3.3 Creating a new project

This section describes how to create a new project. The project will be used to create a new system model.


  1. Select New Project from the File menu. Alternatively, click the New button on the toolbar.
    Results: The New Project dialog appears.
    Figure 3-2 New Project dialog
    New Project dialog

  2. Navigate to the directory to use for your project. Enter MyProject in the filename box and click the Select button.
    Results: A dialog appears for you to enter the name and location of the LISA+ file that represents your new system.
    Figure 3-3 Select Top Component LISA File dialog
    Select Top Component LISA File dialog

  3. Enter My_Top_Component.lisa in the filename box and click the Select button.

    The component name for the top component is, by default, set to the name of the LISA+ file.

    Results: The Workspace area contains a blank block diagram with scroll bars. The Component window, to the right of the Workspace area, lists the components in the default repositories.

These steps create a project file, MyProject.sgproj and a LISA+ source file, My_Top_Component.lisa. The project file contains:

  • System components.

  • Connections between system components.

  • References to the component repositories.

  • Settings for model generation and compilation.

Do not edit the project file. System Canvas modifies it if you change project settings.

The block diagram view of your system is a graphical representation of the LISA+ source. To display the contents of My_Top_Component.lisa, click the Source tab. This file is automatically updated if you add or rename components in the block diagram.

You can view the LISA+ source for many of the supplied components. To do so, double-click on a component in the Block Diagram. Alternatively, right click on a component in the Components window and select Open Component.

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