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Illustrator (Desktop) SDK/Scripting Issues

  1. 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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  2. 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.…

    4 votes

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  3. Concerns about the future of CEP and UXP

    I've been reading through the new information about UXP and the announcement that it will be replacing CEP.

    If this happens it will likely mean the end of our current CEP extension, since the support provided in UXP does not cover our use case. To be specific we have problems with the following areas:

    1) Most critical UXP is "not a browser" and as such will only support a subset of HTML. Our extension relies on being able to run another web application within the browser control supplied by CEP, in an iframe window. While there is currently no list…

    4 votes

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  4. 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.

    4 votes

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  5. Adjust dashes to corner and path ends via scripting

    I have dashed lines in my drawing and want to align dashes to corners and path ends. No problem in the Illustrator stroke menu. There are two buttons with dashed lines on it. But there is no script command to do this.

    Please add script command for adjust dashes.

    4 votes

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  6. Unicode support for tool names & toolips

    The AIAddToolData struct is still using char* for the title & tooltip members. I know it does some kind of localization, but that's really archaic when the rest of the SDK uses ai::unicode.

    4 votes

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  7. Update Samples to not require MFC

    The Samples included with the SDK cannot currently be compiled on Windows unless MFC was installed as part of the Visual Studio installation procedure.

    Making the Samples requires two small things:


    1. Add the following include below the SDKDef.h include in VersionInfo.rc

    include "verrsrc.h"


    1. Change the "afxres.h" include in the .rc of all plugins to instead include "winuser.h"

    Doing so will make MFC optional, and not required; ultimately, including 'afxres.h' is including the two headers outlined above so it's just introducing an unnecessary middle man who can be safely bypassed.

    4 votes

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  8. Bug: Before and After Export Notifiers Do Not Fire When Export As is Used From the Menu

    The below menu command notifiers do not fire when the export option is used:

    kAIExportCommandPreNotifierStr "AI Command Notifier: Before Export"
    kAIExportCommandPostNotifierStr "AI Command Notifier: After Export"

    Other menu notifiers do fire, such as "AI Command Notifier: Before Save As" and "AI Command Notifier: After Save As"

    4 votes

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  9. Rotate / scale sensitivity

    In the recent version of Illustrator, I have severe problems with the simple task of rotating and scaling objects. The distanse I need to hold my selector/cursor from the object, relative to the indication I need to know weather I'm about to rotate, scale, or even add radius to a corner is far to sensitive for me. And with a "mouse-hand"/ or pen hand (not sure if thats the right term in English) it get quite annoying. I always have to zoom in quite a lot to do this simple and frequent operation. Not sure if anyone else have this…

    4 votes

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  10. Updating annotation drawings as bezier control points are dragged

    Hello,

    I'm working on an Illustrator plugin to help visualise bezier curve continuity. Screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/rxgqDJL.png

    I wanted to ask if there's a way to update artwork annotations as the user drags a bezier path control point? Currently my plugin only updates the annotation drawing once you let go.

    I assume this is possible because Illustrator seems to be able to do it for showing useful information such as alignment as you edit curves.


    Some extra technical details in case it helps... :)

    I started this project using the Annotator example project from the sdk as a starter.

    In my plugin…

    4 votes

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  11. Align function not working properly in Illustrator CC 2017

    I don't know what category this goes into because I'm not a developer. You could at least provide categories for users instead of for developers. Your program is extremely frustrating to use. It's not designed to be very user friendly. I wish Macromedia Freehand were still around, because I would be using it instead of Illustrator. I have an alignment error that happens when I select all and then use the "align to horizontal center" and "align to vertical center". I have complained about this before and no one replied to it. Since I am paying monthly for access to…

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  12. 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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  13. Justification bug, cannot set 'center' in v24.2 using AppleScript

    Running a script to set the justification of text works perfectly for left and right, but no longer works for center. Putting the example script given in the latest Illustrator CC Scripting Guide, page 122, into a Script Editor visually compiles centre differently to left and right and only works if you remove or comment out the line justifying to center.

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  14. 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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  15. 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.

    3 votes

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  16. 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.

    3 votes

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  17. Align/Distribute support for AppleScript

    It would be great if we could have support for Align/Distribute in AppleScript. I believe Illustrator's UI functionality in this area is the same as InDesign, so using the exact same terminology would be excellent.

    A little nit—AppleScript is one word, not two, so that needs to be changed in the "Category" choices in this forum. Thanks!

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  18. Applescript export PNG in 300 DPI

    Using applescript, we can't export artwork in 300 DPI in format PNG.
    in the last version, the export PSD is not as beautiful as the export menu.
    Why ?

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  19. 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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  20. Illustrator 25.2 missing scriptability Info.plist entry

    Illustrator's Info.plist file no longer has an entry for NSAppleScriptEnabled. That means normal attempts to open its scripting dictionary fail.

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