Natural ORM Architect: 2012-04 CTP Released

The April 2012 Community Technology Preview of Natural Object-Role Modeling Architect for Visual Studio is now available through or

Expanding the appropriate file download and running Setup.bat will uninstall any old NORMA version and reinstall the new NORMA components. Visual Studio instances should be shutdown before running setup, and Vista/Windows 7 users should either launch the provided SetupVista.bat or explicitly run Setup.bat as an Administrator. The release includes modifications through changeset 1487.

The April 2012 NORMA release includes improved verbalization for uniqueness and mandatory constraints, additional options for relational column order customization, and several important bug fixes affecting display of unary fact types and objectified fact types displayed as an object type.

The file viewers at have also been updated. The single-diagram viewer ( now has context menus to allow cross-diagram navigation. The print viewer ( will now load on IE8 (eventually) and renders diagrams incrementally to reduce the wait before anything is visible: the page is fully loaded when the top diagram is rendered. Instructions to enable viewing of your posted files are discussed at

Details are available in the included Documentation\Readme.htm installed with NORMA and in the SVN change logs on sourceforge. A copy of the readme has also been posted on sourceforge so you can review changes before you download the binaries.

Posted by Matthew Curland 2012-05-04

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