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    Justin Raymond commented  · 

    If you are needing to scale down because of the canvas limitation on a professional level (getting paid to design/layout) then I would recommend CadTools. It gives you another set measurement/sizing tools, effectively replacing the ones that come with Ai. You can set the scale within CadTools and it does all the 'Math' work for you, but really its like you are designing in 1:1. For my use, I make customer proofs on ledger sized paper 11x17 and use CadTool to design signs from a few inches to over 200'. Its industry standard to work with architect scale (ie 3/8" = 1') than Engr scale (ie 5:1); From city planners to contractors, to sign makers...

    CadTools also lets you easily work with multiple scales on the same spread, for example, you have a building elevation shown at 1/16"=1' scale with a banner superimposed on it. But you want to get a close up of the banner so you can show it at a 1/2" = 1' scale so the customer can see the details. All this on one page.

    So its really never Ai limiting my (and many others) ability to create 1:1 but the fact its designed to scale on a std size paper. Ledger size creates wonderful spreads on .PDFs or prints.

    So even if Ai got unlimited canvas sizes, im pretty sure multiple industries would stick to designing to standard sizes proofs they want to make... Leave 1:1 to the software that directly talks to the machines that produce them (ie Flexi to plotter, Onyx to printer, EnRoute to router)

    Don't be that guy that throws a random scaled drawing for someone to produce. Customers will appreciate the professionalism, and subcontractors will enjoy do work for you.

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    Justin Raymond commented  · 

    Funny. No I dont work there. I use their products and have only spent approx $380 for about 4 years of use (and still counting.) There is plenty of value in the Plugin for my professional use and I only use about 10% of the functions.

    People spend $600/year for Adobe products and they barely do more the remove a few pimples in photos and draw a few shapes with text. Even better case; if you used most of the function in one program you are only a small percent of what you could use in the creative cloud. Yet, people still find value in this software when they could use something else.

    I use CADTools functions every day. It sets me apart from the competition and ability to work faster with its time-saving functions. It pays for itself after the first month of use.

    If you only see software as a dollar figure and not for the value it brings then you will never be on top. $380 now can bring in exponentially more later.

    Cheers.

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    Justin Raymond commented  · 

    Sean,
    This is no excuse for Adobe not having the unlimited artboards but...

    Get CADTools plugin for AI. It adds a virtual scale to Illustrator. It's like working in 1:1, you won't even notice you aren't. Also, its the perfect companion add-on for any architect, engineer, or industrial designer as it has tons of VERY useful functions beyond a virtual scale. Even if Adobe added infinite artboards, I would call you crazy for not using it for the work you do...

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    Justin Raymond commented  · 

    I've been wondering why this has been implemented for my whole professional career using Illustrator since the early 90s. It forever has been a staple program in my industry. The industry has submitted to having the scale since most things are bigger than a canvas size in Ai (sign industry).

    The better question why is the size limited? Adobe hasn't come up with a good enough reason to cap the canvas size and has failed to expand on why. No matter the workflow, it should be infinite. Similar programs (CorelDRAW, Flexi, etc.) run on 1:1 scale so why cant the industry leader do the same?

    Currently, the best way around this is to use CADTools which adds virtual scales to each layer in an Ai document. It has its limitations when sharing files to others w/o CADTools and having a whole new set of toolbars open. This would be such an easy thing to add to Ai instead of throwing thousands of dollars into 3rd party apps.

    Come on Adobe project managers, get the implemented ASAP! Quit listening to the headstrong senior officers that think they know what the end user wants even though they never use the program them self. Im sure Adobe has some heavy bureaucracy problems but someone needs to step up, risk their job, and be that Illustrator Hero the end-users have always wanted. That would guarantee a whole Wikipedia page dedicated to your heroic efforts. You will become that next wanted engineer from silicon valley that other companies would pay millions for. Do it!

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    Justin Raymond commented  · 

    I subscribe to this idea. Little functions like this have made other programs shine in the shadows on Adobe. Corel and Flexi were made by people who actually use the software. Adobe used to be that way but since the start of "cloud" it has shown it's only here to make money.

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    Justin Raymond commented  · 

    It needs a right click on the object to unlock just that item. You could spend several minutes finding it on the layers panel to unlock just one object. But we all know it would be much faster to right click on the exact object right in front of your face. Time Saver. Doesn't even need a silly lock icon on the object.

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