Complex drawings can reach an enormous file size. The pCon.planner does not set a strict maximum size for the files in use. The interaction between very large drawings and the individual hardware equipment of your system can lead to problems during the planning process. For example, saving and loading plans can be prevented if there is not enough free working memory available.

To avoid this, follow these instructions during the planning process:

Using external 3D geometries

Models from free internet databases vary in size and quality. If possible, make sure to insert geometries with small file sizes into your planning.

Use Groups

Geometries are always imported as a group. In order to edit individual elements of a group, it may be necessary to ungroup it first. After the editing steps, it is essential to regroup the geometries – and especially if these geometries are used several times in a planning.

To do this, select all elements of the group and use the Group command (Edit tab).

Grouping avoids unnecessary duplication of the contained geometries when copying the geometry groups. This saves memory and file size.

Group as many elements as possible

In general, grouping elements in your drawing is a good way to reduce the number of objects at the highest planning level and thus the size of the file.

Use reference copies instead of real copies

A specific manufacturer article is often used several times per planning (keyword: open space office). In this case, it is recommended to insert the article into the planning once and then copy it as often as necessary using the Reference copy command (Edit tab).

In comparison with real copies, working with reference copies drastically reduces the file size.

Another advantage: if a copy is modified in its properties, all its references are automatically adjusted.

Note: You can read here how to influence the memory requirements of an already completed drawing.

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