SenDraw, the basic version, is a software application for creating Reed-Kellogg sentence diagrams. Reed-Kellogg diagrams visually map sentence components. SenDraw was created in 1999 by UCF graduate software engineering students of EEL 5881: Software Engineering I, taught by G. Walton, Ph.D. SenDrawA was later released to solve some printing problems in SenDraw. SenDrawII is the latest version and allows the user to save files as .jpg and .bmp file types. This version was created by UCF graduate software engineering students of EEL 5881: Software Engineering I, this time taught by Damla Turgut, Ph.D.
All SenDraw versions are free software applications.
Note: This program does not work on a Mac.
The following is a list of PC system requirements to ensure proper functioning of the software:
Note: These instructions were developed with the Windows 7 operating system. Your results may vary slightly if you're using a computer with a different operating system.
Open File Pop-Up
Note: You can run SenDrawII from the webpage (no download required) by clicking the executable file on the webpage with the left mouse button and selecting "Run" on the File Download pop-up.
File Download Pop-Up
When the SenDrawII application is running, the Main window is displayed.
SenDrawII Main Window
On the SenDrawII Main window, under File, is a drop-down menu containing the commands: New, Open, and Exit.
Main Window File Drop-down
Sizing Pop-Up Window
Clicking OK will open the Diagramming window.
Only files with the .sdxml file extension saved with SenDrawII can be opened and manipulated in the SenDrawII application.
There are two buttons on the main window: Drawing Tool and Text Tool. The application defaults to the Drawing Tool. The tool that is selected appears in light text. In the example below, the Drawing Tool is selected.
Drawing Tool and Text Tool Buttons
The options available below the tool selection buttons vary depending on the tool chosen.
The Drawing Tool has two options: Pen and Shapes.
Pen and Shapes Options
When the Text Tool is selected, the options available are Bold, Italics, Change Color, Text Size, Font, and Angle. A Text box is also provided for entering the text to be displayed. After entering text into the Text box, position the cursor in the Diagramming window where you want the text to appear. Click and drag the mouse to position the text.
On the diagramming window is a drop-down File menu with the options: Save, Save as, Change size, Print, and Close.
Diagramming Window File Drop-Down Menu
The diagramming window has a drop-down Layer menu with the following options:
Diagramming Window File Layer Drop-Down Menu
Every action you perform in the Diagramming window is a layer. You can use the Layer menu (or the corresponding keyboard shortcuts shown in the menu) to navigate through layers and to make changes to the layers. For example, selecting Delete from this menu or holding the Ctrl key while hitting the Del key (the Ctrl+Del keyboard shortcut) will delete the last action. Delete works like the Undo command in Windows.
Sample Sentence Diagram
Note: If the line isn't straight, you can delete it and try again. Select "Delete" in the Layer drop-down menu in the Diagramming window.
Congratulations! You just made your first sentence diagram!
CPU: 80386 or higher
RAM: 8 MB or higher
Disk Space: 20 MB or higher
Video: VGA or higher at 800 X 800 resolution
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 95 or higher
No, SenDrawII only works on a PC.
To install the application, right click on SenDrawII.exe on the SenDraw Downloads page. Select "Save Target As". Then save the file as an "Application."
If you have installed the application, double click on the SenDrawII icon. Select "Run" on the pop-up.
If you have not installed the application, you can run it from the webpage by clicking on SenDrawII.exe on the SenDraw Downloads page.
Select the icon and drag it to the Start bar.
Select File -> New on the Main window. The new window that appears is the sentence diagramming window.
Select Drawing Tool in the Main window. Select the options you want. Click in the sentence Diagramming window and move the mouse across the screen to make the shape you selected.
Select Text Tool in the Main window. Select the options you want. Click in the sentence Diagramming window and hold down the mouse button to position the text how you want it to appear.
Select Layer -> Delete on the sentence Diagramming window.
Select Layer -> Previous Layer or Layer -> Next Layer on the sentence Diagramming window.
Select Layer -> Show Current Layer on the sentence Diagramming window. The current layer is highlighted.
Select File -> Save or File -> Save As in the Diagramming window.
Diagramming Window Menu
If you want to be able to re-open the file in SenDrawII, select "SenDrawII File (*.sdxml)" as the type in the pick list "Save as type," as shown below.
Saving File as SenDrawII Type
Saving File as JPEG Type
Saving File as Bitmap Type
Select File -> Print from the diagramming window.
Select File -> Open from the Main window.
Try downloading with a different browser.
Sometimes the lines do not come out straight. Do Layer -> Delete and try again.
If you installed the application (saved it as an application) on your computer, you can search for SenDrawII through the Start bar. If you downloaded the application from the webpage, it is not installed. Follow the steps to install the application.
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