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:: NEWS :: NShape 2.3.0 released with support for embedded images in NShape files, moving diagrams by dragging, a significant increase in the number of layers, and many other features and improvements. For a complete list of changes see..

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Diagramming Framework

Using the NShape framework, applications let users view, annotate, modify and create diagrams. Enhance your application with a graphical editor.

:: Sophisticated Visualization

In modern user interfaces diagrams play a major role increasingly. The range goes from simple visualization of dependencies using graphical programming to graph-oriented user interfaces like those used in the automation technology for example.

:: Designing

The important point is however that visualization alone is far from being sufficient. Users want to and must also be able to edit them. They want to customize the design, add comments, make the layout more appealing or create new diagrams from scratch. This is the vision of NShape.

:: Integration

NShape integrates perfectly into the application environment in all aspects:

  • The adapter technology enables you to employ your own controls for the toolbox and the overview.
  • The persistency mechanism allows direct integration into the data storage of the application.
  • The extensibility of the shape libraries provide ways to customize and build your own shapes.
  • The versatile presentation of the shapes through styles and designs allows NShape to adapt to the presentation of the surrounding application.
  • The use of all components is optional. So you can create whatever will satisfy your demand - from a simple canvas up to a complete editor.

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:: Visio(TM) in your App

means that your application includes a full-featured diagram editor, which can be adapted for a large variety of applications.

  • Flowcharts
  • Organigrams
  • Circuit Diagrams
  • Human Machine Interfaces
  • Finite State Machines
  • Project Schedules

All this and much more NShape offers to you. And beside the amount of editor-features there are three essential features that differ NShape from other diagramming libraries:

  • NShape was designed from ground up for editing and not mainly for displaying and contains all the required designer components out of the box.
  • NShape was designed for full integration into your application. It is not a foreign object in your program, but adapts to all aspects.
  • NShape is highly scalable and is the only diagramming framework that provides an built-in interface to an RDBMS.

:: Features

  • Shape library that currently contains 80 different shapes
  • Connecting shapes via defined glue points
  • Unlimited Undo/Redo for all operations
  • Using templates all shapes of a category can be quickly changed or replaced.
  • Styles and designs provide a uniform look for all shapes.
  • User-defined menus on the shapes enable NShape to be used as an interactive diagram.
  • With a sophisticated access rights management, you determine what kind of modificiations the user may perform.
  • Optional components allow storing diagrams in XML and relational databases.

:: Demonstration Videos

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:: The NShape Project

The NShape Project is hosted on GitHub and on Codeplex, where you can get further informations and Downloads: