Gridlines in Blazor Diagram Component

5 Aug 20219 minutes to read

Gridlines are the pattern of lines drawn behind the diagram elements. It provides a visual guidance while dragging or arranging the objects on the diagram surface. The SnapSettings property is used to customize the gridlines and control the snapping behavior in the diagram.

Customize the Gridlines visibility

The SnapConstraints enables you to show/hide the gridlines. The following code example illustrates how to show or hide gridlines.

@using Syncfusion.Blazor.Diagram

<SfDiagramComponent Height="600px" Nodes="@nodes">
    @* Initialize the diagram snapping the custom interval *@
    <SnapSettings Constraints="SnapConstraints.All">
        <HorizontalGridLines SnapIntervals="@SnapInterval">
        </HorizontalGridLines>
        <VerticalGridLines SnapIntervals="@SnapInterval">
        </VerticalGridLines>
    </SnapSettings>
</SfDiagramComponent>

@code
{
    //Sets the snapinterval...
    public double[] SnapInterval { get; set; } = new double[]
    {
        10
    };
    DiagramObjectCollection<Node> nodes = new DiagramObjectCollection<Node>();

    protected override void OnInitialized()
    {
        nodes = new DiagramObjectCollection<Node>();
        Node diagramNode = new Node();
        diagramNode.OffsetX = 100;
        diagramNode.OffsetY = 100;
        diagramNode.Width = 100;
        diagramNode.Height = 100;
        diagramNode.Style = new ShapeStyle() { Fill = "#6495ED", StrokeColor = "#6495ED" };
        diagramNode.ID = "node1";
        nodes.Add(diagramNode);
    }
}

Gridlinesdefault in Blazor Diagram

To show only horizontal/vertical gridlines or to hide gridlines, refer to Constraints.

Appearance

The appearance of the gridlines can be customized by using a set of predefined properties.

  • The HorizontalGridLines and the VerticalGridLines properties allow to customize the appearance of the horizontal and vertical gridlines respectively.

  • The horizontal gridlines LineColor and LineDashArray properties are used to customizes the line color and line style of the horizontal gridlines.

  • The vertical gridlines LineColor and LineDashArray properties are used to customizes the line color and line style of the vertical gridlines.

The following code example illustrates how to customize the appearance of gridlines.

@using Syncfusion.Blazor.Diagram

<SfDiagramComponent Height="600px">
    @* Shows both horizontal and vertical gridlines *@
    <SnapSettings Constraints="SnapConstraints.ShowLines">
        @* Customizes the line color and line style to the gridlines *@
        <HorizontalGridLines LineColor="blue" LineDashArray="2,2" />
        <VerticalGridLines LineColor="blue" LineDashArray="2,2" />
    </SnapSettings>
</SfDiagramComponent>

How to create dot grid patterns

The appearance of the grid lines can be changed into dots by using the GridType as Dots. The following code illustrates how to render grid patterns as Dots.

@using Syncfusion.Blazor.Diagram

<SfDiagramComponent Width="1000px" Height="500px">
    <SnapSettings GridType="GridType.Dots">
        <HorizontalGridLines LineColor="Blue" @bind-LineIntervals="@HInterval" 
                             @bind-DotIntervals="@HDotInterval"></HorizontalGridLines>
        <VerticalGridLines LineColor="Blue" @bind-LineIntervals="@VInterval" 
                           @bind-DotIntervals="@VDotInterval"></VerticalGridLines>
    </SnapSettings>
</SfDiagramComponent>

@code
{
    public double[] HDotInterval { get; set; } = new double[] { 3, 20, 1, 20, 1, 20 };
    public double[] VDotInterval { get; set; } = new double[] { 3, 20, 1, 20, 1, 20, 1, 20, 1, 20 };
    public double[] HInterval { get; set; } = new double[] { 1.25, 18.75, 0.25, 19.75, 0.25, 19.75, 0.25, 19.75, 0.25, 19.75 };
    public double[] VInterval { get; set; } = new double[] { 1.25, 18.75, 0.25, 19.75, 0.25, 19.75, 0.25, 19.75, 0.25, 19.75 };
}

Dotgrid in Blazor Diagram

Line intervals

Thickness and the space between gridlines can be customized by using horizontal gridline’s LinesIntervals and vertical gridline’s LinesIntervals properties. In the line intervals collections, values at the odd places are referred as the thickness of lines and values at the even places are referred as the space between gridlines.

The following code example illustrates how to customize the thickness of lines and the line intervals.

@using Syncfusion.Blazor.Diagram

<SfDiagramComponent Height="600px">
    @* Customize the appearance of the grid lines *@
    <SnapSettings Constraints="SnapConstraints.ShowLines">
        <HorizontalGridLines LineColor="blue" LineDashArray="2,2" LineIntervals="@LineInterval">
        </HorizontalGridLines>
        <VerticalGridLines LineColor="blue" LineDashArray="2,2" LineIntervals="@LineInterval">
        </VerticalGridLines>
    </SnapSettings>
</SfDiagramComponent>

@code
{
    //Sets the line intervals for the gridlines
    public double[] LineInterval { get; set; } = new double[] 
    {
        1.25, 14, 0.25, 15, 0.25, 15, 0.25, 15, 0.25, 15
    };
}

Gridlines appearance in Blazor Diagram

Snapping

Snap to lines

This feature allows the diagram objects to snap to the nearest intersection of gridlines while being dragged or resized. This feature enables easier alignment during layout or design.

