Remove Export Size Limit for PDF (200")
I have designed a 206 Feet Wide banner Designed at 1:12 Scale (206") in illustrator, I am Literally Unable to Send it for Printing, Because i Can't Export it to PDF because its Exceeding 200"...
Illustrator itself can't design something Greater than 227 Inches, While more WORST thing is the Export to PDF file Size Limit, which is currently set to 200". Why to Leave Scaling on Printer RIP, Why Not send a Print Ready File. So if there's something wrong, we could catch and fix it, rather get it Printed.
The problem can be with the Repeated Background Pattern, Which Printer RIP SCALED UP 10 Times (in case of 1:10 design)
The Problem can be with the Resolution after scaling Up.
THERE'S NO PROOF READING, WE ALL ARE DOING IT BLINDLY!
WE REALIZE MISTAKES WHEN WE SEE IT PRINTED (too costly at that stage)
Normally, designing it at 10% of actual size and sending *that* file to print should be fine. A modern RIP should be able to scale to final production size without issue. But, if there is a raster effect, or raster image somewhere in the file that would become larger than 32,000 pixels in one dimension I could see it being a problem.
The latest release of illustrator allows you to select a very large document size, but the resulting PDF will still only be a maximum of 200x200 inches. What they've done to allow the large illustrator document is to give the exported PDF a scaling factor (part of the PDF file specification) that tells the RIP how large the final printed document should actually be.
Users have been lobbying for years on this. Management doesn't want to do it.