Posts Tagged ‘cs4’

Great Script for Simplifying Paths in Illustrator (Kelso)

Monday, March 30th, 2009

[Editor’s note: Cartographers looking for Douglas-Peucker type line simplication in Illustrator now have a solution to Illustrator’s default simplify command when trying to generalize features like river oxbows. Jim started on the problem of fixing an Illustrator bug (see image above) where redundant points were created in the path outline command, and now has a more generalized solution.]

Jim Heck shared an amazing tool for Adobe Illustrator with me recently to deal with the irritating bug in versions CS3 and CS4 where redundant points (stacked on top of each other, illustrated above where the dupplicate points are pulled away from the basic shape) are created on outline or offset of a path’s stroke. The script (in Javascript) and Action set he created quickly remove these redundant points while still keeping the path shape. He does this with a bit of behind the scenes trigonometry wizardry. Please note this bug still exists in CS4 contray to rumors, though is lesser virulent form than CS3 (confirmed by me via email with Adobe engineers).

I’ve worked with Jim to refine it the last couple weeks. I think it’s ready for prime time now.

Screenshots:

Settings shown to remove redundant points for outlined path screenshot above. I used a tolerance of 12 points for the river ox bow screenshot below.

How it works:

  • Selected path points only or all document paths
  • Set distance tolerance in page units (optional)
  • Works in locked objects
  • Works in compound paths
  • Reporting, Selection, and Removal modes

Cartographic applications:

I illustrate below the result of using Jim’s generalization script on a typial river path and you can see in area 1a and 2b how the ox bow removal is light years above Illustrator’s default path simplify command which grossly distorts the shape in the pursuit of point removal. Jim’s script preserves the shape and removes the tiny, tight wiggles. It needs a little bit more programming work to fix areas 1b and 2a + 2c where the shape is loosing some fidelity for not keeping the trailing point in the series of removed points. And maybe needing to keep an intermediary point between 2a and 2c for shape since this is a longer removal?

With a little more tweaking, this tool will become popular for cartographers since we often want to simplify lines while keeping the overall geometry shape when reducing clustered points. The opposite may be achievable, too, when adding points selectively to long curves, but NOT to segments of the line that are already dense with points. But that’s for a 2.0 release ;)

Download the script and actions from Jim Heck’s site . . .

MapStudio Orienteering Templates for Illustrator

Monday, March 16th, 2009

MapStudio is a set of orienteering symbols and graphic style for Adobe Illustrator (on Mac OS and Windows) and helps you to draw high-quality orienteering maps in shorter time than ever before.

Illustrator Plugin: Live Pen

Monday, March 16th, 2009

[Editor's note: This plugin looks useful to illustrators wanting a more free form calligraphic touch for their artwork. Plugin allows variable width strokes along existing artwork objects in Adobe Illustrator. PC-only at present. If you've used it, please leave a comment on this post. Screenshots below detail work flow.]

Republished from Zero-one.
Visit their site to get demo version of plugin.

Typography and calligraphy rediscovery!

Simple plug-in help you get rich typography and calligraphy in a few click. Now available for Adobe Illustrator CS, CS2 and CS3. [Editor's note: will prob. work in CS4, too.]

Live Pen features include:

  • Digital natural drawing
  • Moving Pen Anchor
  • Simple adding or deleting Pen Anchor
  • Pens library
  • Minimal anchor after expanding
  • Smooth integration

Create your first calligraphy stroke with Live Pen

World-New Features

Digital Natural Drawing

Moving Pen Anchor

Simple Adding or Deleting Pen Anchor

Pens Library

Script: Place Multiple Files in Illustrator (Kelso)

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

[Editor's note: This new script allows multiple files to be placed into Adobe Illustrator at once. Illustrator's native place command can only handle 1 single file at once. This script was commissioned by Eric at Nutshell Communications, Inc.]

This script will allow you to (import) place multiple files as separate named layers from a designated folder to a new Illustrator document. The files are all placed at once, you don’t get to control individual placement (but of course you can modify location after the script runs). Script should work with CS2, CS3, and CS4, both Mac and Windows.

To install new scripts you need to:

  • Download either the IMAGES version (eg, JPG, GIF, TIF, etc) or the EPS version.
  • Quit Illustrator
  • Copy the script file into the Illustrator application folder’s “Presets” » “Scripts” subfolder. If you are in CS4 this will be the application folder’s “Presets” » “en_US” » “Scripts” subfolder (transpose “en_US” with your local language string).
  • 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

Usage

  • The script asks for a folder to be selected by the user in a normal file open dialog.
  • All loose files are examined and if they match EPS file type then they are placed (nested folders not examined).
  • It is easy to limit this to EPS or add other file types (see below)
  • The files are placed into the middle of the document (or registered to a 9-point page location).
  • Each placed file gets its own layer, the layer name matches the placed file’s name.
  • The file is not auto-saved. You do that manually.

