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Balazs's picture
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How to do "Collect for output" in Adobe Illustrator

I used to work with Freehand, and if I had a relatively big project I always use "collect for output" to put into one single folder all of the linked files.

Now I have to work with Illustrator and I dont found anything similar. I dont want to embed all of my tif's into the illustrator file. I want to keep them in a seperate folder. How can I do this? I just dont want to believe that there is no solution or workaround for this pretty important issue!

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Ivan's picture

Good question. I have the same problem! I also want fonts and images to be all collected automatically. It should be part of Illustrator.

Regarding the fonts, I understand that Adobe doesn't want to make it easy for users to share their fonts, since Adobe is a major font vendor. They probably think let every user buy their own fonts from us or suffer! But, regarding the images, I can't find an excuse. :(

Alicja's picture
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you can collect fonts and images in Illustrator if you have plug-in called SCOOP

www.worker72a.com

it costs about $50US

DOWNLOAD try-out version which is good for first 20 times of usage!
worth trying it out.

larusson's picture
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every time I finish something for print, if it's illustrator, freehand, indesign or whatever, I always outline everything and export it as a PDF. That way your sure that no one has any problems with your stuff... and even more, your sure that no one can mess with your stuff after it leaves you.

another tip reguarding this, and this tip goes out to all you people using stolen software (i don't, i get versions from my school to use, but if you do, keep this in mind!!!). Some print-labs are teaming up with the big companies, like Adobe and Macromedia, to stop people from stealing software... they do this by running some sort of check on the file you send them (if it is an original file from one of these programs) where they can check your serial number and stuff. This is then sent to headquarters and if it comes up to be a number on their "black list" they slap you a fine!

This is no joke. I know of at least one freelance designer here in Iceland who got in trouble with this.

They way around this, if you can't afford your software just yet, is to PDF everything... there is no way for them to check that! ;)

10thWay's picture
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I agree with Larusson, export as Illustrator PDF (that way you'll keep your layers editable).

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Balazs's picture
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Quote:

every time I finish something for print, if it's illustrator, freehand, indesign or whatever, I always outline everything and export it as a PDF. That way your sure that no one has any problems with your stuff... and even more, your sure that no one can mess with your stuff after it leaves you.

Its a good tip if you are working with small pictures or with just a few big ones. But my main problem is the incapability of seperating the pictures from the document. What if an embedded TIF is changed meanwhile Im working on the Illustrator document? If this happens (which is really likely at a working-environment ) then I have to use linked ones. But then if I pass the document to my workmate he has to find all the Tif's. Now theres the problem :(

squareman's picture

I don't know a specific utility or plug in that would do it, but I know it's possible, even with OS X. I recently did a postcard job using the online printer http://4by6.com/. part of the process of prepping your AI files is to save them as EPS files and then download their file-checker utility. It then analyses your AI EPS files, then creates an upload list that it will use to send via FTP your AI, linked graphics and fonts to their servers. You won't be able to use it to your own means because it only uploads to their servers based on a job number. However, because of the way it works, I know a utility that you describe would be possible.

ninthart's picture
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There's only really two options: Art Files from Code-Line or Flightcheck from Markzware will do exactly what you want. I'd go for Flightcheck over Art Files as it can do much more than collect files from Illustrator. It is quite a bit more expensive though.

Hope that helps...

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Ivan's picture

ninthart wrote:

There's only really two options: Art Files from Code-Line or Flightcheck from Markzware will do exactly what you want. I'd go for Flightcheck over Art Files as it can do much more than collect files from Illustrator. It is quite a bit more expensive though.

Hope that helps...

:o thanks a lot! will check them out right away!

natobasso's picture
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I have Art Files and it's the best! Collects images and fonts.

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Balazs's picture
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Thanks for the quick answers! You guys are REALLY helpful!!

Thank you again. I try to convince my company to buy FlightCheck Professional

newb's picture

if you are having such issues with large files, it seems like you would use InDesign for your layout. It has a "Collect" function and allows for better file-handling in the way of replacing linked art that may have changed. Illustrator isn't meant for the type of work that requires collection and output. We print our Illustrator work all day and have to output to Flat EPS everytime because of RIPs and such.

pompo's picture
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I understand what you saying and I'm using ID as well...

See when I back up Illustrator files on cd I like to have the related fonts

with it, that way if in 6 months or an year from now I need to pull up the file I have everything. Art Files works great for that!

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Oxygen's picture
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Scoop operates within Illustrator to collect all necessary support files used in layouts. All files are copied to a user-defined folder with subfolders for images, document fonts, and fonts used in linked EPS files. Options include collection of linked images, fonts (including or excluding application support fonts) and extraction of embedded raster images. A copy of the Illustrator document can also be included in the Scoop folder with links updated to the collected and/or extracted images. Scoop is useful for archiving complete jobs and ensuring that all needed files are present when sent for remote output.

www.adobe.com/products/plugins/illustrator/

but unfotunately it doesn't support MS Windows !!

Eslam Etman

joecab's picture
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Can't you just import the Illustrator file into a blank InDesign page and collect it that way? It would catch all the fonts, at least.

natobasso's picture
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I don't think it will collect the images, however.

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10thWay's picture
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Hello Nathaniel, completely offtopic. Regarding your display name natobasso, I had a look at your site and I understand you are a bassist. Hence I believe your natobasso display name is a combination of Nathaniel and bassist.

But just to let you know, nato basso in Italian means "born short" and don't know if this is a coincidence or it was meant. But I found it quite funny.

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natobasso's picture
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I was born short but I'm tall now. Haha. Thanks for the factoid.

mara06's picture
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I've used FlightCheck for years.

Mara

mbennett2's picture
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Holy dead threads, Batman...

ramvvram's picture
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Hi friends if you use cs2 you can collect out put via script
File>scripting>others>collect out put>choose folder
this is the way but this option now cs3 no more why i dont know.
Thanks
ram

ramvvram's picture
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Hi I am sorry i gave wrong information before
You follow this way you open Your application folder in your hard disk,
then choose Illustrator folder you see there one folder sample script.
Open it you have two folder there you choose apples script then you can see
collect out put you open and read pdf file you can do collect out put.
NOTE:
This way i used Mac ( Widows i never try)pleas check your self

Cookie Creative's picture
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Illustrator can be temperamental regarding linked images.
So i always 'Embed images and outline fonts'.

fergussom's picture
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JS script, free, e good one:

http://illustrator.hilfdirselbst.ch/dokuwiki/en/skripte/javascript/wr-collect

Worked in cs4 for me

:-)

Leaky Penny's picture
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Unfortunately, as this thread is FIVE years old, I think it's safe to say he doesn't have CS4.

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miklad's picture
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I was just about to go into at great lengths about the sheer madness of working in Illustrator over InDesign for large layout work if you need to collect images and fonts, but then noticed the thread is half a decade old.

So I won't.

Miklad

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