Spline Polygon

A spline polygon is a polygon object, digitized like a polygon, but with different results. A spline polygon uses a smoothing algorithm to add points between digitized vertices.


This spline polygon was created

with five mouse clicks.


Drawing a Spline Polygon

To draw a spline polygon:

  1. Click the Draw | Spline Polygon command or click the button to begin drawing a spline polygon.

  2. The cursor changes to a cross hair cursor to indicate drawing mode.

  3. Enter any information about the spline polygon, such as the ID, in the Property Manager.

  4. Move the cursor over the location for the start of the polygon and click the left mouse button.

  5. Move the cursor to the next position along the line and click again. Generate the spline polygon by clicking on the anchor points during the polygon creation. The anchor points identify a change in the spline polygon's shape and direction. Notice that the spline polygon shape is visible and that you can change its curvature by moving the mouse.

  6. Continue clicking on the anchor points until you click the final point. Press the ENTER key or double-click the left mouse button to end drawing mode. The new spline polygon is drawn.

  7. To end drawing mode, click on another tool button or press the ESC key on your keyboard.


To adjust the tension of the spline press the UP or DOWN arrow keys while drawing the spline polygon.


Editing Polygon Properties

The polygon can be edited by clicking once on the polygon to select it.  Polygon object properties are displayed in the Property Manager. Polygon object properties include:

Polygon Item Properties

Data Attributes

Line Properties

Fill Properties

Label Properties


Default Properties

The default line and fill properties are set by clicking the Tools | Project Settings command and clicking on the Line Properties or Fill Properties tabs.


Using a Digitizing Tablet

When using the tablet pointer to digitize a polygon,

  1. Calibrate the tablet by clicking the Draw | Tablet | Tablet Calibration command, or by clicking the image\calibrate.png button.

  2. Activate the tablet by pressing F9 on the keyboard, clicking the image\activate.png button, or clicking the Draw | Tablet | Activate Tablet command.


Drawing Tips



See Also



Spline Polyline