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Archi => General Archi Discussion => Topic started by: Daniel Kruger on September 19, 2014, 09:07:03 AM

Title: Would be nice to be able to use a Canvas as a backdrop for an Archimate View
Post by: Daniel Kruger on September 19, 2014, 09:07:03 AM
It would be really helpful to have the ability to use a Canvas as a backdrop to an Archimate View, as this would give one the ability to model a view on top of a graphical background. Also, if the background property of the Sketch View could be set to an image, that would be great as well.
Title: Re: Would be nice to be able to use a Canvas as a backdrop for an Archimate View
Post by: Jean-Baptiste Sarrodie on September 19, 2014, 09:30:54 AM
Hi,

This has already been asked some times, and although I said previously to Phil that IMHO this was not needed, could be confusing and no more ArchiMate, I now think we could find some ways to implement it nicely.

What I would propose is the creation of a "Picture" note in addition to the already existing "Note". This may be either an additional element or (even better) a new behaviour added to the existing "Note" element, like the Canvas "Block" element  that allow both text and image whose position can be specified (we should add a "fill" option).

Regarding "Sketch" and "Canvas", I think we should merge them. Sketch was great at the very begining of Archi (Canvas didn't exist at that time) to implement the idea of introductory viewpoint (http://pubs.opengroup.org/architecture/archimate2-doc/chap08.html#_Toc371945231). But now, most of Sketch features are in Canvas which add another very good one: templates. So keeping both nor more really make sens.

JB
Title: Re: Would be nice to be able to use a Canvas as a backdrop for an Archimate View
Post by: Stef Joosten on March 22, 2022, 10:40:06 AM
Quote from: Daniel Kruger on September 19, 2014, 09:07:03 AMIt would be really helpful to have the ability to use a Canvas as a backdrop to an Archimate View, as this would give one the ability to model a view on top of a graphical background. Also, if the background property of the Sketch View could be set to an image, that would be great as well.

I have made a canvas (easy) in a model. It shows up nicely in the Views section of this model (in the Models pane). Now I want to put elements from my model into that canvas, so I can do ArchiMate modeling in a non-empty canvas. However, the tool refuses to drop any ArchiMate element onto the canvas. I cannot find anything of help in the Archi manual, because everything there uses the blank canvas. Am I doing something wrong? How can I link the canvas to a view, so that I can fill the canvas with ArchiMate elements?
Title: Re: Would be nice to be able to use a Canvas as a backdrop for an Archimate View
Post by: Jean-Baptiste Sarrodie on March 22, 2022, 12:37:26 PM
Hi,

Canvas and ArchiMate views are two different things and you cannot add ArchiMate concepts into a Canvas. The opposite is mostly true too, but in an ArchiMate view you can easily add notes and visual groups that could behave like most Canvas elements (postit, images...).

Regards,

JB