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Graphiti - a Graphical Tooling Infrastructure

Eclipse provides a modeling infrastructure evolving around the Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) for which offering graphical representations and editing possibilities is essential.

Graphiti is an Eclipse-based graphics framework that enables rapid development of state-of-the-art diagram editors for domain models. Graphiti can use EMF-based domain models very easily but can deal with any Java-based objects on the domain side as well.

The objectives of the Graphiti project are the following:

  • Provide an easy to use and well structured plain Java API for building graphical tools
  • Provide documentation and tutorials for doing so
  • Limit the dependencies of the framework to an absolute minimum to support RCP-like scenarios
  • Provide optional components beyond the RCP use case to ease e.g. IDE integration
  • Provide the ability to use any existing layout algorithms for auto layouting a diagram