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Revision as of 05:22, 21 February 2008

This page is about developing with the STP BPMN modeler, by contributing and/or removing actions, shapes, etc.


Adding menu items

Adding a menu item

Adding a menu

Adding toolbar extensions

Adding a toolbar item

Adding a toolbar group

Removing menu items

Creating a new drag and drop (DND) interaction

Creating a DND to add a semantic element (eg annotation)

Creating a DND to add a graphical element

Hiding elements of the palette

Full sample

You can remove elements by overriding the palette provider

   <extension point="org.eclipse.gmf.runtime.diagram.ui.paletteProviders">
      <paletteProvider class="org.eclipse.stp.bpmn.sample.editor.NoTextAnnotationPaletteContributor">
         <Priority name="Lowest"/>
         <editor id="org.eclipse.stp.bpmn.sample.noTextAnnotationInPalette.editor1"/>

You can override the BpmnPaletteProvider class, call the super method and remove a specific entry from the palette containers. Obviously you can also override the BpmnPaletteFactory and have it your way.

    public void contributeToPalette(IEditorPart editor, Object content,
            PaletteRoot root, Map predefinedEntries) {
        //this is the short way
        super.contributeToPalette(editor, content, root, predefinedEntries);
        ((PaletteContainer) root.getChildren().get(1)).getChildren().remove(0);
        //the long way consists in populating the palette with your own factory.

Hiding elements in the popup toolbar and the end connections menus

Full sample

You need to create your own editor, subclassing the BpmnDiagramEditor.

In this editor you will override the method createDiagramEditDomain:

   protected void createDiagramEditDomain() {
       BpmnDiagramEditDomain domain = new BpmnDiagramEditDomain(this);
       Set<IElementType> types = new HashSet<IElementType>();
       for (Object gatewayType : ActivityType.VALUES_GATEWAYS) {
                   ((ActivityType) gatewayType).getLiteral()));


why do you have IElementTypeEx ?

IElementType is a GMF interface to describe a view type. It is passed in requests to create elements.

The BpmnElementTypes class contains all the element types for the BPMN modeler. That also means that each element type corresponds to a view and an edit part.

We did not want to generate an edit part per activity type. Instead we have created two edit parts for activities, one for normal activities and the other one for event handlers.

Then we use IElementTypeEx to add a secondary semantic hint that is the literal of the ActivityType.

To create a IElementTypeEx object, you can use this:


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