Variables window in Illustrator you can make something a bit like a data merge document with lots of variants for different records (InDesign's data merge is usually better, but I have to use Illustrator for this, for other features that are in Illustrator and not in InDesign).
After setting these up, you get an Illustrator document with a drop down menu in the Variables window that lets you switch between different many variants on a template.
How do I turn this into lots of static files (or a static file with lots of artboards), similar to the "Create merged document" option in InDesign?
Some handy links on Illustrator variables / dynamic documents:
- Adobe help page
- Video tutorial (someone asks my question in the comments, but there's no answer)
- Tutorial by Creative Mac
Exmaple. So say you've done these steps in Illustrator, creating a dynamic document with variants:
- Create a chart with the graph tool, put some data in it
Variableswindow, select the chart, create new Graph variable
Capture data setfrom the variables flyout menu
- Save variable library as
- Put data in the XML - e.g. for testing you could just open the XML in a plain text editor, find the chunk from
</v:sampleDataSet>, and copy and paste it a few times, varying the data values and
- Reload the new XML variable library from the variables flyout menu
You now have a drop-down menu that lets you switch the chart between each data set you created.
Let's say there were 1,000 variants. How would you turn this into a directory of 1,000 seperate files (any format:
.ai are both fine) with filenames based on the data set name, without manually switching and doing 'Save as' process each time?
I'd have thought there would be an option, like InDesign Data Merge's "Create merged document", but I can't find one anywhere. Failing that, I'm sure that Actions should be able to do this, but I can't figure out how. If not actions, maybe a script can do it.
Or if that's not possible directly, is there a way to make one mega-file with an artboard for each data set? (which can then be split into seperate files)