Used to create a complex chain — an open complex element that is formed from a series of open elements (lines, line strings, arcs, and curves, and open B-spline curves) that can be manipulated as if it were a single primitive element. The resulting complex chain takes on the active element attributes regardless of the attributes of the component elements.
You can access this tool from the following:
|| Sets how elements are added to the complex chain:
- Manual — Each element is manually selected.
- Automatic — After the first element is selected and accepted, if endpoints of additional open element(s) are within the Max. Gap distance of each other, they are included automatically. Where there is a choice of two or more elements (at the endpoint of an element) then the process lets you choose to either Accept the highlighted element, or Reset to see the alternative(s).
|| The greatest allowable distance between elements when the Method is Automatic.
If zero, only elements that connect (have a common endpoint) can be added.
|| If on, connected lines are added as line strings. If you select only connected lines, the tool produces a primitive line string element rather than a complex chain.
To convert a complex chain back to its individual components, use the Drop Element tool
It is best to create complex chains from elements that share common endpoints.
To draw a complex chain of connected arcs and line segments with one tool, use the Place SmartLine tool