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How to do text search in Illustrator CS3

How to do text search in Illustrator CS3

How to do text search in Illustrator CS3

(OP)
Hi:

I have a bunch of Illustrator files in a folder. Suppose I want to find the file(s) that contains the word "sequenced", how would I do it?


Thanks,
Brian

RE: How to do text search in Illustrator CS3


...depends if the .ai files are saved with PDF compatibility, if they are then you can use acrobat/reader's "edit > search" function...

...if they aren't then you will have to open one by one and do it manually...

andrew

RE: How to do text search in Illustrator CS3

(OP)
Yes, they are saved with PDF compatibility. Can you give me step by step instructions on how to do the acrobat/reader's edit > search function thing? Thanks.

RE: How to do text search in Illustrator CS3


...choose edit > search in acrobat...

...choose "all pdf documents in", then the pull down menu, locate the folder of .ai files...

...type a word in the search for field...

...let acrobat do it's thing, you are then presented with a list of files it finds that word in...

andrew

RE: How to do text search in Illustrator CS3

(OP)
Andrew:

Thanks for the instructions.

I don't have Reader. I use Adobe Acrobat Standard. Step #2: The pull down menu only shows DESKTOP, C-Drive, and all the other drives on the server. It does not allow me to choose a specific folder. I am doing the search now and it's taking a long time. So far, it has found some PDF files, but no AI files yet.

RE: How to do text search in Illustrator CS3


...well, i'm on mac and at the bottom of the pull down list i have the option to "browse for location...", this is in both Acrobat and the free Reader 9...

...i can only imagine that PC is the same...

andrew

RE: How to do text search in Illustrator CS3


...if your version of acrobat really doesn't allow specific folders then i would be surprised, in which case your best to get the free reader 9 and try with that...

andrew

RE: How to do text search in Illustrator CS3

(OP)
Sorry Andrew, there is a "browse for location" at the bottom. Anyway I tried it, and it still does not find the AI file (saved with PDF compatibility).

RE: How to do text search in Illustrator CS3


...either the ai files don't have PDF enabled upon saving (no version lower than ai version 9 will support PDF compatibility), or the text isn't actually text, but rather converted to outlines...

andrew

RE: How to do text search in Illustrator CS3

(OP)
I am using Illustrator CS3.

For Options, the following are checked:

1. Create PDF Compatible File

2. Use Compression

Note: I checked again. The text is actually text.

RE: How to do text search in Illustrator CS3


...can't really help you much further, other than suggesting you use the free reader 9...

...the likes of us mac users don't have these issues searching PDF files...

andrew

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