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Illustrator CS6 - Merge Swatches no longer functions as action.

Mar 5, 2013 5:22 PM

Tags: #illustrator #javascript #applescript #cs6 #swatch #merge_swatches

My coworkers and myself have recently updated to Illustrator CS6, but one glaring issue we are currently dealing with is the loss of this feature. Manually invoking the 'merge swatches' command from the swatch panel options does still work, but when trying to assign this function into an action, the action simply does not work. This was possible in CS4 (not sure about CS5), so I am left to conclude that this may be a bug in the software?

 

I have also tried to utilize the javascript and applescript API, but short of re-writing the entire function from scratch, this functionality does not seem to be implemented natively through either.. One thought I did have was to replace one swatch's color information with another selected swatch's information, but this seemed only to update the swatch it'self and not the artboard as well.

 

I'm open to any ideas or suggestions anybody has for me, or even better if Adobe will acknowledge it as an official bug..

 

I have only seen a couple people post about this issue, and I am a bit surprised more people are not mentioning it!

 

Thanks.

 
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    Mar 7, 2013 1:57 PM   in reply to abrenoch

    We have noticed this as well. It's a real game stopper. I wish it was fixed.

     
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    Mar 13, 2013 12:12 PM   in reply to Danny Noonan

    I have experienced the exact same issue. Loss of this actionability had made the new version pretty much unusable in our production setting. Too bad for us I guess.

     
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    Apr 2, 2013 6:21 AM   in reply to colorChaos

    I'm curious to know of others out there that utilized an actionable "merge swatches" workflow. It is disappointing that this functionality has been removed.

     
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    Apr 3, 2013 4:36 AM   in reply to colorChaos

    Yes this seems to be a Bug compared to the previous versions, it was still working in CS5.

     
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    Apr 3, 2013 5:01 AM   in reply to CHMprepress

    It is a dissappointing bug. It pretty much makes Illus. inefficient in our workflow. We've continued w/ Illus. 5.x because of this.

     
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    Apr 3, 2013 5:09 AM   in reply to colorChaos

    Can't you merge swatches from the flyout menu than?

     
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    Apr 3, 2013 6:32 AM   in reply to CHMprepress

    You can but you can't put it into an action....well it shows up like it was recorded into the action but it doesn't actually work.

     
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    Apr 3, 2013 6:58 AM   in reply to Danny Noonan

    Danny, that is exactly the issue. We need the automation of recordable actions to work with this particular flyout menu item.

     
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    May 15, 2013 5:44 AM   in reply to abrenoch

    Another bump for this issue. We've had the software for a couple of months but haven't used it because this one feature no longer works. It's a huge time killer in our workflow that it is no longer recordable.

     
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    May 29, 2013 6:23 AM   in reply to colorChaos

    Bump to keep the topic afloat.

     
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    Jun 19, 2013 10:25 AM   in reply to abrenoch

    this is very bad oversight adobe please fix

     
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    Jun 20, 2013 6:06 AM   in reply to vectormaven

    Another bump for Adobe to at least acknowledge the problem.

     
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    Jun 20, 2013 6:20 AM   in reply to colorChaos

    No need to bump it here, Adobe is normally not monitoring these Forum's.

    If you want to complain you need to do this via the support of adobe.

     
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    Jun 20, 2013 6:53 AM   in reply to CHMprepress

    Thank you for the information. I will do that.

     
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