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Chapter 4. SmartShape Symbol Reuse > Instancing Master Shapes

Instancing Master Shapes

For those of you who are familiar with object-oriented programming, this should be a very easy concept to grasp. Each one of these instances looks back to the Local Master for information about what makes them function: their geometry, their custom formulas and properties, and their formatting and behavior. Instancing Masters is far more efficient than creating duplicates of “raw” SmartShape symbols on a page.

Important Concept Number Eight

When you drag a Master from a standalone Stencil into a diagram and drop it on the drawing page, you actually first create a copy of that Master in the diagram's local Stencil (or document Stencil). This is very important, as we shall see in a moment. First, this means that after the symbol is instanced in the diagram, the Stencil on which it initially resided is no longer necessary. This makes the diagram even that much more portable. Each copy that is dropped onto the drawing page is an Instance of the Local Master.



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