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Quick Tip: Resizing images whilst retaining the aspect ratio

by Chris Bell on 03-Apr-2017 08:47:43

It's common to need to change the size of an image in a diagram and generally we want to retain the aspect ratio of the image when we resize it. In Web Author this is fairly simple, just hold down the Shift key whilst performing the resize and the aspect ratio will be retained. The same approach can be used for other objects as well.

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Improving the performance of Web Author

by Chris Bell on 14-Dec-2016 13:54:57

Now that Web Author supports most of the functionality of desktop Author (and surpasses it in some areas), the most common reason we've been given by customers for not using it has been that the performance did not match the performance of desktop Author. We've recently done some work in this area for one particular case, model load speeds.

We found a particular model (consisting of 75 diagrams!) that took 25 seconds to load in desktop, but 3 minutes to load in Web Author. After our optimisation work, Web Author now loads the model in 20 seconds. Obviously this is only a single operation out of many that can be performed (although the changes we have made should improve performance in other areas), so do let us know if you find any other areas that you feel are slow. Tell us the browser you're using, the model you are working on and the operation that is slow.

Other ways to improve performance can be as simple as upgrading your browser (we realise this isn't always an easy thing to do depending on your IT department!). Browser vendors are in a constant battle to top the performance list, so the latest version of a browser will almost invariably be faster than its predecessors. So if you use Internet Explorer, IE11 is likely to provide the best experience. If you use Windows 10, Microsoft Edge is likely to be better still. In our experience Google Chrome provides the best overall performance

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Topics: Product, Author

New! Web Author Online Training

by Chris Bell on 18-Nov-2016 13:38:43

BusinessOptix would like to invite you to our online training sessions.

The next sessions will be take place on the 10th January & 11th January.


As an existing user of BusinessOptix we would like to invite you to our online training sessions, due to user feedback from the sessions we have a new format. Instead of the previous layout of 4 sessions in one day, these new sessions will spread over two days, the next of which will be held on Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th January.

There are 2x 90 minute sessions available:

All times are GMT

Tuesday 10th January- 15:00pm - 16:30pm
Part 1:
Introduction to process modelling
Part 2:
As-is & To-be Processes

Wednesday 11th January - 15:00pm - 16:30pm
Part 3:
Master Data
Part 4:
Additional Stencils

To register, while space is still available, please click the link (http://www.businessoptix.com/online-training).

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Topics: Author

Ramboll Implement BusinessOptix

by Asomi Ithia on 07-Nov-2016 12:05:16

BusinessOptix, a leading provider of business modelling and process design tools, today announces that Ramboll, the international engineering and design consultancy, has implemented BusinessOptix as its strategic process modelling platform.

Read the full news update here

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Topics: Transformation, Business Process Analysis

Quick Tip: Creating clickable areas in diagrams in Web Author

by Mark Tallett on 20-Oct-2016 11:35:07

Simply select your custom shape in the diagram model, then in the details tray select Fill colour.

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Using the right hand slider apply the required degree of transparency (move it all the way to the bottom to ensure that the custom shape is fully transparent).

Then use the 'On click' property to determine the behaviour you want e.g. Show Section or Diagram or Drilldown to the selected model.

This is useful where you wish to include clickable areas within an image in a diagram model to direct stakeholders to additional models and content.

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Topics: Author, Tips

NEW BusinessOptix Free Webinars

by Jack Rawles on 13-Oct-2016 14:32:07

BusinessOptix are pleased to announce that we will be hosting free webinar sessions where we will look at case studies and discuss recent topical trends. Please join us for our upcoming webinars. Each is designed to share trends, best practice and examples of successful change & transformation and business process improvement.

Transformation & Change: 1-1.30pm, Mon 31st Oct 2016

  • Change and transformation challenges
  • Business modelling and process design best practices to achieve success
  • A real world example of change and transformation

Book now 

Business Process Improvement: 1-1.30pm, Wed 2nd Nov 2016

  • Process maturity curve and understanding where you are today
  • Capturing your current state and using this to define your future state
  • Rolling out new ways of working and continuously improving
  • A real world example of business process improvement 

Book now

Spaces are limited, so please book early and feel free to forward this invite to your colleagues.

We look forward to seeing you online!

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Topics: Transformation, Big Change, Business Process Analysis

New! Web Author Online Training

by Chris Bell on 10-Oct-2016 14:46:01

BusinessOptix would like to invite you to our new online training sessions.

The next session will be Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th October.


As an existing user of BusinessOptix we would like to invite you to our online training sessions, due to user feedback from the sessions we have a new format. Instead of the previous layout of 4 sessions in one day, these new sessions will spread over two days, the next of which will be held on Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th October.

There are 2x 90 minute sessions available:

All times are GMT

Tuesday 25th October - 10:00am - 11:30am
Part 1:
Introduction to process modelling
Part 2:
As-is & To-be Processes

Wednesday 26th October - 10:00am - 11:30am
Part 3:
Master Data
Part 4:
Additional Stencils

To register, while space is still available, please click the link (http://www.businessoptix.com/online-training).

We look forward to welcoming you to our BusinessOptix training sessions.


 

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Topics: Author

NEW!! Web Author Online Training Sessions

by Chris Bell on 21-Sep-2016 10:01:56

BusinessOptix would like to invite you to our new online training sessions.

The next session will be Tuesday 27th September.


There are 4 sessions for you to pick from:
Time (GMT) Topics

  • 10:00 – 11:00 Introduction to BusinessOptix
    • An overview of BusinessOptix and using the platform to design processes.
  • 12:00-13:00 Master data
    • Creating and using master data such as; roles, job descriptions, systems, locations etc. within your processes. 
  • 14:00-15:00 As is and to be process design
    • Capturing existing processes and using these to design new processes.
  • 16:00-17:00 Overview of available stencils and models
    • How to use stencils such as data, repository index, forms etc. 

To register for one or more sessions, while space is still available, please click here

We look forward to welcoming you to our new training sessions.


 

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Topics: Author

New BusinessOptix YouTube online.

by Jack Rawles on 08-Sep-2016 17:54:53

box_youtube.jpegBusinessOptix is pleased to announce a new YouTube channel. We have put together a range of over 90 tutorial videos that include BusinessOptix live session demos and BusinessOptix tutorials covering all topics. The YouTube channel come in conjunction with our online training.

 

 

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Quick tip: Drag select in Web Author

by Chris Bell on 08-Sep-2016 08:59:01

2016-09-08.pngOne of the less discovered features in Web Author is the ability to drag select a number of components at once using the mouse. This is achieved by holding down the left mouse button for a short while before beginning the drag select. If the left mouse button isn't held down for long enough, Web Author assumes you are trying to drag the whole diagram or select an element rather than begin a drag select.

The functionality has recently been improved so that it is possible to start the drag when you are positioned in a lane, which should make it much more useful.

The other options for selecting multiple items is to select items with the mouse while holding down the CTRL/ key. This works in the diagram and the Table of Contents

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