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Chapter 7. Specialized Visio SmartShape ... > Dynamics Connectors and Autorouting

Dynamics Connectors and Autorouting

With the introduction of Visio 5.0, Visio replaced the old style of connectors with the new dynamic connectors. You have seen how dynamic glue with dynamic connectors can create much more readable diagrams. Additionally the dynamic connectors can be set so when a new symbol is dropped on top of a dynamic connector, it will move and reroute itself to avoid the collision. Where dynamic connectors cross each other, a jump is established.

Drop a dynamic connector into a Visio diagram. Notice the control handles on each leg. These control handles reposition the legs to suit the user's needs. Now hold down Shift as you drag a control handle. Three new legs are added to accommodate routing. Note that each leg now has its own control handle. Hold Ctrl down while dragging a control handle. As you can see, the endpoints of the leg segment remain fixed while the handle acts as a vertex and moves the line as if it were two line segments. Each new line segment gets its own new control handles. This new behavior is unique to dynamic connectors. Keep in mind that each time you perform any of these actions you are continuously adding new rows to the Geometry section of the SmartShape symbol in question.


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