User Interface

The Process Editor user interface is roughly divided into four areas:

  • The menu bar on top, just below the navigation bar.

  • The palette on the left side.

  • The canvas in the middle.

  • The attribute bar on the right side.

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Each area is described in detail in the following sections.

The menu bar offers a number of actions, some of them only affecting the currently opened model while others have a more global impact.

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Group Icon Description


210 icon save

Saves the currently opened model.

210 icon save all

Saves all opened models.


210 icon validate

Validates the currently opened model.


210 icon copy

Copy the selected element.

210 icon paste

Pastes the contents of the clipboard.

210 icon cut

Cuts the currently selected element.

210 icon delete

Deletes the currently selected element.


210 icon undo

Undoes the previous action.

210 icon redo

Redoes the most current action.


210 icon zoom in

Zooms into the model.

210 icon zoom out

Zoom out of the model.

210 icon zoom standard

Resets the zoom level.

210 icon zoom fit

Set the zoom level to fit the model.


210 icon align

Aligns all selected elements in relation to the first selected element.

210 icon same size

Sets the size of all selected elements to the size of the first selected element.

210 icon auto layout

Resets connectors according to their default settings.

210 icon delete docker

Allows to delete dockers from connectors with a left click.

210 icon change position

Activates spacer tool.


210 icon comments

Shows all comments made on elements.

210 icon language

Switches the language of the model.


210 icon data model viewer

Opens the Data Model Viewer, see data model viewer.

210 icon compare revisions

Opens the Revision Editor, see revisions.

210 icon search attributes

Searches for an attribute value within the currently opened model.


210 icon export

Exports the currently opened model, only possible if the model was saved.


210 icon publish

Publish an app, see publishing apps.

Drawing Area

To create your BPMN diagrams, you can use simple drag-and-drop commands. To do so, select an element in the palette on the left side and drag it to the drawing area. The element then becomes part of your model.

If you click anywhere in the drawing area, you can change certain attributes in the attribute panel on the right side. If you click on an element, you can change its attributes. If you click outside of an element (in the "space between"), you can change the attributes of the model itself, for instance the author, the version etc.

If you click on an element, a small popup appears on the top-right side. Here, you gain access to a number of often used elements which are directly linked to the currently selected element.

For instance, when you want to connect two tasks to another one, drag the hover over the Edge Drag symbol and drag it to another task. If you want to create a new User Task connected to the current task, do the same with the User Task symbol.


The revision functionality of Flowable Design allows you to compare different versions of a model in a visual way. It also offers a way to revert a model to an earlier version of the model.

To compare revisions of your currently opened model, click the 210 icon compare revisions button where you are presented with the following screen:

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On either side you find one version/revision of the model. The change revisions for the comparison select the required version in the drop down to the right side of each version’s header pane.

New elements are surrounded by a green border, changed elements by a yellow border and deleted elements by a red border. If you hover over an element where you have changed any attribute value, the changes are displayed. Hovering over a new or a deleted element shows all the attributes of that element.

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If you wish you to revert to an earlier version of your model, you can do so by pressing the button labeled Revert to this version.

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Publishing Apps

When you are ready to publish your models, you can press the 210 icon publish button. This action opens a dialog where you can select the app which you wish to publish.

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Once you press the Publish button, the application is published. Please note that this is independent of the currently opened model. You still have to add all models you wish to deploy with the app in the app editor. More information about this topic can be found in the Publishing Editor section.