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I'm trying to create a diagram in illustrator, and what I'm looking for is the ability to use some kind of "quick connector" like in Visio.

Basically it's the ability to make a spline or straight line connector between two points/objects, which will automatically expand or stretch as one of the objects is moved.

Anyone know how to achieve "quick connectors" in illustrator?

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Sounds like the same basic problem as this earlier question - How to bind a line to a rectangle - (which also includes a pretty good workaround from Scott that should help in your case...) – user568458 May 7 '13 at 10:33
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Simply put, you can't.

Illustrator offers no ability to connect objects beyond grouping them or compound shapes. Neither groups nor compound shapes will offer the dynamic ability to move objects similar to Visio.

I am not even aware of any plug-ins for Illustrator which will allow this. It simply can not be done in Illustrator.

Anchors need to be specifically selected along with a shape in order to move them together.

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agree. i don't think this is doable! – stephencosh May 7 '13 at 9:32
Thanks, that pretty much what I was afraid of. I might just need to go with Visio :( – Makita May 7 '13 at 13:11

I've been creating flow diagrams for over a decade and I get frustrated that Illustrator doesn't have connectors... now I use it's really easy to use web based app and it's free to make diagrams and export to png. THe paid version lets you share more have other users and export to various formats even illustrator, svg, pdf etc.

It's got a great connector system, very similar if not better than visio.

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