Editing Network Equipment Shapes

Editing network equipment shapes, cables, and connectors in Edraw - Perfect network diagram design software, free download

Editing Network Equipment Shapes

Regardless of the number of equipment shapes in Edraw, there never seem to be enough. You can customize any network shape to simulate a device that isn't included. Most of the network shapes are groups. If you open the shape in the group window, you can then use the Format, Special command to identify its type as the following figure shows. To edit the shape, ungroup it so that you can work with its constituent parts. When you're done editing, you can regroup all the parts again. Options for editing your shape.

Now you're ready to edit your shape, but where should you do it? If you edit a shape on the drawing page, you're changing just that shape. If you want to make the same change to a dozen shapes, you don't want to edit them one by one. Here are some options:

  1. Edit a master shape on the document library If your diagram includes copies of a shape, and you want to change them all, you can edit the master shape on the document stencil. When you save your changes, every shape in your drawing that is an instance of that master will be updated. To display the document stencil, choose File, Shapes, Show document library. Right-click the shape on the document stencil that you want to change, and then choose Edit master.
  2. Save an edited shape as new master shape You can revise one shape, and then save it as a master on a stencil that you have created. That way, you can reuse the master to create copies of the shape in your diagram. To save the shape as a master, drag the shape onto a stencil that you have created.

    Note You can make a custom stencil by selecting File, Shapes, and then selecting New Library. You can add a shape to a stencil that you have previously created by selecting File, Shapes, My shapes, and then choosing a library.

Editing Network Cables and Connectors

Methods for changing the look of connectors in a network diagram vary depending on the shape you use. All of the assorted connector shapes, including lines you draw with one of the drawing tools, are instances of what's called a 1-D shape in Visio. Among other things, this means that any topic in this book about 1-D shapes applies to network connectors as well. You can work with 1-D shapes or connectors as follows:

  1. To label a connector, select the connector, and then type.
  1. You can apply a line pattern to a network connector to show connections like dashed or dotted lines. Select a pattern from the Line Pattern tool to format your connector.
  2. You can change the connector color as you would do to any other line. Select the shape, and then choose a line color with the Line Color tool .

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Network Layout

Network Mapping

Network Diagram Tool

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