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The following list gives links to other developers, in alphabetical order, and their Adobe Illustrator plugins.
Note some plugins are only for older versions of Illustrator and some are for PC or Mac only. Please read developer’s website for full details of each plugin.
- Abneil Software Ltd.
An extensive pack of vector shape creation tools also available
DXF, DWG and IGES CAD file conversion – also available from Hot
Make repeat patterns
Live pattern swatches or symbols
- Avenza Systems Inc.
Bridges the gap between Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and
high-end graphic design and publishing of maps
- Axaio Software
Automated print and file output, adapted to the needs for packaging
- Baby Universe
2D CAD tools
CAD tools with DXF file exchange
Image registration database tool
Auto-pagination system using CSV to control text and images
DXF import and export
Japanese type setting
Note: Plugins may be Japanese-language only
- Comnet Corporation
Packaging and dimesional design allowing preview of folded package
or print design in 3D – also available from Hot
Tracing plugin which also offers path alignment and tidying
Vinyl cutting sign making system
Eliminate unnecessary anchor points, making files smaller
- CValley, Inc.
FILTERiT is a plug-in suite which features various exciting and
Drag, stretch, push and pull… you can do a lot with paths
- ECM Engineering
Transfer text to a text processing program or XML
- Elysium Co. Ltd.
Visualize and edit 3D CAD surface data – also available from POSH
Barcode generation and verification
Accelerate frequently used selection and alignment operations and
add new ways to handle spot colors and special inks
File preflight for print
Advanced trapping control
Automatically generate barcodes, with checks and balances to assure
the correct code is printed accurately
Visually inspect your packaging design
Match between every proof, film or plate, no matter what PDF level
or PostScript RIP or imaging device is used
Create step and repeat arrangements ideal for label printers
Import and export native ArtiosCAD files
- FreeSoft s.a.
Bitmap to vector tracing with manual detail control
- green plug Bt.
Simplifying the editing of text
Create automated slugs (Mac only)
- Hot Door, Inc.
Draw in any scale, easily dimension artwork and numerically control
size and location of objects or points
Adds multipage functionality
Isometric, oblique, and perspective drawing tools
Allows insertion of register marks for ease of setting up print/cut files, that will later be cut with the i-cut Vision digital cutting/routing systems
- Jürg Lehni
- Michael Swanson
Export directly to WPF (“Avalon”)/XAML
Export artwork directly to an HTML5 canvas element that can be rendered in a canvas-enabled browser
- New Ceres Solution
Create, select, setup and cut signs
- North Atlantic Publishing Systems, Inc.
Export to a simple XML format, preserving the typography
- Nineblock Software
- Moan, Inc.
Produce layout dimensions
- Panopticum LLC
Create complicated geometrical patterns
Convert a raster image into vector image with defined contour precision
- Pound Hill Software
Comprehensive toolkit for XMP metadata
- Pulse Microsystems Limited
Create embroidery using Illustrator
- Rick Johnson/Graffix
Filter that connects two or more paths into one continuous path
Allows you to adjust the position of a patterned fill within an
object or dash pattern along a path
Convert a selected path’s anchor points to corner points, and square-up
Adds 18 additional object types under the Select menu
Advanced path cutting and deletion tools
Quickly draw model railroad trackplans
Creates a proof block for routing illustrations to editors and art
directors prior to publication
Draws straight lines constrained to isometric angles
Other small (and free) or legacy plugins are available
- Shinycore Software
Create bevel effects on your artwork
- Stephen Vincent
Adds eight filters and one tool to create, colour, and manipulate
Tools including Mirror, Cut, Rectangle Cut, Tile and Rosette
Create natural-looking textures as Live Effects from gradient-filled
Additional filters Crenellate, Reverse Path, Roughen, Roulette,
Simplify, Smooth and Straighten
Create rectangular, rhombic, hexagonal and triangular patterns
View and finely adjust the coordinates of path points
Create professional folded 3D designs within Adobe Illustrator
Create a radial distortion of artwork
Wrap artwork such as a lable around a cylinder or bottle
Computes the length/perimeter of paths
Computes the area and length of Illustrator paths
Exports a text file (tab delimited) of selected path co-ordinates
Example of a plugin tool which creates a logarithmic graph of a
- Transmissions llc
Manage the translation and localization of text intensive Illustrator files
- Triple Triangle Inc.
A suite of products (including Slug Cubed, Job Spec Cubed and Crop
Cubed – all available separately) for creating and maintaining mechanicals
including crop marks, fold marks and slugs
CS5 Extension plugin compatible with Illustrator (plus Photoshop and InDesign) allowing for quick exploration of fonts
- Virtual Mirror Corporation
Creative filters including shape editing, texturing, advanced gradients
and textures and workspace management – also available from Hot
- Worker 72a
Plugins available for Mac only (other plugins are available)…
Collect support files
Preview color separations
Create corrugated carton dies
Path and point control functions
- Wriston Development
Tool for packaging/label artwork including stepping, repeating and
- Zevrix Solutions
Reduce the size of images linked to Adobe Illustrator document
Other Illustrator Scripts
The following list gives links to scripts and script resources developed by third parties to extend the capabilities of Illustrator.
Even though scripts do not tend to provide extensive additional functionality, these small additions can prove invaluable and are often provided freely.
You may also wish to look at Jürg Lehni’s freely available Scriptographer which gives an alternative scripting method and benefits from extensive support.
- Adobe Exchange > Illustrator Scripts
Varied scripts submitted by various authors
- Ajar Productions
Merge Text script is especially good for re-merging PDF text objects
Wide variety of scripts (body text in Japanese – click here for automated English translation)
- Illustrator Praxis
Wolfgang Reszel’s own scripts plus a wide range of scripts developed (and credited) by other developers
A wide variety of free scripts handling text, placement, randomising and more
- Loïc Aigon
An Illustrator plus InDesign and Photoshop scripts (also see Loïc’s blog [French])
Nathaniel, a leading Illustrator professional user specialising in the field of cartography brings a great collection of very useful free scripts to enhance Illustrator
- Real World Illustrator blog
Posting of a couple of Ai CS4 scripts catering for multiple artboards, uncluding more intelligent import of multi-page PDFs
This link directly you to the varied selection of wonderful Illustrator scripts (the site also caters for other Adobe application scripts)
- Scripting Illustrator blog
Discussing the issues of scripting for Illustrator CS
- s.h Illustrator scripts
Alternative Blogspot site
A wealth of useful tools including dash division, corner rounding, "Metaball", tree silhouette generation, dancing figure generation, automative tangents… and more!
Other Illustrator-related software
The following list gives links to Illustrator-related sofware developed by third parties to enhance workflows.