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Sybase®

PowerDesigner®

General Features Guide

Version 9.5.1 38093-01-0951-01 Last modified: December 2002

Copyright © 2002 Sybase, Inc. All rights reserved.

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PowerDesigner interface...........................................................

4

 

Main Window components .................................................

4

 

PowerDesigner modeling environment .....................................

7

 

PowerDesigner resources.......................................................

10

 

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Managing windows..................................................................

14

 

Understanding the main window organization..................

14

 

Docking windows..............................................................

15

 

Disabling the docking feature ...........................................

15

 

Hiding docking windows ...................................................

16

 

Restoring a docking window.............................................

16

 

Managing toolbars ..................................................................

17

 

Creating a toolbar .............................................................

17

 

Customizing a toolbar.......................................................

20

 

Restoring the default settings of a toolbar........................

21

 

Moving a toolbar...............................................................

22

 

Hiding and showing a toolbar ...........................................

23

 

Deleting a toolbar .............................................................

23

 

Using the Palette ..............................................................

24

 

Using property sheets .............................................................

28

 

Displaying a property sheet ..............................................

28

 

Customizing a property sheet...........................................

30

 

Displaying parent object property sheet ...........................

32

 

Inserting properties in the General page ..........................

32

 

Applying a business rule to an object ...............................

33

 

Displaying object notes.....................................................

34

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Displaying object dependencies.......................................

34

 

Using extended dependencies .........................................

36

 

Displaying version information .........................................

39

 

Validating changes in a property sheet ............................

40

 

Closing a property sheet...................................................

41

 

Finding text using regular expressions.............................

41

 

Using lists................................................................................

43

 

Displaying a list from the Model menu .............................

43

 

Displaying a list from a property sheet .............................

44

 

Understanding the list tools ..............................................

46

 

Adding items at the end of a list .......................................

47

 

Inserting an item in an ordered list ...................................

48

 

Adding a link object in a list ..............................................

49

 

Adding an item from a selection list .................................

50

 

Selecting an item from a selection tree ............................

53

 

Finding a row in a list........................................................

54

 

Selecting all list items .......................................................

54

 

Arranging items on an ordered list ...................................

56

 

Changing cursor position on a list ....................................

57

 

Defining a filter on a list ....................................................

57

 

Modifying properties on a list............................................

60

 

Validating changes in a list...............................................

61

 

Closing a list .....................................................................

61

 

Defining global options............................................................

62

 

Defining general options...................................................

62

 

Defining dialog box behavior ............................................

67

 

Defining a text editor ........................................................

74

 

Defining environment variables ........................................

76

 

Defining named paths ......................................................

78

 

Defining a default font ......................................................

82

 

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Identifying items in the tree view.............................................

86

 

Defining Browser display options............................................

88

 

Managing nodes in the Browser tree view ..............................

89

 

Creating an object in the Browser ....................................

89

 

Displaying node properties ...............................................

90

 

Opening a diagram from the Browser tree view...............

90

 

Opening the report editor from the Browser tree view......

90

 

Displaying a node contextual menu .................................

90

 

Editing an item in place ....................................................

91

 

Dragging and dropping items ...........................................

91

 

Finding objects in the Browser tree view..........................

91

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Defining a workspace..............................................................

96

 

Using the workspace...............................................................

97

 

Creating a workspace.......................................................

97

 

Opening a workspace.......................................................

97

 

Renaming a workspace....................................................

98

 

Defining a startup option...................................................

98

 

Changing workspace........................................................

99

 

Saving a workspace .......................................................

100

 

Saving a workspace under another name......................

100

 

Saving a workspace and its contents .............................

100

 

Closing a workspace ......................................................

101

 

Building a workspace ............................................................

102

 

Creating new items in a workspace................................

102

 

Adding items to a workspace .........................................

102

 

Deleting a workspace............................................................

104

 

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Defining a folder....................................................................

106

 

Using a folder........................................................................

107

 

Creating a folder.............................................................

107

 

Renaming a folder ..........................................................

107

 

Creating an item in a folder ............................................

108

 

Adding an item to a folder ..............................................

108

 

Saving a folder................................................................

109

 

Deleting a folder....................................................................

110

 

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Defining a model ...................................................................

112

 

Model properties.............................................................

112

 

Creating a model ............................................................

113

 

Creating a model from the Browser tree view ................

115

 

Opening an existing model.............................................

115

 

Opening a model previously closed in the workspace ...

116

 

Adding models to the workspace ...................................

116

 

Renaming a model in the Browser tree view..................

117

 

Modifying model properties ............................................

118

 

Saving a model...............................................................

118

 

Saving all models ...........................................................

120

 

Generating a model........................................................

120

 

Closing a model..............................................................

