How Do I Add Parts To A Diagram?

Note: This documentation refers to the Beta version of Kite9 at http://kite9.com

Parts are one of the types of element you can put on a diagram.  Parts have a shape, and text associated with them.  Once you have parts on your diagram, you can link them up together with links, like so: 

To add a part, you must drag it off the chooser, which will pop down when you click the “add…” button on the menu, like so: 

When you drag the element off the chooser, it will disappear, allowing you to choose somewhere to place the element on your diagram.  By default, Kite9 has “auto-connect” enabled, which suggests connections you could make to other parts of the diagram. 

Auto-Connect suggestions appear when you move your new element above, below, to the left or the right of an existing element on the diagram.  This indicates that the new part will be fixed in relation to that other, existing element.

In the diagram above, you can see auto-connect working:   “New Part” is the part being dragged.  Because “New Part” is close to the top of “Another Part”, “Another Part” is highlighted, and a link is shown between the two elements.  

When we let go of the new element, the diagram is redrawn to tidy up the layout.

This means you don’t have to be precise about where you put things in Kite9: the tool is clever enough to keep track of the directed layouts you ask for.

If you put something in the wrong place, don’t worry.  You can either undo the change, or you can drag the parts around the diagram to change your layout.