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Data Modelers - Alternatives to Erwin


Data Modelers - Alternatives to Erwin

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I have been asked to find data modeling tools to serve as an alternative to Computer Associate's Erwin. I downloaded Toad version 3 to test it, but it doesn't allow me to import .er1 model diagrams.

Does anyone know of decent alternatives to Erwin which will allow me to import our current Erwin diagrams without having to rebuild them from scratch?

I want a tool that will do all the same sorts of things Erwin does. Reverse Engineering, Complete Compare, list datatypes in tables, as well as relationships, etc. Including being able to color-code tables (background and outline colors).

Thoughts? Thanks in advance!

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Visio will work, but it's a little flaky and that' s not it's intended purpose.

Embarkadero has ER/Studio, which I liked better than Erwin.

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Put me down for Embarcadero ERStudio too. Great tool.

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I just downloaded a trial version of this and it won't open any of my current Erwin diagrams. Bleargh. It seems nothing I can find will allow me to simply convert over my current diagrams.

Any other suggestions?

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Really? Hmm. That actually used to be a specialty of theirs because they were bringing so many people over from ERWin. I haven't upgraded an ERWin model myself since 2002. Sorry.

What about exporting to XML or something & importing that way?

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Actually, my problem may be resolved. I thought we weren't going to be able to get the latest version of Erwin, but now I'm hearing differently.

Here's hoping! @=)

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Y, ERStudio is the bomb. I used to convert ERWin diagrams with it all the time. I don't imagine that they would have lost that functionality. Almost everything in ERStudio is easier than ERWin too.

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What version are you guys using that ER/Studio converts Erwin? And what type of files have you saved in Erwin that makes the conversion so easy?

When I tried to convert an .er1 diagram, it didn't work for me at all.

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also take a look at sybase powerdesigner.
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We are currently running ERStudio version 7.1.2 Build 4769, and it supports converting ERWin ERX files from version 2.6 through 3.52. There is a newer version of ERStudio out, but we haven't done the upgrade as of yet.
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