3.4 Working from the Palette

3.4.1 About the Palette

Figure 3-10 Designer’s Palette

The palette is the source of all of the items that you add into the Modeler. To build a model, do one of the following:

  • Drag and drop items from the palette to the Modeler space. When you drag and drop an application, it auto-connects to the closest driver set.

  • Click an item in the palette, then click in the Modeler space where you want the item to go.

3.4.2 Palette Operations

Table 3-1 Palette Operations




Connects items in the Modeler space.

Identity Vault

Places an Identity Vault in the Modeler space.

Driver Set

Places an eDirectory Driver Set object in an Identity Vault. All applications that you want to connect use a Driver Set object as a hub between the two applications.

Domain Group

Lets you group and organize items in the Modeler space.


Applications are organized within folders or drawers. To open or close a folder, click it. To hold the folder in place and make sure that it doesn’t fully collapse (even when you open other folders), click the pin. Once the Palette is full unpinned folders automatically close when you open another folder.


The various applications that you can connect are grouped into folders by type. You can drag and drop these applications to the Modeler space and begin editing them. The Modeler automatically adds a connecting line, which represents a driver.

Scrolling Arrows

Small directional arrows. If a folder has many items, or if the screen area is restricted, scrolling arrows appear. To scroll through he contents of a folder, click the arrows.

3.4.3 Using Generic Applications

Figure 3-11 The Generic App Option on the Palette

Scenario: A Generic Application. Fridrik creates a project with his own items and graphics, in his own version of Designer. He transfers the project to you, but you are using a different version of Designer, which doesn’t understand those items. Your version renders the transferred objects as Generic applications.

3.4.4 Fly-Out Palette

Figure 3-12 The Palette’s Control Arrow

To hide the palette, click the small control arrow on the palette. The palette collapses.

To open the palette again and keep it open, click the arrow.

To temporarily open the palette again, hover the cursor over the collapsed palette, below the control arrow. The palette quickly expands. This is fly-out mode.

To change the palette from fly-out mode, click the control arrow again. The state persists and is restored the next time you run the application.

3.4.5 Resizing the Palette

  1. Click the palette’s thick border that faces the Modeler space.

  2. Drag the line.

    The size persists and is restored the next time you run the application.

3.4.6 Docking the Palette

To dock the palette on the left or right of the Modeler space:

  1. Click the top palette header.

    A relocated palette
  2. Drag the palette to the desired location.

    The location persists and is restored the next time you run the application.

3.4.7 Arranging Folders and Applications

By default, applications are placed in folders.

To arrange applications alphabetically instead of in folders:

  1. Click Window > Preferences > Novell > Identity Manager > Modeler > Palette.

    The Palette option in Preferences
  2. Select Arrange applications in alphabetical list, then click OK.

3.4.8 Changing the Layout

  1. Right-click the palette.

    Palette layout options
  2. Select Layout.

  3. Select an option.



    Layout: Columns

    Displays folders and applications in columns.

    Layout: List

    Arranges folders and applications in a list.

    Layout: Icons Only

    Removes descriptive labels.

    Layout: Details

    Briefly describes palette items.

    Use Large Icons

    Toggles the size of icons used for applications.


    Enables you to set the layout and icon size in one dialog box. Controls how folders (drawers) behave.

3.4.9 Keyboard Support for the Palette

Table 3-2 Shortcut Keys for the Palette




Collapses an open folder. The focus must be on the folder, not the application.


Opens a collapsed folder. Moves into an open folder.


Moves up to the next folder.


Moves down to the next folder.