Connectors or Links

Connectors and lines have the following decorators:

  • Circle
  • CircleCross
  • CircleReverseArrow
  • Cross45
  • Cross90
  • CrossReverseArrow
  • Custom
  • Diamond
  • DimensionLine
  • DoubleArrow
  • DoubleCross
  • Filled45Arrow
  • Filled60Arrow
  • FilledCircle
  • FilledDiamond
  • FilledFancyArrow
  • FilledSquare
  • None
  • Open45Arrow
  • Open60Arrow
  • OpenFancyArrow
  • ReverseArrow
  • ReverseDoubleArrow
  • Square

Connecting Two Nodes with Line Connector

The following code example illustrates how to create links between two nodes.

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
	Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.Ellipse ellipse = new Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.Ellipse(10, 10, 110, 70);
	Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.Rectangle rectangle = new Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.Rectangle(300, 50, 50, 80);
	Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.LineConnector lineconnector = new Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.LineConnector(new System.Drawing.PointF(10, 200), new System.Drawing.PointF(300, 250));
	this.DiagramWebControl1.Model.AppendChild(ellipse);
	this.DiagramWebControl1.Model.AppendChild(rectangle);
	ellipse.CentralPort.TryConnect(lineconnector.HeadEndPoint);
	rectangle.CentralPort.TryConnect(lineconnector.TailEndPoint);
	this.DiagramWebControl1.Model.AppendChild(lineconnector);
}
Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
Dim ellipse As New Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.Ellipse(10, 10, 110, 70)
Dim rectangle As New Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.Rectangle(300, 50, 50, 80)
Dim lineconnector As New Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.LineConnector(New System.Drawing.PointF(10, 200), New System.Drawing.PointF(300, 250))
Me.DiagramWebControl1.Model.AppendChild(ellipse)
Me.DiagramWebControl1.Model.AppendChild(rectangle)
ellipse.CentralPort.TryConnect(lineconnector.HeadEndPoint)
rectangle.CentralPort.TryConnect(lineconnector.TailEndPoint)
Me.DiagramWebControl1.Model.AppendChild(lineconnector)
End Sub

You can change the appearance of the connectors using its properties through code. The following code example illustrates the line properties.

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
	Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.Ellipse ellipse = new Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.Ellipse(160, 60, 100, 60);
	Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.Rectangle rectangle = new Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.Rectangle(150, 250, 120, 100);
	Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.LineConnector lineconnector = new Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.LineConnector(new System.Drawing.PointF(10, 200), new System.Drawing.PointF(300, 250));
	this.diagram1.Model.AppendChild(ellipse);
	this.diagram1.Model.AppendChild(rectangle);
	ellipse.CentralPort.TryConnect(lineconnector.TailEndPoint);
	rectangle.CentralPort.TryConnect(lineconnector.HeadEndPoint);
	this.diagram1.Model.AppendChild(lineconnector);
	lineconnector.HeadDecorator.DecoratorShape = DecoratorShape.Filled45Arrow;
	lineconnector.LineStyle.LineColor = Color.MidnightBlue;
	lineconnector.HeadDecorator.FillStyle.Color = Color.MidnightBlue;
	lineconnector.HeadDecorator.Size = new SizeF(10, 5);
}
Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
Dim ellipse As New Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.Ellipse(160, 60, 100, 60)
Dim rectangle As New Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.Rectangle(150, 250, 120, 100)
Dim lineconnector As New Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Diagram.LineConnector(New System.Drawing.PointF(10, 200), New System.Drawing.PointF(300, 250))
Me.diagram1.Model.AppendChild(ellipse)
Me.diagram1.Model.AppendChild(rectangle)
ellipse.CentralPort.TryConnect(lineconnector.TailEndPoint)
rectangle.CentralPort.TryConnect(lineconnector.HeadEndPoint)
Me.diagram1.Model.AppendChild(lineconnector)
lineconnector.HeadDecorator.DecoratorShape = DecoratorShape.Filled45Arrow
lineconnector.LineStyle.LineColor = Color.MidnightBlue
lineconnector.HeadDecorator.FillStyle.Color = Color.MidnightBlue
lineconnector.HeadDecorator.Size = New SizeF(10, 5)
End Sub

Rounded Corner

You can now change the look of connectors (Orthogonal, OrgLine, Polyline) by providing rounded corners to connectors.

The EnableRoundedCorner is used to to enable rounded corner for a connector, and the CurveRadius connector property is used and set the radius for the rounded corner curve respectively.

Use Case Scenario

This is used to change the visual style of connectors.

