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Save File on iCloud - Memory Leak

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I installed Affinity Publisher on a new M1 macbook pro and moved my main work files to icloud to have access from both the new and old machines. File Structure:

icloud > project folder > project file (originally c. 7 MB)
icloud > project folder > assets > linked image files (total c. 500 MB)

Quite soon I noticed that Publisher became very unresponsive and saving a file took a long time. After checking, I saw that the project file was mushrooming with each save. Soon it had grown from around 6 MB to 750 MB plus.

Eventually, after some online digging, I tested the following "hack-around" which brought the project file back to its normal size:

1. open resource manager
2. make all (apparently) linked files embedded
3. make all embedded files linked
4. save project file

However, the file bloat returns regularly and I have to do the "linked > embedded > linked" trick every few days.

Has anyone else come across this bug? Does anyone have any clue what's going on? I suspect some kind of interaction between Publisher and iCloud.

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