Improved Spacing Controls for Org Charts, Flowcharts, and More
Easier to Arrange Shapes on an Organizational Chart or Mind Map
When you create an organizational chart or mind map with SmartDraw, new shapes are automatically connected to other shapes at regular intervals using a special line we call an "automatic connector."
Even as you move or delete shapes, the chart will heal itself and rearrange the remaining shapes automatically.
If you need to adjust this automatic spacing to create less or more space between branches there are new controls to help you.
When you select a shape, you'll now see green icons in the upper left corner. One will have an
up and down arrow and the other left and right arrow. Click on either icon and without letting go of your mouse drag them up or down or left or right
to adjust the spacing of that particular branch relative to the other branches either above or to the side of the selected shape.
Finer Controls for Flowcharts
Flowchart shapes are also connected using automatic connectors. Let's say you need to adjust the space between two steps, select the step to right so you can see the green left and right arrow appear in the upper left corner.
As you hover over the icon, you'll notice that your cursor turns into a left and right arrow. Click and without letting go of the mouse, drag the shape into its desired position. Doing so will not disconnect the shape from the flow. You will simply adjust the space between the two steps.
You can do the same to adjust the space vertically between two rows of shapes.