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Plugins are now compatible with Adobe Illustrator 2022 (v. 26).

2022 plugins support Apple M1 processors. Plugins may not load in AI 2022 on older systems still running macOS 10.15 Catalina, therefore Catalina is currently not supported for AI 2022 plugins.


AxoTools

AxoTools panel

AxoTools provides the tools for technical illustrators to define an axonometric view (isometric, dimetric, or trimetric) and project flat orthographic art to the left, right, or top planes of that view.

Define common reference points in each view so that projected art appears in place in the axonometric view. This saves much time and guesswork when doing drawings where objects aren’t rectangular and don’t conveniently meet at corners.

Transformations panel

NEW in free update: With the new Transformations panel, you can rotate artwork at any angle along any axis, move it at fixed distances, then project it to your axonometric view where items will appear correctly projected and placed into your illustration.

AxoTools orients your art to match whatever view you need. Illustrations with components that tilt, turn, swivel, and spin are now easier than ever. If you don’t know the exact angles, just turn the dial to try different settings.

Extrude paths in real time to see a pseudo-3D view. In the axonometric orientations, you can change your document’s projection settings and watch live Transformation objects rotate in real time, so you can experiment before committing to vector art with shading and stroke widths as defined in your Draw Settings panel.

Auxiliary Projection panelstep 10NEW in free update: The Auxiliary Projection panel makes it easy to work with surfaces at oblique angles to your document’s axo planes.

Evaluate the orientation of most existing art with just a click, then constrain moving, drawing, and extruding along this auxiliary projection’s axes. Flatten your art to a plain orthographic view, or project ortho art to your auxiliary projection. When your auxiliary details are done, quickly return to your document’s overall orientation.

The plugin includes eight tools:

Axo Tool defines and moves reference points also moves selected art or individual anchor points constrained to the nearest axis.

Axo Rotate tool allows you to rotate an object within the axonometric plane it’s in. The tool displays a protractor for that plane, and allows you to press Shift to constrain the rotation to increments of 15 degrees.

Axo Scale tool can scale an object along the X, Y, or Z axis.

Axo Shear tool can shear an object along the X, Y, or Z axis.

Auxiliary Axis tool allows you to adjust the depth axis angle on auxiliary projections for accurate results, even when then auxiliary plane is two or more rotations removed from your document’s projection settings.

Axo Zone Tool helps differentiate left, right, and top views for working with project-in-place or to move or extrude by reference.

Axo Line tool draws lines constrained to the current axes, automatically concatenating them as you go. Use multiple line weights. This feature is FREE, no license required to use the Axo Line tool.

Axo Measure tool measures distances and angles on all three axonometric planes as well as orthographic views. This feature is FREE, no license required to use the Axo Measure tool.

Axo Extrude tool extrudes paths by dragging, either constrained along an axis or free-form with a full 360° rotation along the ground plane. Optionally project ortho art at the same time, in one quick motion. You can also extrude numerically within a panel.

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Extrude along any of the three axes with options for how the art is drawn.

  • Wireframe
  • Filled with white
  • Filled with the existing art color
  • Shaded with the existing art color
  • Optional preset line weights

Menu items add the following functions:

  • Project or unproject views with keyboard shortcuts.
  • Navigate between each view with keyboard shortcuts.
  • FREE Paste cube or cylinder clipart into your illustration, oriented to the current axonometric view with options for the drawing style.

Requires Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 or later (legacy support for CS6 – CC 2018) for Mac or Windows.

1,000 free trial uses, no fixed trial period. $30 or $10 annual (volume licenses also available)

Note: The Axo Line tool and Primitives menu item will continue to work for FREE without a license (paid portions will be disabled when the trial has expired).

AxoTools Basics video

AxoTools Advanced video

AxoTools "Off the grid" video


Concatenate

Concatenate's settings panel

Concatenate-Assimilate animation

This plugin 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. 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 tutorial video

Requires Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 or later (legacy support for CS6 – CC 2018) for Mac or Windows.

200 free trial uses, no fixed trial period. $20 (volume licenses also available)


Cleanup Tool plugin

modifying an ellipseassimilate paths
adjusting control handles

Quickly clean up vector art to create smooth transitions from one segment to another. With only a click, make a segment straight or curved, blending seamlessly into the adjacent segments. Adjust the control handles of Bezier curves, keeping them tangent to their smooth anchor points. Drag a path to another to assimilate them with a smooth connecting segment. Drag a selected anchor point to move it, constrained to the path’s tangent angle, even if it’s under other art objects. And much ore!

Requires Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 or later (legacy support for CS6 – CC 2018) for Mac or Windows.

500 free trial uses, no fixed trial period. $10 (volume licenses also available)


Nudge Panel plugin

Nudge panel

nudge demo

Nudge Panel 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.

