Why doesn't symbol name come in when dragging to asset export panel?

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Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021

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This seems obvious yet I can't find a batch workaround or script.

 

The current process is unnecessarily painstaking: 

1. drag symbols to asset export panel (eg. an icon library could have hundreds and multiple colour ways)

2. find symbol (one-by-one)

3. copy symbol name

4. find matching asset (one-by-one)

5. paste into asset name

6. repeat!


I can understand it must be called something like "Asset 1" if the artwork is not a symbol, but when dragging a named symbol name into asset export panel, the default surely should be match the symbol name.

 

Good news for Adobe is that they already have a solution!

 

Integrate the "Batch rename" feature from Bridge allowing "number sequencing" and the life-saving "string substitution" here like in Bridge also would make sense. 

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Feature request, Import and export, Performance, Scripting

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Jul 21, 2021 Jul 21, 2021

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the problem is the Symbol Item's name (or lack of it), for a strange reason, the "name" you see in the Layers panel is not the Symbol Item's name, it's the actual Symbol's name. So as far as Javascript is concerned, the symbols you dragged to the artboard are NOT named. 

 

If you explicitly name your Symbol Items then you'll have no problem, the Assets would be named accordingly, but you're back to square one, naming your symbol items is the same as naming your assets.

 

try this script, select one or more symbol items in your artboard before running.

// add selected symbol items to the Assets panel and name them accordingly
// carlos canto - 07/20/2021
// https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator/why-doesn-t-symbol-name-come-in-when-dragging-to-asset-export-panel/td-p/12190183

function main() {
    var idoc = app.activeDocument;
    var sel = idoc.selection;
    
    var asset;
    
    for (var a=0; a<sel.length; a++) {
        asset = idoc.assets.add(sel[a]);
        if (sel[a].typename == "SymbolItem") {
            asset.assetName = sel[a].symbol.name;
        }
        else {
            if (sel[a].name != "") {
                asset.assetName = sel[a].name;
            }
        }
    }
}

main();

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