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Not sure if others have found a solution to these two problems in scripting the creation of a line connecting two shapes.
  1. source and destination can apparently not be specified in the make new line property list.
  2. code-created links between horizontally aligned objects are not horizontal

property pstrArrow : "FilledArrow"
property plstRed : {65535, 0, 0}

tell application id "OGfl"
	tell (make new document)
		tell front canvas
			set automatic layout of its layout info to false
			set {rX, rY} to page size
			set rSize to rX / 10
			set rDown to rY / 3
			set shapeA to make new shape with properties {name:"Circle", origin:{rDown, rDown}, size:{rSize, rSize}}
			set shapeB to make new shape with properties {name:"Circle", origin:{rDown + (rSize * 1.3), rDown}, size:{rSize, rSize}}
			-- PROBLEM 1: The following line of code fails ("AppleEvent handler failed") 
			-- 	set oLine to make new line with properties {source:shapeA, destination:shapeB, stroke color:plstRed, head type:pstrArrow}
			-- (source and destination can apparently not be specified in the initial property list, before the line has been created,
			-- Instead we have to create the line and THEN specify source and destination):
			set oLine to make new line with properties {stroke color:plstRed, head type:pstrArrow}
			tell oLine
				set source to shapeA
				set destination to shapeB
			end tell
			-- PROBLEM 2: The above creates a line which does NOT take the shortest (i.e. horizontal) path between the two shapes
		end tell
	end tell
end tell

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