30 Jan

Are you an Adobe Illustrator drudge?

Automator actions for Adobe Illustrator

If you’re a regular user of Adobe Illustrator then you probably find yourself doing more than your fair share of drudge work. Here’s a way of avoiding some of it…

Drudge work comes in many forms, for example gathering all those linked images together ready to send your files for printing. Or opening a large number of files, saving each one as a PDF and uploading them to an FTP site. The sort of stuff you never really signed up for when you decided to become a graphic designer or artworker.

Of course, you could teach yourself AppleScript and write your own scripts to automate your workflow. But who’s got time to learn AppleScript? Or you could hire an AppleScript expert. Or you could invest in technologies like Automation Engine from ESKO, but the price tag puts those options beyond the budget of many freelancers and many small businesses.

This is where our product Ai Actions comes in. It adds support for Adobe Illustrator to Apple’s workflow software, Automator. If you can drag and drop then you can create your own automatic workflows to automate Illustrator and integrate with other apps too such as Mail, Preview etc. You can even save your workflows as apps.

A sample action fro Ai Actions
Click here to see how to use Ai Actions to create a simple workflow in Automator.

If you want to try your hand at automating Adobe Illustrator then why not download the demo version of Ai Actions from here:

Ai Actions DEMO

…the demo version contains a small selection of the actions available in the full version which contains over 20 useful actions and is available from the Mac App Store.

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25 May

Illustrator Automator Actions: Demo Available

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Good news! We’ve made a trial version of Ai Actions available for download so you can give it a test drive before buying. Ai Actions gives you a set of handy Illustrator Automator Actions which you can use to create your own workflows and even apps to automate your work. And the best thing is that you don’t need to write a line of code! If you can drag and drop, you can create a workflow.

NB. The demo version contains 4 sample actions. The full version contains 18 actions.

Click here to download demo

Less donkey work, more creativity!

Lets imagine you have a hundred Illustrator artworks and you need to open each, delete any empty text frames, convert all the text to outlines and save as a JPEG and a PDF. Normally you’d have to do that by hand. Using Ai Actions and Automator you can create a workflow to do this automatically saving you heaps of time. And more importantly, letting you concentrate on the creative stuff instead of the boring donkey-work.

A simple Automator workflow using Ai Actions to automate Adobe Illustrator

A simple Automator workflow using Ai Actions to automate Adobe Illustrator

Why use Automator?

The advantage of Automator is that you can use functionality from many other apps in your workflow. So, for example, if you wanted to email the PDFs created by your workflow then you can harness the power of Mail.app to do that for you.

The trial version has only four Automator actions whereas the full version contains 18. There are some tips for getting to grips with Automator here:

Getting to grips with Automator
Creating a simple workflow with Ai Actions

Where can I get the full version?

The full version of Ai Actions is available from the Mac App Store. Get automating today!

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23 May

Learning Automator

Automator is a really easy way of building workflows, apps, services and hot folders and requires little or no programming knowledge. Once you’ve mastered it, you can automate all sorts of things on your Mac to save you time and remove the drudge work.

Automator is built into every reasonably recent Mac running Mac OS X. However, few people know its there or use it… any they’re missing out! If you’d like to know more then there are some really good tutorials here:

http://www.macosxautomation.com/automator/learn.html

One of the big frustrations for those of us in the design industry is that there are no Automator actions provided with Adobe Illustrator. However, that’s where our app Ai Actions comes in. It provides many actions for Illustrator allowing you to make Automator workflows to automate common artwork tasks.

Check out Ai Actions at the Apple App Store:

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09 Jun

How to batch convert Adobe Illustrator files into EPS files

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Recently we were contacted by someone who had hundreds of Adobe Illustrator files to convert into EPS files. They wanted to use Automator so we recommended our Ai Actions – our Automator actions for Illustrator package. I’ll show you how we did it here.

1. Get a copy of Ai Actions
Adobe Illustrator doesn’t ship with any actions for Automator. Luckily, we make a set of handy actions for Illustrator that you can use in your workflows. Click here to see it on the Apple Store.

2. Launch Automator and set up a workflow
Launch Automator and create an Application document. If Ai Actions is installed correctly then you’ll have a set of Adobe Illustrator actions in your Library. Simply drag the actions into your workflow and configure them as shown below (Click the image to enlarge).

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3. Save your app
Save your document somewhere handy and name it something sensible, such as “Save As EPS.app”. Next, try dragging some Illustrator documents onto it. It should work something like this: Click here to see the app in action

You can automate all sorts of tasks in Adobe Illustrator thanks to Apple’s Automator coupled with Ai Actions. Get your copy today from the Mac App Store!

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05 Sep

We are 1 year old!

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Ghostotter Software was first dreamt up on a long car journey from East Yorkshire to the Isle of Mull exactly a year today.

In that year, we’ve launched a successful barcode maker, Barcode Basics, a suite of Illustrator automation actions and Ai Auto Save – an automatic file saving app for Illustrator. So far so good, and we have more in the pipeline, so watch this space!

To celebrate our first birthday, we’ll be selling Ai Actions for half price for a week (ending 12th September 2014). That’s down from $11.99 to $5.99 (or approximate local equivilents). Ai Actions adds the ability to automate Adobe Illustrator using Apple’s Automator so you can create workflows and apps to carry out tasks for you without having to know any AppleScript or complex programming.

Get it while it’s cheap! https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ai-actions/id834871699?mt=12

04 Jun

Automator Actions for Illustrator on sale now!

Ai Actions, our powerful set of Automator actions for creating Illustrator workflows is on sale from now until Saturday 7th June, 2014. You can pick up a copy for just £10.49 ($14.99) compared to it’s usual price of £13.49 ($18.99).

Automator Actions includes:

• Open document(s)
• Close documents
• Convert text to paths
• Delete empty text frames
• Export as JPEG
• Get document names
• Get documents
• Get linked images
• Make ellipse/circle
• Make new document
• Make new layer
• Make rectangle
• Place images (Batch)
• Save as EPS
• Save as PDF
• Save as
• Set text frame contents

It’s going to rain this weekend, in the UK at least, so why not pick up a cheap copy of Ai Actions and get to grips with automating your Illustrator work?


Automator actions for Adobe Illustrator

30 May

Creating a simple Automator workflow

Just to get you going, here’s a movie we created to show how to set up a simple Automator action using some of the Illustrator actions provided by Ai Actions.

We create a workflow to do all of the following in one go:

  • Open an Adobe Illustrator artwork
  • Outline all the text (convert to paths)
  • Embed any linked images
  • Close the artwork
  • Make a new email with the resulting file

    Once created, you can use the workflow over and over again. You can concentrate on the creative stuff instead of the mundane donkey-work.

    Click here to view movie