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    file size after Save as....(Factory too please)

    Hi,
    Before asking, I did a research, but nothing...
    Why have I to Save as... my project with another name so that the size of the file decrease? It happens after some days on a project.
    My current project get from 85 MB to 50 MB just making the name Project_01.:crazy:

    Colleagues in other offices do it every day.

    ???????
    Julien
    "Au royaume des aveugles, les borgnes sont mal vus!"
    P. DAC
    Follow me on Twitter @Jbenoit44 - Blog: http://aecuandme.wordpress.com/

    #2
    I believe that compacting the file will accomplish the same thing, although I have not seen results as dramatic as you are getting. Do you have any review warnings in that file? I have found that there is a direct correlation between review warnings and file size bloat.

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      #3
      This file was already compact. And with 2 or 3 review warnings about analytical model. The fact is that I have many examples in different projects.
      Julien
      "Au royaume des aveugles, les borgnes sont mal vus!"
      P. DAC
      Follow me on Twitter @Jbenoit44 - Blog: http://aecuandme.wordpress.com/

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        #4
        Think of a SaveAs like defragging your hard drive.
        Doing a SaveAs forces Revit to go through and re-organize the entire database & makes it more efficient.
        It doesn't do this every time because a Save already takes a long time & doing a clean-up every time would make it take even longer. Since it had never been done on your project, it had a dramatic effect. Doing it 6 times a day would make your save times double, and may only improve your file size a fraction of a percent.
        Then you'd be writing in to say "Why are my Saves so slow?" instead of "Why is my file so large?"
        Dave Plumb
        BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

        CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

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          #5
          I dont bother. It doesnt make the file perform noticeably better.
          Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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            #6
            We tend to do it at phase transitions. Doing it too often is a waste, but doing it at the beginning of DD, right after purging a bunch of SD families, materials and views, seems to help a bit. DD & CD phases kind of run together, especially from a content standpoint, so that Save As is probably of less value.

            Gordon
            Pragmatic Praxis

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              #7
              Originally posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
              I dont bother. It doesnt make the file perform noticeably better.
              yes, I agree. I personnaly figure it out looking in Windows explorer.
              But I think it should not increase like that. Maybe it could be a problem with small PC configuration, that people often have at their very beginning with Revit.
              Julien
              "Au royaume des aveugles, les borgnes sont mal vus!"
              P. DAC
              Follow me on Twitter @Jbenoit44 - Blog: http://aecuandme.wordpress.com/

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                #8
                People often freak out about Revit file sizes at first.
                Then you just kind of get used to it.
                Like Aaron says, its MUCH more important how the project performs than how much drive space it takes up. I mean, do you really care that you've used up another 30 Meg of your server's terabyte drive? And even if it did matter, what's more important - spend a few hundred dollars on a hard drive or wasting a couple of hours of everyone's time "cleaning up" the file?
                Dave Plumb
                BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

                CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

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                  #9
                  Doing this often just means that you are discarding user interaction data and other "undocumented unnecessary" information for a file to continue on as a new project file.

                  If you watch closely, do it with a project that has several users contributing. The file size will grow back to the "previous" size pretty quickly as they get going again. The user borrowing and synchronization history, backup files and history all contribute, increasingly with the number of active users.

                  The file size after everyone has used SwC, and exited Revit and the central compacted, is probably as small as it can get as an ongoing working file. The Save As just strips that "history" off, resulting in a smaller file. If you compact regularly (once a day), remove dwg files, extraneous families and un-used groups you can do a lot for file size and perceived performance.
                  Last edited by Steve_Stafford; May 4, 2011, 06:42 AM. Reason: swapped comma for rogue period

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