Entity Relationship Diagram

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rutica

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Hello,

I am trying to reverse engineer a Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD) for an existing Access 2000 database.

I don't have Visio.

Anyone know any good free software that can help me with this?

Thanks,
 
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Excel has many different shapes on the Draw menu (look for Auto shapes button)that are used for Flow charts. It also has "Connectors" (lines & Arrows) that will join to the shapes at various points. Once connected they will move with the shape.

It's not as versatile as Visio, but will get the job done and still look good.
 

rutica

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Thanks to both of you for writing.

Ziggy- i needed to reverse engineer an existing database, so Excel didn't have what i needed.

WhitPhil-I checked out the Microsoft link you gave me, but that seems to be if you already use Visio ("If you use the Microsoft Visio 2000 Enterprise Edition to create Object Role Modeling (ORM) conceptual information models, you may want to download Microsoft VisioModeler. Using the Microsoft VisioModeler program, you can display several ORM constructs in diagram form").

The client asked for ERD so I don't want to give them Object Role Modeling (and i'm not familiar with ORM).

I ended up using a program called ConceptDraw. it has a 30 day free trial. it wasn't the best though, i had to spend a lot of time tweaking the output. Oh well.

but thanks again for writing.
 
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