With the release of Understand 6.1, graphs have been revamped to be more useful, readable, and configurable than ever. So what exactly has changed?

Graph consolidation

Similar graphs are now grouped together for a cleaner and more user-friendly interface. Let's go over an example to demonstrate. Here is a list of "Calls" graphs, and other graphs that involve calls, in Understand:

  1. Calls
  2. Calls Relationship
  3. Cluster Call
  4. Calls with Global Objects
  5. UML Sequence Diagram
  6. Butterfly
  7. Cluster Call Butterfly
  8. Compare Butterfly

We've grouped these "Calls" graphs together, and are instead offering variants that you can easily switch between.

Here is an example of the old Graphical Views menu option showing all possible graph variants:

And here is the new Graphical Views menu option showing possible relationships, along with the Graph Window that will allow you to choose a particular variant:

Customizable toolbar

No, the new toolbar isn't missing any options - it's just more customizable! Note that starred (*) options are only available for certain graph variants.

1. Save supports all export formats available in the old Export menu (png, jpg, svg, vdx, dot*).

2. Dialog can also be opened from Tools->Options menu (Windows) or Understand->Preferences (Mac).

New graph variants


For the Calls graph, some variants are mappings from previous graphs, but there are two new variants as well: 

Recommended (a) and Compare (b).

And, ALL tree graphs (except dependency graphs) have the same variants, adding lots of new graphs to your arsenal!


New Butterfly Graph variants have also been added.

Pick between Butterfly relationships when multiple exist (the sample graph is from the AdaCore VSS project).

Butterfly edge indicators have been simplified so edges in the right tree can only expand to the right and edges in the left tree can only expand to the left.


New Cluster graphs have been added. Previously, only calls and dependencies could be graphed at an architecture level. Now, most relationships shown in Butterfly graphs are also available at an architecture level!

Architecture graphs are determined solely by languages in the project and might not always have content.

Style updates

You may have noticed some style changes in graphs if you've been using them for a while. For example, the root node used to be filled, and now it only has an outline. Why? Because there are new text options!

You can now show/hide many useful things in your graph from the context menu. Some examples include:

  • The most recent annotation (or all annotations)
  • comments associated with the entity
  • parameters (these are clickable links!)
  • unresolved entities (dotted-line rectangles)
  • global objects (solid-line ovals)

Many graph variants now support styled labels that use the editor styles to color text (styled labels are not available from graphs exported from the API). 

Undo and Redo

Have you ever opened a graph, tried to scroll, and accidentally zoomed instead? This was previously only fixable by going to the zoom menu and setting the zoom back to 100%. Then, you'd have to open Graph Configuration and turn off "Scroll Wheel Zoom" (Yes, that's an option. Hold down Ctrl to temporarily switch modes).

Now, zoom is undo-able. But it doesn't stop there - here are some more things that are undo-able:

  • Switching to a new graph variant
  • Switching to a new graph with the 'sync' option
  • Changing a graph option with the context menu
  • Re-using the same graph window

Mini-map updates

You can now navigate your graph using the mini-map. Simply click, or click and drag, to update the viewport.

To move the mini-map itself, hold down Ctrl (or Command on Mac), then click and drag.

With these new updates to Graphs in 6.1, we encourage you to go play around with them yourself! Let us know how your team is using Graphs, and any feedback you may have, by sending us an email at support@scitools.com!

Note: Attached is a link to a Powerpoint that covers these changes.