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Is there any quick way to convert text created at point (automatically resizable boundaries) to a area (paragraph) text (with fixed boundaries) in Illustrator CS3?

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Copy and paste it into a new textbox? –  DA01 Nov 8 '11 at 17:15
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@DA01 very funny :) –  takeshin Nov 9 '11 at 7:41
    
It wasn't a joke. I think that's the easiest way ;) –  DA01 Nov 9 '11 at 15:25
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Sure. But this is the obvious way, which is rather annoying. I just want to design, not to be a copy and paste machine. BTW, this is not only copy and paste, but requires creating and deleting other objects. Looks like this is a joke in Illustrator :) –  takeshin Nov 10 '11 at 8:32
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Yea, I really miss Freehand. I've been putting of accepting AI for a while now. It's always felt clunky to me. –  DA01 Nov 10 '11 at 15:56

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Point text and area text are such different objects under the hood that there's no instant way to convert from one to the other. Many typographic functions tied to paragraphs, such as the Single Line and Paragraph Composers, justification, text wrap and hyphenation are inapplicable to point type.

As DA01 says, the simplest way to do this is to select the text, then cut or copy and paste into a new text frame. Select the Text tool and drag out the new frame, then paste. (Your text cursor has to be active inside the frame for this to work.) You'll then have to check for forced line breaks in the point text that will still be present in the new area type.

So to answer your question, no, there isn't an easier way to do this in CS3 (or CS5.1, for that matter).

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Sure, you're right, but I think if I can copy and paste the text manually, there should be no problem with automating this. Copy and paste is no problem at all, but having to focus on the right sizes, layers etc. is annoying. –  takeshin Nov 10 '11 at 8:28
    
It's probably scriptable, and you might find someone on SU or SO who could help you out with a script. The problem with automating this process is that you have to define the boundaries of a new text area and make the text cursor active before you paste in the text, so you're dealing with two objects and a sequence that won't work as an Action. The Action recorder only sees the Copy and the Paste, not the act of drawing a new object. –  Alan Gilbertson Nov 10 '11 at 8:47
    
Not really efficient if you want to change a few fields at the same time. –  Guillaume Nov 29 '11 at 16:23
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This can be done with the script listed in Guillaume's answer. –  Justin Putney Apr 11 '12 at 1:05
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Scripting is a lovely thing... –  Alan Gilbertson Apr 11 '12 at 2:30

You can use the script from AjarProductions : Convert Illustrator Point/Path Text to Area Text

This script will convert point text and text on a path into area text. You select multiple text fields and the script will convert them all.

Works fine for me on Illustrator CS5.

Code of the script copied below, in case the page goes missing:

//Convert to Text Area
//Justin Putney
//http://ajarproductions.com
//v1.0.2

var doc = app.activeDocument;
var sel = doc.selection;
for (var i=0; i < sel.length; i++){
    if(sel[i].typename == "TextFrame") {
        if(sel[i].kind == TextType.POINTTEXT || sel[i].kind == TextType.PATHTEXT){
            var cLayer = sel[i].layer;
            var rect = cLayer.pathItems.rectangle(sel[i].top, sel[i].left, sel[i].width, sel[i].height);
            var tFrame = cLayer.textFrames.areaText(rect);
            //retain layer order, if possible
            //tFrame.layer.move(cLayer, ElementPlacement.PLACEAFTER)
            sel[i].textRange.move(tFrame, ElementPlacement.PLACEATEND);
            sel[i].remove();
            sel[i] = tFrame;
        }
    }
}
//reset selection
doc.selection = sel;
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This is a great little script that does exactly what takeshin wants (and what I came to this thread looking for myself). –  orangechicken Feb 7 '12 at 23:14
    
THANK YOU FOR THE SCRIPT!! :-) (yes, I let CAPS to be on... for you man! Thanks!) –  user4195 Apr 4 '12 at 10:49
    
For those like me who never installed a script in Illustrator, place it under Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS6\Presets\en_US\Scripts as ConvertToTextArea.jsx –  Danita Jul 8 at 13:12

In Adobe Illustrator CC (released June 17, 2013), you can convert between point text and area text by choosing "Convert to Area Type" or "Convert to Point Type" from the Type menu.

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Wow, it only took how many revisions to get it. Go CC anyways... –  user14509 Aug 6 '13 at 13:34

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