Re: how to draw a moving cable?

Subject: Re: how to draw a moving cable?
From: "Mike Starr" <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 14:42:28 -0500

Not possible in Illustrator (at least as far as I know) but very easy in

On Mon, July 19, 2010 2:37 pm, McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:
> All,
> Is this possible in Illustrator?
> Imagine drawing a computer and several peripheral items,
> like monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, USB cup-warmer...
> Draw curvy lines between the proper points (ports) on
> each device to the proper place on the computer, representing
> the connection cables.
> [Do magic here]
> Drag any of the devices or the computer on your page,
> and any connecting lines (cables) redraw themselves
> so that they remain connected to the computer port
> and to the device.
> This - if it existed - would be the grown-up version
> of drawing action and decision boxes in a flow-charting
> program, then dragging the boxes around and the connections
> remain connected (the lines being re-drawn/re-routed
> automatically as needed).
> My sadly limited Google-fu brings up all sorts of references
> to end-points and handles and adding text along a curved path,
> and other stuff, but nothing about what I want... which is a
> way to save my labor when I reposition cable-connected
> elements in an illustration.
> Not a big deal, just "wouldn't it be handy if...?"
> Most likely it doesn't exist, but quite possibly I
> merely need to think in different keywords. Hm? Hm?
> - Kevin


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