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Simile enables you to wrap any part of your model diagram up in a round-cornered box, called a submodel. The submodel concept can be used to address a wide range of modelling needs, including plug-and-play modularity, disaggregation, spatial modelling and individual-based modelling. If you are new to Simile, you are strongly encouraged to read the introduction to the submodel element, so that you are aware of the various uses of submodels in your modelling.
A submodel's properties are set using a dialogue box invoked by double-clicking anywhere within the submodel in select mode, or by using the "Properties" command of the context menu for that submodel.
The editing operations in the context menu apply to the components in the submodel for which it was invoked. Also, the following tools are used to perform operations on submodels:
Multiple-instance submodels are one of Simile's most valuable features, for constructing object-based models. For real-world objects, such as a tree, it is useful to be able to model several particular instances of the object, each acting in the same general way, though differing in their particular attributes.