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DeZign for Databases V12 is Here!

MAY 2020

We are excited to announce the availability of DeZign for Databases 12.0. The latest release of DeZign for Databases has been in development since January 2020, but a lot of improvements has been in the works since September 2019. This version of DeZign for Databases adds support for the most recent release of the Oracle database system and for PostgreSQL 12. Version 12 also introduces a completely redesigned main window. When you open the latest version of DeZign for Databases, you can now see a new Start screen. The Start screen displays your recently opened data models and a collection of sample models.

In addition to the features mentioned above, other highlights of the 12.0 release include:

  • Auto-expand when selecting nodes in the Object browser.
  • Option to add labels to domains, views and procedures.
  • New file format. Data models made with older versions of the software will be converted automatically.
  • New Object status pane with information (related objects, cardinality, ...) about the selected object.
  • Added the option to use the regular pointer to "highlight" objects. You can define the objects that must be highlighted by selecting a "highlight mode".

A complete list of changes can be found here.

Pricing and Availability


DeZign for Databases users with an active subscription can upgrade to version 12 free of charge. You can download the latest version with the same download details provided after purchasing your subscription. You can also download the latest version from the check for updates dialog in the software itself. No new license key is needed.

Perpetual Licenses

Licensed users of a DeZign for Databases perpetual license can upgrade to version 12 at a reduced price. Upgrade pricing starts at 149 USD for the Standard Edition. Go to our upgrade center for all the details on how to upgrade your present version.

Comprehensive product details are available at https://www.datanamic.com/dezign/.

Important Compatibility Issue

To accommodate new functionality, DeZign for Databases V12 introduces a new XML based file format. When you open a project saved in an older version, DeZign for Databases will automatically make a backup of the old file and upgrade the file to the new file format. The DeZign project file (*.dez) for DeZign for Databases V12 is different than that for older versions and is not fully backwards compatible.

Answers to Common Questions

Q: Do I need to uninstall the old version of DeZign for Databases before installing DeZign for Databases V12?
A: No, but be sure not to overwrite your previous version installation.

Q: Can I open files created or saved in version 12 with my old version?
A: No, see item * Important compatibility issue * above or read it in the manual installed with version 12.

Q: Can I open files created with an older version?
A: Yes. These files will be upgraded automatically. Read the manual for more information.

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