Property Description Data Type

EnableRoundedCorner

Enables or disables rounded corner for a connector. bool

CurveRadius

Gets or sets the radius for the rounded corner curve of a connector. float

The following code illustrates how to change the look of a connector by using the EnableRoundedCorner and CurveRadius properties.

OrthogonalConnector orthogonal = new OrthogonalConnector(new PointF(100, 100), new PointF(300, 300));

// Enables rounded corner for the connector.
orthogonal.EnableRoundedCorner = true;

// Sets the radius of the rounded corner curve.
orthogonal.CurveRadius = 10;

diagram1.Model.AppendChild(orthogonal);
Dim orthogonal As New OrthogonalConnector(New PointF(100, 100), New PointF(300, 300))

'Enables rounded corner for the connector.
orthogonal.EnableRoundedCorner = True

'Sets the radius of the rounded corner curve.
orthogonal.CurveRadius = 10

diagram1.Model.AppendChild(orthogonal)

Line Bridging

Line bridging provides the visual effect such that the links jump over other links that are found in it’s way with lower Z-order, thereby avoiding the links from intersecting each other and providing a hassle-free view to clearly state the various connections between the nodes.It will also create the same visual effect when it jumps over any port. This is done by enabling the LineBridgingEnabled property. Default value is false.

The below table lists the properties which controls the appearance of the bridge.

Property Description

LineBridgeSize

Allows to set the size of the bridge when the links intersect each other. Default value is 16.
BridgeStyle Specifies the type of bridge to be applied. Default value is 'Arc'. The value when set, applies to all the links that are drawn on the diagram. The links will bridge over the other link only when it's

Z-order

value is high. The options include the following:
  • Arc
  • Gap
  • Square
  • Side2
  • Side3
  • Side4
  • Side5
  • Side6
  • Side7

Programmatically it can be set as follows:

this.diagram1.Model.LineBridgeSize = 5;

//enabling for model
this.diagram1.Model.LineBridgingEnabled = true;

//enabling for link object
link.LineBridgingEnabled = true;

this.diagram1.Model.BridgeStyle = BridgeStyle.Square;
Me.diagram1.Model.LineBridgeSize = 5

'enabling for model
Me.diagram1.Model.LineBridgingEnabled = True

'enabling for link object
link.LineBridgingEnabled = True

Me.diagram1.Model.BridgeStyle = BridgeStyle.Square

NOTE

In the above code snippets, link refers to the instance of the Link node.

Line Routing

When a link is drawn between two nodes, by enabling the LineRoutingEnabled property of that link and the diagram view, and if any other node is found in between them, the line will be automatically re-routed around those nodes.

Property Description

LineRoutingEnabled

Specifies whether the links must be re-routed when nodes are found in the path. Default value is false.

Programmatically it can be set as follows:

//enabling for model
this.diagram1.Model.LineRoutingEnabled = true;

//enabling for link object
link.LineRoutingEnabled = true;
'enabling for model
Me.diagram1.Model.LineRoutingEnabled = True

'enabling for link object
link.LineRoutingEnabled = True

NOTE

In the above code snippet, link refers to the instance of the Link node.

Only when LineRoutingEnabled property is set to true, LineRouter properties will be enabled.

Distance and Routing Mode Settings

To customize the distance between the connectors and the obstacles, and the type of routing to use, the LineRouter collection property should be handled. The below properties are available for the LineRouter Collection property.

Line Router Property Description

DistanceToObstacle

Specifies the distance from routing connector to the obstacle.

RoutingMode

Specifies the type of LineRouting engine routing mode to be used. The default value is 'Inactive'. The options includes, Inactive, Automatic and SemiAutomatic.

Programmatically it can be set as follows.

this.diagram1.Model.LineRouter.DistanceToObstacles = 20;
this.diagram1.Model.LineRouter.RoutingMode = RoutingMode.Automatic;
Me.diagram1.Model.LineRouter.DistanceToObstacles = 20
Me.diagram1.Model.LineRouter.RoutingMode = RoutingMode.Automatic

The LineBridgingEnabled, LineRoutingEnabled properties can be set for the diagram, in which case it will be automatically applied to all the links added to the model. Else it can be enabled only for the required links individually.

Node Settings

When line routing is enabled make sure to set the TreatAsObstacle property of the objects to true, to avoid the links running over them. If not set for an object, then that node will not be considered as an obstacle and the link will pass over it.

Programmatically it can be set as follows:

circle.TreatAsObstacle = true;
circle.TreatAsObstacle = True

In the above code snippets, the TreatAsObstacle property is set to the circle object.