Action Recording Won't Apply Path Effect

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May 07, 2022 May 07, 2022

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I need to draw about 500 concentric circles with a 5 px gap between them.

I recorded an action that went like this:

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Efffects>Path>Offset:5px

Object>Expand Appearance

 

This should work, but Illustrator doesn't record the Effects action (italics).

Why is this?

Sure, I've come up with another solution, but the question remains,  Why isn't this a recordable action? Is this true for all effects or just the path effects?

 

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May 08, 2022 May 08, 2022

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Did you use Insert Menu Item during the recording of the action?

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It can't record the info used by the dialogs unfortunately. But luckily they give us the workable alternative which is to first create a graphic style that has your offset path. Once this style is inside the document (you can auto-open a document and paste a style-applied shape from it into your work document), you can record an action that instead of activating a dialog would actually apply your named graphic style. Expand the style just like normal and your circle will shrink. Then, repeat (via the action or script)!

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