My recollection is that the desired use case of of selecting by rectangle any objects did work in the past but it was never then intention of the join polyline tool.
The definition of the join polyline is - "Connects two or more separate objects, connected at their endpoints, into a single-object polyline. Objects that overlap cannot be joined."
That said what is your exact use case and desired goal? Examples help
I would say, first of all, the AutoJoining being the default active
until we de-activate
it is an issue. I believe the general-consensus is that we don't even want AutoJoining most of the time- or at all (we'd like to choose our own lines to Join, please). It's very seldom that I want to Join all
the lines that qualify
for the procedure (all Lines that connect by their endpoint and do not overlap one another). Sometimes I have to make the decision: "What will be faster- I can AutoJoin all these lines, then Split Entity and Explode what I didn't want Joined; or I can de-activate AutoJoin and go through clicking one line [of twenty?...thirty?....] at a time."
Secondly, if you (by you
, I mean the collective development team at IMSI/Design-TurboCAD) do not want to enable the ability to pre-select- using the Select Tool in conjunction with the Shift-key or using the Selection Window- we'd like to see (when the Join Polyline Tool is active) the ability to select
the lines we want to join with the same functional-ability
as the Select Tool (i.e.: The Select Window; with or without Open Window Mode; and/or using the Shift-key to select multiple lines to join). Of course, this is in conjunction with the paragraph above and not having AutoJoin as the (seemingly-assertively-activated) default.
Plus: There is nothing highlighted during the Join Polyline/AutoJoin process, as there used to be when we were able to pre-select the lines, using the Select Tool. Currently, we have to just guess
that what is to be AutoJoined- or what was AutoJoined- is what we want(ed) joined, or select the Polyline that we think
was the result of the Join Polyline and see if it was indeed what we were trying to achieve.
----Nutshell: Make the Join Polyline Tool behave more like the (unintentional?) way it used to with the Select Tool: Entities to be joined highlight before/during the process; no AutoJoining (unless we purposely go out of our way to select such option); ability to Select and multi-Select Lines to be joined, using Shift-key, Open Window Mode, and select-Window; and the resultant Polyline stays highlighted until we click somewhere else on the desktop or tap the "Escape" key or click "Cancel". (not sure everyone will be in agreement on this very last request, regarding "... the resultant Polyline stays highlighted...")
I'm not talking version 20 here, just version 19. I haven't downloaded, installed, or worked with 20. Maybe in 20 some of the above has been addressed.
« Last Edit: April 23, 2013, 03:00:21 PM by Alvin Gregorio »
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