Collect fonts

What type of scripts do you need?

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Varangian
Posts: 38
Joined: December 16th, 2004, 11:15 am

April 20th, 2007, 8:44 pm

This would be a VERY handy script:
A script that would collect all the fonts used in an AE project and copy them to a destination. Much like Collect files does for the linked files in an AE project.

I realize this is probaby not easy, and would be totally different for Mac and Windows, but WOW how handy!
Mylenium
Posts: 139
Joined: July 20th, 2005, 12:07 am

April 21st, 2007, 10:01 am

Varangian wrote:This would be a VERY handy script:
A script that would collect all the fonts used in an AE project and copy them to a destination. Much like Collect files does for the linked files in an AE project.

I realize this is probaby not easy, and would be totally different for Mac and Windows, but WOW how handy!
Not easy? Impossible at this point. No way to access those properties with scripts or expressions.

Mylenium
[Pour Mylène, ange sur terre]
stweed
Posts: 9
Joined: February 18th, 2016, 2:35 pm

November 26th, 2017, 7:51 pm

Mylenium wrote:
Varangian wrote:This would be a VERY handy script:
A script that would collect all the fonts used in an AE project and copy them to a destination. Much like Collect files does for the linked files in an AE project.

I realize this is probaby not easy, and would be totally different for Mac and Windows, but WOW how handy!
Not easy? Impossible at this point. No way to access those properties with scripts or expressions.

Mylenium
Impossible? Never :) Not even close! See "text document object" in the AE scripting guide. Here's a function which will at least get you so far as telling you what fonts are used in the file. You'll have to handle the file copies yourself, personally I use the "os" module in python external to After Effects. (This function is part of a MUCH larger program I am in development on which handles archives for a number of applications including AE and Nuke.)
Lemme know if you have questions, I'd be happy to help!

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function FontSniff() {
 var fonts = [];

 var allItems = app.project.items;
 // for each item in the project
 for (i=1; i <= allItems.length; i++) {
     var curItem = allItems[i];
     // check if this item is a composition
     if (curItem instanceof CompItem) {
         var allLayers = curItem.layers;
         // for every layer in the composition
         for (j=1; j <= allLayers.length; j++) {
             var curLayer = allLayers[j];
             // check if it is a text layer
             if (curLayer instanceof TextLayer) {
             // ok now just grab the font name and put it in the fonts array!
             var textProp = curLayer.property("Source Text");
             var textDocument = textProp.value;
             fonts.push(textDocument.font);
             }
         }
     }
 }

 if (fonts.length < 1) {
 return false;
 } else {
 // we's got'z fontz!
 return fonts;
 }
}

alert(FontSniff());
stweed
Posts: 9
Joined: February 18th, 2016, 2:35 pm

November 26th, 2017, 7:52 pm

Wow I just realized I answered this guy's question 10 years too late... for all I know he's dead by now... how sad.
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