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Is there a way to script "expand appearance"?

Community Beginner ,
Mar 19, 2012 Mar 19, 2012

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I have created a method to create line art roof shingles row-by-row. I think something like this is a good candidate for scripting, but I run into a dead-end quickly when trying to script this. Basically, I use "expand appearance" multiple times during the course of this process and I can't find any way to script that action. I have heard about using MenuIDs, but I can't find anything on how to discover what the MenuID for "expand appearance" is.

 

Anyhow, here is the tutorial. If anyone can give me some pointers on how to script this process, I would be very thankful.

 

I have also tried recording an action, but "expand appearance" doesn't get saved.

 

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Community Expert , Mar 20, 2012 Mar 20, 2012

I used the Add Menu Item for mine and it works just fine. Unfortunately ExtendScript (Adobe's version of Java) does not provide support for the doScript call. You can use VB to do it on Windows.

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Mar 20, 2012 Mar 20, 2012

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Didn't look at the video but script does NOT have access to expand appearance

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Mar 20, 2012 Mar 20, 2012

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Any work-arounds?

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Mar 20, 2012 Mar 20, 2012

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I just tried using Expand Appearance in an action and had no trouble with it even after a restart. How did you make the Action? What OS are you using? Looks like a Mac. If so you can use the doScript in an AppleScript to call the action.

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Mar 20, 2012 Mar 20, 2012

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I used the recorder to record an action. The Expand Appearance step didn't record. I just now noticed you can add menu items to actions from the drop-down menu. Trying that. The next step is to add the tweak and roughen steps to the action.

I'm using Windows BTW and was going to script in javascript.

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I used the Add Menu Item for mine and it works just fine. Unfortunately ExtendScript (Adobe's version of Java) does not provide support for the doScript call. You can use VB to do it on Windows.

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Mar 20, 2012 Mar 20, 2012

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I am actually fine with just using an Action. I have been able to get Expand Appearance to work using an Action and have created a style to do the tweak and roughen. Now I just need to work on the entire process. Thanks for the help!

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You are my hero. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

 

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