Requires Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 or later (legacy support for CS6 – CC 2018) for Mac or Windows.

1,000 free trial uses, no fixed trial period. $15 (volume licenses also available)


Square Up plugin

Square Up demo

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 CC 2019 or later (legacy support for CS6 – CC 2018) for Mac or Windows.

1,000 free trial uses, no fixed trial period. $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.

Trimmer tool: (NEW) Click to trim a path where it intersects with other paths, or between and endpoint and an intersection. Click and drag to delete multiple path sections.

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.

Requires Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 or later (legacy support for CS6 – CC 2018) for Mac or Windows.

1,000 free trial uses, no fixed trial period. $10 (volume licenses available)


ToolShed

ToolShed is a collection of utility functions accessed through menus in Adobe Illustrator.

  • Stabilized Pencil tool adds a “leash” to a pencil tool to smooth its travels similar to Photoshop’s smoothed brushes. Create corners where you want them and draw smooth broad strokes with ease. Choose your leader length and path smoothing settings.
  • Offset Open Paths offsets an open or closed path; open paths offset as open, not closed! Use a dialog or tool to offset one or many copies on one or both sides of the target path.

Graffix OffsetOpenPath demo

  • Tangent Arc tool draws circular arcs that are tangent to another path or smoothly continues a path at the angle of its endpoint. The extent of the arc can be very small or nearly a full circle. Press the Alt/Option key to draw a tangent straight line, or press Shift to constrain its angle to increments of 15 degrees.
  • Transform tool that differs from Adobe’s in that it will not skew your art and lets you choose an anchor point for scaling and rotating.
  • Stacking order (NEW) lets you change the order of objects based on their position. Options include center, left, right, top, and bottom, ascending or descending. Another option lets you change the stacking order by the size/area of the object.
  • Latitude Lines creates a series of parallel lines distributed as though they were evenly spaced and wrapped around a cylinder, with live preview.
  • Create a Radiant, or a group of lines fanning out like a pie chart at equidistant angles, with live preview.
  • Unscale art will figure the inverse of a scaling factor to restore objects to their original size (or at least very, very close).
  • Scale to Proportion scales art relative to two given values.
  • Scale Stroke Weight will scale the line thickness of selected paths without scaling the art itself.
  • Transform tool allows you to scale and rotate art without accidentally skewing. Rotate just the bounding box in order to stretch the art along any angle you choose.
  • Minimum Stroke Weight will find all paths with a stroke thinner than your minimum and set the width accordingly.
  • Fade will lighten or darken the stroke and/or fill of a path object by a given percentage.

Free features (These features work without licensing, even after the trial period has expired):

  • Unscale
  • Scale to Proportion
  • Scale Stroke Weight
  • Minimum Stroke Weight

Requires Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 or later (legacy support for CS6 – CC 2018) for Mac or Windows.

1,000 free trial uses that don’t expire in time. $15 (volume licenses available)


TextSync

With the TextSync plugin, you can export text objects, either point text or area text, to a tab-delimited text file that can be opened in a word processor or spreadsheet for editing outside of Adobe Illustrator. If each text object contains, say, a bold head, italic subhead, and description, your spreadsheet would show each callout as a row with a new column wherever the text formatting changes.

When the text is imported back into the Illustrator document, the plugin first locates the original text object and flows the new text in, preserving the original character formatting.

If there is no corresponding text object, each line item becomes a new point text object in the visible document view.

Requires Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 or later (legacy support for CS6 – CC 2018) for Mac or Windows.

100 free trial uses, no fixed trial period. $10 (volume licenses available)


IsoTool

(Formerly Isometric Line Tool, now replaced by AxoTools)

Easily draw straight paths at isometric angles, or at axonometric angles for a projection you specify by double-clicking the tool icon.

Also includes an axonometric mover tool to easily move selected art along any axis.

Works with CADtools

If you use Hot Door’s awesome CADtools plugin, you can define your axonometric settings there and IsoTool will adjust accordingly.

IsoTool is free for Illustrator CS6 through CC on Mac or Windows.


Select Menu

Select Menu for Adobe Illustrator CS6 through 2020 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 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

Requires Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 or later (legacy support for CS6 – CC 2018) for Mac or Windows.

FREE!


Productivity Pack

Set of all paid utility  plugins for Illustrator
  • Cleanup Tool
  • Concatenate
  • Cutting Tools
  • Nudge
  • Square Up
  • ToolShed
  • TextSync

(Does not include AxoTools)

Save over purchasing individual licenses. One license enables all Illustrator plugins listed here.

$40 (volume licenses available)

Save $50 or more over purchasing all plugins individually!

 

 


Some CS3-CS5 legacy plugins are still available. More information on the Support page.