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Using "Fit Artboard to Artwork Bounds" in an action?

May 29, 2009 8:52 AM

Hey all,

 

I'm using a handy action that does some what I call "clean up" on various open files, nothing fancy - names all the used swatches and deletes unused etc - but I'm having trouble getting it to do another major part of my workflow:

 

Let me explain - I want to have an action that is able to do the following:

 

1. Unlock All objects

2. Select All objects

3. Artboard Tool (SHIFT-O) - and then

4. Fit Artboard to Artwork Bounds

 

I got it to work up to step 3. It can Unlock and Select, but it seems that recording an action while using the Artboard (Shift-O) tool won't record. Is there any way to automate this? Or does one have to use the Artboard tool manually each time? Thanks!

 

CS4, Mac

 
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    May 29, 2009 12:39 PM   in reply to ficholasnorneris

    Does not look like you can try a script.

     
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    May 29, 2009 1:24 PM   in reply to Wade_Zimmerman

    I'm speaking from my readings here over time and not experience, but as far as I know, up to CS3 at least, the artboard size was not accessible to scripting.

     

    (maybe a few too many qualifiers there, eh?)

     
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    Apr 8, 2012 2:28 PM   in reply to ficholasnorneris

    Yes, this needs to be something that's added to action capability. I can't believe they forgot to include this. Manually changing the artwork size of 1500 images is not a fun task.

     
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    Apr 8, 2012 4:33 PM   in reply to RevRatspeed

    it's been fixed in CS5, it is recordable now.

     
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    Apr 8, 2012 4:41 PM   in reply to CarlosCanto

    I'm using CS5 and it still isn't recording. Take a look at this thread. The person makes a suggestion for a workaround to fix the bug.

     
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    Apr 8, 2012 7:10 PM   in reply to RevRatspeed

    I don't get you, the "workaround" in that thread is not a workaround at all, inserting menu items is how you supposed to...uh....insert menu items.

     

    that thread pre-dates CS5, and yes, it was not possible to record it before that, but it was fixed in CS5, hence the "workaround" you see there.

     

    fitABtoArt.PNG

     
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    Apr 8, 2012 7:15 PM   in reply to CarlosCanto

    It's a workaround for the bug that when I'm recording an action, Illustrator ignores "Fit to Artwork Bounds." You shouldn't have to add the menu item into the action manually after the fact...

     

    And it was for CS5. If' you'll read closely:

     

    {using Illustrator CS5 on a Mac)

     
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    Apr 8, 2012 7:13 PM   in reply to CarlosCanto

    here...I just recorded the other Artboard option

    fitABtoArt2.PNG

     
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    Apr 8, 2012 7:15 PM   in reply to RevRatspeed

    RevRatspeed wrote:

     

    It's a workaround for the bug that when I'm recording an action, Illustrator ignores "Fit to Artwork Bounds." You shouldn't have to add the menu item into the action manually after the fact...

     

    then if something doesn't work your way, it is a bug.

     

    then I agree with you, it is a bug.

     
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    Apr 8, 2012 7:17 PM   in reply to CarlosCanto

    Here, would you like me to make a YouTube video to prove to you that it's not recording? I'm using CS5 and it's not recording. We're wasting our time arguing about this.

     
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    Apr 8, 2012 7:20 PM   in reply to RevRatspeed

    there's no need for a video, unless you're using "insert menu item" and still your system is not able to record those commands.

     

    look, I did not "photoshoped" those screen shots above.

     
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    Apr 8, 2012 7:33 PM   in reply to CarlosCanto

    I'm not saying the 'Insert Menu Item' method is not working. I'm saying it shouldn't be necessary.

     

    Unless there can be good reason given why "Fit to Artboards" should not be included in creating Actions, I think it's safe to assume that its omission was an unintentional mistake on the part of the programmers upon original implementation, and should be implemented after 3-4 years of complaints. Call it a bug, call it an "oops" moment.. whatever. It's not important!

     

    Other menu items are included in the Action recording functionality. Why not this one? Oops.

     
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    Apr 8, 2012 7:33 PM   in reply to RevRatspeed

    I got you, that I can not explain...

     
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    Apr 8, 2012 7:36 PM   in reply to CarlosCanto

    It's all good.

     
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