Placement Options

Line 7 controls the placement of the imagesinto the document. These are 9-point registration of ul, ml, ll, um, mm, lm, ur, mr, lr.
var placement9pointAlignment = “mm”;

Adding More File Types

Line 33 controls which file extensions are supported:
if( (fName.indexOf(“.eps”) == -1) ) {

You can easily expand the file types supported as shown in the commented out line in 34:
//if( (fName.indexOf(“.eps”) == -1) && (fName.indexOf(“.gif”) == -1) && (fName.indexOf(“.jpg”) == -1) && (fName.indexOf(“.png”) == -1) && (fName.indexOf(“.bmp”) == -1) && (fName.indexOf(“.tif”) == -1) && (fName.indexOf(“.psd”) == -1)) {

To allow more file types, use the formatting and grammar as in line 34.

Poll: What is your favorite Illustrator CS4 new feature?

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

[Editor’s note: This poll from JC is linked below. Jean-Claude Tremblay is a consultant and trainer in Canada with over 20 years of graphic and prepress expertise helping people learn to create and work efficiently. View JC’s profile on LinkedIn.]

Using AICS4? What is your favorite major Adobe Illustrator CS4 new features/enhancements?
By @jctremblay poll created on Feb 21, 2009 (see more from this user)

GO VOTE! @ TWTpoll.com

Poll options include:

  • Multiple Artboard
  • Gradient Panel enhancements & Widget
  • Blob Brush
  • Smart Guides enhancements
  • Appearance & Style Panel enhancements
  • Clipping Mask enhancements
  • Separation Preview Panel
  • Type on Path enhanced engine
  • Tabbed Document & New User Interface
  • Isolation Mode enhancements
  • Something not in this list…
  • None of the above. Bring back CS3!

Code Line Announces CS4 Compatible Apps (MacNN)

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

[Editor’s note: I originally promoted SneakPeek Pro back in March of 2008. It’s a great tool for Mac users to see what your design files look like, their fonts, images, and colors without opening them while staying in the Finder. Now new and improved for CS4 versions supports updated Illustrator and InDesign file formats.]

Republished from MacNN.
Originally published 20 Feb. 2009.

Code Line has announced its Art Files and SneakPeek Pro now compatible with Adobe Creative Suite 4. Art Files is a stand-alone application that helps users gather and package Illustrator documents, linked images, and fonts for graphics files, which in turn can be archived, shared, or printed off. The software is designed for production artists who work with graphics files, and features the ability to collect several documents at once to help minimize the time spent organizing.

SneakPeek Pro is a QuickLook plugin that allows users to preview Illustrator, InDesign, EPS and Freehand documents without having to launch an application. In addition, people can also view fonts, images and colors that are used in CS3 and CS4 documents.

Art Files is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and is priced at $50, while SneakPeek Pro requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and costs $20. Code Line also offers a bundle pack of both Art Files and SneakPeek Pro that is priced at $60. Any pre-existing users can download the update for free.

How to Script in Adobe Illustrator (Adobe)

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

[Editor’s note: I get asked frequently how to get into automating Illustrator via scripting. My favorite language is JavaScript (it’s cross platform) but there is also AppleScript (Mac) and Visual Basic (PC). A listing of all my scripts is here, including my recent script for creating calendars. Adobe does a good job of getting you started with several introductory and intermediate manuals. Plus they even offer a free toolkit application for writing the JavaScripts. The new scripting guides for CS4 are up on Adobe’s site, including how to use Flash panel inside Illustrator to make more interesting graphical user interfaces (or hit testing). There’s new information on using TabStops in there over CS3 and documentation on how to script the new Artboards feature. Give it a try!]

Republished from Adobe.com.

ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS4 SCRIPTING

A script is a series of commands that tells Illustrator to perform one or more tasks. Adobe Illustrator CS4 supports scripts written in AppleScript, JavaScript or VBScript. Sample scripts are included in the Adobe Illustrator CS4 installer and get installed with the product. The latest available scripting documentation is provided below:

SAMPLES

Adobe Illustrator CS3 FlashPanel Sample

The FlashPanel sample for Adobe Illustrator CS3 shows how to script Illustrator from Flash using ScriptUI’s FlashPlayer control. The sample illustrates how rich user interfaces created by Flash authoring tools such as Adobe Flex Builder 2 can interact with Illustrator’s scripting object model.

MAPublisher 8.0 Adds Automatic Flash Map Creation (MacNN)

Monday, December 8th, 2008

[Editor’s note: New version 8 of Avenza’s MAPublisher brings CS4 compatability and new feature to export interactive Flash SWF versions of your map with viewable data attributes, layer, and pan/zoom controls. Thanks Curt!]

Republished from MacNN and Avenza.

