Search the Knowledge Base Report a bug
Post new topic   Reply to topic   printer-friendly view   .    ArchiCAD-Talk Forum Index >>> BIM Managers >>> Template File Size
View previous topic :: View next topic

What is the file size of your standard template?
Less than 1MB
11%
 11%  [ 2 ]
1MB - 5MB
52%
 52%  [ 9 ]
5MB - 10MB
11%
 11%  [ 2 ]
10MB - 15MB
11%
 11%  [ 2 ]
15MB - 20MB
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Larger than 20MB
11%
 11%  [ 2 ]
Total Votes : 17

Author Message
jffgrffn
New member
New member

Joined: 29 May 2008
Posts: 11
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:53 pm    Post subject: Template File Size Reply with quote

I'm a new user to ArchiCAD and am concerned that my company's standard template's file size may be excessive (17.2 MB). I've noticed that file operations (such as open and save) are very slow over our LAN. I'm curious to learn what the file size of your template is. Also, could you please leave a brief note regarding how you access your standard details?

Are they already in your template?
Are they merged or hotlinked as modules (.mod files)?
Are they library objects (.gsm files) that you insert from your library?
Or are they accessed using some other method instead?

Are there any specific benefits or drawbacks to any of these methods?

I'd appreciate your input.

Thanks!
Jeff

_________________
Workstation: Intel Core i7-4770 CPU @ 3.40 GHz w/ 16GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti
Windows 10 Professional 64bit
ArchiCAD 15-21 (latest build)


Last edited by jffgrffn on Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:59 pm; edited 3 times in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message    
Laura Yanoviak
Senior member
Senior member

Joined: 09 Jun 2005
Posts: 1664
Location: Denver, Colorado USA

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Template File Size Reply with quote

Ours is 3.2 MB -- we have some pre-placed legends and general notes, but store the majority of standard drawings externally as MODs; otherwise, it's a pretty comprehensive template.
_________________
MacBook Pro 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB of RAM
AC20 US (6005) AC21 (3005) on Mac OS X 10.10.3
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message    
TomWaltz
Senior member
Senior member

Joined: 27 Oct 2003
Posts: 4546
Location: Philadelphia, PA

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Template File Size Reply with quote

I think the biggest mine ever got was 4 MB.

That was mostly from a 3 MB hotlink placed in it with common objects and their settings ("Visual Favorites" as I've heard them called).

There were no standard details in the project because they are never really used "as made" and you don't want to embed them into every file you ever create.

_________________
Tom Waltz
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message    LinkedIn Profile Link (Full URL, please)
Link
Senior member
Senior member

Joined: 22 Oct 2003
Posts: 3862
Location: Ketchum Idaho USA

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:22 am    Post subject: Re: Template File Size Reply with quote

The latest template I created is just over 5Mb, but it has 396 pre-linked views, all drawings stored in the project file, multiple add-ons loaded, a full set of attributes, a few schedules and lists, and a lot of standard notes.

I'm not a big fan of 'visual legends' or including too much content that won't necessarily be used. I too prefer modules for that.

Cheers,
Link.

_________________
Want a ground-breaking ARCHICAD Template? For FREE?! BIM6x Template Kits!

Boost your ARCHICAD skill with your very own ARCHICAD Expert! ArchiBOOST!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website   Facebook ID (Not full URL, just ID!) LinkedIn Profile Link (Full URL, please)
arg617
Junior member
Junior member

Joined: 27 Sep 2010
Posts: 62
Location: New York

PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Template File Size Reply with quote

I'm wondering how this has changed over the years. I'm working on our template and it is currently about 25mb.

I noticed that the BIM6x Starter Template 21 is at 37mb, Shoegnome 21 is 16.7mb and the Skewed 21 template is 17.4mb

Any idea what's causing template sizes to be generally going up? I feel like it might be all the added textures since Cinerender but I'm wondering what else it could be. Are these reasonable file sizes or unnecessarily bloated?

I noticed that by the time we're done with a single family house our file size tends to be around 50mb. This isn't necessarily a problem as performance hasn't been an issue, but I'm curious if this is normal.....

_________________
ArchiCAD 21 - iMac 5K - i7 - 32gb - AMD Radeon - mac OS Sierra
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message    
Link
Senior member
Senior member

Joined: 22 Oct 2003
Posts: 3862
Location: Ketchum Idaho USA

PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Template File Size Reply with quote

Itís a combination of everything. Attributes, embedded library parts (including textures), viewpoints, views, layouts (a major contributor, which is why our kits are bigger as everything is pre-linked), publisher sets, it all counts.

For me personally, file size is a non-issue with the amount/price of hard drive space these days. Particularly for solo projects. When youíre talking about libraries, teamwork projects and BIMx files, as well as actual projects that may have too many polygons, etc, then size becomes more of an issue as it directly affects your experience.

As ARCHICAD continues to develop and the internal database becomes more complex, the file sizes should be expected to grow also. Thatís just my 2 cents. At 50Mb I think thatís pretty small actually and thereís not much to worry about.

When people send us files for ArchiCHECKUPs, they get up and over 1Gb each!

Cheers,
Link.

_________________
Want a ground-breaking ARCHICAD Template? For FREE?! BIM6x Template Kits!

Boost your ARCHICAD skill with your very own ARCHICAD Expert! ArchiBOOST!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website   Facebook ID (Not full URL, just ID!) LinkedIn Profile Link (Full URL, please)
daninet
Junior member
Junior member

Joined: 16 Sep 2015
Posts: 55
Location: Dubai

PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Template File Size Reply with quote

A 17Mb template will not make your teamwork slow. 17Mb is like 1 second to copy over a 100Mbit network.

You have to look into your work file and check all the loaded junk sitting there.

If sync is slow with an empty file... then you have a network problem.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message    
Display posts from previous:   
View previous topic :: View next topic
Post new topic   Reply to topic   printer-friendly view       ArchiCAD-Talk Forum Index >>> BIM Managers >>> Template File Size All times are GMT + 1 Hour
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group
Copyright © 2012 - Graphisoft SE. All rights reserved worldwide. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy