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So you know how when you export text from ArcGIS to Illustrator, the baseline often gets broken such that each letter is on an individual baseline, and the trick is to select all the letters, cut, and paste them on a new text path - as shown below.

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Why is it that you can rearrange all the letters into gibberish, perform the same process, and you get the same correct result - as shown in this second example?

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I was thinking that if I figured out this problem, I could find the matches to all my missing socks - but then again maybe I shouldn't stay up 'till 2 am working on maps... B)

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Hi,

I'm not sure... Maybe because in the layers panel, the texts objects are in a certain order (not related to the physical placement on the page) and it uses that order when you paste?

BTW, today I was just working on merging text like you and found a great script that allows you to do this very easily without copy/paste:

http://ajarproductio...or-illustrator/

Just select all the letters and run the script: done.

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I'm not sure... Maybe because in the layers panel, the texts objects are in a certain order (not related to the physical placement on the page) and it uses that order when you paste?


I confirm: it's the order in the layers panel that matters. Interesting...
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Thanks Vero - Now I'm sure I'll be able to get some sleep tonight!

Also - that script is a very welcome addition to my jsx library - thanks for the head's-up!

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