Web Application: Visual Designer

Introduction

The Visual Designer is a modeling, presentation and diagramming application to support you as architect in your core activities such as creating and generating the draft and final version of architecture products. Using this web application you will create architecture designs and architecture visualizations based on models and meta models.

The Visual Designer is a vector based modeling application. Meaning that every shape you use in a visualization, can be sized indefinitely large and small and all other attributes of the shape can be manipulated by you (shadow, border width, fill color, etc..); And there is no loss of graphical quality.

Playground

To learn Dragon1 quickly we have created a playground: a cabinet in the Visual Designer filled with partial models, views and visualizations you can alter to see what happens.

Click here to go to the Playground in the Visual Designer.

Access To Your Repositories

The Visual Designer provides you with a limited set of features to access via the Explorer TreeView your repositories (called Cabinets). So all the data you may have stored via the Architecture Repository in your repositories, can be accessed and used again here in the Visual Designer.

Creating Dynamic Visualizations

What is so very special about the Visual Designer is that you can create dynamic and interactive visualizations. These are graphical schemas of views of models, or the models themselves. This allows you to create a diagram with formal shapes or create a sketch with informal cartoonesk shapes of the same model or view. And if the data changes in the model, the diagram or sketch will be update automatically (if you want).

Not only static visualizations but also dynamic visualizations can be created by you on Dragon1. Meaning that you can add popups, click response, click through to other visualizations, add sounds and videos, frames and layers, and everything else you expect in interactive visualizations.

Working with Views and Viewpoints

Dragon1 is a perfect BPM and EA tool. It enables you to create as many views per model as you like. A view is in fact a data filter on a model. Suppose you have an enterprise model with 20 types of entity classes in it, like processes, services, applications and servers. With a view you can filter out for instance all processes or everything but the processes. Or you can filter everything that is not related to a certain process or application with a certain attribute value.

Every view you define or create on Dragon1 is a dynamic view generated on top of a model. In our opinion it would be even strange not to generate but to draw a view.

Views are created for groups of stakeholders. For instance for the CFO, accountant and financial auditor you create enterprise views, it views and financial views from a financial viewpoint. This requires the features of creating viewpoints, which are also present in the Visual Designer. You can define viewpoints consisting of the entityclasses, types and attribute values that make up a point of view for a certain type of stakeholder.

Create Presentations

In the Visual Designer you create models, views and visualizations. These visualizations often are diagrams (formal schematics). But you can also create presentations like you are used to in PowerPoint. So there is no need any more to cut and paste diagrams from a tool in PowerPoint, creating all kinds of inconsistent and outdated versions.

Publishing Visualizations

Keeping the diagrams and presentations to yourself or having a manager login to the Visual Designer application to take a look is an unwanted situation. You don't want every piece you created to be seen or accessed by anyone.

On Dragon1 we have created a separate secure publishing environment where you can publish your content on. This is called the Content Viewer. Now your stakeholders only have to login into the Content Viewer and they can only see the visualizations or do the things with the visualizations you want them to do.

In discipline of architecture it is common you create in collaboration various detailed versions of your architecture design and have these versions approved of. The working process is full supported on Dragon1.

You can publish your content also publicly in channels on watch pages.

And of course you can export or print your visualizations in pdf.

Tasks

Here we mention the most important tasks you will perform in the Visual Designer:

1. Draw Models

Create you models here.

2. Setup Views

Set up your views here.

3. Create Visualizations

Use the Visual Designer to design enterprise architecture and solution architectures to bridge your enterprise strategy and enterprise transformation. Create decision supporting visualizations.

4. Build Landscapes and Blueprints

Use the Visual Designer to create overviews and insights (detailed views) of your processes and applications.

Build you blueprint or landscape here.

5. Create a Click Through set of Views and Visualizations

Use the Visual Designer to create modern generated report views and visualizations of your architecture models.

Create a click through set here.

6. Create Composed Architecture Layouts

Integrate your visualizations on a single poster here.

7. Create Playable Scenarios

Only available with Dragon1 ENTERPRISE edition, you can build scenarios you can play and even alter its course during playing.

Build you scenario here.

8. Concept Design and Modeling

Innovate. Explore. Invent. Use the Visual Designer as your Innovation Lab to create different versions or alternatives in collaboration and try out what is the best one.

Design your concept here.

9. Create a Presentation

Create your presentation here.

10. Publish a Visualization

Publish you visualization in the Content Viewer.

Publish you Visualization in a Channel.

Print or Export your Visualization as pdf.