35MB skf files - arrrgghhhh!

Discussion in 'AutoSketch' started by AngryofMayfair, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. Can anybodyhelp me with this problem - somehow I have ended up with some of
    my AS files being up to 35MB in size!
    They take forever (5mins or more) to open and when I copy and paste
    *anything* - even one line from this drawing to a new blank drawing the copy
    to clipboard of the entity can take up to 10mins and eats up *all* my RAM,
    even going to page filing and I have 1GB of RAM available...
    If I open these huge skf files in wordpad the drawing description seems to
    be OK until it gets towards the end and starts describing the symbols and
    locations of such then I get line after line of references to other drawings
    and various bmp images saved within them.

    The amount of line after line of these refs goes on for ever - it takes up
    to 10mins to scroll down to the bottom of the lines.
    If I select and delete these references to symbols and bitmaps then save the
    file I then find the file cannot be opened by AS - it just says 'unknown
    file format'

    I remember posting something about this some months back in an effort to try
    and help someone else who had similar problems. I mentioned that I moved my
    files to another directory with less folder depth and it seemed to fix the
    problem but this time I haven't been able to fix this problem at all...

    Any clues would be welcome. If I can't fix this problem it means having to
    redraw a lot of layouts as I can no longer 'copy/paste' from one existing
    layout to another.

    Thanks guys (and Harvey!)



    PS I hope you all have a great Christmas and a New Year free of Autosketch
    problems! :)
    AngryofMayfair, Dec 22, 2004
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    Paul Jackson Guest


    If you are using V7, download the patch.

    Have you tried merging onto a new blank document.

    Paul Jackson, Dec 22, 2004
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  3. G'day Paul,
    Thanks for the tips - will give them a try.
    I haven't tried a merge as such but I can delete every single entity from
    all layers in the original drawing and it still saves as a (blank sheet)
    35MB file....

    And to think not long ago (V6) I was complaining about the then bloated file
    size (2mb) of AS compared to the very trim (500k and less) file sizes of the
    Drafix product!

    AngryofMayfair, Dec 22, 2004
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    Stephen Tall Guest

    Have you tried doing File-Save As and then using a different file name to
    the original.
    Stephen Tall, Dec 23, 2004
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    falki Guest

    Hello AngryofMayfair,

    I have the same problem with some of my Autosketch 7-Files. If you open such an file with a text-editor (excuse my english) you can see at the end of the file a line repeating thousends of times. This is our problem. If I remove them with an editor and save the file I can't open the file with Autosketch.
    Sometimes I save such an file as xxx.dxf or xxx.dwg. Subsequent I save this files alsxxx.skf. This is one way to get clean files. But you know, Autosketch and AutoCAD are not 100% compatible...

    An one Question: Does this happen only with V7? Not V8 or V9?

    falki, Feb 15, 2005
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