One of the most powerful features of SmartDraw is the use of Automatic Connectors to create regular arrangements of shapes. This includes diagrams like organization charts, fishbone or cause and effect diagrams, and even flowcharts.
Automatic connectors are the foundation of SmartDraw's Intelligent Formatting.
An automatic connector is a special line type programmed to arrange the objects linked to it in a particular pattern. As shapes are linked to a connector, the other shapes already linked to it adjust to accommodate the new shape and maintain the arrangement. In the example below, a new shape is added to a connector that maintains a horizontal organization chart arrangement.
Unlike other line types, you can't choose an Automatic Connector from the line menu.
To draw one, you have to start with a template that is programmed to use them like: organizational chart, flowcharts, or cause and effect diagrams.
When you're using a template set to use Intelligent Formatting, any shapes you add to your diagram using the SmartPanel, keyboard shortcuts or the Smart Action buttons will be connected with an Automatic Connector.
Connectors have special properties that include self-healing when you move or delete a shape.
You control spacing differently than other line types.
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