Oracle currently supports and maintains Oracle Designer 6 i and Oracle9 i Designer and the related Oracle SCM (Repository) products and has just released Oracle Designer 10 g (9.0.4) and Oracle SCM 10 g (9.0.4) as part of Oracle Developer Suite10 g (9.0.4). Because of the importance of Designer to many of our customers, we have provided regular maintenance releases for both these product sets, delivering bug fixes and enhancements to the product when required. We will continue to release Designer on a regular basis and will follow a similar regular release cycle for Designer 10 g.
The emergence of new technologies, specifically J2EE and UML, which are rapidly gaining market acceptance, has influenced the direction we are taking with Designer. Oracle will not be adding new functionality to the already feature rich and powerful product from mid year 2004.
There is a related Designer FAQ which should address questions and concerns which this document may raise. A Tools Statement of Direction will be placed on OTN.
Designer and SCM (Repository)
Throughout the rest of this document Designer can be read as both Designer and SCM (Repository) unless otherwise indicated. Both of these products are delivered as components of the Oracle Developer Suite:
Plans for Maintenance
To align with Oracle's forward looking strategy Oracle will continue to fix bugs and releasing these in ongoing regular maintenance cycles. There will be no further new features added to the product. Ongoing maintenance will continue for the Oracle Designer 10g release, following the desupport of Designer 6 i at the end of 2004 and the desupport of 9 i Designer, mid year 2005.
The regular maintenance releases of Designer 6 i and 9 i Designer have allowed Oracle to reduce the number of costly one off patches and patch escalations to almost zero. Below is a timeline of Designer maintenance releases that illustrates our past releases and plans for future releases. More details for each of Designer 6 i , 9 i Designer and Designer 10g follows.
Designer releases targeted for the same release date will have the same fixes. e.g. Oracle will be releasing Oracle Designer 6 i release 4.10, Oracle9 i Designer release 220.127.116.11 and Oracle Designer 10 g (18.104.22.168) with the same fixes and performance enhancements in April 2004.
Oracle Designer 10 g (22.214.171.124) is part of Oracle Developer Suite10 g (9.0.4) for NT, and has recently been released.
Oracle Designer 10g will supersede the Designer 6 i and 9 i Designer releases and become the primary release, offering optimal continued support and maintenance.
The initial maintenance release of Designer 10 g (126.96.36.199) will contain the latest set of bug fixes and the completion of work started on enhancing existing features. The most significant of these being the completion of work on the Repository Object Browser (ROB). This work offers the ability to publish diagrams, from the Entity Relationship Diagrammer or the Design Editor, to the web. Significant work to improve performance has also been done. This work will be rolled into the 188.8.131.52 release. The next maintenance release, Oracle Designer 10 g (184.108.40.206), is targeted for Autumn 2004. Oracle will have an ongoing maintenance cycle for Designer 10 g .
Designer 10 g will continue to offer the same capabilities for Oracle Database 10 g and for Oracle9 i Database as Designer 9.0.2 does for the Oracle 9 i database. [See FAQ]
Oracle9 i Designer is part of Oracle9 i Developer Suite (9.0.2). With the release of Oracle Developer Suite10g (9.0.4), customers will be recommended to upgrade from 9i Designer and start using Designer 10g (9.0.4).
There are further maintenance releases planned for 9 i Designer, for example there is a 9 i Designer Release 220.127.116.11 maintenance release planned for later in the year. This will contain the same features as the Designer 10 g (18.104.22.168) maintenance release mentioned above .
Designer (9.0.2.x) Desupport
The desupport date for Designer 9.0.2.x is 30 June 2008, with the end of Error Correction Support starting from 30 June 2005, together with the rest of the tools in the Oracle9i Developer Suite (9.0.2). [See Support Note 269216.1 on Metalink]
Oracle recommends customers upgrade their systems to Designer 10g (9.0.4) , as soon as possible. Customers on 9 i Designer can upgrade directly to Designer 10 g (9.0.4). Customers upgrading should upgrade to Developer Suite 10g (9.0.4), released April 2004.
The desupport date for Designer 6 i is 31 December 2007, with the end of Error Correction Support starting from 31 January 2005. [See Support Note 239742.1 on Metalink.] Oracle has, for the past year or more, been working on both Oracle Designer 6 i and 9 i Designer, sharing the maintenance cycles. This means that any bugs fixed or enhancements are is included in both releases.
The next release of Designer 6 i is Release 4.10 and includes the completion of work to the Repository Object Browser (ROB) by adding the ability to publish diagrams, from the Entity Relationship Diagrammer or the Design Editor, to the web. Release 4.10 is targeted for April 2004, together with the Designer 10 g (22.214.171.124 ) release mentioned above.
A Designer 6i 4.11 maintenance release is planned for autumn, which will contain the same features as the Designer 10 g (126.96.36.199) release mentioned above .
There are no further releases planned before the Designer 6 i desupport target date in January 2005. Oracle recommends customers upgrade their systems to Oracle Designer 10g (9.0.4.x), as soon as possible. Customers on Designer 6 i can upgrade directly to Designer 10 g (9.0.4.x) and do not need to upgrade to 9 i Designer first. Customers upgrading should upgrade to Developer Suite 10g (9.0.4), released April 2004.
With the exception of certification for Oracle Database 10 g support, the ability to publish diagrams to the ROB and the completion of work to improve performance, Oracle has no plans for further new features in Designer. From January 2005, Oracle will have an ongoing maintenance cycles for 9i Designer and Designer 10 g and from June 2005, ongoing maintenance cycles will be for Designer 10 g only. Customers on any release of Designer should plan to upgrade to Designer 10 g (9.0.4) or any of the follow up 10 g maintenance releases as soon as possible in order to continue to take advantage of the ongoing bug fixing and regular updates. (For further questions see FAQ )