SenDraw is special-purpose software for creating Reed-Kellogg sentence diagrams. Reed-Kellogg diagrams visually map sentence components. SenDraw was a course project of EEL 5881: Software Engineering I, taught by G. Walton, Ph.D. during Fall 1999 in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Central Florida.
The developing team members were: Qingcai Guan, Ying Chen and Wenwei Sun. The client was Beth Rapp Young, Ph.D. in the English Department of UCF.
SenDraw V1.0 and SenDrawA V1.0 is free trial software.
NOTE: This program does not work on a Mac.
The following are required to ensure correct functioning of SenDraw:
Move the downloaded file into the desired directory (creating it first if necessary). Open or Run the file in directory. If it is the zip file, follow the prompts provided by the Zip File Utility being used. There should be one file: SenDraw.exe or SenDrawA.exe
You can start SenDraw by double-clicking the SenDraw program. The splash screen displays for 5 seconds before the main program loads.
Sendraw has 6 menus on the menu bar: File, Edit, View, Element, Window, Help. There are two ways to open the menus. If you wish to open the menu by using the menu bar, navigate your mouse on the individual menu choice on the menu bar and then click and the menu items will display. If you wish to open the menu by using the keyboard, hold down the ALT key and press the underscored letter associated with the particular menu. For example, holding down the ALT key and pressing the F key will open the File menu.
File Menu Items Screen shot
The functions list in the edit menu are currently not available in version 1.0.
The View Menu allows you to decide whether or not you want to display the toolbar and status bar. If an item on the menu is checked, that bar is displayed. If the item is not checked, the bar is not displayed. To change the checkmark, highlight the toolbar or status bar on the pulldown menu.
Element Menu Items Screen shot
SenDraw allows you work on different documents at the same time by opening multiple windows.
Window Menu Items Screen shot
In the Help menu, there is only one choice: About SenDraw When it is selected, a dialog box with a brief copyright description will appear. No on-line help is available. If you encounter problems while using SenDraw, consult Troubleshooting.
Toolbar Screen shot
Most of the functions listed in the menus have corresponding buttons on the toolbar. Clicking on the toolbar button has the same effect as selecting the corresponding menu item. From left to right, the buttons on the toolbar correspond to the following menu items:
In order to draw a line or a shape, select the line or the shape you want either by clicking the corresponding menu item, or by clicking on the corresponding button on the toolbar. Next, move the mouse cursor to where you want the line to begin. Click and hold the left mouse button and drag the cursor until the line's desired ending point has been reached. In order to insert text into your document, you must first select the text style by clicking the text style icon on the toolbar or selecting the text style from the Element menu. Next, move the mouse cursor to the position where you want to start your text. Click the left mouse button and a text dialog box will show up. Click inside the text edit area, and type in the text, then click on OK button.
An existing shape or text object can be modified. In order to do so, you should move the mouse cursor onto the desired object you want to modify. Click the right mouse button, and then an object operation menu will appear. Note: When you are selecting a horizontal or vertical line, the mouse cursor needs to be exactly on the line to be modified.
If you use a Mac, you won't be able to run SenDraw on your computer. However, you can create sentence diagrams using alternative graphic programs or Microsoft Word or other software.
It is not be possible via SenDraw to turn the conjunction the right way, so just make sure that the words are on the right lines.
To move words as separate pieces, you need to type them in separately and move them where you want them.
The "Unexpected File Format" message means that your browser can't do anything with the files. But that's OK. Just click "save to file"and then you can open the files outside your browser (e.g., use SenDraw to open the SenDraw file).
You will need SenDraw to read the file. When you try to download it, the browser will tell you it is an "unexpected file format." You will then choose "save to disk." Then, you have to start SenDraw and open the file.
The solution to this problem is to download the SenDrawA version of the program. SenDraw reacts differently to different printers.
First, check the file name. Some browsers will sometimes attach a filename without a three letter extension. So instead of filename.doc, your computer will just see filename [no .doc]. When that happens, your computer calls the file filename.html, and it will not be able to open the file in SenDraw. Right click on the file and select "Rename" in the popup menu, and rename the file with a .sdr extension. (Make sure to select "All files" under file type, or else it will not accept the file name.) Then start SenDraw and open the file.
Sometimes browsers will add .attach to the end of your filename, even if your filename has a three letter extension. So your filename may look like this: filename.sdr.attach If that happens, change the filename to remove the .attach. Then start SenDraw and open the file.
Another option is saving the attachment to your desktop without doing anything to change the filename. Then, right click on the file icon that appears on your desktop. Select "Open with" and then find "SenDraw" through the "Choose Program" option. However, you will probably have to repeat these steps every time you want to view it; it doesn't default to opening in SenDraw after the first time you open it.