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It’s here and ready to download for your designing pleasure!    But don't go installing it just yet.  Calm down and read a little bit about it first.   It will still be there to download when you've finished this blog.

So let’s get right into the new features SP05 brings!

New PowerDesigner Web Features

If you use BPM you will definitely want to check out these new features!

Process Maps

You can now create and edit multi-level process maps in PowerDesigner Web. A top-level process map can contain architecture areas, business functions, and processes. You can create sub-maps to decompose processes into sub-processes and associate sub-processes with BPMN 2.0 process diagrams to define their steps in detail.

Verifying Diagrams

When editing a process map or BPMN 2 diagram, you can verify it against the built-in rules. Errors and warnings associated with an object are shown in bubbles above its symbol in the diagram, and the relevant facet and property in its property sheet are highlighted where possible. Once activated, verification continues dynamically, decreasing bubble counts as you correct diagram issues.

Custom Properties

Administrators can define custom properties for objects in process maps and BPMN 2.0 process diagrams, and these will be instantly available for all objects of the specified type.

Other great new features include:

Multi-Language Support

The PowerDesigner Web interface can now be viewed in:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Russian

New Core Features v16.5 SP05

Compare and Merge Enhancements

You can now exclude changes in the order of members of an orderable collection from the differences displayed during a model compare or merge. In addition, for PDM objects with owners, the owner is now included in the object identifier so that objects that appear in both models with the same name but different owners are treated as separate objects.

Secure Locations and Trusted Files

To reduce the risk posed by malicious scripts, you can now instruct PowerDesigner to notify you when an untrusted script embedded in or called from a model or resource file is run, to prompt you for permission to run an untrusted script, or to block such scripts from running altogether.

Excel Import Performance Improvements

A new option allows you to opt out of validating your model objects during the import, which can provide significant performance improvements.

New Data Model Features:

Enhanced ERwin Import    

PowerDesigner can now import ERwin v8.x and v9.x files.

New or Enhanced DBMS Support

The following DBMS versions are added or updated:

  • SAP HANA® v1.0 - now includes support for
    Fast Data Access and extended tables.
  • Netezza v7.0
  • DB2 os/390 v11
  • DB2 LUW v10.5

I was planning to post al of the new features, but there are so many that this blog just couldn't handle the awesomeness of it all.  I tried to save the
blog and got the following message:


I didn’t want to take any chances with that cow, so I thought it would be better give you the link below for the rest of the new features.

I bet some of you are wondering what would happen if I clicked the “Save Anyways?” button?  I was curious to find out, so I did and encountered the wrath of the cow.

I guess I learned my lesson as I type the rest of this on my new laptop and restore my files from backup.  The moral of this story is that if you want a new computer, create an awesome blog and take your chances with the wrath of the cow?

I thank you for taking the time to read about the new features of 16.5 SP05 and my adventures in blogging.  So what are you waiting for?  Go download SP05
and enjoy the new features!

Until the next release,


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