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These screenshots are from various versions of First and don’t necessarily reflect the current capabilities of the software. The best way to learn about First is to download it and give it a try. There are freely-accessible Downloads available, and a Tutorial to help getting started.

PocketPC Diagram

This is the Document List. I don’t have a lot of control over this, but I’m looking into how to add a list of “Most Recently Used” files in this page somehow.

From here you can view the about box (version and license information), change the application preferences and select a document to edit. Clicking on a file name opens the file.

OS Version: Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition

PocketPC Diagram

This is the Document View, which is where diagrams are created and edited. I’ve tried to make the interface simple to understand, easy on the hardware, yet powerful.

From here you can insert, move and resize objects, and link them together. The graphics are pretty fast, even on older systems.

Types of objects supported include those shown here, and many others.

OS Version: Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition

PocketPC Diagram

This is the property editor for objects in the diagram. Nodes and links use the same dialog, so there’s only one interface to learn.

From here you can change all of the properties of an object, including its shape, position, text, color(s), line width, etc.

You can add your own properties in to shape templates to, for example, track the number of chairs, routers or other equipment in an office. Or, as another example, to record the cost of decision alternatives for a decision tree.

OS Version: Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition

PocketPC Diagram

An example of a simple organization chart includes “dotted line” relationships as well as traditional “reporting to” relationships.

Each object representing a person in the chart can be annotated with information such as cost center, hire data, etc. Such an chart makes an excellent quick reference.

OS Version: Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition

PocketPC Diagram

An example of a simple network diagram showing “direct” style links, and multiple links from the same object. Also, First allows links to be linked to each other, since they are just a specialized type of object.

Using the property editor, a network engineer or technician can track problem requests, asset tags, IP addresses, etc. while in the field.

OS Version: Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition

PocketPC Diagram

An example of a simple software object diagram showing the capability of links to have start and end arrows of different styles as well as text at the start, end or middle point.

OS Version: Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition

PocketPC Diagram

PocketPC Diagram

An example of a multi-page process chart using off-page references to document a sub process. Using this technique, complex processes can be documented for use on a handheld device. In First, off-page references are live links that can be followed seamlessly from document to document.

OS Version: Windows Mobile 2002

PocketPC Diagram

This shot shows some of the new formatting options (text color and alignment) available in First 1.3. But wait, there's more! Others call them 'swim lanes' but we're calling them, well, we don't know yet. But when you drag one shape inside another it will adopt some of the properties of the outer shape. In this example it's color, but it will work for any property

OS Version: Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition

PocketPC Diagram

This is an example of the new Footprint and Copper Pour shapes introduced in version 1.5. Some other new shapes were introduced in this version, including some basic logic gates. Using "Send to back" and "bring to front" it's now possible to create sophisticated layering effects that interleave background, foreground and text components of different shapes.

While we don't think too many people will be designing PCBs with First Diagramming, we could be wrong!

OS Version: Windows Mobile 6.1

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