I am currently working on the schematics of a quite big document and I am using Illustrator. I work on the .ai version of the figures but I want to save them in a very quick way as pdf files with personal setting (super compression, no preview...). What I am doing now is that I have my .ai file open, and when I want to save a pdf version of it I go to "File" then "Save a copy" then "Type: pdf" and I enter a name, I click on "Save" and a window pops up with some options. Here, I select a personal preset and then click on "Save pdf" and I am happy with the final saved pdf. The thing is that it is a quite long process when you have to do it several times per figure. I tried to automatized it through a script (or action) but the available options are quite limited (it is hard to make Illustrator understand that if the current file is myfig.ai, I want a myfig.pdf and that I want to save it in the working folder). Under "File", I also tried the "SaveDocsAsPdf" script but once again, I have to select the folder where I want to save the figure and so on. Maybe I missed something. I'd be happy to hear that there is a very efficient way to save my figures as pdf by clicking a the F9 key (for instance).
Thank you for your help
I somehow found a technique that helps. It is kinda stupidly simple. Instead of working on the .ai file in Illustrator to finally save a pdf, I work this other way around. It goes much faster. I just have to hit ctrl+s to test how the created figure is included in the final document instead of all this very long process. When I am happy, I save an .ai version for further modifications later of necessary.