PowerDesigner Web uses a web browser to expose the content of the PowerDesigner Repository to people who would never want to use the PowerDesigner client software. It allows them to view any model, make comments, and to edit some of those models.
Today I am going to show you how to find and open a diagram in PowerDesigner Web. To start our search, we click on the magnifying glass at the top of the PowerDesigner Web window:
If you’re browsing using the Repository Explorer, the glass is in a slightly different location:
The search window opens, allowing us to choose where the folder to search in and what to look for. The ‘Repository Root’ folder is okay for me, I want to search the whole repository, but I could select a folder on the left instead:
We know that the diagram name was probably modified recently by a person called ‘McGeachie’, and that the diagram name includes the word ‘metamodel’, so we’ll set a couple of filters. To create the first one, I click on ‘Filters’ on the left-hand side of the page, then click on ‘Add Filter’. I can choose from several properties to filter by, and I’m going to choose ‘Modifier’ (the last user to modify the diagram):
For the second filter, I’ll just use the simple option, typing the word ‘metamodel’ into the search box:
Click on the magnifying glass to start the search, and wait for a short while
Hmm, the search has found 2 things meeting my filters, both called ‘Metamodel’. I can see that the icons are different, but is one of them a diagram? I’ll investigate the other options on the toolbar, which allow me to group the results by object type, export to a CSV file, or export to a PDF file:
Grouping the result by object type is very useful, that’ll help me find what I’m looking for (a diagram in a Conceptual Data Model):
I found the diagram I’m looking for, now I want to take a look at it – how do I do that? Simple, select the diagram in the list, then click ‘Open’ at the foot of the search window.
I’ll probably want to look at this diagram again sometime, do I have to search for it every time I want to open it? Of course not!
The first option is to click on the star icon (see above), which will pin the diagram to my home page
- The second option is to locate the diagram using the ‘recently viewed’ tile on the home page
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