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    Dear Users,

    Hope you are well and safe during these uncertain times. We at Adobe wish you well.

    I am glad to announce that we have completed this feature in Beta and are actively seeking your feedback to help us understand if this feature meets your workflow needs.

    All the users who subscribed to our pre release program would have received an email from me to welcome you to our new Beta program. The new Beta program gives you access to the Large Canvas feature and also seeks your feedback through the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7ZDMD5L

    This survey link can also be accessed within the app.

    For everybody else, I would ask you to join our pre release program (https://www.adobeprerelease.com/beta/85A6F544-2705-49BD-8314-DD549C6A1713#) and we will give you access to the new beta program. We hope each one of you is able to try the new build and give us feedback.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    @Davey Morgan. We recently did a banner 90" x 57". The type was vector-ized, and a JPG image was 56" x 75", 62.6 MB, 72 ppi. It looked good, but the viewing distance was typically about 20' away. If closer (as in an office), we probably would have increased the rez.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    For what it's worth—

    We use raster formats only for printed graphics, usually TIF files, and we use only InDesign for these kinds of projects.

    We use Illustrator for work requiring larger canvases—banners, signs (an example of a completed project is attached), exhibition properties, etc. For these kinds of projects—which may be up to 60 feet long—everything—type, graphics, etc.—is vectorized. In the rare case where we need a raster image, we place a TIF or PDF file at appropriate resolution.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    @ Rob Hutchings. Well said. My sentiments exactly.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    I've designed banners at least that size. You just have to vector-ize everything, design at 1/2, 1/4, 1/8th, or whatever works size, and provide **very clear** instructions to the fabricator. For instance, I put the final size right on the file.

    To help, I use a very old-fashioned proportion wheel. An image of the one I use is attached, so I guess they still make them.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    It gets me that they can add useless bells+whistles and annoying pop-up screens showing past files, etc. before opening the file you've selected, no problem. But simply increasing the canvas…sorry pal, TOO HARD

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    Valerii—Amen, my brother

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    Jamie, As noted, do the whole thing in Photoshop and Save As… The production company shouldn't complain since a PDF is…a PDF no matter how created.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    Yes, Mansur. Why disparage something you'll never use, but will be a benefit to others?

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    I don't understand most of the Anonymous comment of August 06 12:10. Mainly, it bespeaks of a limited understanding of vector art which, for example, has nothing to do with title bars—or any other graphic elements since they are all, you know…vectors. I don't know who is doing your production, but I've have never had a large file "fail". Etc…

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    Jason, you are right re actual illustrators who work for various forms of print or digital media. But for those of us who use .ai to design buildings, banners, signage, photomurals, etc. It's a real problem. "Illustrator" needs to change its nomenclature and toolbox.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    When you consider the lies, obfuscation, recalcitrance, and schadenfreude, one is forced to conclude that the entire staff of Adobe is Republican

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    "…multiple problems…" You are right. ARRRHGHH indeed

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    Yes, vector art is indeed "infinite". The only problem is related to images that—due to ignorance or inexperience— are not vector-ized (jpeg, tif, psd, etc.) and are inserted into artwork at an improper resolution.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    Speaking of "CAD design software", for a while I worked at a large architectural office. They used AutoCad which—although you could pick a scale for document print-out—designed everything, including skyscrapers, at FULL SIZE.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    Sorry Bill…agreed

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    I'll bet it's one of their do-nothing engineers coming up with these b.s. "just scale" comments.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    I find it hard to believe that Adobe is so clueless as to alienate a large proportion of their user base for such a simple fix, instead driving them into the arms of their competitors—Affinity and Corel

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    @Jeron. Affinity Publisher/Designer. Yes, I'm exploring both to see which is most suitable for our work.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    Affinity Publisher is out 19 June. I purchased it. Stay tuned.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    @Christopher. We haven't had any problems having PDF files reproduced at about 200" x 200", but may be a problem if there are images. I think if graphics are vectorized, the upper limit is very high. I've seen banners in NYC advertising (ironically enough) Apple products at what seemed to be 200 x 200 FEET. I assume the fabric is pieced together, still…

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    Is all of Adobe's software engineering done outside the USA?

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    Kaitlyn, The image is 408" x 720". Make the doc at 102" x 180", and tell production to enlarge 33.33%

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    I think most of the geeks at Adobe are Republicans—they just don't care.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    I'll bet the actual Infinity Designer artboard size is actually 20CM, rounded. I'm actually working more and more in metrics. It's easier.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    I have ordered an app called Affinity. It is supposed to be better than both Illustrator and InDesign, and it is a **one-time purchase** (though I imagine they will charge for upgrades). Stay tuned.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    Can the folks in California stage a demo in front of Adobe HQ? It worked in France.

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    trackhorse commented  · 

    Architects use AutoCad to design buildings at *full-size*. Surely .ai should be able to have, at least, a much larger canvas. I just designed a banner 223" wide that just barely made it at 100%

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