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How do I draw a smooth polyline?

We have detailed instructions in our Design User Manual on page 6.28, entitled “Drawing a Smooth (curved) Polyline” that will assist you with drawing a Smooth Polyline.  If you do not have a current copy of the Design User Manual you can download it in PDF format by opening DS|Design, going to the ‘pull-down’ menus Help > Online User Manual.

Alternatively, you can view the Tutorial Video in Part2A – Drawing tools and Part 6 Smooth (curved) Polyline.  To view the Training Video PDF with the links to YouTube, log into the My Account page then go to Downloads>Design Training Videos.

Here are some other tips for using the Smooth Polyline Tool:

  • Ensure that your Constraints are turned off
  • If you are having problems getting the polyline to ‘curve’ in the direction you want then try changing the Start Angle either by entering in a new angle in the modifier text box or using the tangent tool adjacent to the Start Angle text box
  • Create a straight polyline then use the middle grip to create the curve ensuring constraints is turned off