General Views versus Object Views

Main Difference

In securiCAD the middle/main area of the program will be the area where you can drop and view objects and their connections. When starting securiCAD you will either see a new empty canvas area called “View 1” or the ACME Example Model.

In the previous parts of this user manual, we describe adding objects to this canvas and making connection between them. We also dropped objects into other objects to bundle/hide them.

When we double-click to open an object, a new tab will be shown with the contents of the opened object. This is what we call an “Object View”.

Double-clicking on the Stage srv 2 object in the ACME Example Model, we see that it contains additional objects.

The contents (object view) of the Stage srv 2 Host object
The contents (object view) of the Stage srv 2 Host object

In the above image, we see the object view of the Stage srv 2 Host object. It shows what objects are contained within the Stage srv 2 Host object.

Object views are used for navigating your model structure in a hierarchical way.

Object View limitations

Since all objects in an object view are connected to the main object (in this case Local Accounts, LSASS, RDP Service, SSH Client and Windows Server 2008 are all connected to Stage srv 2), only objects that can be connected/added to a Host object are allowed here. This means that you can not, for instance, add a WebApplication or Firewall object here.

Furthermore, when on a general canvas, you can select an object and use the left bound arrow to see connected objects and the right bound arrow to add new objects. This functionality is not available when you are in an object view.

The right-click function “Show all connected objects” is also deactivated when you are on an object view.

When looking at objects contained in an object view, the right-click Hide functionality is deactivated.