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For a simple game design, I find myself needing numbers in a consistent style, all of them single point text objects. Importing a text file creates a single text frame, and that's not what I want.

Is there a way to create a set amount of point text objects, with numerals increasing?

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I found this old script on GitHub by user johnwun. It still works in recent version of Illustrator as far as I can tell.

  • Download the script.
  • Import or manually enter a list of numbers divided by ordinary line breaks.
  • Make sure the text is Point Type. Perhaps you need to use Type > Convert To Point Type.
  • With the text selected, run the script using File > Scripts > Other Scripts.

If you need to generate a list of numbers you could run a script like this in your browser's console and copy/paste the result:

let from = 0;
let to = 40;
let numbers = "";
for (let i = from; i <= to; i++) {
  numbers += i + "\n";
}
console.log(numbers);

In InDesign I would perhaps use linked text frames with a Paragraph Style with Numbering and Keep Options that makes sure to switch frame every paragraph.

Or if the numbers appear on separate pages I would simply use the Current Page Number marker.

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  • Thanks, Wolff. I was already afraid the solution would be a script. I always have to look up how I run those in Ai ^^'
    – Vincent
    Dec 15, 2022 at 10:41
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    @Vincent, you're welcome. I don't think using scripts in Ai is user friendly. It's annoying that you have to browse for the script every time. Not sure if there's a way around that.
    – Wolff
    Dec 15, 2022 at 11:15

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