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Draw Geodesic Polyline on Geometry

The Draw Geodesic Polyline on Geometry option can be used to draw curves along a complex surface without changing the drawing plane as would be required using the generic Draw Polyline option. To draw a geodesic polyline:

  1. Select the Geometry Geometry Tab workflow tab.
  2. Select a geometry entity to draw a geodesic polyline on.
  3. Select Draw Geodesic Polyline on Geometry Sphere with Polyline Icon from the toolbar or Draw Tools sub-menu in the Geometry menu.
  4. Graphically select vertices on the geometry entity to draw the polyline. The tool will generate a series of line segments between the selected vertex and the previous vertex that is the shortest distance between both points and that must conform to the surface of geometry. After each successive selected vertex, you can select the drop-down arrow in the Coordinates section to view the generated points of the polyline.
  5. Select Add Polyline to accept the drawn polyline or Exit Drawing to reject the drawn polyline.

In the figure below only two vertices were selected and the Draw Geodesic Polyline on Geometry option generated the curved line on the surface of the sphere.

Define Polyline Dialog in Front of Sphere Model

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