There are three autolayout methods available in Toad Data Modeler.
To re-arrange objects on your Workspace automatically
Click any of the autolayout icons on the Layout Toolbar (these options are also available in Layout Menu).
Autolayout is especially handy when you:
To configure properties of Autolayout
Go to Settings Menu | Options | Graphics | Autolayout.
You can configure horizontal and vertical distance coefficients (the distance between objects) and Alphabetic Autolayout sorting property.
Toad Data Modeler allows you to rearrange/order objects on the Workspace in different layers.
To re-arrange the selected object on the Workspace
Right-click the object | Arrange and select any of the following options:
- Bring to Front – Brings the object on the top layer.
- Bring Forward – Brings the object one layer up.
- Send Backward – Sends the object one layer down.
- Send to Back – Sends the object to the lowest layer.
To specify exact layer for an object on Workspace:
Relationship lines consist of:
To move Line or Handle point
To move single anchor point and break a line
Lines can be rearranged manually to clearly express a link between columns in entities.
To break a horizontal line using one Handle point:
To break horizontal line using two handle points:
To create horizontally or vertically straight lines
(Assuming it is possible to link two entities using only horizontal/vertical line)
TIP: Relationship lines between entities are created automatically once you click the parent and the child entity. The line created may not be ideal and you may have to edit it so it looks as you wish. But you can also create your own custom relationship line from scratch:
To display relationship line hidden behind objects on Workspace
Select the relationship and click button on Layout Toolbar or right-click the line | Line Style | Unhide Line.
Right-click the selected relationship in particular place and select Move Caption Here or Move Caption to Parent or Move Caption to Child.
To hide relationship names on the Workspace
Click Hide Captions button on Layout Toolbar.
Note: You can also right-click the Workspace | Workspace Format | General tab | Hide Line Captions.
To find a relationship line by its caption on Workspace
Click the relationship caption. The appropriate relationship line will be highlighted on the Workspace.
To find a relationship caption by its line on Workspace
Click the relationship line, its caption will be highlighted in a frame.
To change format of all relationship lines on Workspace
Right-click the WS and select Workspace Format.
To change format of selected relationship(s)
Right-click the relationship and select Format.
Categories allow you to colorfully distinguish parts of your model. Categories can be assigned to entities, views and relationships.
You would like to graphically distinguish all entities related to Ordering process. Or maybe you want to mark all entities containing personal data of your employees.
Solution: You can simply create a category, select its color and assign it to the appropriate entities. All the entities will share the category color.
To add a category to your model
To assign category to objects