Many of us are getting frustrated at the behaviour of the pools / lanes when attempting to select model elements contained within. Trying to drag a selection box around shapes is very frustrating as this instead results in the swimlanes themselves being moved around!
I know that there is a “Selectable” attribute to pools and lanes which can help with this, but there are some problems:
- It’s tedious to use this (have to remember to mark both the lane and corresponding pools as non-selectable
- It doesn’t work half the time! You mark it as not selectable… and sometimes it still insists on dragging the lane / pool around when you mean to drag the shapes within!
Although I would really like to see this behaviour fixed (which may be hard since it sometimes works, I am asking you to consider adding a new feature (hopefully with a toolbar or pallette button): Swimlane Lock. This feature could toggle on / off the “selectability” of all pools and lanes (or maybe display a dialog asking for which to toggle, or “all”). This would be handy for the user as they could quickly toggle on or off this behaviour, instead of having to click on the appropriate lanes and pools (in whatever magical order is required to make it work!) and toggle the “selectability” option manually.
Or alternatively, you could find out why the “selectability” option doesn’t always work… Still, I for one would like an easier way to achieve the same thing… if my idea above isn’t viable I’d be happy to discuss other options.