Online Documentation for SQL Manager for SQL server
Visual Database Designer
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).
Draw PRIMARY KEY fields separately
Separates Primary key fields from other fields with a horizontal line.
Draw entities icons
Displays icons at the left of each entity header according to its type.
Draw attributes icons
Displays icons at the left of each attribute according to its type (Primary key, Foreign key, ordinary field).
Draw only names of entities
Displays only entity headers, fields are hidden.
Draw attribute information
Display attribute properties (optionality, keys, etc.) in parentheses after the attribute name and type.
Draw FOREIGN KEY name
Displays foreign key names for the corresponding relations.
Draw page borders
Displays borders on the diagram page which are the borders used when printing pages with the diagram.
Displays dots in the diagram area to make the grid visible.
Snap to grid
Automatically aligns entities on the form with the nearest grid line. You cannot place an entity in between grid lines.
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.
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:
- Selected item
- Primary key
- Unique field
- Foreign key
- Autoincrement field
- Not null field
Then you can specify the following style settings for each element:
- Font name
- Font style
- Font size
- Font color
- Brush color
- Pen color