Creating and Categorizing Fills and Lines
You can group the sets of line styles and arrow styles into style lists . Many program attributes, including lines, colors, and gradients, are stored in these groups, and only one is displayed in the workspace and in the Line window at a time (Figure 30-4). This is convenient if you have several different styles of attributes for different projects and want to keep them separate, so that you don't need to scroll through a long list, looking for the one you need.
Figure 30-4. Style list management icons
Line and arrow lists are stored in the config folder with the file extension . sod and . soe , respectively.
Selecting a Different List
In the Styles tab, click the Load Styles icon and select the .sod or .soe file you want.
Saving Changes to a List
If you've added or modified a style, click the Save Styles icon to save it in the current list.
Creating Technical Drawings With Dimension Lines and Connectors
Draw provides two useful tools for flowcharts, architectural drawings, and other drawings that are very technical or precise. The tools are the dimension line and the connector.
Drawing a Dimension Line
Modifying a Dimension Line
The Dimensioning window allows you precise control over the position, distance, and text position of the line.
To draw the dimension line perfectly straight, be sure the grid is on.
Figure 30-7 shows where the guides, overhangs, and lines are.
Figure 30-7. Lines and overhangs used in dimension lines
Setting the Scale
You can set many of the options controlling workplace display by choosing Tools > Options > Drawing.
Dimension lines reflect the scale you set. In a 1 to 10 scale in centimeters, for instance, every centimeter you draw on-screen will print as 10 centimeters. You can set the scale, anywhere from 1:1 to 1:100, and 2:1 to 100:1.
Drawing a Connector
Connectors are excellent tools for creating precise diagrams. The connectors automatically attach precisely to the edge of the object you specify, which saves time you would otherwise spend at an 800% zoom, for example, trying to position an ordinary line correctly.
Only connector tools in the first and fourth rows of the tearoff menu draw lines that, as shown, have multiple directions.
Modifying a Connector
The Connector window allows you precise control over the position, distance, and text position of the line.
Figure 30-10 illustrates the terminology.
Adding Connector Points
You have probably noticed that all objects have predefined connector points. You can specify additional "glue points" so you can have precise control over exactly where the lines connect. You can add them on the border or inside the object.
Connecting Lines to Text Frames
If you want to connect text with lines, for instance in a plain org chart that doesn't have boxes around the names , you can still use the connector lines.
See Figure 30-11 for an example.
Figure 30-11. Connecting connector line to text frame and adding margin between text frame and text contents
Controlling Arrowheads Quickly
You can switch the ends on a connector line on the toolbar, as shown at right. Just select the line, then click on the Arrows icon the toolbar and select the end you want, for the beginning or end of the line.