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When a project is opened, the user is presented with the following type of view:

The following items can be identified:

  • Main Button (File)
  • Ribbon Menus
  • Active Ribbon Category
  • Ribbon Quick Access Toolbar
  • Internal Block Diagram
  • TreeView
  • (Rules and Filters)
  • Palette
  • Status bar

Not all of these items are visible by default. Some of these items may be missing and others may be present depending on the last configuration employed by the user.

The Main button (File) serves as an entry point to main actions over projects (Open Project, Close Project, Copy Project, Change Workspace etc).

The Ribbon menus (File (Main Button with arKItect logo), Home, Tools, Configuration Management, Import Export, Data and User Administration) activates different Ribbon Categories which permit the user to access different project management and help tools. More information about each Ribbon Panel and Category can be found at Ribbon page.

The Active Ribbon Category by default is always the Home Category.

The Ribbon Quick Access Toolbar is a very useful panel which allows user to configure the Ribbon so that main functionalities are placed there and are made always available without need to activate different Ribbon Categories. Also sometimes it allows even to minimize Ribbon thus saving more space for diagrams.

The Internal Block Diagram represents the graphical system representation. The system representation has different hierarchical levels; the navigation between these levels is explained shortly in Navigation.


On the left-hand side of the window, the treeview can be accessed via a sliding panel. (The treeview is not displayed by default; make sure that Show Treeviews button is checked in the Navigation Panel of the Home Category to make it visible.) The treeview provides a tree-form system representation. This representation corresponds to that of the Internal Block Diagram; these two tools are merely different means to visualizer the same modeled system. These two tools permit in fact to visualize the object instances of the project.

The Rules and Filters panel on the left-hand side of the window is only visible for users with arKItect Designer rights.

The Palette at the right-hand side of the user interface is used to create objects (more information on this subject follows in Working with Objects). The Palette permits to visualize the available types that can be added in the current Internal Block Diagram view.

It is possible to display several additional sliding and dockable panes. These panes include:

  • Object Properties, Location and Options Window
  • Variants and Options Manager
  • Program Trace (for information on the execution of scripts)
  • Project Tools (available scripts)

To display these panels, go to corresponding Category, locate a Panel with desired pane and activate the panes you need. It is possible to change the location of the panes and to dock and undock them as wished. The panes settings are saved and are therefore effective when you launch arKItect the next time.

At the bottom there is a Status Bar which gives user some information about :

  • connection (workspace)
  • active treeview and variant 

It also allows to Zoom the current diagram using different buttons :

  • apply 100% zoom
  • zoom to selection
  • zoom to fit
  • define define specific zoom with -,+ buttons or slider

Now, go to Navigation to learn how to use the Ribbon Categories/Panels, the Internal Block Diagram and the treeview to navigate in the Coffee Maker - Getting Started project.


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