Snapping to gridlines can be enabled/disabled with the SnapConstraints. The following code example illustrates how to enable/disable the snapping to gridlines.

@using Syncfusion.Blazor.Diagram

<SfDiagramComponent Height="600px" Nodes="@nodes">
    <SnapSettings Constraints="@snapConstraints"></SnapSettings>
</SfDiagramComponent>

@code
{
    //Sets the snap constraints
    public SnapConstraints snapConstraints = SnapConstraints.ShowLines | SnapConstraints.SnapToLines;
    DiagramObjectCollection<Node> NodeCollection = new DiagramObjectCollection<Node>();

    protected override void OnInitialized()
    {
        nodes = new DiagramObjectCollection<Node>();
        Node diagramNode = new Node();
        diagramNode.OffsetX = 100;
        diagramNode.OffsetY = 100;
        diagramNode.Width = 100;
        diagramNode.Height = 100;
        diagramNode.Style = new ShapeStyle() { Fill = "#6495ED", StrokeColor = "#6495ED" };
        diagramNode.ID = "node1";
        nodes.Add(diagramNode);
    }
}

Snaptogrid in Blazor Diagram

Customization of snap intervals

By default, the objects are snapped towards the nearest gridline. The gridline or position towards where the diagram object snaps can be customized with the horizontal gridline’s SnapIntervals and the vertical gridline’s SnapIntervals properties.

@page "/CustomSnapLineInterval Sample"

@using Syncfusion.Blazor.Diagram

<SfDiagramComponent Height="600px" Nodes="@nodes">
    @* Initialize the diagram snapping the custom interval *@
    <SnapSettings Constraints="SnapConstraints.All">
        <HorizontalGridLines SnapIntervals="@SnapInterval">
        </HorizontalGridLines>
        <VerticalGridLines SnapIntervals="@SnapInterval">
        </VerticalGridLines>
    </SnapSettings>
</SfDiagramComponent>

@code
{
    //Sets the snapinterval...
    public double[] SnapInterval { get; set; } = new double[]
    {
        10
    };
    DiagramObjectCollection<Node> nodes = new DiagramObjectCollection<Node>();

    protected override void OnInitialized()
    {
        nodes = new DiagramObjectCollection<Node>();
        Node diagramNode = new Node();
        diagramNode.OffsetX = 100;
        diagramNode.OffsetY = 100;
        diagramNode.Width = 100;
        diagramNode.Height = 100;
        diagramNode.Style = new ShapeStyle() { Fill = "#6495ED", StrokeColor = "#6495ED" };
        diagramNode.ID = "node1";
        nodes.Add(diagramNode);
    }
}

Snap to objects

The snap to object provides visual cues to assist with aligning and spacing diagram elements. A node can be snapped with its neighboring objects based on certain alignments. Such alignments are visually represented as smart guides.

  • The SnapObjectDistance property allows you to define minimum distance between the selected object and the nearest object.

  • The SnapAngle property allows you to define the snap angle by which the object needs to be rotated.

  • The SnapConstraints property allows you to enable or disable the certain features of the snapping, refer to SnapConstraints.

@using Syncfusion.Blazor.Diagram

<SfDiagramComponent Height="600px" Nodes="@nodes">
    <SnapSettings Constraints="@snapConstraints" SnapAngle="10" SnapObjectDistance="10">
    </SnapSettings>
</SfDiagramComponent>

@code
{
    //Sets the Snap to objects constraints...
    public SnapConstraints snapConstraints = SnapConstraints.ShowLines | SnapConstraints.SnapToObject;
    DiagramObjectCollection<Node> NodeCollection = new DiagramObjectCollection<Node>();

    protected override void OnInitialized()
    {
        nodes = new DiagramObjectCollection<Node>();
        Node diagramNode = new Node();
        diagramNode.OffsetX = 100;
        diagramNode.OffsetY = 100;
        diagramNode.Width = 100;
        diagramNode.Height = 100;
        diagramNode.Style = new ShapeStyle() { Fill = "#6495ED", StrokeColor = "#6495ED" };
        diagramNode.ID = "node1";
        nodes.Add(diagramNode);

        diagramNode = new Node();
        diagramNode.OffsetX = 300;
        diagramNode.OffsetY = 100;
        diagramNode.Width = 100;
        diagramNode.Height = 100;
        diagramNode.Style = new ShapeStyle() { Fill = "#6495ED", StrokeColor = "#6495ED" };
        diagramNode.ID = "node2";
        nodes.Add(diagramNode);
    }
}

Guidelines in Blazor Diagram