In the editor, you’ll find the ability to create custom shape libraries and connect lines to the center of an object. In addition, we continue to roll out upgrades for our integrations with Confluence, Jive and Google. Read on for details.
Custom shape libraries
Ever wanted to easily re-use a shape you’ve formatted with a specific color, border, gradient, drop shadow, text, etc? You can now create your own shape libraries. Simply right-click on any shape, select ‘Add to Custom Shape Library’ and select which custom library. It will then appear in the toolbox in the selected library and you can easily drag and drop these shapes on the canvas at any time. Team users can also share these custom libraries with the entire Team with one click.
Connect line to center of object
One of the things that users love about Lucidchart is the ability to connect a line to any point on the edge of an object. Taking this one step further, you can now also connect a line to the center of an object with the following steps:
- Drag a line into the center of the object
- When the object becomes highlighted, release and it will be connected
- As you move the object, the line will automatically adjust to emerge from the closest point to the other connected object
Want this to be the default for all of your documents? Open File → Preferences and select ‘Auto’ for Default Line Binding. Even when this preference is set, you can still manually adjust individual lines to connect to specific points on an object. We’re confident this new feature will be a real time-saver.
Interactive rich viewer for Confluence
A common request from teams using Lucidchart for Confluence has been to enable links and hot spots once the diagram is embedded in Confluence. With our recently released version, it is now possible to view diagrams with the standard viewer which attaches a static image, or the rich viewer which also enables link and hot spots. There are two primary ways to use the rich viewer:
- The Confluence administrator can set the default for all Lucidchart diagrams to use either the standard viewer or rich viewer
- Individuals users can select to upgrade to the rich viewer for specific diagrams where links or hot spots may be present
Jive !App Experiences with Lucidchart
we are thrilled to be a launch partner for Jive !Apps Experiences which makes it easy to embed and share diagrams in Jive. If your company is using Jive, we hope you'll watch the overview video on our blog post and install Lucidchart from the Jive Apps Market. If you are just getting started, this 90 second video shows how easy it is.
Google Drive questions
Since the launch of Google Drive, we have received a number of frequently asked questions (e.g., can I connect my Google Drive account to a Lucidchart account with a different e-mail address?). For answers to these questions, we’d encourage you to review our Google Drive documentation.