Script: Make Point Type version 3

ai cs3 logoToday’s script installment is Make Point Type version 3. Version 2 was never released widely.

Download script (10k file size).

Please give this script a whirl. Email me with bugs or feature enhancements.

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Watch a movie demo of the script with voiceover! (2.1 mb)

Important Enhancements:

  1. The text objects now remains on their parent layer that it was found in. No more error alerts about locked layers.
  2. The type is EXACTLY in the same X-Y position it was as area type. No more small jump in Y layout.
  3. Rotated type is fully supported, even upside down type (must be a rectangular area).
  4. Type on a path now reflects the original XY position and the former curve is approximated with rotation.
  5. Type on a path conversion can be turned on by changing line 19 to true: var convertPathType = true;

Continuing Issues:

  1. In some rare cases the type will be flipped 180° (upside down).

To install new scripts you need to:

  • Quit Illustrator
  • Copy the files into the Illustrator application folder’s “Presets” » “Scripts” subfolder
  • After restarting Illustrator you can find the scripts in the menu “File” » “Scripts”;
  • TIP: You can create subfolders in the scripts folder to organize your scripts

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6 Responses to “Script: Make Point Type version 3”

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  2. Gordan says:


    The sript doesnt handle the (non visible) overset text. It leaves it out when converting area type to point type :(

  3. Hello,

    As you mentioned the issue of 180 deg rotating text which i am facing too while i run your script, Is there is any sollution to came out of it?

    Waiting for you kind reply


  4. nathaniel says:

    Hassan — are you on CS1?

  5. yes, i am on cs1 and on mac os version 10.5.1

  6. Hi,

    Make point Type

    I tried it also on PC with XP OS in illustrator cs1

    There the text is rotating 90 deg up side.