In Kite9, you don’t control the exact position of diagram elements, just the layouts of containers, and the directions of links. This is both a restriction, because you lose exact control, and an advantage, because the computer now has to worry about this stuff instead.
Auto-connect is the term in Kite9 for the creation of new links between parts. By default, this is done when you add new Parts to your diagram.
Auto-Connect For New Elements (The Default)
So, if I drop a new element on the diagram like this:
The diagram will be resized, and the elements lined up like this:
The link created between the two elements is done by auto-connect, and the direction will be fixed left-to-right for the link.
Auto-Connect For Existing Elements: Turned Off By Default
Auto-Connect is turned off for elements already on the diagram, so if I move something around on the diagram, Kite9 will suggest new layouts, like so new links will not be created, but you can change the layout of the diagram.
The dotted-blue line shows that, instead of creating a new link, this layout will be set. When I let go of the element, the diagram redraws like this:
The Link will now always be rendered going down.
Changing Auto-Connect Settings
On the drop-down next to the link button, you can change the Auto Connect between one of three options: