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  1. Groups within compound paths

    It is possible to have a group inside a compound path. In the UI you will see "ungroup" offered but not working - the proper cure is to revert compound, then to ungroup, then to compound again.
    In scripting, the compoundpath object simply has no path members (and the object does not provide access to groups)
    Please either ensure that compound paths cannot include groups (preferred) or allow access to them from scripting

    2 votes
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  2. Scripts palette!

    I can't believe nobody (including myself) voted for separate palette/panel. AI needs it.

    6 votes
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  4. "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
    - ....

    1 vote
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  5. Save AI and PDF files in the background

    With the latest version of Illustrator CC 2020, we have a feature to save the AI document in the background but there is no way to save the document in the background via script.

    Could you please add the same feature for scripting as well.?

    2 votes
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  6. Ability to script warp text or object with horizontal and vertical distortions values

    As of right now, it is difficult for me to adjust warp text using a JSX script since you do not expose the bend % or values of the horizontal and vertical distortions. Can this be added to JSX script?

    3 votes
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  7. 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…

    1 vote
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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.

    2 votes
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  9. Upgrade JavaScript scripting engine at least ES5 up.

    It only supports ES3 right now, which is very old, on the other hand,
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    supports ES5 above, which is very good.

    It will be wonderful if you have that feature support.

    Thank you!

    5 votes
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  10. Adobe Illustrator Scripting VERY slow - C#

    Adobe Illustrator Scripting VERY slow - C#
    Hello,

    i'm developting a small library to access PathObjects in Illustrator (works fine for CS2, CS5) - but i have massive performance problems with CC2019. I am using VS2017.

    Code looks like:

    Type AIType = Type.GetTypeFromProgID(AIAppName);
    dynamic illuApp = Activator.CreateInstance(AIType);

    if (illuApp == null)
    {

    return;
    

    }

    if (illuApp.Documents.Count < 1)
    {

    return;
    

    }

    System.Array lll = illuApp.ActiveDocument.selection;
    if (lll != null)
    {

    for (int i = 0; i &lt; lll.Length; i++)
    
    {
    dynamic path = lll.GetValue(i);
    if (path != null)
    {
    var lll2 = path.PathPoints;
    Application.DoEvents();
    int iSelCount = lll2.Count;
    if (iSelCount
    3 votes
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  11. 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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  12. JSON for ExtendScript

    JSON is a standard JavaScript data format. Considering how close ExtendScript is to JavaScript it is very baffling that common functions like JSON.parse and JSON.stringify are not supported.

    Support for JSON would be very appreciated.

    6 votes
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  13. Python scripting support

    Illustrator supports vbscript and javascript... But not Python. Python support would be awesome - it's a very common language, easy to use, has lots and lots of libraries to simplify workflows etc.

    4 votes
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  14. allow scripting access to the matrix property of symbol items

    Allow script access to the matrix property for symbol items. The matrix property is available for similar classes of items, such as raster items, but not symbols. It isn't possible for a script to understand how a symbol has been rendered without it.

    5 votes
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  15. Allow Illustrator scripts to run in background

    I use a script to package a lot of ai files at once. Currently, the Illustrator window needs focus to run the script, or else the script will pause. If Illustrator could do this by itself in the background, it would eliminate the need to wait for the script to finish.

    4 votes
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  16. Socket support in AI scripting engine.

    Please add support for sockets in the illustrator scripting engine. Currently we have to jump through a whole lot of hoops (messaging through bridge) to be able to connect to anything in a script.

    4 votes
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  17. 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…

    1 vote
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  18. Script for Data Merge from excel into Illustrator

    I am looking for a way to import excel data into specific layers in Adobe Illustrator CC 2017.

    Essentially to have the excel data tables to link to different artboards and be able to be updated each time the file is opened or as needed. Assuming this would be some kind of script so one could just run the script again or a data merge process (similar to what is available in indesign.

    Thanks in advance!

    33 votes
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  19. Add Transparency Preset Option on Script

    Transparency Preset like [Medium Resolution] and [High Resolution] are able to be setted on Normal Illustrator Dialogue, but it is not able to setted on Scripting.

    My company and job is hoping this feature added badly…

    Thank you.

    2 votes
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  20. Add Transparency Preset Option on Script

    Transparency Preset like [Medium Resolution] and [High Resolution] are able to be setted on Normal Illustrator Dialogue, but it is not able to setted on Scripting.

    My company and job is hoping this feature added badly…

    Thank you.

    3 votes
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