Custom Diagram – Node Types

In a Custom diagram, there are three Node Type options: Custom, Field, and Note. Examples of each are provided below.


The Custom node type is the default selection and produces the commonly seen shapes in the report. Relationships can be drawn between Custom shapes.

Custom with Artwork

Artwork can only be added to a Custom node type (in the Report Designer pane).

Custom with Field

When added to a Custom shape, a Field is displayed as a list below the shape's name that can be expanded and collapsed.
Any element type can be set as a Field and assigned to its parent through the Node form or the Relationship form. If the Relationship form is used, all Display Type selections result in the same image as nesting via the Node form.
If added to a Custom container (i.e., it has other shapes nested within it), the Field is also displayed as a shape.
Regardless of how they are displayed (added to shapes or containers), relationships cannot be drawn between fields.

Custom with Note

A Note is typically a shape nested within a Custom shape to provide additional information about that record. Nesting a text or date element via the Node form produces the best results (see the Class diagram node types for more details). Relationships cannot be drawn between Notes, and artwork cannot be added to a Note.

Custom with Note and Field

A Custom node type can contain both Note and Field types. When this occurs, the Field is displayed as a shape rather than a list (as seen with 1 AP, 3 AP, and 8 AP in the image).
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