Avenza Systems has released MAPublisher 8.0, the latest version of its cartographic plug-in for Adobe Illustrator. The update includes a new tool for automatic creation of interactive Flash maps. A MAP Vector Crop tool and dockable toolbar have also been added, along with support for Illustrator CS4. The company has improved the MAP views editor, MAP attributes interface, and the line simplification function. The import time is claimed to have been reduced by up to 80 percent.

The tool can be used to create maps based on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, for high-resolution printing or electronic distribution. Many GIS data formats are supported, including ESRI, MapInfo, MicroStation, AutoCAD, Google, US Government, GML and S-57.

MAPublisher requires Illustrator CS2, CS3 or CS4, and can be purchased for $1250. Registered users of previous versions can upgrade for $550.

From the Avenza website:
More on the new MAP Web Author Tool for automatic creation of interactive Flash maps:
MAPublisher 8 introduces the MAP Web Author tool that exports Adobe Illustrator documents with GIS data to interactive Flash maps, fully completed with callout bubbles, rollovers, layer control, pan and zoom controls, and with all the underlying GIS attributes intact.
As with the other MAPublisher functions, MAP Web Author is a completely built-in to Adobe Illustrator. Therefore, users are not required to have Adobe Flash installed to benefit from this tool.

What is looks like at default. View larger

Several Customization Options. View larger.

MAP Web Author Panel. View larger.

Web Tag Template (HTML formatting of GIS attribute data for that object). View larger.


Web Tag Dialog. View larger.

Export to Web. View larger.

Announcing Merge Text Extension for Adobe Illustrator (Ajar Productions)

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

[Editor’s note: Dealing with broken text (common in PDF files) can be dastardly. There are a couple existing scripts out there, but few combine and preserve the font styling information at the same time. This new script does that with options. I’m curious how this new script from Ajar Productions installs into Illustrator using the Adobe Extension Manager, usually just for the old Macromedia products but not in all CS4 apps? The Flash version is also appealing.]

Republished from Ajar Productions. First seen at Mordy’s Real World Illustrator blog.

Following the release of [Ajar's] Combine Textfields extension for Flash, [they] put together a similar extension for Adobe Illustrator. This extension installs a script that will merge text (including text on a path) into one text object, while retaining the style attributes of the individual pieces, including character styles as well as paragraph styles (if the separator includes a return character).

Anyone who’s tried to edit text from a PDF opened in Illustrator knows how frustrating it can be to make simple text edits when the text is broken up. This extension reduces that headache.

Special thanks to David Van Brink for posting the Omino Dialog Maker. His time-saving code was used to produce the dialog box in this extension.

Download Options

Installation Instructions

JSX or JS file:

  1. Place the MergeText_AI.jsx (or MergeText_AI_CS.js) into the Scripts directory within your Illustrator application directory:

Windows > C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator {version}\Presets\en_US\Scripts
Mac OS X > Applications/Adobe Illustrator {version}/Presets/Scripts

Note: In CS4, the directory path will include a region directory (e.g. Adobe Illustrator CS4/Presets/en_US/Scripts).

MXP file (CS4 only):

  1. Double-click on the mxp file to install using Adobe Extension Manager.

Usage

In Adobe Illustrator, select the text the you want to merge together and go to File > Scripts > MergeText_AI. If you’re using Illustrator CS3 or CS4, you will be prompted with a dialog box where you can choose your sorting orientation and a custom separator. If you’re using a version earlier than CS3, you will not be prompted with a dialog; the script will run using the default settings sorting topmost, then leftmost, with a separator of “[><]“. You can then run a Find and Replace and replace the separator with the characters of your choice.

Scripts make multiple artboards in Illustrator CS4 even better (Real World Illustrator)

Monday, November 24th, 2008

[Editor's note: Mordy Golding at Real World Illustrator shares two tips for working effectively with Adobe Illustrator CS4's new multiple artboards. One addresses rulers across artboards, the other importing multipage PDFs. Both feature scripts by Shane Stanley, Mac only.]

Republished from Real World Illustrator.

First, while Illustrator does offer multiple artboards within a single document, Illustrator only provides one ruler for an entire document. Meaning that you have a single set of coordinates for the entire canvas, and each artboard in your file shares this. This makes it incredibly difficult to position objects precisely by the numbers when you have multiple artboards in a file. Either you have to continuously reposition the origin point of your ruler (which will also shift the positioning of patterns), or you have to do a whole lot of math. And you know I’m no huge fan of math. What we really need is a set of ruler coordinates for each individual artboard.

Download solution 1 for artboard rulers.

Second, you’d think that with multiple artboards, I should be able to open a multipage PDF document in Illustrator, and have each of the pages turn into artboards. Yes, I know that Illustrator really shouldn’t be used for PDF editing, but in many cases, it’s a great solution for that. Alas, upon opening a multipage PDF file in Illustrator, a dialog box appears asking which single page you’d like to open.

Download solution 2 for importing multipage PDFs.

Continue reading the rest of Mordy’s post at Real World Illustrator . . .