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The first part of this feature guide explains how to use and customize the

 

PowerDesigner main window. You will learn to:

 

Customize your work environment

 

Use object property sheets

 

Use lists of objects

 

Use the Browser tree view

 

The second part of this feature guide explains the basic concepts you need to

 

understand how to use PowerDesigner. You will learn to:

 

Manage a workspace

 

Use a folder

 

Create and manage models, and packages

 

Create and use modeling objects

 

Use shortcuts

 

Use replications

 

Compare and merge models

 

Use the Resource Editor

 

Use the PowerDesigner graphical interface

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Although it does not assume you have knowledge about any particular topic,

 

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architecture, SQL, and design methodology is helpful.

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PowerDesigner resources

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The PowerDesigner window is a database design environment, in which you can perform different tasks:

Design models of different types: Conceptual Data Model (CDM) Physical Data Model (PDM) Object-Oriented Model (OOM) Business Process Model (BPM) Free Model (FEM)

Share objects between models

Compare and merge models or resources of the same type

Edit and print reports in different languages based on the designed models using the Report Editor

Customize a local environment using the workspace concept

Interchange models using the XMI format

Automate manual PowerDesigner functions with VBScript

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