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David Medeiros

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I'm working with some shore line GIS data in Adobe Illustrator (via MAPub). There are various line segments that I need to string together into a single path. All lines are on the same layer, all lines have been checked to make sure they are not compound and are not part of a group.

 

When I hit the end of either line with the pen tool it shows that it's ready to continue the line, but when I try to connect it with it's neighbor line it won't connect, I get an error (forget the exact wording).

 

Does anybody know what, besides compound paths and groups, can keep two lines from being connected together on the same layer?

 

David

 

This is in CS6 btw.

 

 

 

 


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A locked element?  Or if the line is already closed on itself, which I think can sometimes happen with linework that started in GIS.

 

Can you remove a point from the second (neighbor) section and connect it to the first?


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All lines are unlocked and open. I can continue either line from it's end with the pen tool, I just can't digitize one line to the other. I've moved them all to a new layer and cleared appearances. I've had this issue in the past but only ever due to one line being compound. And I use GIS data in Illy all the time, never a problem.

 

I'll keep trying I guess. I hope I don't have to draw the coast in BY HAND! (audible gasp) ; )


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Are you exceeding the maximum vertices for a path? Happens a lot on coastlines. I think the max is 30,000 vertices for a single joined line.


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Are you exceeding the maximum vertices for a path? Happens a lot on coastlines. I think the max is 30,000 vertices for a single joined line.

 

That was it! I don't like to simplify my lines until I have them all together as a single feature, but as soon as I did 99% simplify I was able to connect them. Seems strange as it's not that long a coastal section so I would't have thought it had too many vertices.

 

Thanks for the tip.

 

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For joining lines I use the 'Join Reasonably' script from here:

 

http://shspage.com/aijs/en/

 

It's really useful and convenient.


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