News

News about Randomill, what's new in the latest version, development updates, etc.

Randomill Featured on Astute Graphics & BoarsArt

Randomill has recently been listed on AstuteGraphics and BoarsArt as a featured plugin! As most people in the Illustrator plugin world know, Astute Graphics produces the single most successful and adopted suite of Illustrator plugins, so getting Randomill listed on their page of notable third party plugins is a great thing to see! As for BoarsArt, it's an art and design publication that showcases and reviews software for creative professionals, interviews artists about their work, and showcases all kinds of different art and design. As many people in the SEO industry know, the more links that point to a site, the better, so every new article or website that links back to Randomill might it gain a few more users and see more widespread adoption. So big thanks to Astute Graphics and BoarsArt! Check out Astute Graphics' third party illustrator plugins page if you haven't yet. There's a ton of great plugins there than can greatly increase your productivity in Illustrator.

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Nimbling Isometric Plugins:

Used for creating isometric illustrations in Illustrator without having to draw complex and finicky grids all over the place.

HotDoor CadTools:

Useful for all kinds of CAD-related work, such as drawing floorplans, wall elevations, taking measurements, working in engineering scales, etc. It's a huge and powerful set of CAD tools that minimize the need to switch between Illustrator and AutoCAD if your workflow requires it. You can set working scales, draw labels, take dynamically adjusted measurements, set unit precision, etc.

Fontself:

An extension that allows users to make custom fonts and glyphs that can be exported as a usable font file. No more need for specialized, expensive typography software where you have to import the letterform curves. You can now do it all from just within Illustrator.

GuideGuide:

A useful little tool that allows users to quickly generate grids of guidelines on the documents. Set margins, columns, gutter widths, center guides, and more. You can save guide layouts, import other people's layouts, clear guides, and even set up a fibonacci guideline grid. One thing that we've found particularly useful about this plugin is the fact that you can use selected objects as anchors for guide generations. For example, if you have a rectangle selected and set up a guide set of -25px margins on all sides, it uses the bounds of the rectangle as the starting points, and you can quickly generate guidelines 25px away from the rectangle bounds instead of the entire artboard bounds.

Version 1.1.4 Released

The first update to Randomill is now live, featuring a few minor feature additions, some bugfixes, and other minor changes. The new version is available to download via Gumroad. See the changelog below:

New Features:

  • Extended compatibility down to Illustrator CC 2018.
  • Added runtime measurement that can be viewed in the log.
  • Added ‘Reposition Gradient Fills’ Checkbox to the Random Position module.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed bug where gradients with color stops of type ‘SpotColor’ in them would not import into color sets.
  • Fixed bug where the ‘Fill Patterns’ checkbox in the Position advanced options was not behaving correctly.
  • Fixed bug where the panel would be all black in the event of CSS theme load failure.

Misc:

  • Changed the Contact flyout menu option to route to the Contact page of the Randomill website.
  • Optimized efficiency of the random selection algorithm. New algorithm perfoms 15-30% faster.
  • Log styling changed to use monospace font and larger font size for legibility.

Launch

Randomill is now live and available for purchase! Bringing together the best features from all the various Illustrator randomization scripts out there, and combining them into one single plugin.

  1. Fill Color Randomization
    Randomize the fill color across a group of objects from by dialing in a range of colors, or from a set of colors that you can specify. Works in both RGB and CMYK modes.
  2. Stroke Color Randomization
    Randomly change the stroke color of all objects in a selection from a color range or a color set that you can make yourself. Works in both RGB and CMYK modes.
  3. Stroke Weight Randomization
    Randomize stroke weight of all objects in a selection. Specify a minimum, maximum, and increment to really dial it in. Compatible with all units in Illustrator.
  4. Scale Randomization
    Randomly change the scale of all objects in a selection between a specified minimum and maximum, at a desired increment.
  5. Rotation Randomization
    Randomly rotate all selected objects between a specified minimum and maximum angle, with an optional step size.
  6. Opacity Randomization
    Randomize the opacity across all selected objects. You can set the range and increment to really hone in on the desired result.
  7. Blend Mode Randomization
    Assign random blend modes to all selected objects. Blend modes can be excluded from randomization as desired, so you only apply the blend modes you want.
  8. Position Randomization
    Shift each selected object randomly relative to its original position. Specify a minimum and maximum range for horizontal and vertical directions. A step size can be specified. Compatible with all units in Illustrator.
  9. Order Randomization
    Randomize or reverse layer order of all selected objects. Objects will be randomly re-ordered or reversed within their parent layer.
  10. Selection Randomization
    Create a random sub-selection from your selected objects. Can be a random percentage of your current selection or a specific number of objects that will be randomly selected.