a series of connected lines/arcs

Line Polyline

Polyline


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Menu: Insert / Line / Polyline
Hotkey: n/a
Alias: _pline
Insert a series of connected lines and/or arcs.

Designer Deluxe Pro Basic Pro Platinum

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Creates a series of connected straight line or arc segments that comprise one object. The segments can have different and/or tapered line widths.

NOTE: If you want to create a polyline by joining a series of existing line or arc segments, see Join Polyline or Chain Polyline.

  1. By default, line segments are created (as opposed to arcs). Select each endpoint, or enter segment lengths and angles in the Inspector Bar.
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  2. To draw arc segments, select Arc Segment from the local menu or Inspector Bar.
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  3. By default, each arc segment is tangent to the previous segment, but the tangency can be changed via the local menu options. Select each arc endpoint, or enter parameters in the Inspector Bar.
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  4. To switch back to lines, select Line Segment from the local menu or Inspector Bar.
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  5. When all segments are created, select Finish (Alt+F) from the local menu or Inspector Bar, or double-click the last point. If you want to create a line or arc segment connecting the first and last points, select Close (Alt+C).
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Local Menu options (Arcs):
Direction: Rather than creating an arc segment tangent to the last segment, you can set the start angle of the arc segment.
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  1. For the arc segment, move the mouse to set the start angle, or enter the angle in the Inspector Bar.
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  2. Select the arc endpoint, or enter its parameters in the Inspector Bar. The next arc segment you create will revert to the default - tangent to the previous segment.
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Center: Rather than creating the arc tangent to the last segment, you can set the start angle and size by selecting the arc center.
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  1. For the arc segment, select the arc center, or enter the arc length in the Inspector Bar.
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  2. Size the arc by selecting its endpoint, or enter its angle or arc length in the Inspector Bar.
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The next arc segment you create will revert to the default - tangent to the previous segment.
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Polyline Line Widths

There are two additional fields in the Inspector Bar for assigning widths to polyline segments — Start Width and End Width.
By default, polyline segments have the default line thickness (which can be set in the Pen Width box on the Property toolbar).

For any segment, you can enter values for Start and End Width.
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The next segment will have these properties, but the subsequent segments, by default, will revert to the default thickness.
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To change the widths of adjacent segments you can open the Polyline Properties from the local menu or Inspector Bar.
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In this window, you can force start and end widths to be equal, and to set the start width of each segment to be equal to the end width of the previous segment.
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Activate both options if you want to apply a uniform thickness to the entire polyline, or to a contiguous group of segments.

NOTE: If you use Start and End Width to create a segment with tapering thickness, this taper will be lost when the polyline is exploded, and then the tapered segment is exploded.


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Line Width Examples


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Local Menu - Line Segment
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Local Menu - Arc Segment




See Also: Creating a Polyline






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Page last modified on Sunday 14 of July, 2013 12:05:15 PDT by jrsollman.