Indiegogo promotion: The SSB Flash drive for instant access to Windows

SSB Super Speed Blazer high speed USB flash drive containing Windows to Go. Portable. Play newest PC games.
The Super Speed Blazer. High speed USB Flash drive containing Windows to Go and Bootcamp.

The Super Speed Blazer (SSB) is a high speed portable flash drive containing Windows to Go and Bootcamp. Can be used with the Mac and other OS computers. Plug in the SSB flash drive and easily boot up into the Windows environment.

Top features: Access the newest Windows Games and other software. Save hard drive space. Get almost instant Windows. Very portable. Put the USB in your pocket and bring it with you.

Go to the Indiegogo campaign to learn more. I am sharing this here at AIscripts.com as I believe it would also be helpful for you who visit this site to have easy access to a portable Windows environment. I am also helping out with the project.

 

Open Multipage pdf Script, End of an Era?

2 hours ago, on March 12 2018 Adobe released CC2018 version 22.1. This new version may mark the end of Legendary Open Multipage PDF script, since Adobe finally caught up with times and now it allows us to open multipage pdf files.

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/importing-pdf-files.html

As of today, my script has been downloaded 114,841 times on this site alone. I posted it on other venues but I don’t have stats for those.

Will this be the end?

If you’re one of those rebels that refuse to join the CC, you’re not left behind, keep enjoying the Legend.

Long live the King!!! https://aiscripts.com/open-multipage-pdf/

 

Image Crop Script

“How do I crop a Photo in Illustrator?” is the All-Time hottest topic in the Adobe Illustrator Forum, there’s a long thread with answers that go from “not possible”, to “use Photoshop”, to “use clipping masks”, to “use Artboards”. The thread also has the real answer to the question, cropping raster images in Illustrator is possible using a “cutter” path with a blending mode other than Normal, then Flattening Transparency. Great answer!! now this script tackles on the same principle as Flattening Transparency, it rasterizes the image within the bounds of the “cutter” path and discards what’s outside of the path bounds.

to use the script to Crop this image

imageCrop1

draw a rectangle on top of the image to use as “cutter” path

imageCrop2

select both, the image and the “cutter” path

imageCrop3

run the imageCrop script

imageCrop4

that’s all, the image gets cropped, embedded, unwanted pixels get discarded. If you don’t want your images to get destroyed, please use the other Masking methods.

 

Script Features

Press Shift Key before running the script to Rasterize using TypeOptimized option otherwise the script will use default ArtOptimized
Press Alt Key before running the script to Rasterize using custom Resolution, otherwise the script will use an average of the base image resolution.

Download imageCrop.jsx script

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Apply Live Effect – applyEffect (LiveEffectXML)

Scripting Adobe Illustrator is painful at times, we don’t have access to some of the most useful features available to us manually using the UI, and we also don’t have the luxury of major upgrades to the DOM as ID or PS users have enjoyed for years. With the release of CS6 some years back, Adobe surprised us with a couple of new, although undocumented commands that seemed to have great potential. One of them was  executeMenuCommand(menuCommandString), the string syntax was missing, but fortunately it was quickly found out by some talented scripters, proving its value, and becoming one of the most, if not the most powerful command available.

The other command released with CS6 was applyEffect(liveEffectXML), which also had its string syntax missing, till now…well, without further ado, here’s an example

// apply offset path live effect to selected path
var idoc = app.activeDocument;
var ipath = idoc.selection[0];
xmlstring = ‘<LiveEffect name=”Adobe Offset Path”><Dict data=”R mlim 4 R ofst 20 I jntp 2 “/></LiveEffect>’;
ipath.applyEffect(xmlstring);

 

the important part of the string is the data, mlim is the MiterLimit Value “4”, ofst is the Offset Value “20”, jntp is the Join Type “2” for Miter.

liveEffect1

 

How to get the XML string parameter

To get the right xml string for a particular Effect, fire up Illustrator CS5 or CS6, draw a rectangle, apply a Live Offset Path as show above, then save your file as FXG

liveEffect2

Make sure “Save Illustrator Private Data” is selected, then click on “Show Code…”, you’ll get the xfg text file generated.

liveEffect3

Look for the LiveEffect tag and get the name and the Dict data from it as shown below

<LiveEffect name=”Adobe Offset Path”><Dict data=”R mlim 4 R ofst 20 I jntp 2 “/></LiveEffect>

 

that’s all, that’s the xml string you need to add to your script.

 

I would like to thank Adobe’s Sanjay Kumar, without his input this command would have not seen the light of day.

