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Text Overflow Alert (TOFA) scans your documents for text frames or text on a path with overflowed text. Install the TOFA plugin to prevent expensive mishaps from overflowed text!

This is the same TOFA plugin you’ve known from Worker72a, updated for Windows and Apple M1 environments.


Documents will be automatically scanned each time they are opened. You can also scan manually by choosing the menu item Object > Text Overflow Alert…

After a manual scan, TOFA will report whether text objects were found with overflowed text.


You can choose options to customize how TOFA works. These preferences will be saved and re-used until you change them.

The Preferences dialog can be found with the menu item Illustrator > Preferences > Graffix Plugins > Text Overflow Alert.. (Mac) or Edit > Preferences > Graffix Plugins > Text Overflow Alert.. (Windows).

Reporting method:

One at a time will stop at the first text item it finds with overflowed text, select the object, and display a dialog informing you of its findings.

All at once will finish scanning the entire document, then select all suspect objects and display a dialog informing you of its findings.

if “Skip locked or hidden items” is checked, items that are locked or hidden will not be searched. If this item is not checked, locked and hidden items will be searched and, if they contain a possible white overprint, will be unlocked and/or unhidden, then selected.