I have an Illustrator document, which has a text field with a number.
How do I print
X copies of it, so each copy has a different sequential number on it, say from
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Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Illustrator is meant for that sort of thing. But, as someone who likes to use Illustrator all the time, it's good to see if we can find a solution in it!
You can probably make a script. Illustrator's
Document object has a
print() method that lets you set print options. If you're not familiar with scripting Illustrator, check out the ExtendScript Toolkit's Object Model Viewer to explore, or check out their PDF guides.
So, you'd have a text frame that you could start with 0 (not sure if it'd be hard to do 0000) and loop up to whatever you need, printing each time. I don't know if you can avoid a print dialog, but if you can that should make this pretty seamless.
Of course, it's possible, and not very hard. All you have to do is to learn how to use variables. It sounds a bit tricky at the start, but it's dead easy. At work I use it to print 100-2000 labels at a time with different names for trophies/medallions etc. You only need to know what XML files are and how to create one.
it's tricky to say it in words so it's best to see it in a video. It briefly talks about XML files too: >>Link<<
For sequential numbering I use InDesign. I used this link to create a master template and setup. Afther that I duplicated the pages Until I reach the quantity needed.Following these steps will save you a lot of time. InDesign will automatically populate the numbers for you if done correctly. In instances where you need to populate two identical numbers side by side, I just created a separate paragraph style with the same function as the one indicated in the link.
I had the same issue on how to use a sequence of numbers for any kind of usage and ginally today I found the solution. I will demonstrate my steps because it was more complicated (you can see the attachement). So, I had to create a solo page for printing in a plotter that should contain 4000 different QRcodes (1000X4) with their number underneath. In my project I use 20 qrcodes in one line to fit about 1m of plotter sticker paper vinyl.
FINAL STEP. Go out and drink some beers.
Hope this was helpfull