Create and Edit Polylines

Use the Create Polylines tool to draw polylines for geometry construction and to generate meaningful snap locations to be used by other tools.

New lines are organized in the same component as the entity where the first end point is placed.

  1. Optional: On the guide bar, click to define controlled line creation.
    This creates controlled lines between locations with the possibility of reducing the number of joints and locations that fall outside the path line.
  2. Left-click on geometry or in space to select control points for the polyline.
    A preview of the line along with a microdialog displays as you select or provide control points.
    Tip: When selecting nodes from the mesh, by default, the selection type is "by path". You can switch the type to "by list" by holding Ctrl while selecting nodes.
  3. Use the microdialog to control the following:
    • The line type: Linear or Smooth lines can be created
    • Closed polyline: This defines whether the first and last node/location in the list should be linked to form a closed line loop.
    • Modify polyline: Control points can be selected and moved using the Move tool.
      Tip: Add control points to a line and then modify their location with this option. Using this approach, existing lines can be converted to polylines.
    • Edit Start and End slopes: Start and end point slopes can be modified using the Vector tool. If set to normal, this end point is normal to the specified vector. This option does not work for closed line loops or linear lines.

  4. Double-click on a polyline to edit it.
  5. On the guide bar, click one of the following:
    • - Apply and stay in the tool
    • - Apply and close the tool
    • - Exit the tool without applying