How to get Database Designer to draw Connection Lines BEHIND tables!

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Requnix
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How to get Database Designer to draw Connection Lines BEHIND tables!

Post by Requnix » Thu 12 Dec 2019 19:46

In evaluating dbForge to switch from MySQL Workbench, I've encountered a visual issue where the product draws all table connection lines in FRONT of the tables. In a large-scale complex Architecture, this is visually "unacceptable". MySQL Workbench properly draws these connections behind the tables.

I can't seem to find any way to turn this off, and while there is a "bring shape (forward/backward)" option, that doesn't even seem to work properly. And re-route only works half of the time.

Here's an example of the issue. Note the use of Containers.
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Any help on this would be appreciated.

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Re: How to get Database Designer to draw Connection Lines BEHIND tables!

Post by alexa » Sat 14 Dec 2019 11:44

We were not able to reproduce this issue.

Could you please let us know what version of dbForge you are using?

You could also try the 'Shape -> Send to Back' option invoked by right-clicking the object entity rather than the connection link.

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Re: How to get Database Designer to draw Connection Lines BEHIND tables!

Post by Requnix » Mon 16 Dec 2019 15:47

Very concerned at this response. This issue is easily reproducible by importing a sizable table structure and then manually arranging the tables in containers. Additionally, setting the Z-order of the table has no impact on the lines. I believe you are also overlooking the fact that there should be a "draw lines behind tables" option (which should be enabled by default), which doesn't seem to exist. Also note by default dbForge draws an imported table design schema by placing the tables so none of the connection routes draw over anything. MySQL Workbench handles this issue easily by drawing the lines in a dark grey color and always behind tables. Note I can reproduce this issue 100% of the time and with ease. As you can visually see, it's quite a problem. Version 8.2.23.

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Re: How to get Database Designer to draw Connection Lines BEHIND tables!

Post by alexa » Mon 16 Dec 2019 18:00

Hello Ryan,

Thank you for the reply.

Sorry for that question. I just sent you another e-mail the same day (Ticket #302902) to let you know that we were finally able to reproduce the issue happening with containers on the diagram.

Our developers team will fix it in one of the next product versions.

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Re: How to get Database Designer to draw Connection Lines BEHIND tables!

Post by Requnix » Mon 16 Dec 2019 20:40

alexa wrote:
Mon 16 Dec 2019 18:00
Our developers team will fix it in one of the next product versions.
Thank you. Are you able to provide more information as to when the fix will be released? Are we look at weeks or months?

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Re: How to get Database Designer to draw Connection Lines BEHIND tables!

Post by Requnix » Fri 20 Dec 2019 17:25

Any update on this?

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Re: How to get Database Designer to draw Connection Lines BEHIND tables!

Post by alexa » Mon 23 Dec 2019 10:37

Sorry for the delay on this.

It's more likely it will take months since we have lots of other fixes to do that were reported earlier.

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Re: How to get Database Designer to draw Connection Lines BEHIND tables!

Post by Requnix » Mon 23 Dec 2019 17:39

Sounds like Devart needs new project managers/developers. It shouldn't take months to fix this issue, and if your backlog is that heavy, there's other factors that need to be addressed. While I appreciate the update, the timeframe is very disappointing and reflects poorly on your company's development abilities.

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Re: How to get Database Designer to draw Connection Lines BEHIND tables!

Post by Requnix » Mon 06 Jan 2020 18:34

BTW one VERY easy way to address this problem quickly until the routing code is updated is to add a simple "Draw Lines Behind Tables" option that the user could toggle (and turn it on by default). That'd solve the problem for now.

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