Adobe Illustrator plugins

Adobe Illustrator plugins

Updates for CC 2018 are now available here.


This plugin filter for Adobe Illustrator connects two or more selected paths into one continuous path. You choose how close the endpoints must be to combine the paths, how many degrees from tangent the endpoints must be, and how close to tangent joined curves must be to be smoothed into a continuous curve. It’s especially useful for cleaning up CAD drawings, GIS map data, and other files that have been converted to Adobe Illustrator, or for tasks like connecting and filling state/country borders in vector map files.

Concatenate's settings panel

The plugin also includes Assimilate, which will search out unselected paths that are within the distance and angle you specify, and concatenate them to a selected path.

Concatenate 10.5 is recordable as an Action, and can be assigned an F-key keyboard shortcut. Version 16 for CS6 and above can be assigned keyboard shortcuts from the menu items.

Requires Adobe Illustrator CS3 through CC for Mac or Windows.

$20 (volume licenses also available)

Nudge Panel plugin

Nudge Palette is a plugin for Adobe Illustrator that allows you to adjust the position of an art object, patterned fill within an object or dash pattern along a path. Clicking the arrow buttons will move the dash or pattern by one point. Holding down combinations of modifier keys will make the distance moved longer or shorter. Click the “Untransform” button to reset a dash or pattern to its default setting, also removing any transformations such as scaling, rotating, etc., that may have been done earlier.

Nudge panel
Requires Adobe Illustrator CS3 through CC for Mac or Windows.

$15 (volume licenses also available)


Square Up plugin

This plugin will convert a selected path’s anchor points to corner points, and adjust the path segments so that lines within 20 degrees of perpendicular will be made square to each other. Use keyboard shortcuts to make quick work of an otherwise tedious task when cleaning up technical drawings, schematics, and diagrams.


Paths can be squared in several ways:

  • Vertical and horizontal.
  • Along the current constrain angle.
  • Along the dominant axis within the selection.
  • All control handles retracted into the anchor points for straight lines with corner points.

Requires Adobe Illustrator CS3 through CC for Mac or Windows .

$10 (volume licenses available)


cutting tools toolsetCutting Tools

This plugin adds four tools to the tool panel:

Hatchet tool: Click to use like the Scissors tool, except that it will cut through all paths at that point, not just the top path. This makes it perfect for cutting two lines where they cross. Hold down the Option key to cut through only selected paths. After cutting, you can drag the tool over the unwanted paths to delete them.

Table Saw tool: Click and drag to create a straight line. When you release the mouse button, the Saber Saw will do a fence cut through all paths that cross the one you drew.

Saber Saw tool: Drag the tool to draw a free-form line. When you release the mouse button, the Saber Saw will do a fence cut through all paths that cross the one you drew.

Vector Vac tool: Either click on paths or drag through them to delete them.

Say you want to trim two lines where they intersect. Select the Hatchet tool.

Place the cursor where you want to cut. Note that it will change to indicate when it’s over a path or a point.

Click to cut both paths.

Now drag the cursor over the paths you want to delete.

And that’s it! One click, one drag, one tool.

For Adobe Illustrator CS3 through CC for Mac or Windows. $10 (volume licenses available)


ServerLock is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that warns a user when opening a file on a shared server that’s already being edited by another user. It creates a small lock file (*.ailk) when editing a file, and is referenced by other users to recognize a file already being edited, allowing them to respond accordingly.

ServerLock dialogWhen opening a file that’s in use by someone else, a user will be presented with a dialog offering three choices:

  • Cancel opening the file
  • Open the file for viewing or copying (saving is disabled in this mode*)
  • Override the lock and acquire ownership of the file

The plugin can be enabled or disabled by selecting the menu item File > Enable/Disable ServerLock.

ServerLock requires Adobe Illustrator version CS6 through CC on Mac or Windows.

Trackplan Tools

Trackplan Tools for Adobe Illustrator enables you to quickly draw model railroad trackplans. Use the dockable Trackplan palette to select your turnout size, the scale of your drawing, your curve radius, whether you’re using easements, and your track centers (e.g., 2″ for HO scale). Trackwork is automatically joined and held tangent to the connecting track–no kinks!

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Draw complicated yard ladders and other track work in minutes!


tp-turnoutUse the turnout tool to create No. 4, 5, 6 or 8 turnouts, sized to quickly assemble yard ladders and trackwork with correct track centers.
tp-crossoverUse the crossover tool to create crossovers between parallel straight tracks.
tp-curveUse the curve tool to create curves of a radius you select, with or without easements.

tp-stubUse the stub tool to add stubs to the ends of yard tracks simply by clicking.

tp-lineUse the straight-line tool to extend trackwork in a straight line, or to quickly lay down “hash marks” to indicate terrain.

Requires Adobe Illustrator CS4-CS5.5.

$5 ($15 site license). Included in the CS3-CS5 Productivity Pack.

Select Menu

Select Menu for Adobe Illustrator CS6 adds items to the Select->Object menu. Illustrator CC added Point Text Objects and Area Text Objects, so Select Menu adds them for CS6 users as well. In addition, it adds the following 25 items:

  • Legacy Text Objects
  • Path Text Objects
  • Guides
  • Paths
  • Open Paths
  • Closed Paths
  • Filled Paths
  • Unfilled Paths
  • Stroked Paths
  • Unstroked Paths
  • Dashed Paths
  • Undashed Paths
  • Compound Paths
  • Styled Art
  • Unstyled Art
  • Opaque Art
  • Transparent Art
  • Symbols
  • Groups
  • Live Objects
  • Gradient Meshes
  • Raster Art
  • Placed Art
  • Graphs
  • Plugin Art


Select Menu CS6

For Adobe Illustrator CS3 through CC.



Creates arrowheads on the end of an open path, sized for 7 point type. Great for situations where you need a traditional curved-point arrowhead that you can scale, squeeze, and twist like line art (because it is line art). It’s most useful when made into an Illustrator line-ending preset as described by Deke McClelland.

Requires Adobe Illustrator CS4 through CC.


Isometric Line Tool

Draws straight lines (paths) constrained to the isometric angles of 30, 90, and 120 degrees. 


Requires Adobe Illustrator CS3 through CC for Mac or Windows.


Productivity Pack

Set of all paid  plugins for Illustrator

Save over purchasing individual licenses. One license enables all Illustrator plugins listed here, and the CS6-CC version includes unannounced plugins now in development.

Price varies by version (volume licenses available)