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  1. Allow scripts (AppleScript, Javascript) to retrieve a full list of all selected layers

    Currently, you can ask Illustrator what layer is selected, but if a user has more than one layer selected, it won't give a list or array of all selected layers. It will still just give you one layer. So many scripts I write have to do with changing properties of multiple layers like batch renaming or batch recolouring. The workaround is to ask the end user to lock all layers they don't want to be affected. It would be much more natural for them to just select the layers they want to be affected.

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  2. Please add feature for to make object as key object via script to perform align operations.

    Hi, I am a plugin developer, and there is a lot of features we are missing in Illustrator scripting that can be done manually in Illustrator. This is the one feature. Please add this feature so that we have some method or property to make the object as a key object to perform "Align to Key Object" operation via script.

    16 votes
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  3. Edit Appearances with Scripting

    Currently it appears only 1 appearance fill is available via scripting, and Illustrator spits out the value of whichever one is selected. What I'd like to be able to do, is loop through the appearances of layers for example, record those attributes(including layer opacity and blending modes) and apply those to fills within a single shape. As there are many more stacked attributes within appearances, it may not be this simple, but it'd be much appreciated.

    12 votes
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  4. [BUG CEP 8] HTML Extension Resize Issue on Navigation

    We are experiencing resizing issue in the latest CEP version. Our extension allows user to resize extension's window, however whenever any navigation occur, window size resets. Problem exists in Illustrator CC 2018 (22.0.1), everything is working fine in previous version (CC 2017).

    We already tried different geometry settings and extension UI types, but problem persists and seems to be related to engine itself.

    We successfully reproduced this issue with official git hub sample extension. Steps to reproduce:
    1. Open sample extension with debug mode enabled
    2. Resize window
    3. Change window location in console to any other page
    4. After…

    9 votes
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  5. 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.
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      effects (eg. I'd like to be able to access properties of a 3D effect)
      graphic styles (reference, rename, create, remove, edit)

    7 votes
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  6. Remove Security from Scripting Guides

    Why are Scripting Guides/References password protected now?

    many times we need to copy/paste sample scripts to help new users in the forums.

    Please remove protection.

    thanks
    Carlos

    6 votes
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  7. 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…

    5 votes
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  8. 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...

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  9. Scripting Bug: importFile() no longer works in CC2018

    importFile() worked fine in CC2017, now in CC2018 it throws an "Illegal Argument" error.

    here's a small JavaScript to test. Open any document or create a blank file before running the script

    var f = File('c:/temp/Example File.pdf'); // to test, add a path to a valid file in your system

    var idoc = app.activeDocument; // have any document open

    idoc.importFile(f, false);

    5 votes
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  10. retrieve transformation matrix of a symbol instance

    there seems to be no way to retrieve a symbol instance's transformation matrix (neither javascript nor SDK).
    It is only possible to compare the bounding box to the expected one

    3 votes
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  11. 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.…

    3 votes
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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.

    3 votes
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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.

    3 votes
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  14. Javascript erroneously reports stroke color in paragraphStyles.characterAttributes if it has been changed from a color to noColor

    AI 21.0.0 2017 Release

    ---------------------------------------- to reproduce

    New Document (defaults: print, letter)

    T for text tool, click in document, type "test text"

    cmd-return to exit

    in Color palette click anywhere in color bar to change text color

    in Paragraph Styles palette, click the new style icon to create "Paragraph Style 1"

    ---------------------------------------- 1st run

    run script "bugreport"

    results:

    fillColor: [CMYKColor]
    
    strokeColor: [NoColor]

    ---------------------------------------- 2nd run

    select the "test text" text

    press "X" to change the color palette from fill to stroke

    click anywhere in the color bar to give the text a colored stroke

    in Paragraph Styles palette, select "Redefine…

    3 votes
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  15. Commands from Special characters / Whitespace section gives an error

    A simple script:
    app.executeMenuCommand('~copyright')
    gives an error 1200: 1346458189 ('PARM')

    2 votes
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  16. Erroneous fillColor type one shapes with Freeform Gradients

    Trying to get the fillColor properties of shapes that feature Freeform Gradients


    • Using app.activeDocument.selection[0].fillColor

    • Returns a [GrayColor] instead of what we would expect to be a [GradientColor] of GradientType.FREEFORM

    2 votes
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  17. Using method duplicate() on a group of threaded text frame items will lose threading

    Hi together,
    if we duplicate a group of threaded text frame items to a different Illustrator document the story's threaded text frame items will not be threaded anymore in the target document.

    If you duplicate the group in the same document the threaded text frame items remain threaded.

    All details here at Adobe Illustrator Scripting Forum:

    [BUG] copying threaded text-frames.
    Silly-V Mar 22, 2019 9:30 AM
    https://forums.adobe.com/message/10991060#10991060

    One has to rethread the text frame items in the target document.
    That should not be necessary.

    No issue if we copy and paste grouped and threaded text frame items using the menu…

    2 votes
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  18. Last frame in a story: textFrameItem.nextFrame is not null

    Hi together,
    the value of nextFrame of the last textFrameItem in a story should always be null. Otherwise you could thread the outport of a text frame item with the inport of the same text frame item.

    And indeed that's the case!

    See details in this thread at the Adobe Illustrator Scripting Forum:


    1. Re: [BUG] copying threaded text-frames.
      Laubender Mar 30, 2019 7:42 PM (in response to Laubender)
      https://forums.adobe.com/message/11004207#11004207

    Since this IS POSSIBLE it creates a rather strange text composition in the affected story. So my suggestion: nextFrame of the last threaded text frame item in a story should always…

    2 votes
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  19. GraphicStyle Aspect

    Hello,

    I develop a plugin where I need to create/update/modify graphic style and/or Aspect for graphic item.
    I try many solutions, search on the web but for the moment it's not possible.

    Could you please add support for creating/editing/deleting graphic style and aspect ?
    It's very important for me ! And I think many developpers can be interesting with this features.

    Thanks a lot !
    Loïc

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  20. Can you provide a script that will take selected elements and groups and place them on their own layers?

    Can you provide a script that will take selected elements and groups and place them on their own layers?

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