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Find and replace text across multiple Illustrator files

Community Beginner ,
Apr 27, 2018 Apr 27, 2018

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With the printers now looking for AI or EPS files, I have run into this problem a lot.

Is there a way to find and replace text across multiple Illustrator files like you can do in Indesign & Dreamweaver? It would save me days of double-clicking and pasting.

Please help.

Wayne

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Community Expert , May 06, 2018 May 06, 2018

Hi Wayne, here's a script that replaces XXXX with NEW YORK across all open documents. Let me know if you need help changing the script to find something more meaningful.

 

 

// findReplace.jsx
// carlos canto
// https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2484457

function main () {
    var idoc, search_string, replace_string, tframes, i, tframe, new_string, counter=0;
    for (var a=0; a<app.documents.length; a++) {
        idoc = app.documents[a];

        search_string = /xxxx/gi; // g for global search,
...

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Explorer ,
Jan 21, 2021 Jan 21, 2021

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Fantastic, Thanks.

Just what I needed to update small amount of text in hundreds of book illustrations.

However I do lose the text formatting which is a bit of a problem.

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New Here ,
Nov 18, 2021 Nov 18, 2021

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Hi @CarlosCanto, I have some Illustrator artwork that includes financial data that was created which formats text with periods (eg. $1.000.000) but I need to change to format it with comas (eg. $1,000,000). I tried to use this script by replacing . with , but that didn't work (it turned all my text into comas). Is there a particular way I should search or is there a way the script can be modified to account for that type of query?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Nov 23, 2021 Nov 23, 2021

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hi @ReingoldPredmore, add a backslash before the dot "\."

 

the dot by itself it's a reserved character that represents every character

 

that should take care of the problem.

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Explorer ,
Dec 15, 2021 Dec 15, 2021

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After testing, the following metacharacters are not executed correctly: ^ $ /n (?<=) (?<!) (?=) (?!)

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New Here ,
Dec 11, 2023 Dec 11, 2023

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Hi Carlos.

 

This script ALMOST works for me. I'm trying to replace any periods/full stops with commas but when I do that, it replaces all text with commas. Is there something I can add to the script to fix that maybe?

 

Thanks!

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Dec 11, 2023 Dec 11, 2023

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Ignore me! Didn't see page 2 of this thread and someone asked exactly what I needed. Thanks so much!

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