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Bus connectors
« on: October 28, 2013, 10:05:56 AM »
I make a lot of computer system diagrams with many kinds of signals and bus communications. I use regular connectors for signals and wide connectors for buses (I'll call these bus connectors). This is the kind of thing I mean.

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The problem is that these shapes don't bend like regular connectors; there are some elbows, but that's all. I generally end up creating my own shapes by drawing them point to point (see attached). It's a primitive way of doing things, the shapes don't scale very well, and it's a royal pain making them that way. And since they're not real connectors, I have to make new ones whenever something in the diagram moves.

Does anyone know if someone has created bus connectors that route and bend like real connectors? Perhaps a newer version of Visio has such a beast (I'm using 2003).

Thanks to one and all.

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Re: Bus connectors
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2013, 11:06:00 AM »
The Elbow and Hollow Connect (in the Connectors stencil in Visio Extras) shapes work as well as can be expected, they glue like any other connector
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Re: Bus connectors
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2013, 02:45:43 PM »
take regular connector and set weight to high (such as 20pt) and corner high (such as 10mm).

Weight via  format menu....corner via corner button


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Re: Bus connectors
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2013, 10:23:19 PM »
I'd propose that you work with patterns.
Though I've an artifact, for which I have no solution.
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