Graphical Process Modeler User Interface

The Graphical Process Modeler (GPM) is designed to simplify the tasks of creating and modifying business process models through drag-and-drop technology and tools for navigation and configuration.

The following figure shows the GPM user interface and its components when a business process model document is open (select File > New to activate the workspace). To create business process models, drag and drop icons from the stencils into the workspace.

The following table provides information about the components identified in the figure:

Component Description
Stencil A stencil is a graphical palette of icons for dragging and dropping into your business process models in the workspace. The icons represent components you include in your process models—the services, adapters, and Business Process Modeling Language (BPML) instructions that perform tasks.The GPM includes a variety of stencils, each containing icons of a specific category. You can select the stencils to display in the GPM interface at any time (from the View menu, select Stencil > <stencil name>. For stencil descriptions, see GPM Stencils.
Title Bar Displays:
  • IP address and port of your associated installation of Sterling B2B Integrator
  • The word “(Offline)” or “(Online)” to indicate whether you are working online (this means with an Internet connection open) or offline (with no Internet connection open)
  • File name of the business process model document that is currently open in the GPM
Menu Bar Enables you to select options related to creating, modifying, and checking in and out your business process models.
  • Use the Edit menu to cut, copy, paste, delete, clear all, and select all components displayed on the workspace. Procedural documentation for working with business process models describes the other functions you can access from this menu.
  • The View menu enables you to customize the display. For information, see Customizing the GPM Interface Display.
Tool Bar Displays buttons that provide quick access to commonly used commands. Inactive buttons become active when you select a service icon in the workspace.
Workspace Area in the GPM interface to which you can drag and drop icons to create a business process model. Within the workspace, click and drag to organize your process models, and select components to configure them. You can also view the BPML source code of a business process model in the workspace. To view BPML source code, from the View menu, select Source.
Status Bar Displays a description of a menu option, toolbar button, or service icon (in a stencil), when you point to it.
Navigation Pane Displays a tree diagram of the business process model, depicting any subflows (called layers in this pane) and the steps contained within each subflow (these are the nodes). The Navigation pane enables you to display a subflow in the workspace by selecting it from the Layers tab, and to open element editors for selected nodes by selecting a node from the Nodes tab.The Navigation pane is especially helpful when you are working with complex processes that contain many subflows.For more information, see Navigating Layers and Nodes in the GPM Interface.
Element Editor and Output Pane Displays either element editors for a selected component of the business process model, or the output for system messages.
  • Element editors enable you to view and configure parameters for components of your business process models. Double click a component in the workspace to display the element editor to configure it. For descriptions of the different element editors, see Element Editors in the GPM.
  • The Output tab displays error, validation, and system messages. This pane opens automatically when you validate a model or view source code.