Using the Diagram Creator in the test driver

WARNING: The diagram creator is only available for the legacy test driver.
IMPORTANT: The diagram creator is only available for Essay items and Spreadsheet items.

The diagram creator is a digital drawing tool that allows candidates to create basic illustrations to support their responses to Essay items and Spreadsheet items.

This article explains how to use the diagram creator, including how to manage diagrams, navigate around the diagram creator, create diagrams, and close the diagram creator.

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Opening the diagram creator

Open the diagram creator by selecting Diagrams.

By default, this button is named Diagrams but may have been changed by the item author when the item was created.

IMPORTANT: The diagram creator is only available when it has been added to an item by an item author.

Managing diagrams

The Diagram Manager displays the diagrams that you have created. You can manage your diagrams from this dialog.

You can see the File Name, File Type, and Date Uploaded.

NOTE: File Type will always be .btldiagram.

To create a new diagram, select Add new diagram .

Use Rename to change the name displayed in the File Name field.

Use Edit to make changes to a diagram.

Use Delete file to delete a diagram.

Use Close to close the Diagram Manager.

Navigating the diagram creator

There are several ways to move around, zoom in and out of, and extend the drawing space in the digram creator.

Pan around the drawing space

If your diagram is extends beyond the edges of the drawing space, you may need to pan around the drawing space.

Click and drag on an empty space to pan your view.

You can also use the mouse wheel or scroll bars to pan around the drawing space.

Zooming in and out of the drawing space

You can zoom in and out of the drawing space to see more detail.

Use Zoom In to zoom in and Zoom Out to zoom out.

Extending the drawing space

WARNING: The drawing space is limited by the size of your display

You can extend the drawing space if you need more room for your diagram. Resize the diagram creator by clicking and dragging the edges of the dialog.

You can make the diagram creator full screen with Maximize .

Toggling the grid

By default, the diagram creator displays a grid to help you organise the elements of your diagram. This can be toggled off and on.

To disable the grid, select Plain from the toggle.

To enable the grid, select Grid from the toggle.

Creating diagrams

You have many tools that you can use to to create diagrams.

Selecting objects

You can select objects on the drawing space to move or edit them.

The Select tool is selected by default in the diagram creator.

Use the Select tool on a shape, flowchart, line, text box, or freehand drawing to select it. Identify selected objects by their resizing handles.

Select multiple objects by clicking and dragging on the drawing space until the selection box contains the objects you want to select.

Adding basic shapes

You can add a selection of basic shapes to create your diagram.

Open the Basic Shapes menu.

There are six basic shapes:

  • Rectangle
  • Ellipse
  • Square
  • Circle
  • Diamond
  • Right Angled Triangle

To add a shape to your diagram, click and drag it from the Basic Shapes menu onto the drawing space.

Adding advanced shapes

You can add a selection of advanced shapes to create your diagram.

Open the Advanced Shapes menu.

There are ten advanced shapes:

  • Triangle
  • Rhombus
  • ‘X’ Shape
  • Quartered circle
  • Trapzeium shape
  • 3D cube shape
  • 3D cylinder
  • L Shape
  • T Shape
  • C Shape

To add an advanced shape to your diagram, click and drag it from the Advanced Shapes menu onto the drawing space.

Creating flowcharts

You can create flowcharts in the diagram creator.

Open the Flowchart Shapes menu.

Click and drag two shapes from the Flowchart Shapes menu onto the drawing space.

There are three flowchart shapes:

  • Rectangle
  • Circle
  • Diamond

Link shapes by clicking and dragging from one set of link handles to another.

Each flowchart shape can be linked to up to four other flowchart shapes.

Label a shape by selecting it, selecting the ??? placeholder, and entering your label.

Adding lines

You can see straight lines to your diagram.

Select Line to add a line to your diagram.

You can move, rotate, and resize the line in the drawing space. Read ‘Resizing and rotating shapes’ for more information.

Adding Text

You can add customisable text boxes to your diagram.

Select Text to create a text box.

Click and drag the text box to move it within the drawing space.

Change the text by selecting the text box, selecting the Enter Your Text placeholder, and typing your label.

You can customise the style, alignment, and colour of the text in the Properties panel. Read ‘Using the Properties panel’ for more information.

Drawing freehand

You can add freehand drawings to your diagram.

Select Freehand to enable freehand drawing.

Click and drag on the drawing space to draw freehand.

Switch back to the cursor with Select .

You can move, rotate, and resize your freehand drawings. Read ‘Resizing and rotating shapes’ for more information.

You can customise the colour, thickness, and style of your freehand drawings in the Properties panel. Read ‘Using the Properties panel’ for more information.

Resizing and rotating shapes

You can resize and rotate shapes, flowcharts, lines, text, and freehand drawings.

Using Select , select the shape you want to resize.

Click and drag the resizing handles to make the shape bigger or smaller.

Click and drag the rotating handle to rotate the shape.

NOTE: You cannot rotate flowchart shapes.

Using the Properties panel

You can change the size, fill colour, border colour, border thickness, border style, text style, and the order of objects from the Properties panel.

Select an object in your diagram to view its properties.

Enter numerical width and height vaules in the Size fields to resize objects.

Select a colour from the Fill options to change the fill colour of a shape.

Select a colour from the Border options to change the border colour of a shape.

You can also change the thickness and style of borders with the thickness field and border style drop-down.

You can change the Style, Alignment, and Colour of text.

You can change the order of shapes in your diagram to allow overlapping.

Select Layer Up to move a shape up one layer.

Select Layer Down to move a shape down one layer.

Select Layer to Back to move a shape to the bottom layer.

Select Layer to Front to move a shape to the top layer.

You have different properties available for different objects. The following table shows which properties are available for which objects.

Properties Basic Shapes Advanced Shapes Flowchart Shapes Line Text Freehand Drawing
Size
Fill
Border Colour
Border Thickness
Border Style
Text Style
Text Alignment
Text Color
Arrowheads
Layering

Undoing actions

WARNING: You can only undo your actions up to the point that you opened the diagram creator. You cannot undo your actions if you close a diagram and reopen it.

You can undo or redo any action in the diagram creator.

Select Undo to reverse your last action.

You can continue to undo your actions up to the point you opened the diagram.

Select Redo to redo an action you have undone.

You can also use Control + Z to undo and Control + Y to redo.

Deleting shapes

You can remove objects from your diagram.

Select the object in the drawing space.

Select Delete to delete the object.

You can also use Delete on your keyboard to delete an object.

Closing the diagram creator

Close the diagram creator when you have finished your diagram.

Select Close .

In the Save and Close? dialog, you have three options:

  • Don’t Save Close the diagram creator without saving.
  • Cancel Return to the diagram.
  • Save Save the diagram and close the diagram creator

If you selected Add new diagram in the Diagram Manager, you are prompted to name your diagram in the Save File dialog.

Name your diagram in the File Name field.

Select OK to save your diagram.

Select Cancel to return to your diagram.

Further reading

Read the following articles for more information on the functionality available to candidates in the Surpass test driver: