Packaging a file in Illustrator CS5 and previous is something that is not an option in the menu, like what you have in indesign. So, how is it done and how difficult is it? It is a very simple and easy process but one most people would not know. So let’s go through the steps one by one and see just how simple and easy it can be to package an illustrator file for output.
Step 1 – Under file scroll down to scripts and select other scripts.
Step 2 – Locate your illustrator file on computer and go to Scripting>Sample Scripts>AppleScript>Collect for Output and then double-click the file that is labeled “CollectForOutput.scpt”
Step 3 – Select the location you want to save your collect and it will save the file and all content to that specified folder.
And there it is. It is as easy as 1-2-3 . . . literally. Now you can collect any project to give to a client or someone who is working with the information as well and needs all that you have.
We are still on CS5 at work so I was so excited to find this possible solution for packaging files in Illustrator. However, for some reason, this did not work for me. I followed the instructions exactly, three or four times, and it only saved the Illustrator file…no fonts, no links, etc. I just went ahead and packaged it all manually. Bummer, but thanks for posting this anyway.