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Independent Copying

A feature to copy an object (classes, diagrams, models, etc) and have it independent of the object it was copied from would be nice.

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      • Mark Williams commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is the most ridiculous version of a copy anyone in their right mind would implement. Simple. I will not purchase the product without a correct implementation of copy.

      • Work commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How 2 years and it's still not avaliable. stop fapping and start working.

      • Bob commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I've bounched hard of StarUML at least twice now because of a lack of this feature.

        I create a diagram. Want to copy an element as an independent copy. I spend 30 minutes researching how the hell to do this. Then I usually end up using something else like Software Ideas Modeller instead.

      • Josh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please make it to the default copy and paste (ctrl + c) behavior. I think this is the more natural behavior (e.g.: In word, excel, and so on, if you copy something and you change it, the source one copied from doesn't).
        Please also consider copying between different models by using the clipboard of the system.

        This feature would be really a great thing. It would improve the usability of star uml and would make working with star uml much quicker.

        (I am working with star uml version 2.8.0 on a mac)

      • JanW commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add this; we have classes in different color and formatting depending on the level in a hierarchy, it is now very tedious to add a class re-applying all formatting manually.

      • Matthias Lampe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Scenario from my work, why this is needed:
        I create a Use Case diagram as a system overview (or definition of system and system context).
        Next step is I create a refined Use Case diagram that will contain many of the use cases of the overview diagram and adds new one, however sometimes the names might be slightly different. In the refined Use Case diagram, I would also use include and extend relationships between use cases.
        Currently, I cannot just copy and paste the original Use Case diagram into a new model and start changing things, since all elements are just views and would result in changes of the original. I have to manually create everything again! Waste of time!
        All would be easier if I could just copy the original and PASTE CLONE and then start changing things.

      • Matthias Lampe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, I would also encourage that feature, which is available in all other UML tools that I have reviewed so far.
        You could have two Paste options:
        Paste View (view of a model entity that still refers to it and changes when original changes)
        Paste Clone (creates a new model entity, exactly like the source but without any reference to the original)

        In addition, in the model explorer, there should be a color coding of Model element names so specify if it is the original or a view.

      • Adrian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        yes please: "copy and clone" vs "copy and paste".

        It would be great if sections of an Activity diagram could be selected and "copy and cloned" onto the same diagram, or even a separate activity diagram.

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