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Illustrator Chart Automation
The Windows-based database department at the DCA works in Microsoft Access only, and sharing data with the Mac-based graphics department had always been an issue. By using AppleScript, we were able to take tab-delimited exports from Access and use them to seamlessly build customized graphics.

Illustrator gave the graphics department the ability to custom-design bar graphs, line graphs, and pie charts, way beyond the built-in functionality for standard graphs within Illustrator. Moreover, the script was able to save the graphs in formats appropriate for both PDF and for use on the web site.

With this script, it is easy for the DCA to continually update the charts as the data changes.

How Do I Learn To Do This?
The AppleScript Pro Sessions training event covers using AppleScript with Illustrator with a specific section on the basics of creating charts and graphs.
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