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  1. Accessing Opacity Mask is impossible with scripting

    There is no way to work with the transparency mask in the Script SDK. This is the least of the problems. But when creating scripts to modify objects with masks, developers expect masks to be modified along with the parent object. After all, we see the "Linked to Art" icon in the Transparency panel.

    But what we have all these years as script developers: resize(), position, translate() modify the object, and its mask remains as it was.

    I've counted about 10 of my own scripts that use similar commands. I also have a large collection of other developers' scripts, where…

    10 votes

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  2. Drag-and-drop bug running scripts containing app.doScript()

    Watch the "drag-and-drop-bug.mp4" video, which demonstrates a specific but with the Adobe Illustrator's JS engine handling scripts which are dragged to different areas of the screen in different ways.

    In most cases, a drag-and-dropped script will work as intended. But for 10 years in CS6-CC 2023 versions there is a limited bug handling the script if dragged to the “wrong” area of the program window.

    If the script contains an action and a user drags it onto the document window, it may not work correctly. If the script selects objects one by one and applies an action to them, it…

    10 votes

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  3. Illustrator v25.1 doesn't recognize some AppleScript commands

    Illustrator v25.1 doesn't recognize some AppleScript commands, specifically important to me: Apply Character Styles, Embed, and Rotate. Delivers error: Illustrator doesn't understand the message. Has never happened in any previous version of Illustrator.

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  4. C#/ .NET api

    I'd really value the ability to extend illustrator with c#.

    I know adobe is cross platform, but surely theres enough of a windows user base to make this beneficial.

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  5. Adjusting one gradient causes changes to unrelated gradients on same document

    adjusting one gradient causes changes to unrelated gradients on same document.

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  6. More notifiers for live effects

    Ai provides a live effect notifier that triggers when an object is scaled, but not when it’s moved. Same problem with rotating — the absence of these does not allow to recalculate effects properly, like one when an object with a shadow is rotated, and a user wants to rotate the shadow with the object (there is a quite popular request about this one already — https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-desktop-feature-requests/suggestions/32468149-effects-do-not-rotate-drop-shadow-or-scale-e-g)

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  7. kAINamedStyleListChangedNotifier is not emitted when a Graphic Style is updated

    If you hold ALT and drag some art into a Graphic Style, it updates, but the notifier is not sent. This has been happening since at least the original CC. It used to work before that.

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  8. addDocumentNoUI methods argument not selectable.

    1.Your version of Adobe Illustrator
    Illustrator ver.21 or later.

    2.The steps you were taking when you experienced the issues
    When we run addDocumentNoUI method, we can set startupPreset.
    However, It always sets "Web" preset.

    3.Your expected result
    When we select "Art & Illustration" document open with appropriate preset.

    4.Your actual result
    All the time we got a document made with "Web" preset.

    Here is a sample code of NoUI scripting.

    var dc = app.documents.addDocumentNoUI("Art & Illustration");
    //add some objects
    dc.saveNoUI(File("~/Desktop/testNoUI.ai"));
    dc.closeNoUI();

    After run it and open in Illustrator, we will find it used Web preset.
    We want to choose appropriate…

    9 votes

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    var dc = app.documents.addDocumentWithDialogOption(“Art & Illustration”, false);
    //add some objects
    dc.saveAs(File(”~/Desktop/testNoUI.ai“));
    dc.close(SaveOptions.DONOTSAVECHANGES);

    Above script works for creating, saving and close the document without UI. The document preset is localized, if you are using locale other than english, you should pass the localized name of preset to addDocumentWithDialogOption method.

  9. [Typo] Document.rearrangeArtboards() of Illustrator JavaScript Reference.pdf

    There is a typo in rearrangeArtboards in Illustrator JavaScript Scripting Reference.pdf. It cannot execute as per the document. Please correct it.

    I have checked and it was wrong from CS5 to current version (2022 v2 - Feb 2022).

    Expected Name:

    rearrangeArtboards

    Actual Name:

    rearrangeArboards ("t" is missing from Artboards)

    8 votes

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  10. kATEDocumentResourceChangedNotifier not sent when character/paragraph styles are changed

    According to the documentation for kATEDocumentResourceChangedNotifier, it is supposed to be "Sent when ATE document resources, such as named style, have changed."

    I have never found this to be true, in any version since the ATE was added. This has always been a serious pain point, because we build small previews of text styles and we have to rebuild them every time we open a UI that shows them, because we have no way of knowing if they have changed (or if they even still exist, or any have been added!).

    Since it's never been sent before, there can't be…

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  11. Broken embedICCProfile in export

    For TIFF, PSD exports, there are new ExportOptionsPhotoshop() and new ExportOptionsTIFF() in the ExtendScript object model, and a Boolean attribute embedICCProfile that embeds a color profile in exports. But if we set it to true, the profile still won't be embedded.