122

 

Deleting a model.............................................................

123

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Sending a model via a messaging application ...............

124

 

Using the free model.............................................................

125

 

Defining naming conventions................................................

126

 

Defining name/code format...................................................

127

 

Displaying the name or the code of objects ...................

129

 

Defining name and code format for a type of object ......

130

 

Creating a template for name and code format .............

131

 

Applying a naming template to a type of object..............

134

 

Defining name/code conversions..........................................

137

 

Using a conversion script ...............................................

138

 

Using a conversion table ................................................

141

 

Defining a package ...............................................................

146

 

Package properties ........................................................

146

 

Creating a package ........................................................

147

 

Defining the diagram type of a new package .................

148

 

Opening an existing package.........................................

148

 

Renaming a package in the Browser tree view..............

149

 

Modifying the properties of a package ...........................

149

 

Saving a package...........................................................

149

 

Managing the namespace in models ....................................

151

 

Defining the namespace concept...................................

151

 

Defining the namespace of a package...........................

152

 

Defining a diagram................................................................

154

 

Diagram properties.........................................................

154

 

Creating a diagram.........................................................

155

 

Adding a diagram to a model or a package ...................

155

 

Opening an existing diagram..........................................

156

 

Modifying the properties of a diagram ............................

158

 

Hiding and showing symbols in the diagram ..................

158

 

Finding an object symbol in the diagram........................

164

 

Managing hierarchical diagrams ....................................

165

 

Adding symbols to a diagram .........................................

166

 

Saving a diagram ...........................................................

167

 

Deleting a diagram .........................................................

167

 

Converting a diagram to a package......................................

168

 

Opening a PowerDesigner 6 submodel as a diagram in

 

 

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171

 

Interchanging models using XMI format ...............................

172

 

Importing XMI files..........................................................

172

 

Exporting XMI files .........................................................

173

 

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Defining objects ....................................................................

176

 

Object names .................................................................

176

 

Object codes ..................................................................

176

 

Object comment .............................................................

177

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Displaying object properties ...........................................

177

Identifying objects...........................................................

178

Creating an object ..........................................................

179

Attaching notes to an object ...........................................

181

Renaming an object from the Browser tree view............

189

Modifying object properties.............................................

189

Using extended attributes...............................................

192

Previewing the code of an object....................................

195

Dragging and dropping objects .............................................

198

Drag and drop default action ..........................................

198

Modifying the drag and drop default action ....................

198

Using the drag and drop feature.....................................

199

Copying objects.....................................................................

200

Selecting object to copy..................................................

200

Copying objects to the Clipboard....................................

200

Pasting objects......................................................................

201

Selecting a paste target..................................................

201

Pasting an object from the Clipboard .............................

201

Pasting a shortcut...........................................................

202

Pasting an object as a shortcut ......................................

203

Managing paste conflicts................................................

204

Creating a graphical synonym for an object..........................

205

Moving objects from package to package ............................

207

Moving entities................................................................

207

Moving an object from a package to another .................

207

Finding objects......................................................................

210

Defining find parameters ................................................

210

Using the Result List.......................................................

218

Analyzing object dependencies.............................................

220

Deleting objects ....................................................................

221

Displaying the delete confirmation dialog box ................

221

Selecting the type of deletion .........................................

222

Deleting an object...........................................................

222

Deleting an object and its related objects.......................

224

Deleting an object in a list...............................................

225

Deleting a free symbol....................................................

225

Using file objects...................................................................

226

File object properties ......................................................

226

Creating a file object.......................................................

229

Modifying the properties of a file object..........................

230

Opening an existing file object .......................................

232

Selecting an application program for a file object...........

232

Attaching a file object to a PowerDesigner object ..........

233

Modifying the file object display preferences..................

235

Saving a file object .........................................................

235

Working with extended model definitions .............................

236

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Creating an extended model definition...........................

236

 

Missing extended model definition .................................

241

 

Selecting extended model definitions.............................

242

 

Exporting an extended model definition .........................

243

 

Accessing objects using VBScript ........................................

244

 

Basic concepts ...............................................................

245

 

Introducing the HTML help file .......................................

256

 

Using the Edit/Run Script editor .....................................

258

 

How to ............................................................................

267

 

Manipulating the Repository using VBScript ..................

275

 

Manipulating reports.......................................................

285

 

VBScript uses in PowerDesigner ...................................

286

 

OLE Automation .............................................................

287

 

Using customized commands ........................................

290

 

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Defining a shortcut................................................................

300

 

Stating the problem ........................................................

300

 

Understanding the shortcut concept...............................

300

 

Shortcut properties .........................................................

303

 

Creating a shortcut .........................................................

304

 

Saving the referencing model.........................................

