I guess not it use to be something you could do.
BTW taking this function out of Illustrator is the craziest thing I can think of at the moment.
argh! well, thanks anyway...
ok, so if the shortcut is not possible, is there some way to save the shortcut saved through actions? whenever i include a script in an action, then close and restart ai, the script goes missing from the action set
if i save the action, and reload it in ai, i get an error message saying ""Some event has not been registered for action." when i check the action set i just reloaded, the script is missing
how do i "register" an event for action? or, how can i prevent the script from disappearing in the action set every time i close ai?
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As it sounds like you have already discovered, you should be able to define an Action with but one InsertMenuCommand step in it. That menu command would be the selection of your script from the File Menu.
However, that functionality has been broken for four full versions now. The Menu Command step goes vacant after quitting and re-launching Illustrator.
I keep an Action in my Actions palette titled CurrentScript. I can at least, at the beginning of a work session in which I know I will need to call a particular script repeatedly, re-do the Insert Menu Item step and have it survive during the work session. (It will, of course, be gone if I quit & relauch.)
If Actions could reliably call scripts from the File menu, one could do some very cool things. Many operations in the standard UI are not available via the scripting model, and of course vice-versa. Simply being able to reliably call scripts as individual steps of an Action would open the door for elaborate automations that perform both scripted functions and those available in the UI.
But alas, users have been complaining about this bug for four versions now.
maybe adobe just doesn't want people to be able to do elaborate automations.
thanks for your response!