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Interacting with Diagrams

Built-in GoDiagram Interactivity

GoDiagram implements a number of common editing operations, such as manipulating parts (moving, adding, copying, cutting, and deleting). These editing abilities are accessible via mouse (or touch) and keyboard by default, and can also be invoked programmatically in C#.

The following Diagram defines a node template and has four nodes in its model:


  private void Setup() {
    myDiagram = diagramControl1.Diagram;

    myDiagram.UndoManager.IsEnabled = true;

    myDiagram.NodeTemplate =
      new Node("Auto")
        .Add(
          new Shape("Rectangle")
            // don't draw any outline
            { Stroke = null }
            // the Shape.Fill comes from the Node.Data.Color property
            .Bind("Fill", "Color"),
          new TextBlock
            // leave some space around larger-than-normal text
            { Margin = 6, Font = new Font("Segoe UI", 18) }
            // the TextBlock.Text comes from the Node.Data.Text property
            .Bind("Text")
        );

    myDiagram.Model = new MyModel {
      NodeDataSource = new List<NodeData> {
        new NodeData { Key = 1, Text = "Alpha", Color = "lightblue" },
        new NodeData { Key = 2, Text = "Beta", Color = "orange" },
        new NodeData { Key = 3, Text = "Gamma", Color = "lightgreen" },
        new NodeData { Key = 4, Text = "Delta", Color = "pink" }
      }
    };
  }

  ...

  public class MyModel : GraphLinksModel<NodeData, int, object, LinkData, int, string> { }
  public class NodeData : MyModel.NodeData {
    public string Color { get; set; }
  }
  public class LinkData : MyModel.LinkData { }

Out of the box, several interactions are available:

By setting a few properties you can expose more interaction to a user:


  private void Setup() {
    myDiagram = diagramControl1.Diagram;

    // allow double-click in background to create a new node
    myDiagram.ToolManager.ClickCreatingTool.ArchetypeNodeData = new NodeData { Key = 10, Color = "white " };
    // allow Ctrl-G to group selected nodes
    myDiagram.CommandHandler.ArchetypeGroupData = new NodeData { Key = -1, Text = "Group", IsGroup = true };
    // have mouse wheel events zoom in and out instead of scroll up and down
    myDiagram.ToolManager.MouseWheelBehavior = WheelMode.Zoom;
    myDiagram.UndoManager.IsEnabled = true;  // enable undo & redo

    myDiagram.NodeTemplate =
      new Node("Auto")
        .Add(
          new Shape("Rectangle")
            { Stroke = null }
            .Bind("Fill", "Color"),
          new TextBlock
            { Margin = 6, Font = new Font("Segoe UI", 18), Editable = true }
            .Bind(new Binding("Text").MakeTwoWay())
        );

    myDiagram.GroupTemplate =
      new Group("Vertical")
        { Ungroupable = true }  // allow Ctrl-Shift-G to ungroup a selected Group.
        .Add(
          new TextBlock { Font = new Font("Segoe UI", 12, FontWeight.Bold, FontUnit.Point) }
            .Bind("Text"),
          new Panel("Auto")
            .Add(
              new Shape { Fill = "transparent" },
              new Placeholder { Padding = 10 }
            )
        );

    myDiagram.Model = new MyModel {
      NodeDataSource = new List<NodeData> {
        new NodeData { Key = 1, Text = "Alpha", Color = "lightblue" },
        new NodeData { Key = 2, Text = "Beta", Color = "orange" },
        new NodeData { Key = 3, Text = "Gamma", Color = "lightgreen", Group = 5 },
        new NodeData { Key = 4, Text = "Delta", Color = "pink", Group = 5 },
        new NodeData { Key = 5, Text = "Group1", IsGroup = true }
      }
    };
  }

These interactions (and more!) are all present in the basic.html sample. Be sure to also see the Intro page on GoDiagram commands.

You can disable portions of Diagram interactivity with several properties, depending on what you want to allow users to do. See the Intro page on GoDiagram permissions for more.

