Here’s the Scoop

I wish Illustrator had a Package feature like the one in InDesign. Wouldn’t it be great to have a menu command that collected all linked graphics and fonts for an Illustrator file? Until that day, you can do two things:

1. If this kind of functionality is important to you, let the Illustrator team know by submitting a feature request at http://www.adobe.com/support/feature.html.

2. Check out third-party solutions…


Scoop seems to have disappeared from the face of this planet. Skip Scoop, proceed directly to Art Files.The first option is called Scoop from Douglas Habben at Schawk. Scoop is a series of Mac-only plug-ins that support Illustrator 8-CS2. After you install Scoop and pay the $59 registration, you can collect all necessary fonts, linked images, and even embedded images right from within Illustrator.The second option is a Mac-only application called Art Files from Code Line Communications. This $29 dollar option is a stand-alone application instead of a plug-in, but gets you basically the same results as the Scoop plug-in.I liked the fact that Scoop was accessible right inside Illustrator instead of launching a separate application, but the plug-in has gone missing from the Adobe Studio Xchange. Meanwhile, Art Files makes it easy to package several Illustrator files at the same time. There’s a 14-day demo of Art Files, so give it a whirl.