In the latest version of Illustrator 26.3.1. I am trying to save a variable library and keep getting this error message "The filter cannot complete because of an unknown error"
I am wondering if anyone else has experienced this issue.
When I revert to the older Illustrator version 26.2.1 variable library saves fine no issues.
I'm not sure about this particular issue but the first thing to try is resetting Preferences. Use the Preferences button, or Edit > Preferences > General, or Ctrl/Cmd+K to open the General option in Preferences, click Reset and Restart Illustrator. If this does not help, well then we'll have to search for something else.
I imported a .csv file and was able to Save Variable LIbrary to .xml on
Mqc OS 10.15/7 and the latest Ilustrator 26.3.1
Can you try with a simple data file, might be an nonfriendly character in the data like a slash or colon. Just open a.csv in TextEdit and strip out all but a few fields. We will then know if this works on a simple file, or not at all.
Did you figure out what was going on? I'm encountering the same issue in Illustrator 2022.
We reverted to last version of illustrator and that worked.
Did you solved this issue? I'm encountering the same problem but only with linked images (EPS). Texts work.
I tried to revert to version 26.0 but it still doesn't work.
Hi @Magenta s.r.l.,
Thanks for reaching out and trying to resolve the issue by reverting to an older version. As Ton suggested above, have you tried resetting Illustrator preferences?
If that didn't help, would you mind sending us the packaged Ai & eps file via DM and sharing a small recording demonstrating the issue along with a screenshot of system specifications? I will forward it to the product team for further investigation.
Also, would you mind upvoting this UserVoice (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/45199726-broken...) and adding your comment there?
I will be looking forward to your response.
Few weeks ago i started using variables and I encountered the same issue OP had but specifically for linked images, text variables worked fine. I tried everything, resetting preferences, reverting Ai version, uninstalling-re-installing, made simple text with simple images and names. Nothing worked, untill it did. Dont' ask me how but hat error popup disappered and i was able to use variables again on the last Ai version. ...until today, as few minutes ago the same error accoured. I did again all the tests (except reverting) but it's still not working.
This is a huge problem form me cause i was setting my workflow, scripts and whatsoever based on the possibility to use the variables.
Does anyone have a definitive solution? Is the product team working on it?
Thanks in advance.
Hi Monika and thank you for your reply.
I upload a CSV file on the variables windows. I knew there is a script to do that but since it was functioning well till today i thought it wasn't necessary. Are you saying using the script will solve the issue?
I'm going to try it right away.
The script has several options that can solve file paths and format issues with the CSV (that some versions of Excel create)
Hi Monika, i've already watched the tutorial you brought to my attention and several more on the same subject but always rejected to use the script cause i thought i was faster the other way... but i have to thank you for suggesting me to use the Variables Importer script cause i finally try it and: it actually "works. At least so far. I don't wanna jinx me...
The scripts options are indeed useful but there's something quite annoying and i'd like to ask you if it can be avoided. Let me explain myself.
Before using the script i was uploading into the variables windows the csv file (generated from google sheet, not excel) in which the image-variable (@variableN) column already contained the path where the images are located. Now using the script i have to input that path everytime. Is there a way to avoid it so i can save time and lower the odds to make mistakes?
Does the script still work if i put the path in the csv and not in its option panel? I'd say "no" cause its the path inside the csv itself that trigger the error.. but i ask you just to be sure.
Thank you in advance, have a nice day.
I'm sorry I don't use the script extensively, so I cannot answer that, but I hope that someone can chime in.
I guess i spoke too soon? I was doing some tests and suddenly the variables importer started to give me this error (see attachment). I really don't know what i did to make this happen., the files involved were the same, i recorded some more separated actions but nothing related to the variables...
I really hope someone, or even Silly-V could help me.
How can i reach him? I have another question related to his script.
I think i isolated the problem and i'm pretty sure it's caused by triggering the script from an action (for convenience i saved the script into an action to recall it a bit easly..) while when i recall it from the file menu it works.
I hope it was just that.
Now i'm going ot message Silly to thank him for his work and ask one more question.
Thank you all!