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Also an *object* separation bug in automatic layout Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Perhaps not surprising given the rank separation bug, but there also seems to be an object separation bug in the automatic layout code.

In the the automatic layout result below, shapes that should be separated are actually overlapping ...



(In the meanwhile, also fixable with the Tree Tool script)
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File Type: zip ObjectSeparationBug.graffle.zip (4.1 KB, 136 views)
 
Curious bug ...

Opening the same file again, changing the shape width, and re-running Automatic Layout, I now get some oversized object gaps.

(Note that the rank separation bug is also showing up here ...)

 
Now confirmed and recorded as a bug by the ninjas.

Automatic layout of diagrams based on outlines is a very useful feature, understandably foregrounded in the marketing presentation of OG 5, although the 'underlying engine' is, a little puzzlingly, foregrounded more than the actual layout features provided to the user.

Worth pausing, perhaps, to wonder if it is really the right engine to use:
  1. It can't generate simple orthogonal layouts of outlines, with parents centered over their child ranges.
  2. It is not consistently generating the row gaps (rank separations) specified in the Layout Inspector (confirmed bug).
  3. It is not consistently generating the object separations specified in the Layout Inspector (also now a confirmed bug).
  4. Even an applescript can generate orthogonal layouts of outlines, with correct spacing of rows and objects ...
Better perhaps to start from the features desired, and then move towards an architecture that can deliver them ?
 
 


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