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I have a lot of .ai files which they need to be sent to publisher, packaging them one by one is a pain!

There is some sharewares for mac, but I'm on windows 10, and prefer a free script, plugin or third-party.

But even a simpler script could work, as if it get an input and output path with a bunch of checkboxes to tell script what kind of things need to be saved and an output path to save AI packages into separate folders.

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    ermm....... helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/package-files.html -- although that page states it's available since CS6.. it's not. CC+
    – Scott
    Aug 3 '21 at 5:28
  • Yes, It's a feature that is in File menu, I know this, but it works for current open document only, not for multiple files. I'm looking for a way to batch package multiple files in-a-go.
    – Roozbeh E
    Aug 3 '21 at 5:31
  • Is a ZIP useless in this case? It's a simple way to make a bunch of files to one for transmission.
    – user287001
    Aug 3 '21 at 8:16
  • For sure it's useless! each file contains Links which they placed in a bunch of folders scattered through system. Package feature is an option to find these Links, Copy them into a "Links" folder beside .ai file and relink-ing them automatically to that-new-made folder, also Packaging copies the Fonts used in .ai file into a "Font" folder which is an another Pain-in-the-ass-manually-to-be-done thing!
    – Roozbeh E
    Aug 4 '21 at 4:32
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Try this:

  1. In Illustrator, open a blank document, and begin recording a new Action

  2. Click on the tiny Action menu at the top right of the Actions panel, and choose Insert Menu Item. Type "package", then Find, and click OK to insert it into your Action

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  1. Stop the Action recording. You should end up with something like this:

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  1. Apply the action to a batch of AI files contained in one folder, by clicking on the menu at the top of the Actions panel, and choose Batch. Select the Action you just recorded. Set a source and destination folder. Hit OK.

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  1. The first time the Package dialog appears, make sure to also set the output folder to one inside your destination folder (same as the one in the Batch dialog). Here for example I named it packages, which will be located inside the Packages folder.

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Note: You will have to click through a couple of dialogs each time the Package command is executed. I don't know how to suppress that. But it's still quicker than doing it on individual files separately.

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  • Aha! I did it before! my AI version is CC2019 - 23.0.3, what's yours? I get "Save as" recorded. This Recordable Package thing most be for a newer version! Also Thank you so much, it was good to know. If I'll be sure that is a version feature, maybe I update soon.
    – Roozbeh E
    Aug 6 '21 at 18:23
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    @RoozbehE Actually, I'm still on CC2018, so it's older than your copy. Of course they may have changed the name, I'm not sure. I should update too, but haven't had the time.
    – Billy Kerr
    Aug 6 '21 at 22:40
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    @RoozbehE - note this is not a normal operation, you have to go into it via the Actions menu, click Insert Menu Item, then type "package", then click Find to see it, then you can insert it into your Action. It won't record the action normally as you would with other operations. I've added a screenshot to step 2 in the answer.
    – Billy Kerr
    Aug 6 '21 at 22:51
  • Thank you so much! Now at least I know a new thing. Yes I found that in "Insert menu Item". While it is not what I'm looking for exactly, it maybe facilitate the procedure of multiple files need to be packaged.
    – Roozbeh E
    Aug 7 '21 at 5:39

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