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iankoe

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Direct the way a dynamic connector glues to a shape
« on: June 02, 2019, 02:32:55 PM »
I am connecting two shapes.  See the attached picture.  I am drawing a connector from the right edge of the ball & socket shape to the left edge of the port shape (the small box on the left edge of module 2).

When I do this, I get the result in line 2.

What I want is for it look like the result in line 3.  In other words, I want the connector to stick straight out from the port, then hang a right, then hang a left and connect to the socket.

I have tried playing with the Connection point directions in the port shape to no avail.  Any ideas?



vojo

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Re: Direct the way a dynamic connector glues to a shape
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2019, 04:06:38 PM »
maybe these will help (look at shape data to control attributes)

They are not automatic but will bring order and discipline to your life  ;-) ;-) ;-)

(based on a lot of June's stuff)

iankoe

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Re: Direct the way a dynamic connector glues to a shape
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2019, 05:06:31 PM »
I am not understanding.  I dont see how the shapes control the way connections are made.  Could you maybe elaborate a bit?

vojo

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Re: Direct the way a dynamic connector glues to a shape
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2019, 09:20:08 PM »
1:  pull end points over shape 1 and shape 2 connection points
2:  user handle to move the middle leg where you want it along the path
3:  use shape data to change the angle of the middle leg

it pretty trivial!!!   If you don't see how it helps you, then pls move on to a different approach from somebody else.

Yes this will NOT be done automatically, but you can adjust it manually to specifically what you want.
(and if you want to make a custom connector, those will give a lot of clues)

iankoe

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Re: Direct the way a dynamic connector glues to a shape
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2019, 10:46:44 AM »
Thanks anyway.  I see how the data controls the shape and the angles, but not how it helps an incoming dynamic connnector.  Oh well.  I'll keep plugging.

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Re: Direct the way a dynamic connector glues to a shape
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2019, 02:01:04 PM »
There's no way to force the default routing behavior of connectors.  As Vojo indicates, you need to manually reposition the segment.
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