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March is upon us, winter is coming to an end, and PowerDesigner 16.6 is now available!  But before you go rushing out to download your copy to be the first customer to test it out, please take a few minutes to read through this official release from the PDNN (PowerDesigner News Network).  I promise it's worth your while, unlike assembly directions for IKEA furniture.  I've also attached the Release Notes for your reading pleasure.


The download file is located under the Installation and Upgrades at the SAP Support Portal.   There is only one download that includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit installations, which is why the zip file is over 3GB!  While the single large file is provided for ease of use, it comes at the price of it's length.  Make sure you’re on a fast connection or start the download, go take a walk, have some lunch or enjoy a nice night’s sleep.  It will be there in the morning.

Along with the client installs, the zip file also includes the following installations:

PowerDesigner Proxy 32-bit and 64-bit

SYSAM 2.3  (32-bit and 64-bit)

PowerDesigner Portal

SAP SQL Anywhere 16

Note: As always, if you upgrade the Client, you must also upgrade the Proxy and Portal to the same version.

It should also be noted that even though this is an installation, it cannot be installed alongside a previous version of PowerDesigner 16.x.  For example, if you are currently using 16.5 SP05 PL04, you will get the following message stating that the setup will update your version to 16.6.


Do I need to generate a new license file for 16.6?

Nope!  PowerDesigner 16.6 can use the same license file as PowerDesigner 16.5. If you are upgrading from a previous version, you may optionally regenerate your PowerDesigner license keys at SAP Service Marketplace (SMP).

With that out of the way, let's move on to the fun stuff!

What’s new in 16.6?

  • PowerDesigner Desktop Client

    • Business Process Modeling

      • Enhanced Solution Manager 7.1 support, ease alignment with BPMN2

      • Data Support Enhancement

    • Data Modeling

      • SAP HANA Calculation Views

      • SAP HANA Core Data Services (CDS)

      • Others

        • Reworked tool box for relationship tools

        • Prefix-suffix in model generation

        • Enable Procedure with same name and different signature

    • General

      • Unplug name and code synchronization

      • Property Sheet Notes Tab becomes Definition

      • Manage Users repository privileges becomes Manage Users & Permissions

      • Improved Object Sorting in browser and menus


  • PowerDesigner Web

    • Enterprise Architecture Model - creation and editing

    • Requirements Model - creation and editing

    • Search and reuse

    • Impact Analysis

    • Customizable Diagram Reports

    • Translatable Diagrams

    • Simplified Diagram Creation

    • Repository Explorer Enhancements

      • Move models

      • Delete folders and models, delete versions

      • Rename folders and models

      • External documents support

    • Administration Enhancements

      • New list of locks, activities, and change lists

      • Test connection to database, license and LDAP servers

      • Enhanced user list


For more detail on these exciting new features, visit the New Features section at the SAP Library.



What about certification information?



  • Certified Integration IDE

    • Eclipse 4.x JDK 1.5

  • Certified Repository Database

    • SAP ASE 15.5, 15.7, 16.0

    • SAP SQL Anywhere 11.x, 12.x, 16.x, 17.x

    • SAP Hana 1.0

    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008, 2012, 2014

    • Oracle 11g, 12c

    • IBM DB2 os/390 10.x, 11.x DB2 LUW 9.x, 10.x

    • IBM DB2 os/390 10.x, 11.x DB2 LUW 9.x, 10.x

  • Certified PowerDesigner Web Server Platform

    • Browser: IE 10, IE 11, Firefox 26 to 42, Chrome 35 to 48

    • Web Server:Tomcat 7.x, Tomcat 8.x, JBoss AS 7.0 & 7.1, JBOSS EAP 6.x(JBoss 7.2), Weblogic 12

    • Server OS version: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 2008 Server , Windows 2012 Server



Another important note is that PowerAMC is now PowerDesigner!


Previous versions of PowerDesigner were provided as an English language installer and a separate French language installer, and the French version was called PowerAMC. From v16.6 onwards, both the English and French versions are called PowerDesigner and a single installer is delivered, which allows you to choose the installation language.


So there’s your brief rundown of 16.6!  Go have fun with the new release and as always...


Stay classy Designers and keep on designing!




P.S.  For all the SolMan users out there.