MonthNovember 2015

Smart Layer Export manual install

Before trying this I would recommend trying to install using the ZXP Installer tool.

Some people have trouble installing the Smart Layer Export plugin.
I don’t really recommend manually installing, as it means you won’t automatic updates.
Until Adobe fixes the plugin installer though, it’s some people’s only choice.

Here’s how to install the plugin manually.

On Mac OSX

1. Change the file extension of the plugin from zxp to zip
2. Unzip the package (the built-in unzip program doesn’t seem to work well, use Stuffit Expander instead)
3. Copy Smart Layer Export.jsx file into your Scripts folder (Applications/Adobe Illustrator CC 2014/Presets/en_US/Scripts)
3. Copy SmartLayerExport folder into your locale folder (Applications/Adobe Illustrator CC 2014/Presets/en_US)

On Windows

1. Change the file extension of the plugin from zxp to zip
2. Unzip the package
3. Copy Smart Layer Export.jsx file into your Scripts folder (C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CC 2014\Presets\en_US\Scripts)
3. Copy SmartLayerExport folder into your locale folder (C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CC 2014\Presets\en_US)

If you are using a different language, the “en_US” and “Scripts” part of those paths will be different, but it should be fairly clear which is which.

After copying the files into the correct location you will need to restart Illustrator.

On Mac the location is something like:
/Applications/Adobe Illustrator CC 2014/Presets/en_US

Managing Presets in Smart Layer Export

A user of my Smart Layer Export plugin asked me how to manage presets so I thought I’d just post some tips for everyone.

At the top left of the panel you’ll see the presets area.

Presets

1. Presets Dropdown

First is the Presets Dropdown, which loads a preset and applies it over your current settings.
A note about presets; they don’t have to include all settings, and if they omit particular settings then your current settings will remain after selecting a preset.
This allows for a preset to only affect one part of the panel (for example, only the destination folder) and leave other settings untouched.

2. Add Preset Button

The Add Preset button allows you to create a new Preset.
It will bring up the following dialog box.
AddPreset
Which allows you to name your preset, as well as select which options should be included in it (see above note about partial presets).

3. Import Preset Button

The Import Preset button brings up a file search dialog box which allows you to add exported presets to your list.

4. Export Preset Button

The Export Preset button allows you to save a preset (or the current settings) to a preset file which can then be distributed and imported on other computers.

Accessing internal Preset files

The controls provided are fairly simple and don’t allow for editing/deleting presets.
If you need to edit/delete a plugin, you currently need to access the folder where they are stored on the hard drive.

On Windows, it is here:
C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\org.tbyrne.smartLayerExport\presets

On Mac OSX, it is here:
/Users//Library/Application Support/org.tbyrne.smartLayerExport/presets

Here you can delete presets as well as edit them in a text editer (if you know XML).

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