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Script to save different file formats

Explorer ,
Apr 27, 2017 Apr 27, 2017

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Hi, i am working in packaging at the moment and as many of you may know, print companies want a whole lot of different files. At the moment we give as a standard Low and Hi Res PDF, CS5 and CC Illustrator files, both outlined and with live text.

Having often a product range with many variants, this can be a demanding task.

I made myself an action, which cleans up unused colour, appearances and symbols and den saves a copy as the 2 PDFs, continues to save the 2 live text illustrator versions and then makes all layers visible, outlines text and saves those versions. All working fine with a folder structure i have set up.

I still have to package each file manually, and after i run the script, i have to change all the filenames, as the action does not provide custom name, as in the existing filename with ending CS5_OL for example.

I thought a script would take car of all of this. Maybe in combination with apples automator.

Any ideas out there, or did you come across a script like this once? And yes, i can not script myself.

Thanks, Dimitri

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LEGEND ,
Aug 24, 2018 Aug 24, 2018

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I'm in the same boat regarding scripting. Best I do is cobble together other people's scripts.

I've found Keyboard Maestro a good "missing link" (assuming you're on Mac). It has a "drag-n-drop" interface with much of the functionality of scripts (variables, arrays, if/then, RegEx, JavaScript, Applescript, Shell Script, etc.) but without needing to learn a new language.

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Aug 25, 2018 Aug 25, 2018

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it will be hard to find a script that does all of what you need, there are a few great export scripts, see if they do most of what you need and let us know

Export Illustrator Layers to SVG files | Thomas Byrne

Export Illustrator Layers and/or Artboards as PNGs and PDFs | Matthew Ericson - ericson.net

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Aug 27, 2018 Aug 27, 2018

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Script for collecting files for a printing house

Maybe you could use this script and change some parts of it to fit your needs.

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