Context Menus

GoDiagram provides a mechanism for you to define context menus for any object or for the Diagram itself. In the example below, two context menus are defined, one on the Node template (with one button) and one on the Diagram (with two buttons).


  myDiagram = diagramControl1.Diagram;
  myDiagram.UndoManager.IsEnabled = true;

  // defines a context menu to be referenced in the node template
  var contextMenuTemplate =
    new Adornment("Vertical")
      .Add(
        Builder.Make<Panel>("ContextMenuButton")
          .Add(new TextBlock("Click me!"))
          .Set(new {
            Click = new Action<InputEvent, GraphObject>((e, obj) => {
              System.Windows.Forms.MessageBox.Show($"node {obj.Part.Key} was clicked");
            })
          })
        // more ContextMenuButtons would go here
      );

  myDiagram.NodeTemplate =
    new Node("Auto")
        { ContextMenu = contextMenuTemplate }  // set the context menu
      .Add(
        new Shape("Rectangle") { Stroke = null }
          .Bind("Fill", "Color"),
        new TextBlock {
            Margin = 6, Font = new Font("Segoe UI", 18)
          }
          .Bind("Text")
      );

  myDiagram.ContextMenu =
    new Adornment("Vertical")
      .Add(
        Builder.Make<Panel>("ContextMenuButton")
          .Add(new TextBlock("Count Nodes"))
          .Set(new {
            Click = new Action<InputEvent, GraphObject>((e, obj) => {
              System.Windows.Forms.MessageBox.Show($"there are {e.Diagram.Nodes.Count} nodes");
            })
          }),
        Builder.Make<Panel>("ContextMenuButton")
          .Add(new TextBlock("Add Node"))
          .Set(new {
            Click = new Action<InputEvent, GraphObject>((e, obj) => {
              var data = new NodeData { Text = "Node", Color = "white" };
              // do not need to set "key" property -- addNodeData will assign it automatically
              e.Diagram.Model.AddNodeData(data);
              var node = e.Diagram.FindPartForData(data);
              node.Location = e.Diagram.LastInput.DocumentPoint;
            })
          })
        // more ContextMenuButtons would go here
      );

  myDiagram.Model = new MyModel {
    NodeDataSource = new List<NodeData> {
      new NodeData { Key = 1, Text = "Alpha", Color = "lightblue" },
      new NodeData { Key = 2, Text = "Beta", Color = "orange" }
    }
  };

If you right-click (or long-tap on a touch device) on a Node or the Diagram, you will see the GoDiagram context menu appear with the defined options.

The basic.html sample contains more complex context menu examples. See the Intro page on GoDiagram context menus for more discussion.

Link interactions

GoDiagram lets users draw new links by dragging out from a port. Users can reconnect existing links by selecting one and dragging one of its handles. To enable these tools, some properties need to be set:


  myDiagram.NodeTemplate =
    new Node("Auto")
      .Add(
        new Shape("Rectangle") {
            Stroke = null,
            PortId = "",
            Cursor = "pointer",
            FromLinkable = true, FromLinkableSelfNode = true, FromLinkableDuplicates = true,
            ToLinkable = true, ToLinkableSelfNode= true, ToLinkableDuplicates = true
          }
          .Bind("Fill", "Color"),
        new TextBlock {
            Margin = 6, Font = new Font("Segoe UI", 18)
          }
          .Bind("Text")
      );

  myDiagram.LinkTemplate =
    new Link {
        // allow the user to reconnnect existing links:
        RelinkableFrom = true, RelinkableTo = true,
        // draw the link path shorter than normal,
        // so that it does not interfere with the appearance of the arrowhead
        ToShortLength = 2
      }
      .Add(
        new Shape { StrokeWidth = 2 },
        new Shape { ToArrow = "Standard", Stroke = null }
      );


  myDiagram.Model = new MyModel {
    NodeDataSource = new List<NodeData> {
      new NodeData { Key = 1, Text = "Alpha", Color = "lightblue" },
      new NodeData { Key = 2, Text = "Beta", Color = "orange" },
      new NodeData { Key = 3, Text = "Gamma", Color = "lightgreen" },
      new NodeData { Key = 4, Text = "Delta", Color = "pink" }
    },
    LinkDataSource = new List<LinkData> {
      new LinkData { From = 1, To = 2 },
      new LinkData { From = 2, To = 4 }
    }
  };

In the above example:

GoDiagram allows linking and re-linking to abide by custom criteria in which source and destination nodes are valid. You can read about this in the Intro page on Validation.

GoDiagram links have many interesting properties that are covered in depth in the Intro page on Links and on the following pages.

You may want to read more tutorials, such as the Learn GoDiagram tutorial and the GraphObject Manipulation tutorial.