Adding a Message

Last modified on July 28th, 2014.


A 'Message' construct can be added to a 'Sequence Diagram' via drag-and-drop. Below is an outline of the steps necessary for adding a new 'Message' to a 'Sequence Diagram':

  1. Within a 'Sequence Diagram', select the source 'Lifeline' where you would like the 'Message' to originate from.

    Select Source Lifeline

  2. Click the green circle and continue to hold down the left mouse button.

    Click New Message

  3. Drag the green circle to the dashed line below the destination 'Lifeline' of your choice.

    Drag New Message

  4. When the dashed line below the destination 'Lifeline' highlights green, release the left mouse button to drop the new 'Message' and add it to the diagram.

    Drop New Message

    Notice the 'Message' stays selected once it has been dropped. Since it is selected, the toolbar changes to include buttons for functions which can be used on the construct. The sidebar also changes to include additional 'Attributes' and 'Metadata' tabs.

  5. Once added to the diagram, enter a meaningful 'Name' for your new 'Message' via the 'Attributes' tab of the left sidebar (focused automatically for convenience).

    Name New Message

  6. Click the 'Save' button located on the toolbar to persist your changes to your project's database.

 

Please Note:

Adding a Message

Last modified on July 28th, 2014. 


A ‘Message’ construct can be added to a ‘Sequence Diagram’ via drag-and-drop. Below is an outline of the steps necessary for adding a new ‘Message’ to a ‘Sequence Diagram’:

  1. Within a ‘Sequence Diagram’, select the source ‘Lifeline’ where you would like the ‘Message’ to originate from.

    Select Source Lifeline

  2. Click the green circle and continue to hold down the left mouse button.

    Click New Message

  3. Drag the green circle to the dashed line below the destination ‘Lifeline’ of your choice.

    Drag New Message

  4. When the dashed line below the destination ‘Lifeline’ highlights green, release the left mouse button to drop the new ‘Message’ and add it to the diagram.

    Drop New Message

    Notice the ‘Message’ stays selected once it has been dropped. Since it is selected, the toolbar changes to include buttons for functions which can be used on the construct. The sidebar also changes to include additional ‘Attributes’ and ‘Metadata’ tabs.

  5. Once added to the diagram, enter a meaningful ‘Name’ for your new ‘Message’ via the ‘Attributes’ tab of the left sidebar (focused automatically for convenience).

    Name New Message

  6. Click the ‘Save’ button located on the toolbar to persist your changes to your project’s database.

 

Please Note:
  • The above process describes using the ‘New’ tab of the left sidebar, which automatically generates a new entity to represent each new diagram construct. If you would like to reuse existing entities from your database to represent a new construct, use the ‘Existing’ tab instead.
  • For more information on this construct and how it is represented in the database model, see Sequence Diagram Constructs.