This article introduces Diagram Map (a term I coined) that makes it easier to trace UML/SysML model elements across diagrams. The Diagram Map displays different types of UML/SysML diagrams together and highlights links between model elements and diagrams. I think the Diagram Map helps you understand the contents of the UML/SysML diagrams.
You can try many Diagram Map examples on this GitHub project.
- Diagram Map displays different kinds of diagrams together and lays out the same kind of diagrams in the same row.
- Diagram Map shows the following:
- Links between UML/SysML elements of the same type.
- References between elements and diagrams.
- Hyperlinks in the tooltip text.
You can create a Diagram Map by using my plug-in (M PLUS) in a modeling tool Astah. The plug-in is FREE to use for both Personal and Commercial purposes. Astah is free (Free Student License) or paid. The creation procedure is as follows:
- Install the modeling tool Astah Professional/UML/SysML, download M PLUS plug-in, and add the plug-in to Astah. - How to add a plug-in to Astah.
- Create models and diagrams with Astah.
- Select diagrams in the model browser and press the "Create Diagram Map" button. If you select packages, all the diagrams under them will be processed. After you press the button, a Diagram Map will be created and be opened in a browser.
- The Diagram Map is for viewing only. If you want to edit a model or diagram, do so with Astah.
- You have to use Astah to create a Diagram Map. Support for other modeling tools is a future consideration.
- The M PLUS plug-in is a closed source now. Open-sourcing is a future consideration, too.