Layout not responding , Ready to push this thing over a cliff!

o.k. to start out I’m not a computer guy. So please explain things as simple as possible.

Lay out is not responding. I have read some posts about this issue and still lost. Working in Sketchup in 2d creating a landscape design. It doesn’t seem to be too complex and I am able to draw what I want.
However when copied over to layout things just seem to stop. I have done this before with no problem.

Ready to push this thing over a cliff !!

Any one in the Pasadena CA area that I could pay to sit with me and review my issues (Sketchup issues that is) please let me know

To help achieve your goals, some time spent at the SketchUp Campus and at the SketchUp - YouTube channel will be very worthwhile. Both sites are from the SketchUp team. On the YouTube channel, pay attention to the Square One Series and Level UP series. They cover the basics for each tool.

One of the things that people fall foul of is using lots of detail for plants etc. Sometimes something that seems simple can in fact be more complex than an entire house model. So when you say landscape I immediately think of that.
If you attach your model for us to look at we may be able to quickly point you in the right direction.

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As @Box suggested, share your LayOut file so we can see what you’ve got. I’m not in Pasadena but I will review your issues if you want.

A friend lives in the hills above Pasadena. He works with Houdini, but he also uses SU and LO a lot for his hobby stuff. I can ask him if he is willing to help out.

Trying to share me Lay out file, however is is still not responding. it will not allow me to get to a point to export. Am I doing something wrong?

Apparently. All you should need to do is save the LayOut file and upload it in a reply. Or if it’s larger than 16 Mb, upload it to Google Drive or DropBox and share the link in a reply.

By the way, you should edit your last post and remove your e-mail address and phone number. Bots scour forums like this for that kind of info. It’s also against forum rules.

Ro-Yim L101.layout (6.6 MB)

I think that did it.

Yes. That uploaded. I’ll take a look at it.

Looking at the .skp files I can see why your LayOut file becomes unresponsive. How did you create those SketchUp models?

If you eliminated all that geometry representing text in your SketchUp models and place appropriate text in the LayOut file instead, you would have any issues with the LO file being unresponsive. As it is you’re making LayOut look at all of the many thousand edges in each model for rendering the viewports.

You should also be setting up scenes in the SketchUp models to use for the viewports in LayOut as well as using groups and components for the garden diagrams.

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@Lindsey is close by, but I can’t speak for him. He is quite accomplished at Layout.

Thank you DaveR.
JTLS 24x36.layout (3.0 MB)

I have removed all of the text on my model and still have the problem.
Next i started with a clean sheet, my Layout template ArchD title block (attached) and still am having “not responding” error. That is just with the title block template.
I can’t see how this could be my computer, Windows 11, 16GB ram, GPU AMD Radeon RX 6600XT.
Removed and reinstalled Sketchup.
I honestly have no issues until I go into Layout.

There is something definitely screwed up with your file. I see the sluggishness. I dug into it a little bit. The template file size is about 3 Mb and it’s due to document.xml.
Screenshot - 8_16_2023 , 9_09_56 PM

Here’s a screen shot from one of my templates. Note the size of document.xml here. This one has has a similarly sized image file and a bunch of text. It’s also got three sheets instead of your one. The entire template file is about half a meg.
Screenshot - 8_16_2023 , 9_06_33 PM

That file in your template is really balled up. I don’t know how it got that way but I can’t open it or even delete it without first renaming it. Uncompressed it’s 254 Mb which partially explains why it slows LayOut down so much. Since I can’t open it, I can’t see what’s in that file that’s got things so messed up. It might be that @adam would have some tools to examine that file.

As a template file it looks fairly straightforward. I think I would go ahead and build a new one. Hopefully tomorrow Adam will have time to look at it.

Hi @H.P.inxs,

In your file, you appear to have 458,752 identical copies of a rectangle on a shared layer. This is what is causing your slowdown in your file, and the bloat that @DaveR indicated in the document.xml file.

Try this file: <file deleted> where I removed those rectangles.



Thank you Adam. I’m interested in this too. I couldn’t even get it to let me select the rectangles in the document.

For me, anyway, that behaves perfectly.

I wonder how that many copies could get created.

it’s exactly 14 x (32 x 16 x 8 x 4 x 2)
It’s too mathematically good to be completely random :slight_smile:


That seems to work. I’m not sure how I got things so botched up. I’m on a dead line and was getting quite frustrated.

Again Thank you Adam, DaveR, and all who helped out.