Adobe Illustrator plugins

Adobe Illustrator plugins

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This plugin filter for Adobe Illustrator connects two or more paths into one continuous path. You you choose how close the endpoints should be to combine the paths, how close to tangent the endpoints must be, and whether to average the endpoints and control handles together. It’s especially useful for cleaning up CAD drawings and EPS files that have been converted to Adobe Illustrator or, for example, connecting and filling state/country borders in vector map files.

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

Also included is Connect, which adds line segments connecting selected open paths.

Concatenate 10.5 is recordable as an Action, and can be assigned an F-key shortcut.


         concatenate105w           assimilate105w

Requires Adobe Illustrator CS3-CS5.5 on either Mac or Windows (CS6 and CC versions in development).

$20 ($60 site license)

Nudge Palette plugin

Nudge Palette is a plugin filter for Adobe Illustrator that allows you to adjust the position of a 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, as described in the “Read me” file. 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.

You can also copy, paste, untransform and view the transformation matrix of placed or embedded raster art.

nudge11m       nudgexp

Requires Adobe Illustrator CS3-CS5.5, Mac or Windows (CS6+ versions in development).

$15 ($45 site license)

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 vertical and horizontal will be made square.

In addition, pressing modifier keys while selecting it from the menu will offer three optional behaviors, bypassing the dialog:

  • Press the Shift key, and paths will be made square along the current constrain angle.
  • Press the Option/Alt key, and paths will be squared along the dominant axis within the selection.
  • Press the Control key (Macintosh only) and all control handles will be retracted into the anchor points. Anchor points will not be moved.

squareupx squareupxp
Requires Adobe Illustrator CS3-CS5.5, Mac or Windows (CS6+ versions in development).

$10 ($30 site license)

Cutting Tools


This plugin adds four tools to the tool palette.

ct-hatchettoolHatchet 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.

ct-sabersawSaber 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.

ct-tablesawTable 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.

ct-vactoolVector Vac tool: Either click on paths or drag through them to delete them.

The tools are added to the same set as the Scissors tool. It’s recommended that you drag the scissors tool group out of the toolbox so they’re all quickly available in their own floating palette.

ct-tools1Say you want to trim two lines where they cross. Get the Hatchet tool.

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

ct-tools3Click to cut both paths.

ct-tools4Now drag the cursor over the paths you want to delete.

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

Requires Adobe Illustrator CS4-CS5.5 (CS6 and CC versions are in development).

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

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!

tp-trackplantoolsosx  tp-trackplantoolsxp

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 Productivity Pack.

Select menu

Select Menu CS6
Updated for Illustrator CS6

This plugin adds  additional object types under Illustrator’s Select Objects menu.

Requires Adobe Illustrator CS4-CS5.5 or CS6.



Creates arrowheads on the end of an open path, sized for 7 point type. Will optionally create a white halo behind it so it stands out from the background.

Requires Adobe Illustrator CS4-CS5.5.


Isometric Line Tool

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

Requires Adobe Illustrator CS4-CS5.5.


Productivity Pack

Set of five plugins for Illustrator

One registration code enables all Illustrator plugins listed here (download separately above).

Save 30% over individual licenses.

Requires Adobe Illustrator CS4-CS5.5.

$45 ($135 site license).