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sending db diagrams to your customers (2005)

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    harumscarum

    How you people send your sql server 2005 diagrams to customers? I have hit a bit of a snag because it seems that visio 2003 can not reverse engineer sql server 2005.

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    W3bbo

    I do them in Access's database designer (as a frontend for SQL Server), then take screenshots and piece them together in Photoshop

    It's a kludge....

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    zhuo

    I always take a screenshot and paste it in paint. Works reasonably well unless if you have a lot of tables.

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    Johnny​Awesome

    W3bbo wrote:
    I do them in Access's database designer (as a frontend for SQL Server), then take screenshots and piece them together in Photoshop

    It's a kludge....


    Holy s-balls. I used to do that back in the day with some level of frequency. I have never heard of anyone else doing that. I started out doing a lot of heavy VBA stuff in the late 90's so I was always really at home in the Access environment. I always presumed that was so hacked that nobody else would find a reason to do that.


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    W3bbo

    JohnnyAwesome wrote:
    Holy s-balls. I used to do that back in the day with some level of frequency. I have never heard of anyone else doing that. I started out doing a lot of heavy VBA stuff in the late 90's so I was always really at home in the Access environment. I always presumed that was so hacked that nobody else would find a reason to do that.


    It's because at the time, I used a combination of Enterprise Manager, Query Analyzer, and MS Access.

    Access made a nice alternative for editing a single DB compared to EM since the UI felt more polished. I used QA for editing and creating sprocs and queries.

    But the main thing was that Enterprise Manager's Database designs crashed Access, and vice-versa, I never knew why, but that's what made me do everything in either EM or Access.

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    harumscarum

    ahh yes I should have started with Access Mad Ended up downloading visio 2007 and all was well.

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