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Hi all,

I have an action recorded to set overprints on objects in Illustrator in files out of ArcMap and have to run it on 1000+ maps. Problem is when I set the batch going as soon as I select another window other than Illustrator (email, explorer etc) the batch pauses. This also happens if I set the batch running via a remote desktop connection and then logout. I am wondering if the screen saver will also pause it which makes running overnight a problem - well I can just set screen saver off but that's a pain to remember to do everytime I run this.

Surely I'm doing something wrong here or there is a way to change this so it runs like Photoshop actions in the background. If not then surely this is a major oversight in the batch capability—some kind of wooden spoon award for that I think.

Look forward to any ideas.

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Have a look at this answer
http://en.allexperts...h-won-t-run.htm

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This may be overkill (maybe not, depending on the tasks and how desperate you are I guess!), but I wonder if re-writing your action as a javascript/applescript would eliminate the need for Illustrator to be in the foreground in order to process your files.

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Sam,
If the solution above doesn't work you might try a little application called Caffeine. It will keep your machine awake and the current screen active. It might do the trick in this case. I can send you the .exe if you can't find it online.

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Hi Guys—thanks. Will def try the batch from bridge option and also add another reason to learn javascript for scripting the Adobe Apps. One of those things I have never got around to because I have always manged to do what I need via actions but always meant to.

Thanks Erin but it's not so much the screen becoming non active but the fact I want to do other things while the action is running. Currently just make sure I plan these and run while I am away from the computer. Caffine look useful though and quicker than resetting power and screensavers for those times I need to keep the computer active (webinars in particular) so thanks.
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