In Illustrator, I sometimes get a problem with imported files saved by Inkscape, CorelDraw etc: text on a path got converted to single chars without being connected to the path. The path and the chars are still there.

I've put an example in the attachment (exported from CC to CS to be compatible to anyone).

I've found some scripts to concat the text to a straight line, but not back to the curved one. Of course, I could do it manually, but often there are hundrets of those fragments...

Anyone with an idea?

Best regards, Lars-Daniel

Attachment: http://s000.tinyupload.com/?file_id=53427632882046848570

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  • Select the text object (All of them meant to be on the path)
  • Edit > Cut
  • Select the Type on a Path Tool
  • Click the path
  • Edit > Paste
  • Reinsert the spaces (because they will be lost in most cases)
  • Sorry, this is a work-around, but like I said: I don't want to do it manually, since I've some hundret fragments to merge. This will take like ages... Seems like I need to write a script, which reads the coordinates for each char and creates a new path under it? Jul 23, 2014 at 12:13
  • err.. unless there's a built in feature, everything is a "work around". Did you even try? The copy/paste will merge all those "fragments" but you obviously did not even attempt my suggestion.
    – Scott
    Jul 23, 2014 at 12:29
  • Please calm down, I didn't mark your answer at not useful. The way you described is like I do it all the time and I call it "manually". I've just written a script to get the x/y coordinated of each character. Now I can calculate spacing (or space) between them to reproduce a merged text. Now I need to figure out, how to put this text on a path by script. I'll post it when I'm finished. Jul 23, 2014 at 12:45
  • I'm perfectly calm.
    – Scott
    Jul 23, 2014 at 12:47
  • It's offtopic, but is it possible to put point text on a path without using Cut & Paste? Jul 23, 2014 at 12:58

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