Examples of 1-D shapes.
A 1-D shape is a shape that, when selected, has a beginning point and an ending point . 1-D shapes typically look like lines. Examples are shown here.
How do 1-D shapes behave when you work with them? If you move the beginning point or ending point, only one dimension changes: the length.
But the most powerful behavior of 1-D shapes is their ability to connect two other shapes. For example, in a business process diagram, you might connect two departments with a line or an arrow. We'll show you more about connecting in the practice session coming up.
You're probably thinking, "Wait a minute, these lines don't look like shapes to me." It's true, the word "shape" usually refers to a form or an object that has a distinct outline or boundary. But Visio considers these lines to be shapes and calls them shapes, so getting in that habit now will avoid confusion later.
Let's look next at 2-D shapes.