Evenly Distribute Dissimilar Objects in a Radius

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Hi! I have a long list of schools and various data points that I need to visualize. The plan is to have each school displayed in a circular, radial graphic (see below). This example is manually designed, so the spacing between each set of data is minutely inconsistent. I can definitely do this manually, but it would take too much time and in case our clients give us more data, I want to make this as automated and editable as possible.

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Below is an isolated example of the data. Each school is its own grouped object (starting left-to-right from (A) the name box to ---> (B) the last vertical dash on the yellow, dotted spectrum).

 

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 The goal is to evenly distribute each of these grouped objects in a radius (like the first picture above). Below is a sample of those grouped objects in a vertical arrangement. The State abbreviations and line separations (far right) are their own separate text boxes and objects. As long as I can learn how to distribute those initial grouped objects, I can take care of those States/locations.

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 I know that I could evenly distribute a duplicated object with the Distort & Transform effect.
However, I need the grouped objects to be distinct from each other, and it would be too time-consuming to "Expand Appearance" and edit each one individually.

 

Does anyone know of an automated/streamline way to do this?

Note: I am working in Adobe Illustrator 2021.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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Most Valuable Participant , Mar 31, 2021 Mar 31, 2021
Invest in the Astute plug-ins and CAD Tools. Your workflow does not make a lot of sense to begin with. Distort & Transform from linear to polar? *yikes* Other than that of course you can always create a ton of scripts that take care of the placement and generate your lines and boxes in a mthematically exact manner, but creating those may be more costly in terms of man hours than just investing in a few plug-ins.   Mylenium

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Invest in the Astute plug-ins and CAD Tools. Your workflow does not make a lot of sense to begin with. Distort & Transform from linear to polar? *yikes* Other than that of course you can always create a ton of scripts that take care of the placement and generate your lines and boxes in a mthematically exact manner, but creating those may be more costly in terms of man hours than just investing in a few plug-ins.

 

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