I’m pleased to announce new release of Toad Data Modeler BETA 5.2.3!
Except for a couple of bug fixes, this BETA release brings lots of improvements and changes in GUI. I’m sure you already noticed some of them in previous Beta, e.g. new lines…
Nevertheless, let me announce them officialy and point your attention to them. [:)]
Here’s a brief list of enhancements:
- Export, Import Microsoft Excel - Export/Import feature is available for active data model and the resulting XLSX file includes individual worksheets for Entities, Attributes, Relationships and Data Types for the model. There, you can add comments and notes and modify or specify other properties. The modified Excel file can be imported back to Toad Data Modeler.
To export your model:
Select File | Export | Export to Excel…
To import the data back to Toad Data Modeler:
Select File | Import | Import from Excel…
New Relationship Lines Management System
Lines are right-angled only. You can move them and their parts as you need (vertically and horizontally). Anchor points are no longer fixed on entity boxes but you can alter them as you need (column to column alignment is possible now). You can add handle points (press CTRL) and this way you can select parts of line you need to delete or move.
Snap to Objects - automatic align among objects on the workspace.
When you move an object on the workspace (e.g. entity or relationship line), a light blue line will display and you will be able to align the object to other objects in ERD easily.
The Snap to Objects option is on by default - see the new icon on the toolbar or Settings | Options | Graphics. There, you can turn this function off. To turn it off for a particular moment while working in your ERD, press and hold ALT Key.
Import and Export Settings defined in the Options dialog - This option allows you to import/export the settings (particularly helpful for already defined paths) e.g. for side by side installation of TDM or to/from TDM on another PC. Also, you can restore the default settings easily. See the new buttons in the Options dialog.
Possibility to hide Not Null and Key Marks (Object Format dialog | Entity tab)
Go to Parent, Go to Child right-click options for relationships
Button Add Workspace beside Tabs
Possibility to close X every workspace
So, do not hesitate to explore and test these new great features. We can’t wait for your feedback and other suggestions (even those that might appear to be unimportant or little).
Happy modeling with TDM!
Vladka and TDM Team