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I have a document that is a 1920x1080 px presentation that has 89 slides, all images that I have used are linked, except for some simple vector icons. Those shouldn't add up to over a couple Mb. I have some, but only very few layer adjustments and only one slide that is masked with a pixel layer. The file is 384 Mb when I do a Save As. But, if I do a regular save after moving a detached Masterpage text frame, the file becomes 511 Mb. Undo history is set to 256 steps, but I only did one adjustment, so what could be causing this major file inflation?

My 200 page Indesign file that contains many more images and way more text is just 100 Mb, so I don't really understand why Affinity uses this many resources.

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Hi Intuous5,

There are a few different reasons this could be happening. Its possible that the file size is coming from embedded thumbnails of your linked images etc. It might br worth trying the following work around to see if this solves your issue. Please could you tell me if you have File > Save With History enabled?


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Hi @Callum,

Save with History is disabled.

And with workaround, you mean embedding the files and relinking them again?
It gives me the size of 350 Mb instead of the previous 349 Mb. I'm not sure why but file sizes are fluctuating quite a lot, but I haven't really made a lot of changes, just added a few strokes and a rectangle and moved them around.

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18 minutes ago, 3joern said:

I was able to significantly reduce the file size by deleting all elements that were outside the page layout. Form 450mb to 15mb

What kind of elements, how big were they, how many? 

In other words, did you actually have 435 MB of junk that was unnecessary? 

Edit: Or are you thinking there might be some issue with the proper handling of items on the pasteboard?

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14 minutes ago, Intuos5 said:


Not knowing whether it's relevant, just wondering: Are you talking about APublisher (as this thread) – or APhoto (where a 'page area' is called 'canvas'?)

I can't reproduce a file size difference with pasteboard objects in a simple test (none embedded, each document saved once with "Save As…")


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