Re: Dia - request 4 dev

Hi David,

 1- Deletion of Text
 Everytime I want to update text, if I 'del' text then
 it doesn't work properly, it deletes the whole object.

This is implemented in the current development version.
Text editing is activated with F2 and you leave the text editing mode with Esc.
Will be part of Dia 0.97

 2- Network Drive
 Second problem is on network drives, Dia doesn't allow
 to save or open dia files on a windows network. This
 trouble is less annoying. I have to work on my drive
 and then copy it on the network.

There have been repeated reports about problems with network drives,
but I was unable to reproduce them. Hans has recently fixed some
problems that could also apply to network drives. If you want to help out
tracking down this problem, I could send you an intermediate version
for testing.

 3- Customized group of shapes
 I would like to create custom group of existing
 shapes. Let's say some BPMN, some UML, some SDL, so
 when I open my customized group and I have all objects
 I need. I did it with File menu/Sheet and Objects, ok.

As you say, this is possible already through the Sheets and Objects dialog.
What further improvement do you need?

 For example, Cisco have 4 groups of shapes but only
 one Cisco shape directory, I wonder also how can it be
 possible ? When I look at dia/sheets directory I read
 *.sheet but I can't understand how Dia can get the
 shape directory. Maybe  <object name ="DirectoryName -
 ShapeName"> , is it ? Then when I modify the sheet,

The link ist established through the object name alone. All shapes
in the shapes directory and its subfolders will be used. You just have
to make sure that the names match up.

 4- Diagrams in one window

 I'd like to have all my open diagrams in one window
 (like in Notepad++) like the first image in Now, I

This feature is called "Integrated UI" and will be part of Dia 0.97.

 Where are the shapes, I can't see any directory ! I
 can't see any UML, AADL *.shape in dia/shapes/ Maybe
 it's 'allin' the dll ?

These are not XML shapes, they are generated by a plug-in (A DLL on Windows).

 6- UML Text annotation
 I'd like to change the text annotation object, because
 there are 2 problems, the ratio aspect is fixed and
 the text font is monospace whereas all other fonts in

Are you referring to the UML - Note object?

The current developer version (and 0.97) allow to change the font for
this object.
The aspect ratio is still fixed.

 is bad, I want to resize it before adding text. If I
 can't do it by modifying *.shape can someone do it ?

As mentioned before, the UML object are not XML shapes.
But you can simply create your own XML shape that fits your needs.

 7- Swimlane shape
 I will try to create a swimlane shape, I will follow, I
 have question for the textbox, how can I do it, when I
 save I get a svg:text, I would like a modifiable
 <textbox> like a BPMN Task. And I would like also that
 the shape can be rotated to 90°. I also have to create

Rotation has been asked for many times:

 a png icon. And I would like it possible to include

When you save a shape, Dia is creating a simple png icon.

 other objects directly in the swimlane. Any hints or
 online docs about textbox, object includes,
 transparency ?

I guess part of what you are looking for has been implemented by Marcel
Toele (sub shapes with non-uniform scaling):

This will also be part of Dia 0.97.



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