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Place many files in one action

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Dec 07, 2023 Dec 07, 2023

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For a project I needed to place 2,000 files onto the artboard for batch conversion. I couldn't find a way to place all of them at once, so I had to click 2,000 times. Not only is this harmful to the wrist, but I inevitably ended up moving the mouse at times, which caused the affected SVG file to be placed wrong, and I would have to figure out which of the 2,000 images was affected and replace it. Obviously, all of this is no good.

 

So, is there a way to place all the files at once? A modifier key that allows you to do it in one click? If not, there really should be. Sorry if this is the wrong place to post.

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Dec 07, 2023 Dec 07, 2023

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What kind of conversion did you need, often this is possible with a script or action.

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Dec 08, 2023 Dec 08, 2023

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This time, I needed to export all the files as PNGs at 256px. I'm interested in hearing your suggestion for automating that, but it wasn't really my issue.

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Dec 08, 2023 Dec 08, 2023

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What did you try to automate this?

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Dec 08, 2023 Dec 08, 2023

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I haven't tried automating it, I just batch exported them, no issue there. I don't know the best way to automate the actual placing. I've made actions, but never tried making a script, which I would guess is the better option. Did you have an idea?

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Dec 08, 2023 Dec 08, 2023

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Why don't you use Photoshop to open the svg, scale it and save as png? And create a batch from this action?

Why do you need to place them in Illustrator?

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I don't know, I just know Illustrator's batch export is very effective. After doing some reading, it sounds like it would be best to use Bridge to process such a large batch. However, I still want to know if it's possible to do what I described in the post.

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