Design Business Processes with SAP Signavio Solutions

The Editor - Quick 'n' Easy Modeling for Consultants

Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Use the Editor to model processes (and other diagrams)

The Editor - Quick 'n' Easy Modeling

What is the Editor?

In the editor, you can design, edit, format and review your diagrams. The following sections provide an overview of helpful functions within the Editor. To access the Editor you simply need to open an existing or create a new diagram. There are many types of different diagrams supported in SAP Signavio Process Manage.  Besides BPMN 2.0, also DMN 1.2. Diagrams are supported to model decisions and their executable logic, or using ArchiMate 3.0 to model the enterprise architecture complementary to business processes.

Let's see what the editor looks like in action!

The following video will explain the Editor in detail.

Check out the following short-clip to learn how the Editor works in practice!

In the next section, we show you some handy tips and tricks for your work with the Editor.

Syntax Checking Your Process

After you have modeled a process according to a certain notation, e.g. BPMN 2.0, you can let the SAP Signavio Process Manager - Editor automatically perform a syntax check. This verifies that all elements and information in your model are set correctly and conform to the notation. Not only does the syntax check help you to gain a better understanding of BPMN it also ensures consistency of your process models. A correct syntax furthermore enables you to use the reporting and simulation features accurately as well as homogeneous presentation of all processes in the Collaboration Hub (for organisation-wide publication).

To perform the syntax check for your BPMN process diagram or EPC click Check syntax in the toolbar or click on the save icon Review. Errors will then be highlighted. Move your cursor over one of the exclamation marks to get more information about that specific error. Check out the animation to see how it works.

The syntax of the diagram must comply with syntax rules of BPMN 2.0. The process flow must not be interrupted.

If you do not know how to fix the displayed error, you can click on the best practice link located in the convention check description to get more help with examples and defined rules and their meanings.

The link shown will lead to the modeling guidelines.

Here you can find further helpful information.

Shortcuts

For faster editing of processes, you can use specific short cuts. See the following table with our shortcuts for Windows and Mac.

Shortcuts

ActivityShortcuts for WindowsShortcuts for Mac
Open diagramIn the explorer, double click the diagram nameIn the explorer, double click the diagram name
Open diagram previewIn the explorer, select the diagram and press SpaceIn the explorer, select the diagram and press Space
Save diagramCtrl + S+ S
Copy selectionCtrl + C+ C
Paste selectionCtrl + V+ V
Cut selectionCtrl + X+ X
Delete selectionDelDel
UndoCtrl + Z+ Z
RedoCtrl + Y+ Y
ZoomPress Ctrl + + to make everything large

Press Ctrl + - to make everything smaller

Press Ctrl + 0 to reset

Press  + + to make everything large

Press  + - to make everything smaller

Press + 0 to reset

Full-screenPress F11 to use full-screen mode, press F11 again to exit full-screen modePress + Ctrl + f to use full-screen mode, press + Ctrl + f again to exit full-screen mode
Resize elementHold Ctrl and drag the element connector to resize in all directions

Hold Shift and drag the element connector to resize proportionally

Hold Alt and drag the element connector to resize without snapping

Hold  and drag the element connector to resize in all directions

Hold Shift and drag the element connector to resize proportionally

Hold Alt and drag the element connector to resize without snapping

Move elementsHold Alt or Ctrl while moving an element to move without automatic snapping or orientation lines

Hold Shift+Alt or Shift+Strg to move an element along a horizontal or vertical line, without displayed orientation lines

Hold Alt or while moving an element to move without automatic snapping or orientation lines. Hold Shift+Alt or Shift+Strg to move an element along a horizontal or vertical line, without displayed orientation lines
Adjust space between elementsPress Ctrl + M and add or remove space, press Ctrl + M again to deactivatePress + M and add or remove space, press + M again to deactivate
Select elements of the same typeSelect one or more elements element and press Ctrl + ISelect one or more elements element and press + I
Note
You can find these and further shortcuts also in the user guide: https://documentation.signavio.com/suite/en-us/Content/process-manager/userguide/shortcuts.htm.

Have a Closer Look

Click on the interactive graphic to get more information about the editor.

Let's summarize what we have learned about the editor so far. Have a closer look at the various functionalities of the editor in the following image. In the next lessons we will focus on the notations as well as the functions and features like the dictionary of the SAP Signavio Process Manager.

Editor

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