We have main drawing files for our reservation, such as roads, buildings, and seperate utilities. Some of these files have become quite large, in fact our electric files is 45 mg. However, we did a test and wblocked it out to a new file and the size dropped to 5mg. This is a considerable difference, however it looks like everything is still there.
This file consists of attributes, survey asc shots as well as linetypes.
What might be missing? Any opinions on what is going on?
Thanks in advance for any help!
Thanks for your suggestion.
I tried this and when I hit return, instantly this message appears:
Unhandled exception has ocurred in a component in your application. If you click continue, the application will ignore this error and attempt to continue.
Index was outside the bounds of the array.
Then there are a lot of exeptions listed in the "details"
I clicked continue and it just went back to the command line. I also opened the smaller wblock file on my hard drive and tried it and received the same message, and after clicking continue I was again back at the command line.
What does this command do? Any other suggestions?
Type in: MAPSKINMAP
then try SCALELISTEDIT again.
2008 added a lot of Annotation scales and bloated your drawings, so reset it reduce the file size.
These drawings are very cumbersome as you can imagine.
Everything looks like it is there, is it posible that we just got rid of 40 mg of "Fluff"?
Nothing is easy! Of course this does not work, as the "acdb17.dll. " cannot be found.
We may be upgrading to 2010, and all these issues will help our case.
I did not hear about this scaling problem, and seeing how these drawings are very old, I really belelive that is an issue.
Upgrading shoud really help us.
Thanks for your help
Managing the annotation scales in drawings is almost mandatory, and does not change with newer versions of AutoCAD. You can do it with the command line version of -SCALELISTEDIT (note the leading dash, if you aren't familiar with that prefix). Be careful with using the RESET option for that command; it can *add* unused scales if you aren't paying attention and actually make the problem worse through XREFs. For example, if you have only the 1:1 scale in the drawing using RESET will add all the other default scales back in.
I recommend looking for some of the user-created automation, it does a good job of keeping things clean.
Of course it works, you didn't execute the CleanupScales.exe in the same folder as the acdb17.dll
Upgrade and use these old .dwgs will not help a bit.
You could also try running the PURGE command. This will go through and remove any unused blocks, layers, fonts and so on.
An unused block is one that has been inserted and then had all instances from the dwg. This still leaves the block in the list of blocks that are in the dwg.
Purge goes through a dwg and can remove all those unused items. You do have the option of keeping the items via yes/yes to all/no selection for averything it finds.
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