306

 

Linking shortcuts ............................................................

307

 

Modifying shortcut properties .........................................

308

 

Shortcut synchronization ................................................

313

 

Displaying shortcuts..............................................................

315

 

Understanding the display of a shortcut symbol.............

315

 

Modifying the shortcut display preferences ....................

316

 

Locating shortcuts in the Browser tree view...................

316

 

Locating the dependent objects of a shortcut ................

316

 

Displaying all the shortcuts of a target object.................

317

 

Displaying all the shortcuts of an object type .................

318

 

Working with shortcuts .........................................................

320

 

Using the list of shortcuts ...............................................

320

 

Using the list of target models........................................

326

 

Deleting a shortcut .........................................................

329

 

Generating shortcuts ............................................................

331

 

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Defining object replications...................................................

336

 

Stating the problem ........................................................

336

 

Understanding the object replication concept ................

337

 

Object replication vs. shortcut ........................................

340

 

Replication object properties ..........................................

340

 

Creating a replica ...........................................................

342

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Saving the referencing model of the replica ...................

346

 

Desynchronizing replicated attributes, replicated

 

 

collections and sub-replications .....................................

346

 

Replica synchronization..................................................

348

 

Displaying replications ..........................................................

350

 

Consulting all the replications of an original object.........

350

 

Consulting all the replicas of an object type ...................

351

 

Working with object replications ...........................................

352

 

Using the list of replications............................................

352

 

Comparing and merging replications..............................

355

 

Generating replications...................................................

356

 

Moving replications.........................................................

357

 

Deleting a replication ......................................................

357

 

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Comparing models................................................................

360

 

Understanding the comparison window .........................

360

 

Defining comparison parameters ...................................

361

 

Analyzing object differences in the object comparison

 

 

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367

 

Analyzing object differences in the properties

 

 

comparison part..............................................................

369

 

Navigating among differences in the object comparison

 

 

part .................................................................................

369

 

Previewing and printing comparison result.....................

370

 

Merging models ....................................................................

372

 

Understanding the merge window..................................

372

 

Defining merge parameters............................................

373

 

Analyzing merge actions ................................................

376

 

Selecting merge actions in the model to be merged ......

381

 

Selecting properties to merge ........................................

381

 

Synchronizing objects manually .....................................

382

 

Previewing and printing merge actions...........................

384

 

Starting the merge process ............................................

385

 

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What is the resource editor?.................................................

388

 

Managing resource files........................................................

390

 

Using the list of resource files ........................................

390

 

Creating a resource file ..................................................

391

 

Importing a resource file.................................................

393

 

Saving a resource file.....................................................

393

 

Comparing and merging resource files ..........................

394

 

Using the resource editor......................................................

398

 

Category and entry properties ........................................

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Modifying a resource file ................................................

402

 

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Model display preferences ....................................................

408

 

Applying display preferences..........................................

408

 

Selecting general display preferences ...........................

414

 

Selecting object view display preferences......................

415

 

Selecting format display preferences .............................

417

 

Modifying symbol appearance ..............................................

430

 

Selecting symbols ..........................................................

430

 

Applying color to a symbol..............................................

431

 

Applying a line style to symbols......................................

433

 

Customizing the shape of a symbol ...............................

434

 

Bending a line.................................................................

436

 

Straightening a line.........................................................

437

 

Dragging a link symbol from one object to another........

437

 

Adding and removing shadow ........................................

437

 

Flipping symbols.............................................................

438

 

Sizing symbols................................................................

438

 

Applying size preferences to a symbol...........................

439

 

Adjusting a symbol size to text .......................................

439

 

Hiding and showing symbols..........................................

440

 

Grouping and ungrouping symbols ................................

440

 

Protecting and unprotecting symbols .............................

441

 

Moving symbols ....................................................................

442

 

Snap to Grid ...................................................................

442

 

Auto-layout .....................................................................

443

 

Aligning symbols.............................................................

444

 

Setting line disposition....................................................

445

 

Arranging symbols..........................................................

446

 

Arranging connectors .....................................................

446

 

Arranging attach points ..................................................

447

 

Arranging attached text ..................................................

447

 

Overlapping symbols......................................................

449

 

Finding a symbol in the diagram from an objects list .....

449

 

Inserting graphics..................................................................

451

 

Drawing shapes..............................................................

451

 

Drawing lines..................................................................

452

 

Inserting a title box .........................................................

453

 

Importing images............................................................

454

 

Using free text.......................................................................

456

 

Inserting free text............................................................

456

 

Inserting text in a shape .................................................

457

 

Applying a color to free text............................................

457

 

Selecting a font for free text ...........................................

458

 

Aligning free text.............................................................

459

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