Convert Chen ER Diagram to Crow's Foot ERD
1. Open your Chen ER Diagram in Software Ideas Modeler
Click on File in the top menu and then the Open item. Navigate your Chen ER diagram in the project tree and open it.
2. Navigate to the Diagram tab
3. Access the Convert Diagram function
In the Diagram tab, find the Editing group. You will see a dropdown button labeled Convert Diagram.
4. Convert Chen ERD to Entity-Relationship Diagram
Click on the Convert Diagram button, which will show a menu. From this menu, select Convert Chen ERD to Entity-Relationship Diagram. This will initiate the conversion process, creating a new Crow's Foot ER Diagram while preserving the original Chen ER Diagram.
5. Specify attribute types in the new diagram
The Chen ERD does not include attribute types, and these have to be specified in the converted diagram manually. Once your new Crow's Foot ER Diagram is created, you can add more details to it by specifying attribute types for each entity.
Being able to convert between different types of ER diagrams allows you to better understand and communicate your data models. The Software Ideas Modeler makes this process easy with its straightforward interface and powerful tools, while also preserving your original diagrams. Furthermore, by transitioning to the Crow's Foot notation, you can add more detail to your ER diagrams, improving their comprehensiveness and usefulness.