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Create a – Text Block – out of selected Point Text Items

textBlock

This script creates a “Block” of text out of Selected Point Text Items, that is, it re-sizes each frame so they all have the same width. Back then when I wrote the script I didn’t know this layout style was called “SlabType”, otherwise I would have picked a more suitable name, anyway, here’s my “textBlock” script. Please note that the final Block of Text is converted to Outlines.

textBlock

 

Download textBlock.jsx

Armature: Drag-N-Drop Wireframing Tool for Illustrator

Armature wireframing tool Illustrator

The Armature Drag N Drop Wireframing Tool
for Illustrator

Ready-made Objects for Just About Everything

Conceptualize web and mobile layouts quickly and efficiently by simply adding objects to any artboard. Armature’s well-organized, fully searchable library contains headers, footers, menus, tabs, toggles, tooltips, placeholders, content blocks, form elements and even complete layouts—the list goes on.

I made a video showing how Armature works. The extension is pretty neat and easy to use. I was very pleasantly surprised!
I believe this will be a tool that I will use over and over again to conceptulize web sites I create before going into WordPress and creating them.

 

Here is the front page wireframe I made with Armature.

Frontpage wireframe made in Illustrator with Armature extension

 

Highlights:

  • Easily Build Your Own Wireframes
    No need to purchase a separate wireframing program or hire someone else to handle building out your site’s wireframes. Now with the Armature wireframing extension to Adobe Illustrator, you can create your own wireframes.
  • Simple to Use
    If you’re familiar with Illustrator, creating wireframes will be a snap. Simply add objects to any artboard and you’ll quickly have your wireframes built out. Just use the drag-and-drop functionality to put things in place. It couldn’t be easier!
  • Highly Organized, Resourceful Library
    Armature’s library isn’t just well organized, it’s also highly searchable. You’ll find everything you need to build a website including headers, menus, tabs, footers, placeholders, tooltips, toggles, content blocks, form elements, and more!
  • Web and Mobile
    You can use Armature to build wireframes not just for the Web but for mobile devices as well. The panels include everything you’d need to quickly build mobile views.
  • Complete Layouts
    You’ll get a number of complete layouts to make your wireframing even easier. Take advantage of complete layouts such as blogs, ecommerce, portfolios, sign-ins, calendars, and tables!

 

To get the easy to use Illustrator extension wireframing tool go to getarmature.com

Title Case

Title Case

Illustrator’s Title Case function is…how do we say it nicely?…hmm…it is very straight forward, it capitalizes the first letter of every word. While it works on some scenarios, it simply doesn’t cut it for properly capitalizing titles.

 

Illustrator’s simple Title Case

  • The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog

Proper Title Case

  • The Quick Brown Fox Jumps over the Lazy Dog

to use, select a portion of text (referred as text Range) or one or more text Frames before running the script.

Download: titleCase.zip

Fit Object to Artboard

Fit Object to Artboard

In Illustrator there’s a Fit Artboard to Selected Art feature. The next script does exactly the opposite, it fits Selected Object(s) to the Artboard.

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Download: fitObjectToArtboard_v2.zip

Insert Page Numbers v2

Insert Page Numbers v2

Artboards made their appearance in CS4, and ever since, users have asked the logical question “can I add page numbers to my Artboards?”. The Answers has been a quick “No”….until now, by way of a script.

// Illustrator Insert Page Numbers v2 Script

it’s primary use is to insert page numbers but it can insert anything you type in the input box.
there are a few keywords to use to insert date, time, full name, and file name.

to insert

  • page number – type – *page*
  • total pages – type –  *pages*
  • date – type –  *date*
  • time – type –  *time*
  • full name – type –  *fname*
  • file name – type –  *file*

for example to insert “page 1 of 12” type “page *page* of *pages*” (without quotes).

Note, in this version, pressing “Ok” does not dismiss the dialog. The idea is to be able to enter for example:
Pages on bottom right, and file name on bottom left without having to fire the script twice.

One more thing, press ESC to close the dialog.

Download: insertPageNumbersV2.zip

Open multipage PDF

Open MultiPage PDF

Open Multi-Page PDF

Have you ever needed to edit a PDF in Illustrator? or maybe just open a PDF to copy a couple of elements? If you have, then you know that you have to open the PDF and choose the page you wish to open, close the file and if you need to work on a different page you have no choice but to repeat the process…as many times as needed. It gets annoying very quickly, there must be an easier way, right? Right, by way of a script, it will basically do all the tedious work for us.

 

 

 

 

 

Download: AI_openMultiPagePDF_CS4_CS5.v1.02.zip

Installing and Executing Scripts

Thanks!!

In the coming days I’ll start posting most of the scripts I’ve posted over at the Illustrator forum…this is all new to me, so let’s see how comes along.

 

I’d like to show my gratitude to Paal, who offer to start the page and very patiently waited for me to come up with the name and the design. He ended up doing it all the work, kudos to him.

 

thanks Paal, I appreciate it.

CarlosCanto