In addition to the BPMN 2.0 symbols in Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0 you can use the Block symbol to decorate your processes or to describe a process without using the standard BPMN 2.0 symbols.
The function is found in the menu to the left and default a orange square is shown. To edit this artifact, right click on the symbol and a panel for settings is shown. You can then change the shape, color, text or borders, you can choose to put an image as background and you can add a hyberlink to the symbol, all this to make it easy to create additional objects around the process.
This artifacts can be used to help users understand the process and help them perform their tasks.
NOTE: The Block symbol has no influence on the runnability.
Upload image to block symbol
You can also upload an image to a block symbol, allowing you to easily add images such as logotypes or background images to your process model to make it look better. In the section Image browse to your wished image and open. The block symbol will change appearance to the uploaded image with the default setting Lock image proportions.
You can change the proportions of the image by selecting one of the following:
- Fill - the image will adjust to the height and width of your block symbol and fill the whole area
- Repeat background - if the size of the canvas is bigger than the image it will be repeated, good for small images you want to use repeatedly as a background pattern
- Lock image proportions - the proportions of the image is locked and the size will depend on the height or width
The file formats supported are gif, jpg, png and svg.
NOTE: Have you used the previous image feature where you linked the image using an url?
This feature is replaced by the new upload functionality, but if you have used the url-function in one of your processes the image will keep appearing, but if you want to change it you have to upload the image according to the new way of working.
Documents and Files on Block Symbols
You can add documents and files to Block Symbols in the same way as you add them to Tasks. This is a useful feature if you are creating a process-based management system and want to create a process model that does not have any BPMN symbols but where you want to make files and documents available. Simply drop the files on the Block Symbol and they will show up when hovering on them.
You can also use Documents on Block Symbols for those process models where you want to create separate, visual entities where documents exist. Since you can upload an image to a Block Symbol it can look any way you like. You could make the Block Symbol look like a Word icon, folder icon or any other type of image and use that as a pattern for your users to clearly find information.
Note! Documents and files that are added to Block Symbols do not show up in the Task View for Process Apps. They are also not connected to a role in the process meaning that they don't show up in the Process Metadata information on the Process Page.
Click here to read about adding Documents and files.
Add a link to a Block Symbols
You can add URL links to external pages on your block symbols by open links and add an URL. Choose if want the whole block symbol clickable or just the text.
If you want to link to a another processes in the Barium space you need to make that process available for linking.
1. Open the process you want to link to and click on the cog wheel in the top right corner.
2 Activate Reusable under the General tab.
4. Go back to your process where you want to add the link.
5. Open the asset browser down in the left corner.
6. Drag and drop the process you want link into the blocksymbol.
7. Publish the process