Artboard Dimension Limitation
One of the biggest complaints we hear from our franchisees is the artboard limitation of 227.541". Why is that the limit? Corel doesn't have a limit. Why Adobe? and why such an obscure number? I realize there is a PDF limitation of 200" so that is another issue.
The maximal size of an artboard is limited by the canvas, which is limited to a 2^14 = 16384 points (16383, if you count from zero). It equals roughly to 227 inches or 577 millimeters.
Why this value? Because of math and a weighted decision the team had made long ago about storing coordinates, I assume.
Why is this still relevant? Because a lot of other stuff had been built upon this foundation. It’s extremely costly to make changes to this without making everything else crumble.
There is another request, now marked as completed, 'Remove Canvas Limit' — https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-desktop-feature-requests/suggestions/20395555-remove-canvas-size-limit. To make it work, the team added an internal scale factor which allows 10x larger canvas, by removing one decimal space — which makes sense, since a user probably won’t need to deal with ten-thousands when working in tens of meters.
However, this request is still valid — but please give real-world examples of Large Canvas feature is not sufficient for your needs.
An exponential increase to the current maximum size of the artboards. Programs like Autocad you can design as large as your computer can handle. In Illustrator, the current max artboard size is 227 x 227". I (and many others) would like to see this limitation increased to infinity, or at very least 20x it's current capacity. This will allow many who use illustrator to setup files for large format printing to get the most out of the software without wasting time doing unnecessary conversions for scaling.
If CorelDraw can do this up to 50 meters why can't you guys?
I would like the art board to be larger than 222 inches. I work in the sign industry and I would much rather use adobe than a CAD program to create signage. At the moment I either have to use signlab or cut my art in half or in fourths in adobe... I went to college to learn adobe as a graphic designer and I would like to use the program I know best. Please increase the size of the art board. THANKS!!!!