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Position points using variable cardinal coordinates

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Hello,

 

I'm a complete beginner, wondering if illustrator can help me with this use case: I'd like to have a list of points and their cardinal coordinates in a CSV, that somehow I could upload to illustrator to automatically position them on my file / layer.

 

Is this possible? Could you recommend which features I should learn about to do that?

 

Thank you

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Hello, it's possible with Scripting. A script can read data from the csv. Assuming the csv has left/top coordinates and the name of the objects. Then the script can find the objects in the illustrator by their name, then apply the coordinates found on the csv.

 

to write scripts you need to learn Javascript (works on both win and mac). Or if you're on mac and you know applescript, that also works. Same for windows only, vbscript works as well.

 

you can also write scripts using Python.

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Position points using variable cardinal coordinates

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Hello,

 

I'm a complete beginner, wondering if illustrator can help me with this use case: I'd like to have a list of points and their cardinal coordinates in a CSV, that somehow I could upload to illustrator to automatically position them on my file / layer.

 

Is this possible? Could you recommend which features I should learn about to do that?

 

Thank you

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Correct answer by CarlosCanto | Adobe Community Professional

Hello, it's possible with Scripting. A script can read data from the csv. Assuming the csv has left/top coordinates and the name of the objects. Then the script can find the objects in the illustrator by their name, then apply the coordinates found on the csv.

 

to write scripts you need to learn Javascript (works on both win and mac). Or if you're on mac and you know applescript, that also works. Same for windows only, vbscript works as well.

 

you can also write scripts using Python.

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Hello, it's possible with Scripting. A script can read data from the csv. Assuming the csv has left/top coordinates and the name of the objects. Then the script can find the objects in the illustrator by their name, then apply the coordinates found on the csv.

 

to write scripts you need to learn Javascript (works on both win and mac). Or if you're on mac and you know applescript, that also works. Same for windows only, vbscript works as well.

 

you can also write scripts using Python.

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Thank you very much! Just got started with that! I'm sure I'll be back with
more specific questions 🙂

Appreciate the guidance

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you're welcome to ask as many questions as you need.

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