Can you believe it's not a bug but a "normal" consequence of
Microsoft's "Structured Storage" file format used by SW?
Try EcoSqueeze from www.ecocom.com and you'll ask the real question :
why isn't it embedded in SolidWorks ?
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You didn't do anything wrong. Sw utilizes a MS type of file structure
called a Structured Storage File, or also called a compound file, that
is really interesting to investigate. It's like a whole folder
structure inside the envelope of one file. When you look at one of the
files with a Structured Storage File viewer, it's like you walked into
a whole new room that is just filled with doors to explore.
Anyway, when you delete stuff, and then save, SW doesn't eliminate the
unused doors and their storage space. But it does when you do a save
as. So you can do that, or you can use a couple programs that will do
it for you. Unfrag is fast and easy to use, but it changes the file
date to the current one. EcoSqueeze is also fast and easy and it gives
you more options, such as maintain the file date. However, it also
gives you the opportunity to do some things that maybe you shouldn't.
Now, be advised that the official SW position is that they don't
support anything that modifies the file structure of a SW file. But I
(and lots of others) have been using both programs for a long time with
no apparent problems. Your choice.
Sad, but true.
If you had any autocad experience, "save as" is the closest thing we
have to "purge" from the old days...
Before emailing files to clients, shops, etc., I often "save as", then
"save as" back to the original name. It does wonders for the file
A hassle? Yes, but effective.
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