I have started using SketchUp within the last 6 months. My employer provided 2015 Pro (now running 2016 Pro) on a Win10 computer. My employer is a mechanical contractor and I am currently building models that are very large (300 meg, 1100+ components).
I don’t believe SU is really made for projects of this magnitude, but it has worked okay with a few very irritating snags; specifically INCREDIBLY long times to save, purge, or import new components. I recently timed a purge operation at over 10 minutes.
So, this leads me to several questions:
- Is the file size to blame for the reduced performance of the software?
- Is there a way to do a true external reference of components (instead of “insert” that makes a full copy in the new file) that will reduce the file size? For reference, two components in my file make up over 200 megs of the 330 meg file.
- Is there something else to consider that may be causing the issue? For example the file seems to run much faster on my home computer (Win7, SU 2015 Pro) versus my work computer stated above. I also seemed to experience most of the problems after returning to the office after telecommuting on my home computer over the holidays, so the file was saved in 2015 and recently opened and modified in 2016.
I appreciate any help that can be offered.