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Getting Started

Here are some tips and tricks for getting started with Nevron Draw - creating and formatting your first diagram!

Creating custom shapes

Nevron Draw allows you to create completely custom shapes with few clicks only. To learn more about this feature, click here.

Drawing custom shapes

With Nevron Draw you can draw your own shapes and save them in a custom library. Click here for more details.

Connecting Shapes

Nevron Draw comes with a large number of predefined connector options that can satisfy every need. Check out the main features here.

Organizational Chart

With Nevron Draw you can create advanced organizational charts with just few clicks. Find out how.

Understanding Anchor (main) Shape

With Nevron Draw you can create advanced organizational charts with just few clicks. Find out how.

Create and modify ports

Learn how to create new ports or modify the existing ones to achieve more advanced functionality and looks.

Create custom shapes library

See how you can create reusable custom shapes library and load them any time you need them.

Work with automatic layouts

Learn more about the automatic layouts in Nevron Draw and what you can achieve with them.

Work with the new smart shapes in Nevron Draw

In the new edition of Nevron Draw we have added smart shapes: shapes with additional controls which allows you to quickly change various aspects of the look of the shape. Here are several examples:

1. Rounded Rectangle Smart Shape

The new smart rounded rectangle has a control handle which is presented by a small yellow dot. You can drag the dot to adjust the degrees of roundness on the corners of the rectangle.
Rounded Rectangle Smart Shape

2. Cross Smart Shape

The cross smart shape comes with two control handles, allowing you to drag and modify each side of the cross.
Cross Smart Shape

3. Three D Box Smart Shape

The 3D box smart shapes is created combining 3 plates, each of which has its own fill color and outline properties. Because of this, to change the color of each plate you need to click it twice, with a small pause between clicks (instead of the typical double-click). First click is to select the group of shapes (the 3D box is actually exactly that - a group of shapes, combined to and a second time to select the specific plate you will be working with.

To change the depth and direction of the box you only need to hold the control handle (little yellow dot) and drag it in the desired direction.
Three DSmart Shape

4. Curved Arrow Smart Shape

The curved arrow smart shape is an arrow which you can curve in various ways as you can see on the image here. It has two control handles. The first one, closer to the beginning of the arrow controls the type of corner you make (wider or sharper) and the second control handle, located at the end of the arrow controls the arrow's length and direction.
Curved Arrow Smart Shape

5. Arrow Box Smart Shape

The arrow box is another smart shape with 2 control handles, one of which controlling the size of the main box and the second one controlling the width of the arrow. As you can see on the image here this allows you to create a large variety of shapes just by adjusting the control handles.
Arrow Box Smart Shape

6. Concentric Circle Smart Shape

The concentric circle also comes with two control handles - one responsible for the diameter of the inner circle and one - for the position and rotation of the text, added to the shape.
Concentric Circle Smart Shape

7. Parenthesis, Braces and Four Point Star Smart Shapes

As you see on the image here, the parenthesis, braces and the four point star are also smart shapes that can be adjusted through the control handles.

The four point star shape can change its looks completely when the control shape is dragged, allowing the shape to look as two crossed lines or a square.
Parenthesis and Four Point Star

8. Can Smart Shape

The Can smart shape is a 3D looking shape, created by 2 plates and easily modified by one control handle only which changes the aspect of the top plate.

To modify the fill color, stroke and other visual aspects of the shapes, right click and go to Group Properties --> Shapes --> Each Shapes Appearance tab.
Can Smart Shape