual Paradigm provides a feature where you can set the current logical view structure as default, therefore, you may save your time and do not have to re-create the structure every time you create a new project.

Either click Set Logical View Structure as Default button on the top of logical view or right click a root node to select Set Logical View Structure as Default.

Click Set Logical View Structure as Default button
Click Set Logical View Structure as Default button

In the pop-up Message dialog box, click OK button. The logical view structure in the new project will then follow the default style you have just customized.

Sorting diagram by name

In logical view, diagram are listed under diagram nodes by default. You can sort child diagrams by their names as well.

To sort by name, right click on view node and select Sort Child by Name from the pop-up menu. The child diagrams will be listed by name, in alphabetical order.

NOTE: The sort function applies to the entire logical view instead of the selected node.

Showing/hiding carriage return character

If it is the case that the name of the diagram is in multi-line, the character ¶ will be revealed.

When Show Carriage Return Character is selected, line break will be shown.

When off, the character ¶ is hidden.

If you want to hide it, uncheck Show Carriage Return Character and the character will automatically be unshown.

Exporting View Structure to XML

Visual Paradigm allows you to export the current Logical View Structure as an XML file and to re-use it again on other projects.

Right click the root node and select Export View to XML from the pop-up menu.

Find a location for exporting the project and enter its file name in Save dialog box. At last, click the Save.

Importing View Structure from XML

Visual Paradigm also allows you to import the existing xml file in your new project.

Right click on the root node and select Import View to XML from the pop-up menu.

In Open dialog box, browse and select the xml file to be imported. You can choose one out of two following choices provided for importing a logical view structure:

  1. Append to existing structure: the imported structure will be added to the current structure without deleting the old one.
  2. Replace existing structure: the new imported structure will replace the current structure. Therefore, the current structure will be removed.

Connecting to server for team collaboration

Visual Paradigm's team collaboration support enables your team members work together on projects. To connect to server and perform related activities:

  1. Right click on the logical view's background.
  2. Select Teamwork and the action you want to perform from the pop-up menu.

Related Resources

The following resources may help you learn more about the topic discussed in this page.

 
6. Project Browser Table of Contents Chapter 6. Working with projects
 

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