Create alternating selections from a set of currently selected objects.

This function allows you to select every Nth object from a selection. You can select every other object, every third object, every fourth object, etc. You can also specify which object to start the selection from. For instance, you can select every other object, starting with the second object in the current selection.

When would this function be useful?

This is a utility function that doesn’t create interesting patterns by itself, but can prove itself useful by saving you time in creating precise selections quickly in Illustrator.

This function can be useful in creating checkerboard patterns that are more complicated than just black and white. Let’s say you want every 5th object in a grid of squares to be white. This selection utility script for Adobe Illustrator would let you do this quickly and easily.

What is “Experimental Fast Select”?

This option is an alternate way for Randomill to create selections of objects. The way it works is by creating a temporary action (the same type of action that you would record in the actions panel) and then execute that newly created action to select the objects.

The way the dynamically created action works is that for every object that has to be selected, Randomill will set the ‘note’ of that object (an obscure feature accessible through Illustrator’s attribute panel) to be contain some text. The action that Randomill creates works by selecting all objects that have that text within the note of the object.

This works much faster (by orders of magnitude) than the standard selection method, but may be less reliable, and is therefore an optional experimental feature. However, everyone should use it if it works for them since it’s so much faster.

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