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Create Spotlight Views

Any system being designed for a real application is usually very large and complex. It typically consists of many complex functions working together to fulfill the system requirements. In the process of designing and analyzing such architectures, you must understand existing components and what needs to be added. A spotlight view is a simplified view of a model that captures the upstream and downstream dependencies of a specific component of interest.

To create a spotlight from the composition, select the component of interest in the canvas, right-click and select Create Spotlight from Component either from the Architecture menu or the context menu.

Right-click menu selection from the 'Data Processing' component to select 'Create Spotlight from Component'.

The spotlight view launches and shows all model elements to which the component connects in a transparent hierarchy. The spotlight diagram is laid out automatically and cannot be edited.

Spotlight view with 'Sensor Data Processing' highlighted.

While in the spotlight view, you can put another component in the spotlight. Select the component and click the spotlight icon.

Selecting the spotlight icon from the 'Sensor Gyro' component.

You can make the hierarchy and connectivity of a component visible at all times during model development by opening the spotlight view in a separate window. Show the spotlight view in a dedicated window by first selecting Open in New Window in the component context menu and then creating the Spotlight view. Spotlight views are dynamic. Any change in the composition refreshes any open spotlight views. Spotlight views are transient—they are not saved with the model.

You can return to the architecture model view by clicking the icon. To view the architecture at the level of a particular component, select the component and click the icon.


More sophisticated filtering conditions can be created using the Architecture Views Gallery. For details, see Create Architecture Views Interactively.

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