SDK/Scripting Bugs and Features

  1. Unable to use file for "do javascript" in Illustrator 2020

    Bug report:
    Passing a JavaScript file (alias) to "do javascript" in Illustrator 2020, fails with the error "JavaScript code was missing".

    Also, if using a JavaScript string for "do javascript" and passing a file to "with arguments", it will be a missing File object in JavaScript.

    Expected behavior:
    As with Illustrator 2019, it is executed when a JavaScript file is passed. If a file is passed "with arguments", it becomes an existing File object.

    Japanese:
    Illustrator 2020でdo javascriptにファイルを指定できない

    バグ内容:
    Illustrator 2020でAppleScriptのdo javascriptにJavaScriptファイル(エイリアス)を渡すと「JavaScript code was missing」とエラーが起きて終了する。

    また,do javascriptにJavaScript文字列を使い,with argumentsにファイルを渡すと,JavaScriptでは行方不明のFileオブジェクトになる。

    期待される動作:
    Illustrator 2019までと同じように,JavaScriptファイルを渡すと正常に実行される。with argumentsにファイルを渡したときは存在するFileオブジェクトになる。

    22 votes
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  2. Access all variables necessary for each item's appearance

    Lots of obvious variables are missing from each type of item. I've not tested exhaustively so I've no doubt there'll be other examples, but here are a few I've recently run up against;


    • fillColor and strokeColor are entirely missing from both text and group items.
      where a path has multiple fills or strokes, you can't select which one is referenced, and the rest are inaccessible.
      arrow heads
      effects (eg. I'd like to be able to access properties of a 3D effect)
      graphic styles (reference, rename, create, remove, edit)

    5 votes
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  3. Bring back the old scripting forums

    Bring back the old scripting forums, the new "Community" forums are a joke. It's totally unintuitive and impossible to find anything scripting related as its all thrown in with general user stuff. Looks like all the money has been spent on "Badges" when all we want is easy to find help. Looks like all the historical data has mostly been removed as well so that's bad if you are looking for something someone may have answered in the past. Big step backwards...

    4 votes
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  4. selection geometricBounds and true geometricBounds for clipped objects

    Allow for access to the selection geometricBounds as a whole. Also bounds for the clipped area only (ignore hidden areas).

    In Illustrator, the Transform window displays the position, width and height for all objects selected and it does not display clipped areas. when you size an object by entering a dimension, you don't have to worry about clipped areas. in scripting you do.

    The geometricBounds, visibleBounds, controlBounds, height and width properties give you the size of clipped objects. for a couple of items you can check if each is clipped and if it is, you can then retrieve the first…

    3 votes
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  5. 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.…

    1 vote
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  6. Allow C++ SDK to load swatch library (ase) from filepath

    Currently, with ExtendScript, we're able to load a swatch library from a filepath and show its panel. In the C++ SDK, we're only able to open a library with the OpenNthLibrary function from the SwatchLibrariesSuite.

    It would be nice, similar to ExtendScript, to be able to load an .ase from a filepath and open the panel.

    1 vote
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  7. Unable to get AppleScript that worked in AI 2019 to work in AI 2020.

    We have an export in AppleScript we run for our AI 2019 graphics, but when we run it in 2020, we get an error that the file we're working in cannot be found, even though the path is correct. I can delete everything but one line (doesn't matter which line) in the script and I still get the error. Is there a basic trick tog et AppleScript that work in 2019 to work in 2020?

    1 vote
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  8. Expose 'Export Selection as' functionality

    Without this functionality in the SDK, we have to copy the selection to a new document, export, and close the temporary document. Would it be possible to expose the export selection functionality to avoid these steps?

    2 votes
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  9. Fails to retrieve file creation date | AI 2020, MacOS Catalina

    This issue appears only on MacOS Catalina.

    Steps to reproduce:

    File(file_path).created.getTime()

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  10. Delete Anchor Point is not working

    On the latest update of AI (2020 version) delete anchor point is not working.

    1 vote
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  11. Listbox checkmarks not displaying in Illustrator 2020

    Checkmarks are no longer being displayed on listbox items in Illustrator 2020. Please see the attached image showing the listbox in Illustrator CC 2019 and Illustrator 2020. This is on a Windows PC.

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  12. Feature: Ability to modify elements in the appearance palette.

    It would be great if there is an easier way for us to modify elements in the appearance palette via script. For example there isn't a way to modify a warp text using a script because I am unable to call on the bend% or adjust the values for horizontal/vertical distortion. I am unable to skew a text object while having it still editable. If this does exist, I am unable to find any documentation.

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  13. access opacity of TextRange

    There is no way to access the opacity of a textRange. This TextFrame has 100% opacity, but it contains two textRanges, one of which is at 50% opacity. I don't believe that there is a way to make everything 100% opaque from javascript.

    2 votes
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  14. Add documentation for exporting Windows Metafile (WMF)

    There's currently a hidden parameter 'parm' that is required to export as WMF in kAIExportDocumentAction. Please document what this is for and what value is required.

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  15. Close swatch library

    Would it be possible to add the ability to close a swatch library panel through some sort of handle?

    There are cases where we have multiple swatch libraries open and would like to close one/some of them upon some event.

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  16. Add ability to create a File object from an HTTP endpoint

    Adding the ability to create a File object from an HTTP endpoint rather than a physical document on disk would be very useful for scenarios where you want to reference a linked item from an online asset management system, where it is centrally stored and versioned, as opposed to being forced to download the file to disk. This would also help with management of access and security relating to these assets.

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  17. Extension drop down list Not completely visible at the bottom of the extension

    We have verified 2019 version of adobe illustrator in both Windows and Mac operating systems. drop downs developed in the extensions which are at the bottom of the extensions are hiding inside the extensions and complete data not visible. 2018 version of adobe illustrator is working fine but problem with 2019 version

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  19. Step and repeat batch script needed

    I need a script that can step and repeat hundreds of AI images from one size (scale in height/width) to another and then have the same script save the image to a web friendly JPEG format. Is there such a tool/script already in existence, or can something like this be created? Note - the original AI files do not all have the same step and repeat pattern, which makes it tricky.

    1 vote
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  20. CEP: Waaaay more events from AI to CEP Panels (e.g. selection changed)

    In a panel I would like to receive events from the host app - in this case AI.

    Please provide events for
    - selection changed
    - layers added/changed
    - items added (items of any kind)
    - items deleted
    - etc

    Current workarounds: polling (setTimer) for changes...thats far from ideal.

    The current situation is more than sad (not regarding the lack of documentation).

    6 votes
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