🆕Smarter positioning new tables

Another usability improvement, new tables added will always be positioned within the viewport next to the sidebar. Much easier to view changes as you go about creating your table columns etc.

This works regardless of the current pan/zoom-level of the diagram. Tiny improvement, but I've cursed 🤬 at having to zoom around to find that one new table, more times than I'd like to admit.


🔛Collapsible sidebar

Small usability improvement, you can now hide the sidebar to see more of your schema, especially useful in view-only or presentation mode.

It's the small details 🙂

👐Nicer (card) preview when sharing

Diagrams in DrawSQL gets shared around quite a bit on social channels (e.g. Slack, Twitter and face. Up until now it looks unpolished because of the missing Open Graph meta tags:

Much better now:

It also shows a screenshot preview for public diagrams.

🎞️Embeds

Embed your database diagrams anywhere on the web!

That means it's much easier to include your DrawSQL database schema as part of your documentation now (e.g. in Confluence, Notion or any others), and not have to worry about syncing changes to keep it up-to-date. Some users have also started using this in their blog and Medium posts!

For now it's still missing the frontend 😬, eventually you'll get a nice interface to copy the embed code to copy directly to your site.

The frontend is ready now, just click on the 'share' dropdown in the top nav to get started!


🧮Support composite indexes and keys

Announcing support for composite primary & unique keys, as well as composite indexes comprising of multiple columns.

We're really excited for this one! To be honest, this took much longer than we'd like. What you're seeing is actually our 3rd-rebuild of the feature since we really wanted to nail the UX, by providing this additional functionality without compromising the minimal uncluttered feel of both the editor and canvas.

Also, the specified composite key/index supports ordering of the columns within. In most cases order won't matter, but in those few instances where it does for your app, it's good to know that your covered.

Let us know what you think, if you see anyway this can be improved further.

🔎Zoom to Fit

An additional zoom control that let's you easily 'reset' your pan position and zoom level to fit the diagram within your viewport.

🧭Public roadmap

🤔💭Got a feature request or feedback for DrawSQL? It's now even easier to surface those thoughts on the newly launched roadmap: https://roadmap.drawsql.app/

The roadmap also offers more transparency on what's in progress and what's in the pipeline. You can also upvote if you like an idea proposed by others.

Always love hearing from users!

👯New clone diagram flow

This is a revamp of the previous 'duplicate diagram' functionality. It now comes with a loading indicator, as well as the ability to clone a diagram across your different teams.

User now also have the ability to clone from any of the public diagrams, to serve as a starting point for creating their next database diagram 👀 - a big hint for what we're cooking up next. Keep an eye on our monthly newsletter to learn more!

🕰️Diagram Versioning

It's sometimes useful to tag 'checkpoints' for your diagram as it evolves, so that you can preview the previous state of a diagram, and revert to it if required.

We've got that covered now - you can now version your database diagrams!

Just tag a new version at any time:

And now you have a list of versions

🔒 This advanced feature is restricted to the 'growth' and 'enterprise' plan (yup they have just been renamed 😉). Upgrade now if you're not on these plans to gain access.

🕹️Editor configs - Defaults for new table color and column datatype

New workflow shortcut - You can now define defaults that will be automatically applied when you create new tables and columns. We're launching 2 of them now:

  1. Default table color
  2. Default column datatype

These can be configured within the new diagram settings popup within the editor.

This will be the last update to wrap up an awesome year. We're very excited for 2020 and have heaps planned, with the core of it to continue work with our loyal users drive new features, with every step to towards making DrawSQL the best tool for creating, planning and documenting your database schema.

Thanks for following along the journey 🙏, could not be where we are today without you. Happy new year 2020! 🎊🎉🍻 🎆

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