Thanks very much for your feedback. Let me reply to your questions.
CS2 (TDM2) and TDM3
I’m very sorry to hear that working with TDM3 is so frustrating for you.
Yes, comparing TDM2 and TDM3, TDM3 can seem to be more complicated. However, the fact is that TDM3 is a completely different tool. It is not a kind of advanced or extended TDM2.
TDM3 is a new modeling tool written from scratch. It has a new interface and offers new great functions and features that are not available in TDM2.
I’m sure that as soon as you learn more about them, you will get used to using them very quickly. (See e.g. inplace editor, modeless dialogs, object navigator box, options in Model Explorer etc.)
To make the change from TDM2 to TDM3 for TDM2 users easier, we have written detailed Help and Manual (see the Help menu), made a lot of flash movies and launched this community where you can get advice and replies. We are here for you to help you in case of any trouble you might have with TDM3.
Flash movies section:
Now, to your problems:
I spent at least 3 hours trying to move 10 tables from one model to another.
You can select tables in WS via your mouse, or using the SHIFT key.
Simple CTRL+X, CTRL+V between models should work properly.
Also, feel free to make multiple selection of tables in Model Explorer and direct drag and drop of them to WS of another model.
(TDM3 also allows you to open workspaces of several models at one time.)
Sources of info: Have a look a the Help file | Index tab and type “select” - see the Select Objects topic. Then type “entity” and see topic Moving Entities.
Flash movie on how to copy and move entities:
Yes, you’re right, Convertor needs to be improved. E.g. As you write, there is no way to select multiple items. In current Beta 3.1.6 (and in future 3.1.5 official release of TDM3), some improvements in Convertor has already been made.
Nevertheless, Convertor is a place where you can perform more actions (generate alter script, merge, convert) and moreover “in two directions” at the same time (e.g. alter script generation for Model1 and Model2 at one jump.) Now we can see, it’s not as good as we expected. Therefore, some significant changes are planned for the Convertor. There will be separate dialogs or wizards for the particular actions in the future.
Anyway, to better understand how the Convertor works, see the documentation again or watch updated flash movies at:
See the ‘Convertor’ and ‘Alter Script Generation’ and possibly the ‘OTPs’ flash movies.
how do I add a shortcut to a relationship in a physical model within the same workspace?
- Right-click the WS and select Complete from Model.
- In the dialog, enable only the Links button. - Only relationships that you can add to the WS will be displayed.
- Select particular relationship.
This is described in detail in the Manual. - Again, click the Index tab for quick search in the documenation, and type “shortcut”, click the Shortcuts item and select the Using Shortcuts topic.
You can see this “in action” also in this movie:
(Note on the movie - it’s an older movie, however clearly shows how to manage shortcuts. There’s one change in current TDM version - to delete a shortcut, SHIFT +Del should be used.)
Well, I hope you will appreciate this information. In any case, our team is here for you and ready to answer your questions. Just ask.
I’m sure that you will change your mind on TDM3 as soon as you start using it a bit more.
Vladka + TDM Team