    I've explored versions of Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator CS6 - embedICCProfile property worked, but in the next version of CC (v17) embedICCProfile was broken and in the next versions it didn't change, it's been ten years!

    How to test:
    1) Rename exportTif.txt to exportTif.jsx and run it. The script will export the first artboard of the document in TIFF to…

    7 votes

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  12. Activating artboard with a script does not update the Artboards panel

    If you click inside of an artboard with a mouse, it gets the 'active' flag and becomes selected in Artboards panel as well. So if you press Shift+O to pick Artboard Tool, you see its name and dimensions.
    However, if you use method setActiveArtboardIndex() — the artboard still gets the active black border, but the panel stays unrefreshed, and if you pick the tool you get the information about a different artboard.

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  13. Isolate/Unisolate commands

    Commands:
    //menu Other Object\Isolate Selected Object
    app.executeMenuCommand('enterFocus');

    //menu Other Object\Exit Isolation Mode
    app.executeMenuCommand('exitFocus');

    Return error:
    an Illustrator error occurred: 1346458189 ('PARM').

    This applies not only to isolation, but also to some other commands.

    7 votes

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  14. CEP: Unique identifier for items and layers

    Please provide unique identifiers for all page items and layers via script.

    Right now it is not possible to save IDs of page items/layers in a variable or array and retrieve them at a later point in the script.

    At first I could not believe it that there are no IDs. This is total basic and should be a no-brainer and default.
    Thanks!

    P.S. Current workaround: set custom tag on items. This works only as long as the user is not duplicating an items. Than you have two items with the same tag and it is not unique anymore.
    Workaround…

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  15. When getting ink.name, encoding gets broken for non-Latin languages: Chinese, Japanese, Russian, etc.

    A script cannot support Chinese, Japanese and other languages when getting ink.name, and it displays garbled characters.

    var doc = app.activeDocument;
    var inkList = doc.inkList;
    var inkUsage = [];

    for (var i = 0; i < inkList.length; i++) {
    var ink = inkList[i];
    var inkName = ink.name;
    inkUsage.push(inkName);
    }

    alert(inkUsage.join("\n"));
    $.write(inkUsage.join("\n"));

    This test script above gives a result like in the screenshot attached.

    Problem found by Aprking

    Original discussion:
    https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator-discussions/how-to-make-the-script-support-chinese-japanese-and-other-languages-when-getting-ink-name/m-p/14247791

    6 votes

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  16. Email newsletter for third-party developers

    Could Adobe please offer an email newsletter updating third-party plugin developers of changes that may affect or even break their plugins? It's helpful that there is a "known issues" web page, which may or may not identify problems known only to Adobe, but rather than every small developer checking this page every day, perhaps someone at Adobe could send one message to all subscribed developers. Too often, changes quietly happen and developers must scramble to help each other.

    One recent example is AI 28.1 corrupting some 28.0 preference files, and a major example would be when Mac AI 25.1 required…

    6 votes

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  17. Install new tools in toolbox by default

    When a user adds a new third-party plugin, its tools should be added to the toolbox, where users expect to find it, rather than hidden in the drawer, which many users don't even know about. Hiding new tools creates frustration for users and extra support hassle for developers.

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  18. app.selectTool('Adobe Intertwine Zone Marker Tool') does not work

    When I run the following script, the Adobe Intertwine Zone Marker Tool starts up and I can select the area where I want to change the overlap like the lasso tool. However, nothing happens after the selection.

    app.selectTool('Adobe Intertwine Zone Marker Tool')
    

    Expected Result

    The overlap of the selected area is changed.

    Actual Result

    The line will remain as if it was drawn with the lasso tool. The overlap is not changed.

    Enviroment

    • macOS 11.7
    • Illustrator 27.1.1
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    An intended way of picking up the hidden Zone Marker tool via a script is to enter the Intertwine mode using these commands:

    app.executeMenuCommand('Partial Rearrange Make') — when an intertwine object is not created yet, and

    app.executeMenuCommand('Partial Rearrange Edit') — when the object already exists, as per comments by the OP.

  19. Opacity Mask

    Transparency / Opacity Mask - In layers pallet page item names look different with masks (underline) and opacity masks (dashed). It would be great if you could add this to properties of the page item like mask: none, opacity mask or mask. Identifying these objects is even harder then Envelopes which can only be identified by identifying as plugin object. Worst case putting info in the tag propery would be better then nothing when cresating it. I do not believe a opacity mask can be identified through any form of SDK/Script which makes identifying raster images in the file impossible.…

    6 votes

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  20. Executing Extendscript/Javascript from the C++ API

    As far as I know there is no possible way to execute an Extendscript via the C++ API.
    In InDesign we can do so by providing the script as a string and fetching simple output results.

    Our customers can customize our Plugins by providing their own script in our custom scripting language. Unfortunately our language does not cover all use cases and needs to be constantly expanded. With support for Extendscript/Javascript execution from the C++ API we could circumvent the problem and give the users a lot of flexibility and power.

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