Database Diagram Tool for SQL Server
This page provides more detailed information about database diagram tool provided
by dbForge Studio for SQL Server
Database diagram tool allows you to:
- Visualize a database structure for further analysis
- Cluster logically related objects using containers
- Track logical relations between tables
- Print out large SQL database diagrams
- Create and edit database objects on a diagram
You can create a new SQL Server database diagram simply dragging your database objects
from Database Explorer to the diagram. Your new SQL database diagram will reflect
all objects and existing connections simplifying further analysis.
Notations. You can choose the syntax between two common data modelling
- Information Engineering (IE)
- IDEF1 Extended (IDEF1X)
Relation comments. You can either enable or disable the rendering
of foreign key names near the relation child ends.
Document outline window shows a logical structure of the currently
opened SQL diagram. You can use it to navigate between tables and their connections
on a database diagram.
Diagram overview window allows you to get a better overview of
large diagrams. Using this window you can:
- Zoom in and out the diagram, to see required diagram items
- Move to required diagram items
Skin type. There are three predefined skins:
- Default skin — uses the richest color palette
- Simple skin — is optimized for printing and does not use gradients
- IDEF1X skin — is mostly black-and-white to look like IDEF1X diagrams
Other visualization options. You may hide constraints, indexes,
and triggers compartments, change its field detail level to display only column
names, names with types, or names with full types.
Clustering logically related objects using containers
Container. In case you work with a large SQL database diagram,
a container allows you to store logically related objects in one place. You can
create a new container, put related tables inside, rename the container, and then
Tracking logical relations between tables
- Allows you to visualize logical relations between tables
- Do not exist physically, they are only stored in the diagram
- Could be used for aid in the visual analysis of the data
- Could be materialized further into a physical relation
Virtual relation manager contains a list of existing virtual relations,
and allows you to:
- Edit existing virtual relations
Generate schema script taking into account selected virtual relations, edit the
script, and execute it to update a database
- Convert a virtual relation into a foreign key
Printing a database diagram
Page options allows you to set such page settings as:
- Page orientation
- Paper size and source
- Printing margins and overlapping
- Header and footer text
Display print markup option shows you the print markup grid. Gray
stripes of the grid show the page overlapping, which is adjustable.
Print options allows you to:
- Position printed image in the center
- Adjust diagram scale
Set up printing of the page markup that helps to cut and glue together the SQL
diagram that is printed on several sheets
Creating and editing database objects on a diagram
Creating and editing relations that is displayed as a line between
two entities in the diagram area. The context menu of this line allows you to:
- Edit a foreign key using foreign key editor
- Find a foreign key in database explorer
- Synchronize with document outline window
- Reroute a relation
- Show a relation comment
Creating and editing objects. You can create new database objects
or edit the existing ones, right in the diagram area. All the changes you have made
to an object on a diagram are permanent, and stored on a server.
Note feature allows you to add comments to the diagram area, while designing
or analyzing a database structure. You can also add hyperlinks inside of your note
to other resources. For instance, a hyperlink to wiki pages with a database documentation.
Stamp displays the information about a database diagram, and serves to identify
a printed copy of the document.
Adding of an arbitrary image to a diagram. This feature allows
you to add additional visual information to the diagram area, such as a diagram
sketch, or draft.
Database Diagram Tool for SQL Server
* The number of schema objects on a diagram in the Express edition is
limited to 10.
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