auto arrange artboards on new
First, the workspace is Too **** small at this point, especially when working in pixels. And someone out there assumes 72dpi still. Stop it!
I'm creating 4K artboards to explore some ideas. I create 2 of them. And it won't let me create a 3rd without rearranging. Who's idea was That!?!?
The first thing you should do is just move the stinkin' workspace. What's with all the room on the left? Look, if you only work left to right, why are you always trying to center the artboards in the workspace? You'll never use the space above or to the left? Come on people, this isn't rocket science. Just figure out how much space you'd like as a buffer (user selected please) and start the first artboard in near the upper left.
And once you start creating artboards, if you just leave things as the default , once you've got your 4 artboards that fit horizontally (because that's as many 4k boards that you can fit in the workspace) then when I create another one, automatically drop it below artboard1. Don't tell me to rearrange. And I'd actually like a buffer all the way around my artboards, because I may have some items that fall off the artboard. So I may only want to allow 3 artboards wide, and drop the next ones.
Artboards aren't Just for pages. Some of us use them so we can see design exploration all in one document. The useability here sucks.
If some software engineer sees this, they shouldn't even be waiting for votes. It's clearly an oversight and it should be fixed. Do the right thing. Just fix it.
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Andy Engelkemier commented
Do the new artboards get drawn snapping to the pixel grid as well? Because that's another artboard problem. If you have snap to pixel grid on, but you have either an odd/even number of pixels, your objects snap to pixels, but the entire artboard is a half pixel off because the first one is centered.
I also do think it's pretty silly to start the artboards in the middle.
Did your team create a way to increase the size of the workspace? It doesn't scale very well. You can fit a bunch of 300dpi 11x17 artboards, but you can only fit 3 4k screen artboards. You folks need to figure out not everything is 72dpi.