The Cawemo modeler

Getting to know the modeler

We have created a distraction free intuitive interface for modeling your diagrams.

Our aim is to empower people of all levels of expertise to efficiently design process models, do not be afraid, you will be surprised how easy it is!

Once you have clicked to create a new diagram in Cawemo, you will land on our modeler. Here you will see the…


ArtboardThis is where you will design your diagram. Zoom in and out return to the centre of your diagram.

ToolbarThe toolbar on the left gives you the basic symbols from which you can begin your modelling.

Contextual menuVisible when you click an element. Selections from this menu are linked in your flow. You can also change symbol types here.

Toolbar elements

Our toolbar and contextual menu consist of selection tools to interact with your model and BPMN 2.0 standardised symbols to build your models.

BPMN 2.0 is a globally standardized set of symbols used for creating business processes (workflows). It’s one of the most common ways of designing workflows and you’ve probably used some of these symbols before without even knowing about BPMN.

Let’s get to know the tool bar shall we…

Selection tools:


The hand tool

Use this to move your diagram as a whole – particularly useful if you have a very large diagram! 


Lasso tool

Allows you to select multiple artifacts and move their position.


Space tool

Edit space between your flow objects. Useful if you need to add new elements inside the the process flow.


Global connect tool

Link separate flow objects.

BPMN Symbols:

Start event

Tends to be the beginning of your process. 


Intermediate, throw or boundary events

These are some of the more complex or expressive elements of BPMN diagrams.

Further reading


End event

Like every journey, your process will have an end. Or like many a sausage, more than one. Wrong metaphor, but you get the drift.



There are several types of gateways. The gateway type can be changed using the elements contextual menu.



A task is a work-unit. Different types of tasks can be selected from the context menu.


Expanded sub process

An area to design a sub process.


Data object reference

A data object represents information that flows through the process, such as documents, e-mails or letters. These are just a visual cues.


Data store reference

A data storage is a place where the process can read or write data, e.g a database or file cabinet. It exists independently from the duration of the process instance.  Again this is just a visual representation to add context to the process as a whole.


Pool / Participant

Pools and lanes represent responsibility for activities. A pool or lane can be an organisation, a role or a system.

Further reading;

Read our article;

Designing workflows with Cawemo

The Contextual menu

How to use contextual menu

You will see the menu appear when you click on any artefact or flow object in your diagram.

This menu has two purposes.


Select the next step in your flow
You can select the step in your flow diagram. Your chosen artefact of flow object will be automatically linked to your current selection.


Edit the type of object
You can change a different type of artefact or element by selecting the spanner icon and choosing from the dropdown list. 


The Help button

Beyond this unassuming help button lies much power!

View the introductory walk though, read our guides, or check out our helpful keyboard shortcuts.

2 thoughts on “The Cawemo modeler

  1. Hi Cawemo Team,

    may I ask what are the new features for v 2.0 in comparison to the previous one? When will it be possible to have a properties panel?


  2. Hi Stafan

    Thanks for your question.
    We have made many small but impactful improvements to Cawemo from a structural and design perspective. Some of these improvements can be seen and others are more ‘behind the scenes’.

    Primarily, we have enabled users to add collaborators to multiple projects, which was not possible in the previous iteration. We have improved the modeller and the general look and feel of the application.

    As for the properties panel, we currently want to provide the best experience to create and share BPMN diagrams and have no plans, at present, to define properties. If this is something you are interested in, I would suggest looking into Camunda BPMN.

    Cawemo team

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