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Visual Database Designer


Visual settings

 

Model notation

When you work in Visual Database Designer, you can choose one of the following modeling notations:

  • Integration DEFinition for Information Modeling (IDEF1X);
  • Information Engineering (IE).

 

The IDEF1X and IE notations use different symbols to represent relationships between entities (and tables).

 

Environment Options - Tools - VDBD

 

 

CheckBox Draw PRIMARY KEY fields separately

Separates Primary key fields from other fields with a horizontal line.

 

Environment Options - Tools - VDBD - Draw PRIMARY KEY fields separately

 

CheckBox Draw entities icons

Displays icons at the left of each entity header according to its type.

 

Environment Options - Tools - VDBD - Draw entities icons

 

CheckBox Draw attributes icons

Displays icons at the left of each attribute according to its type (Primary key, Foreign key, ordinary field).

 

Environment Options - Tools - VDBD - Draw attributes icons

 

CheckBox Draw only names of entities

Displays only entity headers, fields are hidden.

 

Environment Options - Tools - VDBD - Draw only names of entities

 

CheckBox Draw attribute information

Display attribute properties (optionality, keys, etc.) in parentheses after the attribute name and type.

 

Environment Options - Tools - VDBD - Draw attributes information

 

CheckBox Draw FOREIGN KEY name

Displays foreign key names for the corresponding relations.

 

Environment Options - Tools - VDBD - Draw FOREIGN KEY name

 

CheckBox Draw page borders

Displays borders on the diagram page which are the borders used when printing pages with the diagram.

 

 

Grid options

 

CheckBox Show grid

Displays dots in the diagram area to make the grid visible.

 

CheckBox Snap to grid

Automatically aligns entities on the form with the nearest grid line. You cannot place an entity in between grid lines.

 

Grid size

Sets grid spacing in pixels along the x- and y-axes. Specify a higher number to increase grid spacing.

 

Entity header font

Select a font type and size to display entity headers.

 

Attributes font

Select a font type and size to display attributes.

 

 

Additionally, you can set color for all VDBD diagram objects using the Style and Color section.

 

This section allows you to customize the default appearance of the diagram.

 

Select a diagram element from the list:

  • Workspace
  • Selected item
  • Table
  • View
  • Function
  • Procedure
  • Relation
  • Field
  • Primary key
  • Unique field
  • Foreign key
  • Autoincrement field
  • Not null field
  • Comment

 

Then you can specify the following style settings for each element:

  • Font name
  • Font style
  • Font size
  • Font color
  • Brush color
  • Pen color

 

 


See also:

Visual Database Designer