6 Replies Latest reply on Feb 1, 2007 8:34 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Draw a line it creates a path???

    crashpolo
      Hi

      Just installed Fireworks 8 and everytime I draw a basic line it creates a path Im used to fireworks four so is this normal ?
      Surely it should just draw the line on the image and not create seperate paths for each one ..far as I know I never selected paths just the line tool ..any ideas ?
        • 1. Re: Draw a line it creates a path???
          llamaparsnip
          A line is a path.

          Does it pose a problem?
          • 2. Re: Draw a line it creates a path???
            crashpolo Level 1
            How do you draw a basic line then without creating a path ....say a black lien linking to rectangles together ?

            If i draw a large diagram with lines on it im gonn have hundreds of paths this cant be right can it ?
            • 3. Re: Draw a line it creates a path???
              Level 7
              Yes, it has always been like that as far as I can remember. The Line tool
              and the Pen tool are vector tools and will always create paths, but as the
              Parsnip said, "is that a problem?" and if so, why?

              Peter
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              | How do you draw a basic line then without creating a path ....say a black
              lien
              | linking to rectangles together ?
              |
              | If i draw a large diagram with lines on it im gonn have hundreds of paths
              this
              | cant be right can it ?
              |


              • 4. Re: Draw a line it creates a path???
                Level 7
                The advantages of having paths as opposed to bitmap lines are:

                1. Smaller file size.
                2. Ease of further manipulation.

                alex





                crashpolo wrote:
                > How do you draw a basic line then without creating a path ....say a black lien
                > linking to rectangles together ?
                >
                > If i draw a large diagram with lines on it im gonn have hundreds of paths this
                > cant be right can it ?
                >
                • 5. Re: Draw a line it creates a path???
                  Level 7
                  If you really need to draw a plain, bitmap line, use the pencil tool. If
                  you want more control over the style of your bitmap lines, use the brush
                  tool. What you end up with one bitmap object with hundreds of
                  "non-editable" lines, so you are not any further ahead, IMHO.

                  Use the Line tool and name your lines in the Layers panel if you are
                  concerned about not knowing which line is which. You can also group your
                  lines to reduce the number of objects within the layers panel.

                  There is also a connector line auto shape that might be useful for you.
                  It's not as functional as connector objects within flowchart diagram
                  programs like SmartDraw, but it's usable.

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                  Alex Mariño wrote:
                  > The advantages of having paths as opposed to bitmap lines are:
                  >
                  > 1. Smaller file size.
                  > 2. Ease of further manipulation.
                  >
                  > alex
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                  > crashpolo wrote:
                  >> How do you draw a basic line then without creating a path ....say a
                  >> black lien linking to rectangles together ?
                  >>
                  >> If i draw a large diagram with lines on it im gonn have hundreds of
                  >> paths this cant be right can it ?
                  >>
                  • 6. Re: Draw a line it creates a path???
                    Level 7
                    llamaparsnip wrote:
                    > A line is a path.

                    Not necessarily. A line can be a bitmap line or a vector path line
                    depending on the tool used to draw it.

                    > Does it pose a problem?

                    It shouldn't, quite the opposite. Using vector tools is more flexible.

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