Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions people have about Randomill, answered.

Compatibility

Randomill works on both Windows and MacOS computers. Illustrator CC 2018 (v22) or newer is required.

Randomill uses Adobe’s Common Extensibility Platform (CEP), and as such should be compatible with Apple’s new M1 Macs. Below is a compatibility table showing different extension technologies and their compatibility with Apple’s machines.

Randomill requires Illustrator CC 2018 or newer.

Installation & Activation

After purchasing Randomill, users receive an email with a download link to the installer files. It’s a .zip file that contains an .exe installer for Windows machines, and a .pkg installer for MacOS, Just run the installers, and you should be good to go.

For Windows users, you may run into a warning that Windows has detected an unrecognized app from starting when trying to install Randomill. In this scenario, click ‘More info’ and then ‘Run anyway’.

Randomill can be uninstalled by opening the flyout menu and clicking ‘Uninstall Randomill’.

This will open the file explorer to the folder that Randomill is installed in. From there, just delete the Randomill folder and restart Illustrator.

On Windows, Randomill can also be uninstalled from the ‘Add or Remove Programs’ section in the control panel.

Windows:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\CEP\extensions\Randomill

MacOS:

/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions/Randomill

When Randomill is first launched, you will see a yellow banner saying the License is inactive. To activate Randomill, follow these steps:

  1. Click the ‘Activate’ button in the yellow banner.
  2. Enter the license key you received upon purchase into the text field.
  3. Click the ‘Activate License’ button under the text field.
  4. Randomill should now be activated! You should see a green banner that says ‘Activation Successful’ at the top of the plugin panel.

Once Randomill is installed, you can find it in the Extensions menu under Window > Extensions > Randomill.

Usage & Common Problems

This is a relatively rare bug where the color theme of Randomill failed to load for some reason. This bug should be fixed as of v1.1.4.

Processing large groups of objects can take a while due to the way that Illustrator allows external plug-ins and extensions to interface with it. For instance, random selection can take a while because objects are selected one at a time by having their ‘selected’ attribute changed inside of Illustrator. When you’re operating on thousands of objects at once, it can take a while. That being said, Randomill is optimized for performance as much as it can be. After testing performance of other comparable scripts/extensions, Randomill performs as good or better.

Randomill treats groups as single objects. This was intended to work as a way to cluster objects together during Randomization. For example, when randomizing colors in a grid of squares, you can group a few squares together, and their colors will all end up being the same.

Other

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