How can I force a curved line to exit a circle in a curved path?

asked 2019-01-30 16:06:34 +0100

Allan gravatar image

updated 2019-01-30 16:45:41 +0100

Lets say I draw two circles, one directly above the other and attempt to connect them with a curved connector. If I start from the right-most connection point on the upper circle and connect to the upper right connection point of the lower circle, I get a curved connection:

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However, if I connect the lower-right connection point of the upper circle to the upper-right connection point of the lower circle, I get a straight line:

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What I want and expect to see is a curved line!

Here is why it looks bad: say I want a more complex drawing such as:

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Notice the annoying straight line going through the circle named "State 2"? I want this line to be curved, for obvious reasons.

I can rotate the connection points at the bottom circle to get both lines curved but it wastes a connection point on the bottom circle and it still doesn't look right:

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Is there a way to correct this behaviour?

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After some fiddling, I discovered that I actually do get a curved line if I bring the two circles closer together but the line straightens out when I bring the circles farther apart! Why? Can this behaviour be prevented so that the line stays curved no matter how far away the circles are?

Allan gravatar imageAllan ( 2019-01-30 16:32:12 +0100 )edit