[pstricks] Creating ER Diagrams

Michael Hallgren m.hallgren at free.fr
Fri Feb 8 22:33:15 CET 2008

Good evening,

PSTricks is, IMHO, good for most anything; meta(post|font) for real 
fine-tuning. A more recent way, that I suggest you take a look at,
is the TikZ (PGF) solution. (The 3 of them available via CTAN.)



> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : pstricks-bounces at tug.org 
> [mailto:pstricks-bounces at tug.org] De la part de Rich Shepard
> Envoyé : vendredi 8 février 2008 21:42
> À : pstricks at tug.org
> Objet : [pstricks] Creating ER Diagrams
>    I need to prepare several ER (Entity Relationship) 
> diagrams of database schema(e?). I tried Dia, but didn't like 
> the widget set nor the way the application works. Went back 
> to Xfig (which I've used extensively) which has a different 
> ER widget set. Filled a page, but without one table because 
> there was no room. And, the relationship diamonds take a lot of space.
>    There are other ER symbol sets, for example, the 
> information engineering one with multitailed lines and 
> circles. I think this would allow me to put more information 
> on a page.
>    Is PSTricks a good tool for this? Will it lay out the 
> widgets for optimal fit for me?
>    My copy of the LaTeX Graphic Companion, Second Edition, 
> arrived a couple of days ago; it's certainly a change from 
> the First Edition. The authors suggest that different 
> graphics tools are best suited for specific types of 
> drawings. I am looking for the one that will allow me to 
> easily make a few ER diagrams.
>    Your thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.
> Rich
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