CuteDraw 2.0 Help System

Change the Appearances and Behavior of Connectors

Adjust connectors

Set line jump layout style for connectors

Set line jump style for connectors 

Reset the path of a connector

Add text to a connector

Reposition text on a connector

Add arrows or other line ends to a connector

Change the width of a connector

Change the color of a connector

Adjust connectors

  1. Select a connector

  2. Drag the control handles or to adjust the path of the connector as you want.

     Once you adjust connector, the connector will change its Reroute Mode to Never Reroute.

    Select a connector, the Connector Layout toolbar will appear, select one Reroute Mode on it.

    • Reroute Freely The connector is rerouted whenever needed. This is the default setting for a dynamic connector.

    • Never Reroute The connector will never reroute, even when a leg of the connector crosses through a shape to which it is connected.

    And you can click Reset Connector button to reset the connector, please read Reset the path of a connector.

    Example: Dragging the X direction control handle to adjust the connector.

    Example: Dragging the Y direction control handle to adjust the connector.

    Example: Dragging the Corner control handle to adjust the connector.

Set line jump layout style for connectors 

  1. Select a dynamic connector (created by Connector tool ) on the page, then the Connector Layout toolbar will appear.

  2. Click the Jump Layout Style button or click the down arrow next to Jump Layout Style button to select one jump layout style you want.

    Note Once you change the jump layout style, all the jumps on the page will be changed.

      

    Example: Horizontal lines spawn jumps.

    Example: Vertical lines spawn jumps.

    Example: No lines spawn jumps.

Set line jump style for connectors

  1. Select a dynamic connector (created by Connector tool ) on the page, then the Connector Layout toolbar will appear.

  2. Click the Jump Style button or click the down arrow next to Jump Style button to select one jump style you want.

    There are six kinds jump style.

       (1)        (2)

    Example: Change the jump style from Square to Arc.

    Note To change the jump style, should select the connector with the jump you want change. Other jumps will never change.

Reset the path of a connector

  1. Select a dynamic connector (created by Connector tool ) on the page, then the Connector Layout toolbar will appear.

  2. Click Reset Connector button on the toolbar.

    As you press Reset Connector button, the connector will reset its path and change its Reroute Mode to Reroute Freely as well. In Reroute Freely mode, connector will reroute its path when any operation happens.

Note Only the connector has been modified by dragging control handle or , otherwise the Reset Connector button is Unable.

         Once the dynamic connector is adjusted, the Never Reroute button will be focus, and the dynamic connector will never reroute until you click Reroute Freely button .

          

Add text to a connector

  1. Select a connector.

  2. Type the text you want to add to the connector.

    Note For Right-angle connectors (created by Connector tool , or by Line tool ), there three text blocks.

                      

    Double click the area where you want to type text, the nearest text block will be activated.

    For example, double click the begin point area of the Connection line, the text block near the begin point will be edited.

Reposition text on a connector

Many connectors have control handles for moving text. To move the text, select the connector and then use the Selection tool to move the text control handle.

Note  If the connector does not have a control handle, you can still reposition its text using the Text Block tool , just as you would on any other shape. Click the Text Block tool, click the shape, and then drag the double rectangle that appears when the pointer is over the text in the text block.

           

Add arrows or other line ends to a connector

  1. Select a connector.

  2. On the Shape menu, click Line. Also you can click on Format toolbar.

  3. Under Line ends, choose the type and size of line end you want.

  4. Click OK.

Notes

The line ends on a connector don't necessarily indicate the direction of the endpoints (endpoint: Either of the square handles that appear at the beginning or end of a selected line, arc, or other connector shapes in library.) of the connector. If you need to reverse the direction of a connector, select the connector, point to Rotate or Flip on the Shape menu, and then click Flip Horizontal, and also you can change the Line ends to reverse the direction.

Change the width of a connector

  1. Select a connector.

  2. On the Shape menu, click Line.

  3. Under Weight, click a line weight setting.

  4. Click OK.

Change the color of a connector

  1. Select a connector.

  2. On the Shape menu, click Line, also you can click the Line Color button on the Format toolbar.

  3. Under Color, click a color setting.

  4. Select a fill mode and color you want.

    CuteDraw provide five line color scheme.

  5. Click OK.

 

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