Can I use Illustrator to import text data and populate text boxes?


I have a long list of organizations in one column in my csv. I would like to populate separate text boxes within one Illustrator file with this data. These text boxes are not in a table, but in a radial shape.

Variables only seem to pluck one entry per iteration of the file.

Is there a way to write a script that iterates through one column, pulling in one entry per text box, in the same document?

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I just want to start at the top of the circle, working my way around, each box gets the next name in the column.

12/17/2014 2:54:00 PM

Possibly doable using Adobe's ExtendScript Toolkit to create a JS-powered automation script to pull the data from the CSV and apply it as needed inside Illustrator. But this is beyond my Illustrator-fu. Check out to see how you might be able to accomplish this.

12/17/2014 1:18:00 AM