When you install the SAP PowerDesigner client software you can choose which colour schemes to apply to your diagrams. You have a choice of a ‘Cold Theme’ (mostly blues and purples) and a ‘Hot Theme’ (a mix of orange and brown, reminds me of Rational Rose in the ’90s). If you create models in a web browser using the more recent PowerDesigner Web software, the colours are different. Most people I’ve spoken to about this prefer the new colours in PowerDesigner Web, so I’ve created a User Profile that I can apply in the PowerDesigner client to make my models look like those created in PowerDesigner Web. Watch this video to see how much difference this makes.
The first online PowerDesigner training course was released recently, covering the Excel Import Wizard that is supplied with PowerDesigner. This allows you to import practically anything from Excel into any PowerDesigner model without writing a single line of code – if you want to import content into a type of model object or property that does not exist yet, it can even define them for you.
A Canadian customer was kind enough to say that the course easily justifies the cost:
“I found it extremely useful and became aware of a lot more functionality that I was not aware of around how Excel can be utilised within PowerDesigner. This will apply directly to the work that we are doing as it will allow us to get stakeholders to populate Excel templates that our data modeling team can then develop into actual PowerDesigner data models.“