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I've got a ExtendScript that only works with paths and I've got a compound path, so how can I convert my compound path into a path?

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Pathfinder -> Expand should work - if not could you post a screenshot of Illustrator?

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Yeah that's right, turns out I was trying to do something that didn't really work very well with paths, oh well, cheers Jon! –  Ahmed Nuaman Sep 16 '11 at 21:29

If "compound path" are two pathes combined using Ctrl + 8, then maybe you could use the following:

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Else you'd have to uncompound them (don't know what the ExtendedScript does).

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The expand option does not break apart your compound path, but the objects it consists of - you will still have a compound path.

To break apart the compound object, go to Object > Compound path > Release.

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I did this with a text that had not the BOLD option and it works with everything:

  1. TEXT MENU / CONVERT TO PATHS

  2. OBJECT MENU / EXPAND / (FILL AND STROKE OPTIONS CHECKED)

  3. PATHFINDER PALETTE / ADD TO SHAPE AREA

  4. OBJECT MENU / EXPAND APPEARANCE

In your case follow from step 3.

I hope this could help.

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I ran into this issue and nothing worked until I took the compound paths using the layers panel and dragged them out of the the parent "group", then I used the Pathfinder to exclude the top layer (a compound path)).

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Please try release compound path with the right click. Then Ctrl/Option+J: Object -> Path -> Join

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