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  1. Add expressions and more JS stuff to illustrator workflow

    As an AE user, I love expressions. Is it possible to rethink Ai from this point of view?

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  2. Please allow us to set the ruler origin to the top left corner of the canvas using scripting

    Please allow us to set the ruler origin to the top left corner of the canvas/workspace/pastboard using scripting

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  3. Allow symbols to be modified using scripting

    Currently, symbols can't be modified using scripting. Please allow us to access and modify items present in symbols.

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  4. saveascopy command in Illusrator script

    Please, pretty pleas with sugar on top add SaveAsCopy function to illustrator script. All i need to be happy is to bind a script that allows me to save a copy of specific AI art board(s) as PDF with presets. it is impossible to save copy of document without closing current AI file.
    I work in print and that is the thing illustrator lack for me, one script command... saveCopyAs.
    Why does it matters? because i have tons of print layouts with ton of PDF's to link on aforementioned plates, and i need to sometime go for 3 different export…

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  5. Add the note attribute to layers (as well as pageItems)

    Let us add notes to layers as well as page items. Please? :)

    I need to store various bits of info not just on pageItems but on layers also.

    2 votes

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  6. The order of the Undo history after executing the script is incorrect.

    I checked with macOS X Mojave, Illustrator24.3, and Yosemite, Illustrator CS6.

    Below is a sculpt to create a new document, create a rectangle, select and copy, paste and cut. Try it first.

    var doc = app.documents.add ();
    var rect = doc.pathItems.rectangle (0, 0, 50, 50);
    app.copy ();
    app.paste ();
    app.cut ();

    After execution, the user can undo it.
    The final process is "cut", but what appears in the menu is "undo paste".
    Let's cancel it again. The second thing that appears is "undo cut".
    Because of this, when you try to return to the pre-execution state, Illustrator almost always thinks…

    2 votes

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  7. A standalone preset migration tool to allow for quicker setting migration and recovery in the event of a re-installation.

    Settings are regularly changed/updated and need to be rolled out to all users in a short amount of time in our environment. As such, a tool that will quickly copy/paste from one location to the app preset folders would be ideal. Swatches is a key example of this.

    The build in tool that comes with Illustrator fails more often than not and thus is something we do not use. Ideally, we'd like to see something a user can double click/execute on their own to update these files.

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  8. Play actions in Button mode

    If it would be possible to add a shortcut, or a way, to press "Play" button in action tab, from button mode.
    Having multiple actions is easier to handle in button mode, but it is unable to use more complicated actions for example with stops, because there is no play, and way to adjust shortcut for it, so you need to be in standard mode.

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  9. Please make unlinking symbols available via scripting

    As a motion designer I often transfer graphics from Illustrator to After Effects using Overlord from battleaxe.co

    Unfortunately the developer can not access unlinking symbols via scripting so this process still has to be done with a workaround. Especially with projects that involve a fair mount of symbols (like infographics or UI design) this would be very convenient.

    Thank you!

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  10. Pantone color scripting support

    Currently, there is no scripting support for Pantone colors. Please add this.

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  11. Get position of center point of a pathItem, group and so on

    Unfortunately there is no command in Javascript for Illustrator that allows you to read the position (x,y) of the centre of an object. This would be very helpful for many operations such as rotation and movement via Javascript.
    For polygons that have their own centre point, like the triangle (3 sided polygon) this would have to be considered.

    Suggestion:
    var vCenterpoint = getCenterpoint(vPathItem); // x,y values

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  12. Save a copy not accessible to call via SDK/Scripts.

    I'm not a developer, just an ardent fan of the work that the guys at AstuteGraphics do to improve the functionality of Illustrator.

    One of their products they introduced before Illustrator had recovery capabilities was a plugin called Autosaviour. It's a tool that can not only regularly save your files at a given interval but also create backup copies of them too.

    I recently asked the team if it was possible to adjust the way backups get created by utilising the 'Save a copy' function so that the original file could remain intact whilst in the background periodic backups could…

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  14. "adapt workspace to the illustration limit" doesn't work on script command

    Illustrator 2020 won't crop the workspace to the illustration limit on a script (not implemented).

    I need to make a script who :
    - select all
    - object > workspace > crop workspace to the illustration limit
    - ....

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  15. Missing languages from character panel for automation

    I need to automate the language parameter from the Character panel on Illustrator. It is already available for most languages but it looks like the recent languages that have been added in Illustrator are not available for automation. We need to set this up to have the correct hyphenation in the text frames. For example, if we activate the hyphenation for illustrator files that contains Thai strings, it won’t hyphenate the strings correctly until we set the language.

    The list available for automation can be found from the Illustrator scripting library on macOS (it contains everything we can use for…

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  16. Change colormode of swatchcolors with spotColorKind

    Hello Adobe,

    I want to change the colormode of a swatch with javascript.
    I do not want to change the document mode but I want to change specific swatches in my swatch library.

    Now some of my swatches/colors are RGB spotcolors. I want to change them into CMYK spotcolor.

    This is almost impossible now because spotColorKind is now read only :(

    Now I have to:
    - create new swatches with exactly the same colors and with different name
    - attach new color to my pathitems
    - delete old swatches
    - rename swatches

    I only wanted to change the colormode of…

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  17. Ability to record the "Make Pixel Perfect" action

    Please add a feature to the AI Action to able to record "Object > Make Pixel Perfect". It's needed when I prepare bitmap assets for HTML5 Advertising in Animate CC

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  18. Select multiple font and change the content of all with one writing

    I think this idea is useful for designer who create a logo design and want to see the right font for name company.

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  19. .ait Files not showing.

    It would be great if indesign and Illustrator would use the same scripts. I have several in indesign that I desperately need in illustrator. ALSO it would be very great if we could assign Shortcuts to script. As well as adding a scripts Panel like in Indesign.

    Thank you.

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