A “feature” that Adobe has been constantly improving with each new version of Illustrator is scripting support. In reality, Adobe deserves kudos for adding robust scripting support to all of its Creative Suite applications over the years. Few people get excited over advanced scripting support only because the average graphic designer doesn’t know how to write scripts. The good news is, you don’t have to know how to WRITE scripts in order to USE them… you just have to find someone to write them for you.
Fortunately, there are folks out there who not only know how to write scripts, but who also are Illustrator users. These folks write scripts to help them get their own work done. And even better, these folks are willing to share their scripts with you, for free.
My personal faves? A Search and Replace script for graphics that mimics FreeHand’s Graphic Search and Replace function. And yes, it works with Symbols which is pretty cool. Also, there’s a script that instantly converts Area Text to Point Text and vice versa.
Check out the entire set of scripts here. And make sure you thank Nathaniel for the gifts.
To use these scripts, download them and drop them into your Adobe Illustrator > Presets > Scripting folder. They will then appear in your File > Scripts submenu in Illustrator.