Information on the major changes in the current release of yEd are listed in the yEd Release Notes.
The possibilities offered by the yEd Graph Editor and its essential concepts are explained in the section yEd First Steps.
Main Tool Windows
yEd provides access to powerful layout algorithms. In Description of the available Layout
Algorithms they are being described briefly.
In Description of the available Tools a brief overview of the supplied tools is given.
Properties of Graph Elements
Graph elements offer a range of (e.g. graphical) properties; Properties of Nodes and
Edges describes them briefly.
One of yEd’s most exciting features is the ability to work with a graph hierarchy. Grouping
Support contains more detailed information about this topic.
Auto Grouping allows to compute a grouping which is in accordance with one of several
yEd can open and save graphs from and to a number of different file formats. Furthermore, images can be created in
common bitmap and vector graphic formats. In section File Formats, the supported formats
are described in more detail.
Support for creating and working with Swimlane diagrams using specialized swimlane nodes and table nodes,
respectively, is explained in Support for Swimlane Diagrams.
Creation of specialized UML nodes is explained in UML Support.
Entity Relationship Diagrams
Editing attribute names in entity nodes is explained in Entity Relationship Diagrams.
Importing Custom Symbols for Nodes
yEd allows to import own representations for nodes either as image file or as SVG file. Importing
Custom Symbols has a brief description of all necessary steps.
Converting Nodes to Labels
Mapping Custom Properties to Visual Properties
Custom properties are a flexible means for storing additional data with the elements of a graph.
By default, however, they are not visible in the diagram. The
Properties Mapper lets you change the visible properties of
the nodes and edges in a graph according to their custom properties.