Link Background Shapes to Common Notes

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Tue May 21, 2013 4:32 pm Post

Hi Keith,

everyday I found a new application field for Scapple - I like it very much! :D
One problem seems the link from plain notes to background shapes with a couple of notes in it:
It is no problem to drag and drop a background shape on a common note (hitting the alt-Key to get an arrow from the background shape to that note). Vice versa it is a problem: Drag and drop a common note to a background shape only copying the note (when I press the alt-Key) - but no arrow is created.

Would be fine if the procedure works in both directions.

Kind regards - looking for further improvements

Nobby

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Tue May 21, 2013 5:31 pm Post

This is because when you drop a note on a background shape, it should be placed *inside* the shape. If it made a connection, it would be impossible to place notes inside background shapes, which would defeat the entire purpose of background shapes. So this is intentional behaviour.

Glad you're liking Scapple!

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Tue May 21, 2013 10:04 pm Post

If you want to create an arrow from a regular note to a background shape, you need to drag the background shape onto the note and hold down the inverse-arrow modifer keys: Opt-Cmd. So to get a double-arrow connection you would follow that up with an Opt-drag from the shape to the note. There isn't actually anything you cannot do between shapes and notes, you just have to always start the drag with the shape.
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Wed May 22, 2013 6:11 pm Post

Thanks for your tips!
It's working...

Kind regards
Nobby

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Wed Sep 30, 2015 2:14 pm Post

Hi,
"to create an arrow from a regular note to a background shape, you need to drag the background shape onto the note and hold down the inverse-arrow modifer keys: Opt-Cmd."
doesn't work for me. (OS X)
I only got the Marquee selection with Opt.-Cmd and could not move the Background Shape?

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Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:46 pm Post

The modifier keys should be pressed after you start dragging. There is often a difference between holding down a key on your keyboard and clicking, and clicking and then holding down a key while dragging. It is unfortunately a bit inconsistent, speaking in terms of all the ways in which modifier keys interact with clicking and dragging on a Mac, so it’s good to just keep that in mind and try the method if the first way doesn’t work.
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