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  1. Hey everyone, I'm a Landscape Architect using CAD and often experience the painful experience of plotting very large sets towards the submittal due date. My most recent set after everything was submitted was 158 pages and 230MB. Remember this is just the Landscape addition to a much much larger set. Something to note that brings me here is that from our last submittal to this one was the difference of about 100MB, but with a relatively minimal amount of actual changes occurring in the drawings. So this brings me to my question. Where did the 100MB come from? This question has two parts: FIRST (PLOT MANAGEMENT): I'd love to hear all of your standard order of operations when it comes to plotting for small file sizes. Are there any particular CAD settings to PDF that can reduce the file size? PDF quality control settings? etc? SECOND (DRAWING MANAGEMENT): Which parts of a CAD drawing end up contributing to the bulk of PDF file size? Do the xrefs attached to drawings have a large effect? Blocks? General overall file size? I feel as if there is a compounding issue that occurs but when there are so many drawings involved in architectural drawing sets it's hard to know where to begin.
  2. Hi, I'm looking to make a script, lisp or batch sort I could take all the 3D drawing from a file and convert it to a 2d drawing. I've tried a lot of thing like "flatshot", "outbounding", "flatten"... The best result was definitely with the "Flatshot" command, but it cannot be use as a script or lisp (I might be wrong). Outbounding wasn't effective at all. So I came ou with the Flatten Function from the Express tools that i run in the Wscript of Lee Mac. I made all a routine that goes like this : _open *file* _-view _top -calque nouv 2D _ai_selall _Flatten no _change tout propriétés elév 0 tout propriétés Couleur jaune _change tout propriétés ca 2D _ai_selall _-overkill terminé PURGER TOUT * NON _AUDIT OUI _-VIEW _TOP _qsave _close The fact is that the weight of the files are always too big and the details are not as accurate as "Flatshot". I could also add wblock to the script but it still a pretty heavy file So finally, I would need to take my 3D file to become a flat 2D drawing on a specific layer and color (pretty simple to do). Here's an example of the furniture i would need to "transform" 3-MLE3060EFM.dwg, the flatshot finish Flatshot.dwg and the flatten script 3-MLE3060EFM.dwg. Sorry for my bad english and just notice that the command are in french or internationnal.
  3. Hi, does anyone know is there any method, commands beside using Purge, -purge Regapps, audit, overkill, Wblock commands? try to keep the drawing file size as small as i can. I have tried the all commands above but still big. if you do please share. Thanks.
  4. Hi, I have this 3d file of mine (which i have worked so hard for it), and it's size has increased to 240 Mb's! I assume this has happened due to forced closings and the backup files ... i have already deleted them... but it didn't help. i ant even copy my model into a new work space. please... help me out here! urgent!
  5. An unexplained autocad problem has surfaced once again... this time it has created quite a havoc in my office! I would like to appeal for all autocad experts to help solve the mystery please... Here's the problem description: The autocad file size is unreasonably huge (eg. 20MB) even after I've deleted all elements in the drawing and purged. Tried performing audit and recover but with no results. If I try copying a single line from this file into a new drawing file, this new file "gets infected" and became huge in file size as well... and once again deleting the line will not reduce the file size. There's no xref, hidden or freeze layers. One thing I do noticed is when I Purge>View items you cannot purge> Linetypes, it contains loads of unknown linetypes which I don't understand why. Not sure if this is linked to the problem... Hope I can get some help on this... many thanks in advance! ; )
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