Hello, I have too many scripts, and now I'm finding it a hassle to hover to File > Scripts all the time. I was wondering if there is a way to create a separate menu just for scripts? Here's how the script command looks right now.
As you can see, it's just a long vertical list of scripts I have that stretches out to the bottom. What I want is for it to look like the Alignment Tab, which is designed to be more optimized, or something like that! A separate menu that can be dragged around like this helps me much more.
Thank you for your time!
Sorry, Illustrator has no such ability, You cannot add menu tab in the Illustrator. You can read the following thread which discussed the same thing.
But there is a away to achieve this, If you know CEP development (HTML/CSS panels). Then you can create your own panel and use separate icon for each script (as in Align panel) for invoking the script.
Read about more CEP devleopment
There are lots of examples here to start.
A couple of thoughts:
you have way too many scripts!!! seriously, how often do you use the Dance or Fractalize scripts?
I suggest you limit the number of script to only the ones you use the most. The rest can go on a separate folder that you can access pressing "Other Scripts..." button.
or you can press Alt+F, R, then the first letter of the script's name.
for example, Alt+F, R, D to execute the Dance script
That works on Windows, not sure if it work on macs.
I would rather agree with you, Carlos. There are a lot of scripts in the menu.
On the other hand, if one often combines actions with scripts – including the ones you generously provide from time to time – it may be pretty beneficial to store as many scripts as desired in the Scripts menu.
By the way, there is another panel based approach called LAScripts (see https://ladygin.pro/products/lascripts/).
Unfortunately I could not manage to properly install it on Mac OS with the latest version of Illustrator.
Are you on PC or Mac?
Keyboard Maestro is a Mac-only automation tool that could be used to build such a menu. I use it extensively for production art automation. I assign shortcuts to all kinds of scripts, run them from floating panels or run them automatically based on variables.
Here's a sample floating panel with icons representing scripts. It can be set to auto-hide or remain floating.
Based on the screenshot in the initial post, yn is using the Windows version of Illustrator, Ray.
However, using Keyboard Maestro is a very good recommendation nonetheless.
Thank you for the info! The second project works perfectly! 🙂 You saved my life here!