I'm trying to figure a way of importing multiple images from one folder into Illustrator CS5.1 - The original images are all the same size, named in numerical order (001, 002 etc) and there can be up to 500 in one folder.
They need to come into Illustrator at a set reduction (eg 20%) and be laid out in numerical order vertically in a single column.
Many thanks in advance!
This is the way to go for your objective:
The Batch command lets you play an action on a folder of files and subfolders. You can also use the Batch command to populate a template for data-driven graphics with different sets of data.
If you select a folder, you can set additional options for playing the action.
Depending on the Destination option you select, you can set additional options for saving the files.
If you select Folder for Source, you can set the following options:
If the action contains any save or export commands, you can set the following options:
If you select Data Sets for Source, you can set an option for generating filenames when overriding Save and Export commands:
You can drag the icons and drop them into Illustrator to import more than one. There is a bug though so you have to deselect all hten slect all adn you can then scale 20%. Since they are nameds in numerical order they will come in that way.
Only problem I see is with 500 images, you will exceeed the max document size.
You could use bridge to make a contact sheet for you. I increased the right value (eg: 6") to get the column to align to the left side rather than center align.
If you need to open the .pdf in Illustrator as a multipage artboard document this script works on mac