Illustrator is great, I love it, but there are some enhancements I would like to add to it. Here’s an experiment where I connect a series of openFrameworks (OF) applications – courtesy of one of the OF workshops – together that focus on particles. I then connected them to another (AIR app running SwitchBoard) application I created which acts as the translator / communicator between the particle app and Illustrator. Dynamically generated code is sent from the particle app to the translator via a socket connection, which in turn sends it to Illustrator via Adobe’s SwitchBoard. SwitchBoard enables custom AIR applications to communication to the Creative Suite Applications. It’s not the fastest, nor the most elegant way to communicate between the particle systems and Illustrator, but as a proof-of-concept, it shows the potential of enhancing the creative experience within Illustrator.