Connections are used in many types of CuteDraw drawings. You create connections by attaching, or gluing (glue: A property of shapes that causes them to stay connected even when one of the shapes is moved. When you attach a connector to a shape, you glue the connector.), one-dimensional (one-dimensional shape: Either a straight line you draw using CuteDraw drawing tools or a shape that has a beginning point and ending point and can be glued between two shapes to connect them.) shapes called connectors (connector: Any one-dimensional shape that can be glued between two shapes in a drawing to connect the shapes.) to two-dimensional (two-dimensional shape: A shape that has four selection handles that you can use to resize the shape proportionally.) shapes.
CuteDraw connectors stay glued when you move the shapes they're attached to. For example, when you move a flowchart shape that is connected to another shape, the connector adjusts to keep the two shapes connected. The type of connector you use and the type of connection, or glue, you use determine how the connection behaves.
Connectors show the relationships between shapes in a drawing. For example, in an organization chart, a manager shape has a connector between it and the shapes representing the manager's direct reports.
The easiest way to create a connection between two shapes is to draw it using the Connector tool . You can also use the connector shapes found in many CuteDraw library. Connector shapes in library are often tailored to specific drawing types associated with those library. Some connector shapes don't necessarily look like lines.
Connectors have endpoints that you attach, or glue (glue: A property of shapes that causes them to stay connected even when one of the shapes is moved. When you attach a connector to a shape, you glue the connector.), to other shapes to show a visible connection between the two shapes. When you reposition shapes, they stay connected.
A connector has a begin point and an end point . Begin points and end points turn red when they are glued to a shape.
The connector's begin and end points show the direction of the connection:
Note Some connectors have arrows only on one end. The connector direction indicated by the begin and end points might be different from the direction of the arrow.
Right-angle connectors created by Connector tool are dynamic connectors (dynamic connector: A one-dimensional connector shape that changes its path to avoid crossing through the shapes which connected with the connector.), which means they can automatically bend around the connected shapes on the page.
Examples of right-angle connectors routing around shapes and crossing over lines
A straight connector is not a dynamic connector; it's a regular one-dimensional shape with end points that can be glued to shapes. A straight connector does not automatically bend around shapes. It always connects in a straight line, which means that it overlaps other shapes in the path of that line.
Examples of straight connectors connecting using straight paths
Note You can use Connector layout toolbar to change dynamic connectors' appearance and behavior, please relative article Change the Appearances and Behavior of Connectors.
Some shapes, such as organization chart position shapes and the network Ethernet and ring shapes, have built-in connectors―control handles (control handle: A handle that specifies unique behavior for certain shapes. For example, in some shapes you can use a control handle to reposition text on the drawing page. You can pause the pointer over a control handle to see what it does.) that you can drag and glue to other shapes.
Some shapes have control handles that you can drag to glue to other shapes.