SpinetiX pallete for yEd

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yEd Graph Editor

yEd is a powerful desktop application that can be used to quickly and effectively generate high-quality diagrams.

It is freely available and runs on all major platforms: Windows, Unix/Linux, and Mac OS X.

Make SpinetiX architecture diagrams

Install & configure

  1. Download yEd Graph Editor and install it. The latest yEd version was 3.17.2 at the time this article was written.
    • Open yEd Graph Editor application.
  2. Download SpinetiX palette and install it.
    • Unzip the SpinetiX palette downloaded before.
    • Go to Edit -> Manage Palette, click "Import Section" at the left, and choose the SpinetiX.graphml file.
  3. Optionally, you can also do the following:
    • Free up screen space. Minimize all the small windows at the left of the editor (i.e. "Overview", "Neighborhood", "Folder Contents", "Predecessors", and "Successors").
    • Turn on "dynamically adjust node size to label size" under File -> Preferences -> Editor. This works almost as expected...
    • Disable the "ignore height" option under Tools -> Fit Node To Label. This should save you the trouble of manually resizing nodes to fit the text inside them.
    • Sort the most useful palettes to the top from Edit -> Manage Palette. In the right column, select "Current Elements" and click the UP arrow to move it to the top. Then move "SpinetiX" to second from the top.

Try it!

Sample graph

To get a sense of what yEd Graph Editor can do, simply download the sample yEd graph file that generated the diagram you can see in the image on the right , unzip it and open it in yEd Graph Editor.

All the objects in this diagram are from the SpinetiX Palette you just installed, so it should be fairly quick to draw once you get the hang of things.

This page was last modified on 12 February 2018, at 13:08.