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SAP® PowerDesigner® is a graphical enterprise modeling solution supporting standard methodologies and notations and providing automated code reverse engineering and generation through customizable templates. PowerDesigner provides powerful reporting capabilities, is highly extensible, and offers a scalable enterprise repository solution with strong security and versioning capabilities to aid multi-user development.


PD Chart Linking and Synching
Creating Models and Projects
Models are the basic working unit in PowerDesigner, and contain one or more diagrams. Projects contain one or more models and can also include a framework diagram or matrix to guide how your project should be modeled:
  • To create a new model, select Start of the navigation path File Next navigation step New Model End of the navigation path.

  • To create a new model by importing an Excel, Word, ERwin, XMI, Rational Rose, or SIMUL8 file, select Start of the navigation path File Next navigation step Import Next navigation step <type> End of the navigation path.

  • To create a new model by reverse-engineering a database, process or object language files, or an XML schema, select Start of the navigation path File Next navigation step Reverse Engineer Next navigation step <type> End of the navigation path.

  • To create a new project, select Start of the navigation path File Next navigation step New Project End of the navigation path.
Setting Up Your Modeling Environment
  • To connect to a repository, select Start of the navigation path Repository Next navigation step Connect End of the navigation path.
  • To set model options including naming conventions for your objects, select Start of the navigation path Tools Next navigation step Model Options End of the navigation path.
  • To control the look of and information displayed on your diagram symbols, select Start of the navigation path Tools Next navigation step Display Preferences End of the navigation path.
  • To set general options for dialog boxes, editors, variables, etc, select Start of the navigation path Tools Next navigation step General Options End of the navigation path.
  • To customize the commands in your menus and tools in your toolbars, select Start of the navigation path Tools Next navigation step Customize Menus and Tools End of the navigation path.
The PowerDesigner Interface
These core features are available in all or many models:
  • To create an object in a diagram, select the appropriate tool in the Toolbox and then click in the diagram.
  • To create an object in the Browser, right-click the model or a package and select Start of the navigation path New Next navigation step <Object Type> End of the navigation path.
  • To open an object property sheet, double-click its Browser entry or diagram symbol.
  • To add a diagram to your model, right-click the model node in the Browser and select Start of the navigation path New Next navigation step <Diagram Type> End of the navigation path.
  • To find objects, select Start of the navigation path Edit Next navigation step Find Objects End of the navigation path (or press Ctrl+F).
  • To find the Browser entry for an object symbol, right-click the symbol and select Find in Browser.
  • To find the diagram symbol for an object in the Browser, right-click the Browser item and select Find in Diagram.
  • To check the validity of your model, select Start of the navigation path Tools Next navigation step Check Model End of the navigation path (or press F4).
  • To add a dependency matrix to your model, right-click the model node in the Browser and select Start of the navigation path New Next navigation step Dependency Matrix End of the navigation path.
  • To create a report on your model, select Start of the navigation path Report Next navigation step Report Wizard End of the navigation path (or press Ctrl+F12).
  • To enable the use of the glossary in your model, select Start of the navigation path Tools Next navigation step Model Options End of the navigation path, choose the Naming Convention category, and select Use glossary for autcompletion and compliance checking .
Linking and Syncing
These features help you to create and review connections in and between your models:
  • To create a connection from one object to any other object, open its property sheet and click the Traceability Links tab.
  • To generate one model from another (where available), select Start of the navigation path Tools Next navigation step Generate <type> Model End of the navigation path.
  • To generate objects from one model to another, select Start of the navigation path Tools Next navigation step Generate Objects Next navigation step Define New Object Generation End of the navigation path.
  • To create a shortcut to an object in another model or package, right-click on the target object in the Browser (or its symbol in a diagram) and drag and drop it into the diagram where you want to create the shortcut (or onto a model or package in the Browser). Release the right mouse button, and select Create Shortcut(s) Here.
  • To create a synchronized replica of an object in another model or package, right-click on the target object in the Browser (or its symbol in a diagram) and drag and drop it into the diagram where you want to create the replica (or onto a model or package in the Browser). Release the right mouse button, and select Replicate Here.
  • To create or review mappings between two models (where available), select Start of the navigation path Tools Next navigation step Mapping Editor End of the navigation path
  • To compare two models, select Start of the navigation path Tools Next navigation step Compare Models End of the navigation path (or press Ctrl+F6).
  • To merge two models, select Start of the navigation path Tools Next navigation step Merge Models End of the navigation path (or press Shift+F6).
  • To analyze the impact of a change to an object, select Start of the navigation path Tools Next navigation step Impact and Lineage Analysis End of the navigation path (or press Ctrl+F11).
Documentation

For detailed documentation, see Core Features Guide.