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Using polygons to replicate semicircles [message #1211952] Tue, 26 November 2013 17:52 Go to next message
Dwight Naylor is currently offline Dwight Naylor
Messages: 23
Registered: June 2012
Junior Member

I was hoping someone could help me with a graphical issue I've been having.

I've been trying to create a type of node that is represented by a semicircle, and I haven't been having much luck. I was unable to find a native class that would do this, and I've instead used the polygon class, placing a number of points in a semicircle form.

The results are shown below. They aren't bad, but compared with real circles, they're not easy on the eyes.

I've tried increasing the number of points in the polygon, to approach a more rounded circle, but the results were erratic and ugly. The number of points also slowed down re-sizing of the shape significantly.

Can anyone help me on this issue? If there's a better approach than polygons I'd love to hear it, but if not, could polygons be made to look better? Thanks in advance for your time and effort.


EDIT: Including polygon-generation code:

	public static Polygon getPolygonForSpecifications(int width, int height,
			IGaService gaService, Rectangle invisible) {
		int radius = width / 2;
		if (height <= width / 2 + 20) {
			width = (height - 20);
		int numPoints = 2* Math.max(radius / 3 + 3, 11);
		ArrayList<Point> points = new ArrayList<Point>();
		//Create the points in a semicircle
		for (int i = 0; i < numPoints; i++) {
			double a = i * Math.PI / (numPoints - 1);
			double xloc = radius - Math.cos(a) * radius;
			//These two IFs are just to make the ends look nicer.
			if (i > numPoints / 2) {
				xloc += 0.5;
			if (i <= 1) {
			points.add(gaService.createPoint((int) xloc,
					(int) (radius - Math.sin(a) * radius + 0.5)));
		return gaService.createPolygon(invisible, points);
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[Updated on: Tue, 26 November 2013 17:57]

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Re: Using polygons to replicate semicircles [message #1216765 is a reply to message #1211952] Thu, 28 November 2013 16:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Martin Hanysz is currently offline Martin Hanysz
Messages: 30
Registered: November 2013
Hello Dwight,

The first thing that comes to my mind is to use an Ellipse and have half of it clipped by placing it inside an invisible rectangle.

Let's say you want a half-circle with a radius of 10. You create an invisible rectangle with the dimensions 20 x 10 and put an ellipse with the size 20 x 20 at the coordinates (0,0) relative to the invisible rectangle. This should cut off the lower half of the circle. Add a Polyline from (0,10) to (20,10) relative to the invisible rectangle to close the half circle and you have an nicely round semi circle.

I have not tried this myself, but from what I know about how the rendering in Graphiti works, this should be possible.

Best regards,
Re: Using polygons to replicate semicircles [message #1219209 is a reply to message #1216765] Mon, 02 December 2013 16:04 Go to previous message
Dwight Naylor is currently offline Dwight Naylor
Messages: 23
Registered: June 2012
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Thanks Martin, This worked perfectly!


[Updated on: Mon, 02 December 2013 16:05]

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