Can't open layout file

i cant open this file, i have been working on for a week or so…it opened fine until today…file too large to upload here’s a link

The SketchUp model file embedded in the LayOut file is corrupted. Can you open the original .skp file for the project? If so and if you share it, there’s a possibility that I could swap the bad file out.

If your original .skp file is also corrupted, @colin might be able to recover it although in the vast majority of cases when he is able to get anything, he only gets components and materials. No scenes and the model space is blank.

Have you been saving the SketchUp and/or LayOut files in the cloud rather than locally on your computer?

Your LayOut file is full of zeros, from about 2/3rd the way into the file. The SKP that is corrupted inside the LayOut file may have led to the problem. I can’t recover enough worthwhile things from the SKP to help repair the LayOut file, even if that file was made to be able to open.

But, I have a different idea. If you paste this text into File Explorer’s path field:

%LocalAppData%\SketchUp\SketchUp 2020\LayOut

you should see a folder named ‘working’. Go into that folder, and if there are any folders inside of there, those are the last successful versions of your LayOut files. Take the most recent of the folders and copy it to some other place. Then do these steps:

Go into the folder, select all, and make a zip archive of the files. I used 7-zip to add them to an archive.

The archive may be named something like LAYOUT2022326105319.zip. Rename it to be myLayOutDoc.layout. The name can be anything you like, the import part is that the extension gets changed from .zip to .layout. You may need to turn on the Windows view, file name extensions option in order to edit the extension.

Try opening that LayOut file in LayOut, and see if it is your 38th plans new document. If it isn’t, try the same steps on one of the other folders inside the working folder.

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I can open the original file, Ive been saving locally, is it better to save in the cloud

revised ADDITION 6344 N 38 ST.skp

No. It’s better to save locally.

Did you try what Colin suggested? Any luck with that?

Are you using a lot of components from the 3D Warehouse? I have seen other reports where certain components created problems and eliminating them helped. I’m thinking that if Colin’s suggestion doesn’t work for you, you’ll need to start over. If you do and if you are using components from the 3DWH, make sure you are bringing them in to a separate file so you can check them out and clean them up before you add them to your project file. Might also make sense to do incremental saves of the project file as you add components. That way, if thigs go pear-shaped you can go back to an earlier version.

A simpler alternative to the steps I gave would be this:

Open LayOut. Look in the welcome screen to see if any recent files have Recovered written on them. Choose the 38th plans one if it is there. When asked if you want to open the recovered file or the original file, open the recovered one. If it opens, do a Save As, to a local folder, with a new name.

That should be the same end results as if you had followed my zip file approach.

plan 38 street.skp (560.2 KB)
38 STREET PLAN.layout (668.7 KB)
IM HAVING THE SAME ISSUE…MY LAYOUT FILE WONT OPEN…
REDRAWN IN NEW SKETCHUP WITH NO IMPORTED COMPONENTS …WORKED FINE TILL FRIDAY NOW CANT OPEN…
IN PROPERTIES IT SAID IT OPENS WITH SU2019 SO I UNISTALLED 2019… CANT FIGURED OUT WHY THIS FILE OR PROJECT DOESNT WONT ME TO FINISH…

Unfortunately the file ‘38 STREET PLAN.layout’ contains 668,700 zeros and nothing else. The Sketchup file looks fine. Do you have a backup of the layout file?