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This is something I can never make work.

I want to duplicate along a path.

The path contains an arc. I can't freehand draw this because it comes out all wavy.

So I draw a straight line, an arc, and another straight line, but you can't duplicate along multiple lines.

If I try to join a line, and an arc together they form a 90­° L.

If I decompose the arc to lines they won't join.

see attached super simple example.

This can't be this hard.



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If I understand you correctly, you want to create a continuous polyline. Can you not select the items you want to "join" and Modify>Compose? You can use a poly line as a path to duplicate along.

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That worked

Now I have to ask even dumber question.

What's the point of "Join" if there's a separate tool to "compose"

I've never even noticed the Compose tool.


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The Join tool will joining or trim two lines together to make a line or two lines. If you compose the lines together they become a polyline which may not be what some users would want. In all honesty the differences are subtle but I can see a use for some of the functions. Take a look at the help files to see what I mean http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2018/eng/index.htm#t=VW2018_Guide%2FObjects_edit2%2FJoining_Objects.htm&rhsearch=join&rhhlterm=join&rhsyns=


It feels like a command that has been superseded by other more elaborate tools. I guess some users would miss it so maybe Vectorworks they have kept it just in case..... ?

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FWIW, I've never used the join command successfully.  I remapped command-J to compose and it does exactly what I expect.

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one way that might work is to draw the lines you want in one go using the polygon tool (and ignore the arc corners at first).

then use the reshape tool to change the required vertices to arcs with the correct radius  

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