Cannot select Batch in Actions menu, it's greyed out

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Hi, 

I'm trying to follow this instruction: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/automation-actions.html#play_an_action_on_a_batch_of_files

 

But get stick at the first instruction because i cannot select Batch at the bottom of the Actions menu. Anyone has any idea?

 

Regards, Ronald

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 08, 2021 Feb 08, 2021
You should be able to choose Batch... from the Actions panel menu without a file open. Did you already try to reset your Preferences (don't forget to first save your actions)?

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Community Beginner , Feb 09, 2021 Feb 09, 2021
I found out you can also use your images traces presets from illustrator in Adobe bridge (Extra -> Illustrator -> Image trace). So i converted all the png's to Ai files with this adobe bridge feature and then used a badge action inside illustrator to convert the ai's to svg's Thanks for your help!

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It would help if yucan tell us what you have. What kind of files, what kind of actions, which system, version, etc.

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I've recorded an action that converts a png file to a svg. It does an image-trace and then exports the file. 

 

So i've no file opened, and want to convert a folder with png's in a batch to svg's. 

 

I have the latest version of Illustrator from the Adobe creative cloud installed on windows which is up-to-date.

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There is a Batch action in Bridge to do what you want.

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You should be able to choose Batch... from the Actions panel menu without a file open.

Did you already try to reset your Preferences (don't forget to first save your actions)?

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Thanks for the tip. After restarting Illustrator i could access the batch command.

 

I've done some testing and it looks like the preset selection i make in the image-trace panel is not recorded into the action. Any ideas?

 

 

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Good to hear that worked. Yes custom presets cannot be recorded.

Maybe this answer helps:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator/batch-image-trace-with-transparent-background/m-p/1121089...

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I found out you can also use your images traces presets from illustrator in Adobe bridge (Extra -> Illustrator -> Image trace). So i converted all the png's to Ai files with this adobe bridge feature and then used a badge action inside illustrator to convert the ai's to svg's

 

Thanks for your help!

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Good to hear you've got it working.

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