RE: how to draw a moving cable?

Subject: RE: how to draw a moving cable?
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 16:08:53 -0400

I used Visio for a few years, but stopped when I first got
Illustrator.

In those days, the endpoints had to be on standard connection
points of standardized flow-chart shapes. I don't remember
being able to set the same kind of "follow-me" attachment
on an arbitrary and complex constructed figure (like a
perspective view of a network appliance).

Whether it was possible then... is it now? I can get
Visio 2003 I think.

I'll hold off a little longer for other replies, 'cuz it
would be nice if I could keep it all in Illustrator.

But Visio might end up being the ticket.

Thanks,

- K


> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: Re: how to draw a moving cable?
>
> Not possible in Illustrator (at least as far as I know) but
> very easy in
> Visio.
>
> 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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