Using templates to create new Architecture, BPMN, Logical Data viewsCompleted
During the implementation our consultant did encourage the use of template views. I think that is a good advice. It will help to create a more standardised way of working and will ease the efforts to keep a common lay out.
Current way of working is to go to a template view and use the 'save as...' functionality.
However, users still use the new view-functionality in the header and that creates a blank view.
The wish is to attach a number of named templates so the user could choose the template to create a new view. These named templates could be created like it is today. In the admin module I would like to have these linked to the new-view menu items: Architecture, BPMN, Logical Data.
I think it would be nice to be able to name the template (display text), define a sort order, for which user group(s) it would be visible, etc.
Templates that are already availble like ISO27001 and others (https://valueblue.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/topics/360000793519-View-inspiration-) could be available as a default template.
An overview of the available templates to choose from and a thumbnail would make it visually more attractive (like in Word, etc). See the example.
Hi Gert de Boom, Roeland Loggen Sander van der Linden and others, this feature is released with Baiji.2 (May 23rd 2022)!
ValueBlue packaged several 'view templates' into each tenant.
When a user creates a new view, she can choose to create a blank view or create a view with the same contents as one of the packaged view templates.
The Baiji.2 release contains 4 view templates, ValueBlue plans to improve these, and package additional view templates in future releases (Baiji.3)
The current restrictions to 'view templates' are:
- 'create from template' is is only available for Architecture views
- view templates are not editable
- view templates only contain free shapes, text boxes, lines (no objects, relationships, view objects etc).
We understand the restrictions limit the use and the usefulness of the feature somewhat.
Please comment what you think of this new feature.
This is a great idea! Would love to have this.0
thanks for your wish.
For clarification, can you elaborate on your remark,
"These named templates could be created like it is today"?
Do you mean that
1. view templates should be owned by ValueBlue,
'promoted' in knowledgebase articles View inspiration – BlueDolphin (zendesk.com)
and be made available in BlueDolphin as downloadable templates.
or do you mean
2. any view is a potential template, iow, there should be a feature in Blue Dolphin
to 'promote' any view to be a template?
or you meant something else?0
The 2nd option. Any view is a potential template. Once they're linked to the new Archimate, BPMN, Logical Data option the promotion to a template is done.0
This would be very good and useful indeed!0
Erwin Dral A good first start. Looks promising.0
Hi Erwin Dral,
Organizations typically create their own templates, with certain standards formats, navigation means and texts such as titles, versions, owners, goals of the view, etc.
I an happy that there is progress, but true value would be to be able to have custom templates company specific that we can maintain and publish ourselves.
It is a step forward / preview of what the functionality could be, but would get only real value once organizations could define their own templates. Hope to see improvements to this functionality in the future releases.
Nevertheless I'm happy with the progress and how it works!0
Hi Gert de Boom Roeland Loggen
thanks for your reply, we certainly agree there would be value in creating and using your own custom view templates. For now, this is not planned however.
ValueBlue does plan to release additional view templates in the coming releases.-1
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