Collect files for output in Illustrator CS4 & CS5

Posted by on Jun 21, 2010 in Learnings | 6 Comments

This may seem rather delayed considering CS5 has already come out, but I know many of us are a little behind on updating. I was ecstatic when I finally learned how to package Illustrator files in CS3, but recently found out that it doesn’t work the same way in CS4. This sent me on another mission, though a much quicker one, luckily. Thanks to Google + Real World Adobe Illustrator CS4 by Mordy Golding, I got an answer.

Here’s how you collect for output in CS4. First, find the collect for output script in Applications > Illustrator CS4 > Scripting > Sample Scripts > AppleScript. Then, drag a copy of it to Applications > Illustrator CS4 > Presets > en_US > Scripts.

Restart Illustrator if you had it running. Once you get the program started, you simply go to File > Scripts > CollectForOutput. It will ask what file you want to package and where to put the resulting folder. I actually like that they changed it a bit so now it can live in the menu.

I did a little more browsing around, and it looks like this approach also works with CS5. Please let me know if anyone finds out different. Also, this still does not collect fonts, only images.

UPDATE: We now have confirmation that this method definitely works in CS5. Thanks Nick!


  1. jokographic » Collect Illustrator files for output! What?!
    June 21, 2010

    […] UPDATE: There is also a solution for packaging files in CS4 and CS5. It is different than the one described for CS3 below. If you’d like to see the new approach, please click here. […]

  2. nick
    August 5, 2010

    Yes, it works in CS5 the same way… many thanks for posting this!

    Why don’t they have it loaded as standard!? Seems a very useful script to have there automatically.

  3. Jo
    August 5, 2010

    Yay! Thanks for letting me know, I will update the post. It’s definitely a pain that they don’t just go ahead and include that function, but I suppose it’s a way to force people to use InDesign more.

  4. rich
    September 1, 2010

    Thanks so much for posting this! Makes life a whole lot easier!

  5. brute
    October 21, 2010

    no fonts tho?

  6. Jo
    October 21, 2010

    No, I mentioned in the post that this script does not collect fonts, unfortunately. I am hoping to find a solution, but this is still pretty useful.